By Matt Starlight
Even though Baton Rouge’s roots are inherently French, Latin dishes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. And with La Reyna right here in town, the fact that it’s remained a hidden gem known only to the luckiest of residents is a bit of an enigma.
Near the corner of Perkins Road and Seigen Lane resides a tucked away Latin restaurant where the authenticity only tops the taste. Serving up classics like pupusa, pescado, and camarones picante, La Reyna Latin Restaurant has a full flavor of gut-filling options that are perfect for lunch or dinner. But, what drew our eye for the Dish of the Week was the Paella, a traditional Spanish rice dish with a fresh assortment of beef, chicken, shrimp & vegetables with fried plantains & side salad.
So much protein in one dish and we’re off to a good start. Your typical Mexican restaurants are perfectly happy to price gouge for extra meat and the best toppings like guacamole, mushrooms, and queso, but at La Reyna, everything your dish needs to be just right is included.
Throw in more than a handful of deliciously fried plantains onto the soft and flavorful rice base, and this cornucopia of classic ingredients come together to make a dish as impressive as anything that’s ever come from south of the border.
Typical Tex-Mex restaurants take note. This is how authenticity is done.