Dig Baton Rouge

The Dish

By Quinn Welsch

@quinnwelsch

Combine Southern and Italian cooking in a cozy factory-like setting and you have Breck’s Bistro. A restaurant in Baton Rouge that is unlike most others.

A word of advice: Bring your appetite, because there is a lot to go around — especially on their newly unveiled seafood menu.

Take a bite of the Shrimp Jude. This dish combines juicy Gulf shrimp sautéed in an orange cream sauce, filled with a mound of tender pasta shells and topped with green onions and peppers.

As juicy as the pasta-shrimp combo is, the crispy and buttery parmesan breadstick on the side changes it up in all the right ways. If we’re measuring the quality of an Italian dish by its bread accompaniment, then Breck’s Shrimp Jude takes the gold.

This dish uses plenty of spices, but it’s pretty mellow. That is to say, you’ll have a hard time putting your fork down.

If you’re a sucker for carbs this dish is going to rock your world. There’s a reason that restaurant owner Breck Mapp said it’s one of the more popular items on the menu. And for $14 it’s well worth it.

There’s a little something for everyone at Breck’s. Its menu provides an array of entrees, from the Chipotle Bleu Cheese Burger to the Cajun Carbonara. Did I mention $4 cocktails?

The restaurant is fitted with various modern furnishings and décor, such as the enormous brick wall that separates the inside of the restaurant, the refurbished ‘50s-era light fixtures and natural wood table that was repurposed from a box car.  While there is no distinct theme to the restaurant, it takes on an “industrial/urban” atmosphere, Mapp said. If you’re looking for something different, check it out.

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