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Baton Rouge Basics

Baton Rouge

Deep in the heart of Cajun country, Baton Rouge is a city that often gets overlooked by New Orleans, its neighbor a little farther south along the Mississippi. But don’t let yourself be fooled: This bayou city has plenty to offer whether you are seeking the spicy culinary creations the region is famous for, are in the need to grab a cold beer before the big LSU game or just want to experience a piece of Old South history.

Start your day at Louie’s Café, a classic diner that features the likes of crawfish omelets and pecan waffles, and then head out on a cultural excursion at one of the city’s many museums, including the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, which showcases interactive art and science galleries, as well as the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium. After an afternoon of shopping at one of the many unique boutiques, including Fromme Soap, which creates hand-crafted suds that are true works of art, head to Stroubes for such delicacies as the Louisiana redfish, which is sautéed and plated on crawfish basmati rice puree and served with asparagus and jumbo lump crab. Finally, end your day with the calming sound of smooth jazz at Sullivan’s Ringside. Linger over a malt scotch or a glass of one of the many fine wines as you recap your adventures.

Though it is not the party city New Orleans is known to be, Baton Rouge offers a calm respite for those seeking a classic, tranquil taste of the South.

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