Roberto’s River Road Restaurant
“The best kept secret in Louisiana…” “A hidden treasure…” Those are reviews you absolutely want to hear when choosing a place to eat, and this next restaurant has them. Travel along the Great River Road just 15 minutes from Baton Rouge and you will find a historical hidden gem; Roberto’s River Road Restaurant.
The building dates back to the 1850’s and used to house the J.J. LaPlace & Sons general store. This unassuming eatery is home to some of the best southern flavors around Baton Rouge. The restaurant is casual and is always packed for lunch and dinner. Last week, I ventured over to Roberto’s for lunch with a friend and let me tell you; it is worth the hype and then some.
When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised that my friend ordered their BBQ Shrimp and Grits.
BBQ Shrimp & Grits
BBQ Shrimp & Grits

This New Orleans style BBQ shrimp set on a deep-fried grit cake was exactly what I needed to start! I am always interested to see how different chefs interpret BBQ Shrimp and Roberto’s gets it right! Just the right amount of sauce and spice! For lunch, I went with the House Specialty, Shrimp Roberto.
Shrimp Roberto, seafood stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon and deep fried
Shrimp Roberto, seafood stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon and deep fried

You really cannot go wrong with seafood stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon, and deep fried. My friend chose wisely with the Catfish Billy; grilled Catfish topped with Crawfish Étouffée. Yum! This is just comfort food at its finest.
Catfish Billy, Fried Catfish topped with Crawfish Etouffee
Catfish Billy, Fried Catfish topped with Crawfish Etouffee

I am a true believer that delicious food can always be found along the long, winding roads of Louisiana. I can’t wait to go back for dinner.

Posted by:
Katie Guasco, Visit Baton Rouge
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