When most people hear “Louisiana food” they instantly think of gumbo, jambalaya, and our world-famous crawfish. But that’s only the beginning! From the spices to the serving sizes, no one else does seafood quite like Louisiana – especially Baton Rouge.
If you are in search of the best seafood in the Capital, look no further. Here’s a list of some of the best local seafood joints in Baton Rouge.
CAPITAL CITY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
If you’re looking for a great Labor Day weekend activity and want to experience Louisiana food in a short amount of time, you’re in luck. From September 1-2, The Capital City Seafood Festival is offering two days’ worth of family-friendly carnival rides, live music, and a wide array of seafood from local food vendors. Visit the website to learn more about entertainment, food, and tickets http://www.ccseafoodfest.com/.
A favorite amongst families and football fans since 1988, Sammy’s Grill has seafood on almost every inch of the menu (except dessert of course). From classic Cajun dishes like the Acadian Catfish to the beloved Seafood Platter, you’ll be able to taste a wide variety of Louisiana seafood at an affordable price.
Since opening in 2015, Roux 61 has become a crowd favorite amongst seafood and steak lovers. Roux 61 is known for perfecting the Louisiana seafood classics, while also giving you a whole new flavor experience. If you’re looking for something unique, have a go at the Shrimp & Alligator Cheesecake or the Seafood Muffaletta.
Located near the heart of the city—just off of Interstate 12—there isn’t a local that hasn’t heard of this classic Baton Rouge staple. Parrain’s has a specialty menu of seafood that has people raving. Most reviews suggest you try The Maurepas special or the chargrilled oysters.
If you’ve never heard of the word “lagniappe,” it means “a little something extra,” and it’s the perfect way to describe Louisiana Lagniappe’s menu. Though it first opened its doors in Destin, Florida, the owners decided to move back to the homeland in order to serve its city proud. The menu features countless Louisiana favorites with something more to offer. And hey, if you can’t decide what to try, just look for a dish with the word “lagniappe” in the title and you’re guaranteed to taste something authentic with a little something you wouldn’t expect.
POOR BOY LLOYD’S
Poor Boy Lloyd’s pays tribute to the origin of—what is known now as—a Po-boy sandwich with their historically accurate menu. Their large selection of Poor Boys features the original fried shrimp and oyster sandwiches along with some unique choices like tuna, boiled shrimp, and catfish. Since it’s located only a block away from the Mississippi River, you’re guaranteed fresh catches every day! They strive to serve the Louisiana community well but encourage outsiders to have a taste of an authentic Louisiana Po-boy.
ROBERTO’S RIVER ROAD RESTAURANT
Want to know the best kept secret in Louisiana? To find it, you’ll have to go about 15 miles south of Baton Rouge to the cutest seafood joint in Sunshine, Louisiana. Set up in a building from the 1850’s along the Mississippi River, is Roberto’s River Road Restaurant, a small joint with big flavors. Roberto’s gives Louisiana seafood an elegant twist. Two highlighted dishes on their seafood menu are their Shrimp Roberto and Fish en Papillote.
Known as Louisiana’s largest seafood market, Tony’s Seafood also has some of the most classic and affordable seafood in the capital. If you’re looking for simple, authentic Louisiana seafood, this is the place to go. Tony’s features all of the classic seafood Po-boys, seafood boxes filled with fresh catches, and even seafood gumbo by the gallon. The fact that it’s a market as well as a restaurant allows you to taste the dishes or cook it up yourself. Tony’s Seafood is cherished by many Louisiana natives, and its quality and prices are hard to beat.
and added by popular demand... MIKE ANDERSON'S!
You probably know the name well from football – Mike Anderson was an All-American Linebacker at LSU. In 1975, Mike Andersons’ Seafood was established and has become a staple in Baton Rouge and famous for their dishes like “The Guitreau,” “Shrimp Norman” and their delectable raw and chargrilled oysters!