By Matt Bennett
Over the decades, the Northgate at LSU has rightfully earned a special place in the hearts of so many college students.
You’ve subbed out coleslaw for extra sauce at the original Raising Cane’s. You’ve drunk around the world at The Chimes after bombing a foreign language test. You’ve dropped it like it’s hot with Snoop D,O, double G at The Varsity Theatre and immediately after satisfied those late night munchies with chocolate chip pancakes at Louie’s Café. Yes, we’ve all been hit up for cash outside the Circle K, and of course, we all remember, rest in peace, Carlotta Street block party. Simply put, the Northgate rules.
No other place in the Capital City rivals its round-the-clock liveliness coupled with eclectic randomness. And, as of lately, the historic area has gotten even more fun and tasty with the addition of one new, highly anticipated establishment. Baton Rouge, meet your new best friend – The State Bar & Grub.
“I was just looking for something small, intimate kind of feel; a place where you could go to just get a drink,” says owner, Shane Courrege.
The black, white, and grey tile floors, numerous roomy booths illuminated with red lamps, and a beautiful mural done by celebrated local artist Gabriel Saint create a sophisticated yet laid back atmosphere. The bar, which doesn’t charge a cover but does offer a wide selection of adult beverages, including barrel-aged cocktails and shrub drinks, also plays great music at a perfect volume; nothing too poppy but at the same time nothing too pretentious either – just right for any lunch, dinner or drinking occasion.
Located in the old Louie’s Café building, co-owner and Chef of 18 years, Luis Macedo has crafted a delicious menu full of tasty grub sold at very affordable prices.
“The inspiration was probably just experiments that I have done at home cooking,” says Macedo.
The home-style approach definitely comes through in a delicious way with heavenly gourmet sandwiches like the Cheesus Crust – a classic grilled cheese loaded with colby-jack and provolone on golden brown sourdough bread. The kitchen also serves up fresh salads, delectable smoked tomato basil bisque, and of course, cheese fries with a side of ranch and pot roast gravy for all of your dipping pleasures.
“We’re not just focusing on bar and food as an after thought, we are focused on food as well,” explains Courrege.
Mouthwatering eats like the Roast Beast, an herbed butter baguette stuffed with slow braised pot roast and topped off with caramelized onions, golden provolone and horseradish aioli, make this apparent.
The State Bar & Grub definitely introduces to the Capital City a new, delicious idea.
“There’s a couple places up the east coast and in bigger cities that were doing like a grilled cheese concept that I thought would work in Baton Rouge,” says Courrege.
Open everyday except Sunday, currently The State Bar & Grub welcomes guests from 3pm until 2am, however beginning October 12, the bar eatery will start serving lunch at 11am.