Admitted: April 30, 1812 (18th State)

State Bird: Brown Pelican

State Tree: Cypress

State Gemstone: Agate

State Flower: Magnolia

State Capital: Baton Rouge – See Our “Visiting Baton Rouge” Travelogue Below …

Made in Louisiana Gifts and Specialty Louisiana Products

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Gold Brick Topping StateGiftsUSA.com/made-in-louisianaElmer Candy Corporation: Ponchatoula is an appealing historic southern Louisiana town located about equidistant from New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Known as the Strawberry Capital of the World, the town is also home to a legendary business that has been around since 1855 …

It’s the Elmer Candy Corporation, most commonly known as Elmer Chocolate. Everyone in the state knows about them and their seasonal treats have been sought out for decades.

Chocolate Hearts from Elmer Chocolate are a Pelican State tradition at Valentine’s Day, and at Easter, it’s the legendary Heavenly Hash Eggs. They’re rich milk chocolate surrounding a marshmallow center with almonds, shaped like an egg. Pecan Eggs and Gold Brick Eggs round out the season … and that’s when they’re made, seasonally! If it’s out of season, you won’t find these iconic treats on store shelves, and they sell out fast!

Elmer Chocolate does sell one product online all year around. It’s their Gold Brick Topping (pictured), which is perfect over ice cream or any baked treat. The Topping is milk chocolate with pecan pieces and it forms a firm candy shell … what a treat from Ponchatoula!

Buy Gold Brick Topping online by going to the Elmer Chocolate website (linked above) and clicking on the “Seasons” tab. Scroll down and you’ll see a “Shop” link where you can order …




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Fleur de Lis Cookies From Baum’s Pastries

Baum’s Fine Pastries and Chocolates: We discovered Baum’s on our recent visit to Baoon Rouge (see travelogue below), but it’s no secret to those living in Louisiana’s capital city. Baun’s has been a go to tradition for special occasion cakes, specialty baked goods, chocolate and more since 1934 …

It’s not only a specialty bakery – it’s a destination. For first time visitors to the city, like we were, locals will tell you it’s a Baton Rouge must see. Baum’s is a great place to stop for dessert … stop in for one of their fabulous eclairs! We recommend the strawberry … we’ve never had a better one!

Baum’s also ships many of their baked goodies across the country to your doorstep, like the whimsical Fleur de Lis cookies shown. We tried these – they’re delicious butter cookies with a little touch of sweet frosting, the perfect after dinner treat or even for breakfast with a glass of cold milk.

To see all the fine creations coming out of their ovens, visit the Baum’s website. And if you’re ever in the fun city of Baton Rouge, stop in!

Brennan's Cookbook StateGiftsUSA.com/made-in-louisianaBrennan’s New Orleans: Located on Royal Street, Brennan’s Restaurant personifies the elegant side of The French Quarter. A New Orleans landmark since 1946, Brennan’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a beautiful setting that draws visitors and locals back again and again.

Famous for their cocktails and creative breakfast menu, we’re always drawn to their Taste of New Orleans dinners. It’s a Three Course Menu featuring Fresh Gulf Shrimp Salad, Catch of the Day or beef selection, and their out of this world Bread Pudding. Everything here is good – we’ve been coming back every time in town for over 25 years!

The Brennan’s website has recently added an online shop where you can purchase a copy of their Brennan’s New Orleans Cookbook, pictured. It features over 150 original recipes, including how to prepare many of their famous dishes can cocktails like Eggs Sardou, Brandy Milk Punch, and more …

Click through to order a copy for yourself or as a special Louisiana themed gift …

Arnaud's Restaurant StateGiftsUSA.com/made-in-louisianaArnaud’s Restaurant: Picking a favorite restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter is akin to choosing a favorite child or family pet – practically impossible! The Quarter is brimming with exceptional dining choices – whether you’re splurging or on a budget you’ll find memorable places that’ll leave you wondering why food can’t always be this good …

One of our own long standing French Quarter favorites is Arnaud’s, a classic Creole restaurant that has been a part of New Orleans lore for almost a century. Located on Bienville just steps off Bourbon Street, it opens for dinner daily at 6 p.m. and is famous for their Sunday Jazz Brunch …

The seafood and Creole inspired dishes here are nothing short of remarkable. Their signature dish is called Shrimp Arnaud, served as an appetizer. It’s a marriage of ultra fresh plump sweet shrimp mixed with the restaurant’s renowned Creole Remoulade Sauce. The oysters here are magnificent and they serve a unique Alligator Sausage dressed with their own house mustard.

At the Arnaud’s website, you can have a taste of the restaurant shipped to you in the form of their Remoulade Sauce and Mustard, both available for purchase from their online shop. A wonderful gift for the gourmet on your list, you’ll want to order a few extra for yourself!

A true taste of The French Quarter …

King Cake Mix StateGiftsUSA.comMam Papaul’s King Cake Mix: We’ve been to Louisiana many times and every time we return home, we find ourselves missing all the great food! There’s nothing quite like cuisine from The Pelican State, and it’s awfully hard to duplicate …

We learned of a Louisiana company called Mam Papaul’s that helps solve the dilemma … they create a line of New Orleans style entree and dessert mixes which allow you to prepare some of the great Cajun dishes at home. Crawfish Pie, Dirty Rice, Jambalaya, Etouffee, Gumbo, and Scampi are some of their entree mixes – just follow the easy to prepare instructions and you’re on your way.

We really like Mam Papaul’s King Cake Mix. It contains all you need to prepare a Mardi Gras Style King Cake – dough mix, yeast, colored sugar, glaze, praline filling mix, and even a metallic baby!

Lots of other dessert mixes are available at their online store as well. Check out their website to order and take the hassle out of preparing your favorite New Orleans style dishes …

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From “Marshes to Mansions”

“Marshes To Mansions” Cookbook: There’s no substitute for experiencing a state by its unique cuisine. If ever there’s a state where that holds especially true, it’s Louisiana. Chefs from the world over try their hand at classic dishes from The Pelican State … you may have even attempted a few yourself!

A friend of ours showed us a wonderful cookbook he acquired not long ago that brings many of the classic Louisiana recipes all together in one place. It’s called Marshes To Mansions and it’s compiled and offered by the Junior League of Lake Charles.

This definitive resource features a large collection of pictures, stories, and recipes into a coffee table quality book. An ideal gift for anyone who loves Louisiana, the book is available directly from their website.

From appetizers to main courses to desserts, you’ll find it all here! The book contains over 250 recipes designed to bring the joy of Louisiana cooking to your table …

Doberge Cake StateGiftsUSA.comGambino’s Bakery: If you’re visiting the New Orleans area, be sure to stop at Gambino’s Bakery for a distinctly Louisiana baked delicacy. They’ve been an area family tradition since 1949 and are famous for their birthday cakes, fresh baked Italian style bread, and more. In fact, if you enjoy a poor boy or muffaletta sandwich here, chances are great it’s being made with bread from Gambino’s. No other bread is quite the same!

One of the bakery’s other claims to fame is their doberge cake, pictured. It’s a nine layer cake filled with buttercream in a variety of flavors and topped with a caramel glaze. A doberge cake is spectacular and there’s nothing quite like it …

Gambino’s Bakery now has locations elsewhere in The Pelican State, like Baton Rouge and Lafayette. For King Cakes, their famous bread, and more, check out their website to see what can be shipped. You won’t be disappointed, and if you haven’t tried a doberge cake, your bucket list is calling you for an addition!

Steen's Syrup StateGiftsUSA.com

Steen’s Syrup Sugar & Spice Gift Package

Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup: Located in Abbeville in the south central part of the state, this company has been around for over 100 years. They carefully select and process sugar cane, one of Louisiana’s best known crops, and turn it into 100% pure sugar cane syrup.

You can use cane syrup in any number of ways, either as a table syrup or mixed into your favorite recipes as a healthy sugar substitute. It’s also great as a glaze on a ham or pork roast and in sauces. Add some to your barbecue sauce for a fantastic slightly sweet finish!


Steen ‘s Syrup also produces cane vinegar and molasses, each of which are available at their online gift shop in addition to their flagship syrup. Use their cane vinegar in salad dressings and marinades, and the molasses as a unique, one of kind flavor for your baking recipes and directly on breakfast baked goods.

Check out their gift packages, particularly the Sugar & Spice basked, which include a little of everything including the Steen’s recipe booklet which will give you some great ideas for using their products. A great Louisiana made gift idea too!

Click through to their website to laarn more about this iconic company from The Pelican State!

Camellia Brand Beans SStateGiftsUSA.comCamellia Brand: About 20 years ago when I first started becoming interested in cooking, I received some sage advice from my dad, who told me “Always start with the best ingredients.” He still likes preparing Cajun themed dishes and I do too, and this company fits into our philosophy of using the very best ingredients available …

They’re Camellia Brand, a 4th generation Harahan, LA company officially known as L.H. Hayward & Co. Founded in the 1920’s, they’re best known for producing and packaging beans, peas, lentils, and just about any kind of beans that are found in famous Cajun and Creole style dishes. We actually had a lot of fun perusing their site – you won’t believe the wide variety of beans you can order online!

In addition to the famous red beans, Camellia offers Kidney, Lima, Navy, Northern, White, Black, Garbanzo, Crowder, Pinto, Split Peas, and well, you get the idea. There are tons of recipes on their site to help start your culinary creativity rolling – these are the same beans ordered by those famous New Orleans restaurants you’ve experienced or heard about for years!

If you’re a little less adventurous, the Camellia Brand online store also offers soup mixes containing their beans along with classic mixes for Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, and Cajun Dirty Rice … a great made in Louisiana gift for anyone who appreciates the wonderful cuisine of this region!

Click through to their site to learn more about the company and to order for yourself …

Swamp Pop StateGiftsUSA.comSwamp Pop: We love discovering local products make with the local ingredients a state is known for, and in this case, it’s Louisiana sugar cane. It’s the penultimate ingredient found in the line of soda pop developed by Lafayette based cousins John Petersen and Collin Cormier called Swamp Pop …

There’s nothing quite like a soda (or pop as we call it) made with the natural sweetness of pure cane sugar. This has been one of The Pelican State’s go to cash crops for centuries, particularly in the southern part of the state. Soda made with artificial sweetener doesn’t hold a candle to those made with cane sugar!

At Swamp Pop, they make six different flavor varieties, a few of which you’ve likely never experienced. Their File (pronounced FEE-lay) Root Beer is made using the same file spice found in iconic Cajun dishes and harkens back to original Native American root beer recipes. Ponchatoula Pop Rouge captures the flavor of the fresh strawberries famous in this area, while Noble Cane Cola is enhanced with fresh plump Louisiana figs …

Swamp Pop also creates Ginger Ale, Praline Cream Soda, and a unique style called Satsuma Fizz. This one is dedicated to the sweet citrus fruit known as the satsuma, which grows in the southern area of the state, appropriately in and around the town of the same name.

At their website, there’s a listing of where you can buy their soda pop retail, and of course you can also order it in handy four packs and cases right at the online store. Check out their cool t-shirts too!

A really unique Louisiana treat – perfect as a gift or for your next Cajun themed party!

Tiger Sauce StateGiftsUSA.comReily Foods Company: A Big Easy fixture since 1902, Reily Foods is a diverse manufacturer of over 100 different products, from coffee to baking mixes to mayonnaise. But if you’re a fan of gourmet sauces, one line of their portfolio is especially noteworthy, led by one of our all time favorite condiments, Tiger Sauce.

Officially known as Try Me Tiger Sauce, it’s one of several gourmet table sauces Reily Foods offers in their Try Me line. We actually may have consumed more Tiger Sauce in the last 20+ years than any couple in America – that’s how much we like it! It’s a cayenne pepper based sauce with a tinge of sweet that’s an ideal pick me up for tacos, chili, stir fry dishes, stews, and cold salads. While we don’t use it on everything we make, it’s awful close!

Reily Foods makes several other sauces in the Try Me line, like Tennessee Sunshine, Oyster & Shrimp Sauce, and Bullfighter Steak & Burger Sauce, among others. But we keep coming back to Tiger Sauce, and we bet once you try it, you will too. You’ll find it in the condiments aisle of supermarkets in most areas of the country, but if not, order directly at their website where you’ll get a discount on case purchases.

If you like to cook, perk up your creations with a dash of Tiger Sauce – we give it our highest recommendation!

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Haydel’s Bakery Cajun Kringles – Yum!

Haydel’s Bakery: In a city known for culinary excellence, Haydel’s Bakery stands out for their variety and unique bakery creations. They make excellent King Cake – the true measuring stick for an authentic Louisiana baker – and they also create a delicious pastry called a Cajun Kringle …

A kringle is an oval shaped pastry with a large hole in the middle … like a giant oblong donut except thinner, meaning not made with raised dough. Danish in origin and very popular in Wisconsin, the Cajun Kringle consists of a flaky, butter pastry with praline filling, caramel icing, all topped with sweet Louisiana pecans. They’re traditionally served during the holiday season but they’re popular all year long, and with good reason – they’re fantastic!

You can order Haydel’s King Cakes and Cajun Kringles directly at their website. They also make cookies, pralines, fruit cake, and cajunnolis. A cajunnoli is the Cajun take on a traditional cannoli – it’s filled with a sweet pralline cream cheese and topped with chopped toasted pecans. A one of a kind Cajun treat!

Click through to Haydel’s Bakery to discover everything they create and to place your order online …

Bruce Foods StateGiftsUSA.comBruce Foods: We normally don’t feature companies as large as Bruce Foods on State Gifts USA, but their Cajun style products are so good we’d be remiss if they weren’t here on our Made in Louisiana page …

Based in New Iberia and best known for their Original Louisiana Hot Sauce, Bruce Foods is one of the nation’s leading privately owned food manufacturers. Of their many products, one that flies beneath the radar is their excellent Sweet Potato Pancake & Waffle Mix. Ever tried sweet potato pancakes? We hadn’t either until we became acquainted with this product …

It’s super easy to make and we’re not sure we’ll go back to regular pancakes again! With a slightly sweet taste along with no fat or cholesterol, these sweet potato pancakes are an excellent and healthy way to start your day!

You can generally find the Bruce Foods line almost anywhere in the country, but if you’ve got your eye on a particular item, visit their website’s online store. You can order any of their items and have them shipped out directly. Enjoy the great flavors of The Pelican State!

P&J Oyster Cookbook StateGiftsUSA.comP & J Oyster Company: If you’ve ever visited New Orleans, you’ve undoubtedly seen the bountiful supply of fresh oysters available in some of the city’s finest restaurants. Arguably, there’s no finer city in the world to enjoy oysters than The Big Easy, where world class acclaimed chefs work their magic with these plump bivalves.

If you’ve found yourself wondering who supplies all these oysters to New Orleans and beyond, the answer is likely a legendary French Quarter company with a history dating back to just after the Civil War. It’s the P & J Oyster Company, the acknowledged Louisiana leader in the oyster industry. They were there when Oysters Rockefeller was invented at Antoine’s and their website is a treasure trove of information about oysters – how to store them, shucking, and how pearls end up inside them. And of course, recipes!

While you can’t order live oysters from P & J for shipping, they have created a wonderful cookbook that’s the ultimate oyster resource text – it’s called “The P & J Oyster Cookbook” and it features recipes for oysters on the half shell, appetizers, baked, grilled, and more. Any oyster lover will enjoy the beautiful photographs in this one of a kind cookbook as well. The definitive oyster resource and recipe collection, The P & J Oyster Cookbook is available for online purchase via links on their website.

It’s the next best thing to being in New Orleans!

Natchitoches Meat PiesNatchitoches Meat Pies: Natchitoches is known for many things. A beautiful small town, it is the oldest settlement in the state and is known as the Bed and Breakfast Capital of America. Tucked along the Cane River in west central Louisiana, the town and surrounding area has been the setting for several famous movies, including Steel Magnolias and the 1959 classic “The Horse Soldiers” starring John Wayne, William Holden, and Constance Towers.

Natchitoches (actually pronounced Nack-A-Tish) is also known for their cuisine, a direct result of the many cultural influences in the area. One specialty is Natchitoches meat pies, made famous by a restaurant in the town’s historic district, Lasyone’s. Similar to a turnover, meat pies are a French-Canadian specialty and a Louisiana specialty as well. They’re made with a special mix of 80% beef and 20% pork and typically served with Cajun dirty rice. The filling is stuffed into a pastry like crust, sealed, and deep fried. Lasyone’s has been around since 1967 and is a central Louisiana must stop!

You can order meat pies online from a local company called Natchitoches Meat Pies. They carry the original variety as well as shrimp and crawfish pies in various sizes. The company ships anywhere in the country and meat pies freeze beautifully … just heat them up in your oven or toaster oven. They make a great lunch!

Cane River Pecan Company Gift Tin

Cane River Pecan Company Gift Package

Cane River Pecan Company: Many states across the south are well known for their pecan production and Louisiana is no exception. One of the most prominent companies in the state in this industry is the Cane River Pecan Company, originally founded near the Cane River in Natchitoches in the state’s pecan and cotton belt. The company is now headquartered in New Iberia, a south central Louisiana town that is home to the state’s annual Sugar Cane Festival …

Cane River Pecan is well known for their gift tins of fresh pecans and pecan specialties. They’ll custom label tins for special occasions and corporate gifts and offer seasonal gift tins as well. At their website, you can conveniently shop by price or by product. Some of their more enticing products include chocolate chunk pecan cookies, cinnamon pecan straws, pecan praline popcorn, and creamy pralines.

Also, if you like to cook with pecan oil, you can buy the freshest you’ll find from Cane River Pecan. This 100% virgin pecan oil is an excellent substitute for cooking with butter and has far less saturated fat. It’s been a secret ingredient in southern kitchens for generations!

Click through to the Cane River Pecan website to see all their products!

Berry Town Produce, Ponchatoula

Berry Town Produce Jams

Berry Town Produce: As we mention in our feature of Ponchatoula’s Best Honey (see below), the town of Ponchatoula is know as “The Strawberry Capital of the World”. One of the best places to buy the sweet flavor of the area’s strawberries is from Berry Town Produce, a long established market and farm operation with three convenient area locations …

Berry Town Produce offers a seafood market for local residents, along with lunch specials and freezer meats. Their online store offers a wide variety of gift baskets for all occasions, most filled with Cajun specialties and the strawberry jams and jellies made at the Ponchatoula location. In addition to strawberry, the market offers blackberry, peach, blueberry, pepper jellies, and two southern specialties, mayhaw and muscadine jellies …

You can have any of their available online products and gift baskets shipped anywhere in the lower 48 states. If you’re ever in the Ponchatoula / Hammond area, stop by! It’s a fun place to visit and have lunch!

Ponchatoula's Best HoneyPonchatoula’s Best Honey: Ponchatoula is a cool southern Louisiana town with influences from both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, each of which is about an hour’s drive away. The town is located just off Interstate 55 as you head south toward The Big Easy, and just south of Interstate 12 heading west to Baton Rouge …

Located here is one of the state’s largest honey producers, appropriately named Ponchatoula’s Best Honey. Southern Louisiana is known for a large variety of wildflowers, and in fact Ponchatoula is known as the Strawberry Capital of the World! With all the succulent options for bees to pollinate, it’s no wonder honey production is a natural fit for this area …

The company’s local honey is available from their online store in various sizes and decorative containers. They’re one of the few Pelican State honey companies that will ship online – if you’re buying as a gift, a special gift card is included. And did you know Louisiana’s state insect is the honeybee? We’ve tasted local honey in Louisiana and it’s fantastic!

Check out the Ponchatoula’s Best website for more about honey in general and to order some for yourself!

Cajun Pecan House

Louisiana Pecans – Cajun Pecan House

Cajun Pecan House: The small Louisiana hamlet of Cut Off is located in Bayou Country, south and slightly west of New Orleans. Here you’ll find the renowned Cajun Pecan House, famous for their king cakes, Louisiana pecans, and pecan pies …

King Cakes are shipped overnight across the country and as you might expect, business booms around Mardi Gras. These festive cakes are made with a specialty dough and then braided with cinnamon and sugar. After they’re baked, they are adorned with colorful eye catching icing on top with traditional Mardi Gras colors …

In addition to King Cakes, Cajun Pecan House ships fresh pecans in various sized containers like the one shown. They also make a fine fruit cake – even if the thought of fruit cake makes you roll your eyes, you’ll love the rich, fresh taste of these! They’re shipped in a handsome wooden crate that will be a most welcome gift for anyone on your list …

Check out everything the Cajun Pecan House has to offer by visiting their website …

Dumas Candy CompanyDumas Candy Company: A Louisiana institution, the Dumas Candy Company has been around since 1949 and located in Delhi since 1990. Delhi is a north central Louisiana town of about 3,000 people located in between Shreveport and Vicksburg, Mississippi …

Dumas Candy is best known for their peanut patties, peppermint bites, and soft cut mints. The peanut patties are hand formed and made with either regular or red peanuts, and the peppermint bites and mints are ideal after dinner treats, especially after a Cajun style meal!

We especially love their peanut patties! You can buy them at the Dumas Candy online store in boxes of twelve and they’ll be shipped to you anywhere in the country via UPS …

Enjoy the taste of northern Louisiana with Dumas Candies!

River Bend Bakery

Pecan Tea Cookies – River Bend Bakery

River Bend Bakery: Located in Kenner about 20 minutes outside the French Quarter, River Bend Bakery creates a wide variety of baked treats and is probably best known for their delicious and practically addicting pecan tea cookies …

Made with fresh Louisiana grown pecans and dusted with powdered sugar, the bakery’s pecan tea cookies make for an ideal gift from Louisiana. They’re packed in a beautiful gift box (pictured) with a satin hand tied ribbon ….

River Bend Bakery also is known for their many varieties of biscotti, pralines, brittle, and numerous combination gift baskets and boxes.

They’ll ship anywhere in the country and have long been a preferred source for corporate gifts – visit their website to learn more and to order!

Joe Brewton ArtJoe Brewton Art: We love locally based art and have long collected prints from the many places we’ve been fortunate enough to visit. We also enjoy spotlighting local artists who focus on their surroundings, whether they’re urban scenes or outdoor landscapes …

Joe Brewton is a New Orleans based artist who draws inspiration from the unique architecture and landmarks of the city around him. Since the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Joe has been working on a New Orleans series of paintings and ink drawings featuring the rebirth of The Big Easy …

Primarily self taught, Joe is a graduate of the LSU School of Architecture and has been painting for over 25 years. Some of his favorite subjects to paint are French Quarter buildings and doorways, as well as compelling structures around the city …

You can browse several galleries of Joe’s work at his website. Various sizes of prints are available via PayPal – bring a piece of New Orleans into your home!

Trappey'sTrappey’s Hot Sauces: In a state well known for hot pepper sauces, the Trappey’s brand takes a back seat to no other. We have been using their Red Devil Cayenne Pepper Sauce on fresh oysters and in stir fry dishes for years. You can generally find their products, or many of them at least, in large grocery stores ..

Trappey’s makes several kinds of hot sauces, including a Louisiana Pepper Sauce made with red jalapenos and the very tasty Trappey’s Pepper Sauce, made with red jalapenos, cayenne peppers, and tabasco peppers …

The company also makes a line of jarred hot peppers which are ideal for salads, appetizers, and sandwiches. There’s a link on their website to order online if you can’t find the specific products you want where you shop …

Louisiana Life MagazineLouisiana Life Magazine: Do you know someone who loves Louisiana and likes to know what’s going on? If so, consider a gift subscription to Louisiana Life Magazine, the state’s only state wide general interest publication …

Louisiana Life is a full color glossy magazine published six times a year. Each issue covers current events in the state, travel destinations, dining, and the arts.

Home & Garden and Things To Do are popular features in Louisiana Life, and this magazine is the best publication covering everywhere in the state from New Orleans to Shreveport and all places in between.

Click through to their site to order a very reasonably priced gift subscription …

Louisiana Crawfish CompanyLouisiana Crawfish Company: If you’ve enjoyed the sweet, succulent taste of crawfish at restaurants serving them, chances are good they’re from the Louisiana Crawfish Company, the nation’s largest shipper of crawfish …

The company has been the predominant supplier of crawfish since 1985, and you can get them shipped live, boiled, or just the meaty tails. The crawfish are raised in a controlled aquaculture, ensuring no additives or pesticide chemicals interfere with raising a natural product …

Louisiana Crawfish Co. also supplies all things Cajun, so if you enjoy Cajun cooking or would like to learn, this is a great place to start. It’s also an excellent choice for Cajun style food gifts, like turducken, Louisiana blue crab, Gulf shrimp, meat pies, seasonings, and more …

Their website has all the details on getting crawfish shipped right to your door!

Pat O'BriensPat O’Brien’s: In a city chock full of great places to unwind, Pat O’Brien’s on St. Peter in the Quarter is the penultimate New Orleans bar. Set in a courtyard centered by the beautiful fountain shown, Pat O’Brien’s is a destination for food, drink, and and a good time you’ll remember for years …

Their famous Hurricane drink is a rite of passage for anyone visiting The Big Easy … it’s basically a rum punch with special ingredients that make it a New Orleans original. If you’ve never been there, add it to your “to do” list … you’ll be glad you did!

You can order Hurricane pre mix (just add rum) along with all kinds of Pat O’Brien’s gift items and swag at the Pat O’Brien’s online gift shop. You’ll find everything you need to take the party home, or to throw an authentic New Orleans party anywhere!

Be sure to check out the Hurricane Gift Basket … two Hurricane glasses and drink mix, an ideal gift for anyone who’s been to Pat O’Brien’s … or wants to go!

Dirty Potato Chips

Dirty Potato Chips, Gramercy, Louisiana

“Dirty” Potato Chips: We admit it, we’re potato chip freaks and we like to try all kinds of chips from across the USA. A while back, a friend brought us a bag of Dirty Potato Chips from a visit to Lousiana … that’s the company name and they’re from Gramercy, LA.

The chips are a little hard to find, but you can buy them at select deli’s and specialty stores across the country and of course via their website. The chips are called dirty because once the potatoes are sliced, they aren’t double washed like most chip manufacturers do. It’s said the process of washing twice takes some of the flavor out of the chips, which makes sense. All we know for sure is Dirty’s Potato Chips are among the crunchiest and full flavored we’ve ever tried (and we’ve tried a lot!).

Flavors include Sea Salt, Jalapeno, Mesquite BBQ, Sour Cream & Onion, Unsalted, and several more. If you like a great potato chip or know someone who does, order online at their website and Get Dirty!

Boudin

Comeaux’s Boudin Sausage

Comeaux’s Alligator Boudin: If you’re not familiar with Cajun delicacies, boudin is a sausage made with ground cuts of pork, onions, celery, peppers, rice, garlic, and other spices stuffed into a sausage casing. It’s really good! You can grill boudin, boil it, even microwave it if you wish …

Comeaux’s based in Lafayette, LA is one of the state’s largest purveyors of boudin. Alligator boudin is made with the same blend of ingredients as other boudin, except alligator meat is used. Alligator tail meat is frequently seen on menus in the south … it’s a popular appetizer when breaded and fried.

Comeaux’s sells a lot of packaged boudin in Lousiana, as well as smoked sausage, smoked meat, rice dressings, and seasonings. You can also buy their several varieties of boudin, including their alligator boudin, and have it shipped to you …

Great for a Mardi Gras party or even just a backyard cookout! Click on the Comeaux’s website to see all their interesting products …

Don Cobb Artwork

“Where Da Hot Sauce At” Print by Don Cobb

Don Cobb Artwork: If you’ve been reading State Gifts USA for any length of time, you probably know we’re big fans of local artwork. We particularly enjoy prints depicting local scenes, especially those we’ve seen on our journeys across the U.S. …

We found a Louisiana artist, Don Cobb, who’s based in Shreveport. He offers about three dozen different art prints he’s done depicting Louisiana scenes. There are prints of New Orleans and Shreveport scenes, iconic restaurants, and items closely associated with the Pelican State like the print shown …

All of Don’s prints are printed on sturdy acid free fine art paper and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Don has an Etsy site where you can view his works: Don Cobb Artwork

Feed Me Eat Pretty

“Feed Me Eat Pretty” Fresh Pepper Jellies

Feed Me Eat Pretty: This cheerfully named New Orleans company specializes in uniquely flavored cocktail mixes, fruit and simple syrups, and pepper jellies made with local New Orleans area produce …

Owner Emily Marquis Vanlandingham prides herself in using as few ingredients in her products as possible, with no fillers or artificial colors. Their fruit based syrups can be used in any number of ways … as a glaze, in cocktails, or simply drizzled over desserts.

Their pepper jellies have a similar profile … essentially just peppers, fruit, and sugar. Feed Me Eat Pretty also offers a popular line of sugar free jams spotlighting fruit and pectin, with no artificial sweeteners added like most other sugar free jams.

You can buy from their Etsy store which is linked on their website. See Feed Me Eat Pretty online for more details …

El Guapo BittersEl Guapo Bitters: From New Orleans, the home of “getting your cocktail on”, comes an artisan bitters company making all sorts of unique products to complement your favorite drinks …

The company is El Guapo Bitters and as the name implies, they create handsome bottles of flavored liquid bitters designed to improve and jazz up your cocktail experience …

One of their flagship products is a British Colonial Style Tonic Syrup. Essentially, this is an original style tonic, typically used in gin and tonics. Made with cane sugar, fruit, quinine, and special spices, it has a slightly sweet and classic bitter flavor designed to create the classic gin cocktail.

Another unique bitter is the one pictured – Chicory/Pecan Bitters. It contains coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, and of course chicory and Louisiana pecans … perfect for an Old Fashioned or any dark rum drinks for a classic New Orleans experience!

You can order any of these bitters at the El Guapo Bitters web store, linked above. Cheers!

Louisiana Trivia and Fun Facts

1). Louisiana is the only state that does not have counties. The traditional counties are instead called parishes …

2). Louisiana was named after France’s King Louis XIV …

3). While the unofficial state drink is the famous “Hurricane”, the official state drink is milk …

4). Louisiana is a very low elevation state. The state’s highest point is Driskill Mountain at 535 feet in height …

5). The Louisiana State Capitol Building is the tallest building of it’s type in the United States. It stands 450 feet tall …

6). “Bayou” is a French name for slow moving river …

7). At 397 miles, Louisiana has the 5th most coastline of any state …

Panola Pepper Corp.

Hot Sauces and More – Panola Pepper Corp.

Panola Pepper Corporation: Based in Lake Providence, Panola Pepper Corp. has been creating hot sauces, marinades, pepper mixes, and more since being established in 1983 …

Over 30 years later, their product mix has grown tremendously … you can also buy artisan rice, specialty pecans, seasonings, and unique mustards. Their Chipotle Honey Mustard is great as a dipping sauce or glazed on a piece of salmon before grilling …

Panola also offers a “Taste of Louisiana” club, available in three month increments up to a year. Each month, you or your gift recipient will receive a package of rotating products from the Panola line. You’ll definitely be doing someone a favor with this gift!

This community focused company employs over 30 people from the local area … check out their entire product line by visiting the Panola Pepper website. Try the Panola Gourmet Pepper Sauce!

Zapp's Potato ChipsZapp’s Potato Chips: Ask a transplanted Louisianan what they miss most about living in Louisiana … we bet one of the first things they’ll mention is Zapp’s Potato Chips

These thick cut, kettle cooked in peanut oil chips are an integral part of Louisiana snacking. The barbecue flavor seems to be a particular favorite, although we prefer the original. Zapp’s Chips have been made in Gramercy, LA since 1985.

You can buy Zapp’s chips online in boxes of eight bags or 25 bags. You can mix and match the flavors or go with just one …

Cafe du Monde StateGiftsUSA.com

Cafe du Monde Coffee

Cafe du Monde: Long before Starbucks, there was Cafe du Monde, a New Orleans tradition since 1862. It is one of the French Quarter’s most visited landmarks, serving their special chicory coffee and powdered sugar beignets to visitors and locals alike …

The coffee blend from Cafe du Monde is unique due to the blending of chicory, which is the root of the endive plant. Introduced by the French and Acadian settlers, chicory gives the coffee a slightly less bitter, almost chocolate type taste …

Coffee at Cafe du Monde is served either black or au lait, which means half coffee and half heated milk. You can buy the Cafe du Monde coffee blend online, as well as the mix for their one of kind beignets. Also available are numerous gift baskets, art, apparel, coffee mugs, and more. Check out the Cafe du Monde site for more details …

Sazerac StateGiftsUSA.com

A New Orleans Classic

Sazerac: The Official Cocktail of New Orleans: The Sazerac Cocktail has been a part of New Orleans lore since the mid 1800’s …

Almost a rite of passage, enjoying a Sazerac in the French Quarter is a true New Orleans experience. The cocktail itself is a blend of bourbon or rye whiskey, Herbsaint, Peychaud’s Bitters, and a sugar cube …

We like a Sazerac made with bourbon. Absinthe is another traditional ingredient and was part of the original recipe until being replaced by Herbsaint when absinthe became largely illegal in the early to mid 1900’s. Absinthe is back on the market now, so you can use it instead of Herbsaint if you wish …

Either way, the Sazerac is a fantastic cocktail, and you can get the original recipe at the main Sazerac site …

The Sazerac Gift Shop offers everything you need to host a Sazerac party (minus the alcohol), like glassware, recipes, bitters, and Sazerac apparel … cheers!

Tabasco Sauce StateGiftsUSA.comLouisiana Hot Sauce: Hand in glove with the famed Louisiana gourmet cooking are the Louisiana hot sauces that spice things up …

The southern portion of the state is the origin of many types of peppers, hot and not as hot, which are blended into the well known hot sauces made here. Two of the most famous are Tabasco Sauce and Crystal Hot Sauce, which can be found on tables across the U.S. and all over the world …

And both of these companies are more than hot sauce … check out their sites online for gift packs, mustards, chili mix, snacks, apparel, and many other gifts that jump up and say “Direct From Louisiana”!

Cajun Land Brand Spices and Seasonings: If you’d like to try your hand at Cajun cooking, there’s no better place to start than the Cajun Land Brand spices and seasonings website …

Based in Metairie, LA since 1972, Cajun Land Brand is the state’s largest producer of Cajun seasonings and spices. They create special blends for many famous restaurants and retail outlets, and offer their selection online.

Some of the Cajun spices you can buy for yourself or as a gift include, blackening spices, fish fry mix, seafood and poultry seasonings, as well as mixes for traditional Louisiana dishes like gumbo and jambalaya …

Check out the Cajun Land Brand website for details …


King Cake StateGiftsUSA.com

Colorful Mardi Gras Style King Cake

King Cakes: Colorful King Cakes, pictured at left, are a Mardi Gras tradition. They’re created in many colorful variations and help celebrate this traditional Cajun influenced holiday …

Most bakeries who create King Cakes only ship during the immediate Mardi Gras season, but Haydel Bakery of New Orleans ships whenever a King Cake craving strikes!

They offer several different King Cake packages, some of which include colorful Mardi Gras beads and other related swag. The packages are shipped UPS next day air to ensure freshness. Perfect for a Mardi Gras style party or as a recognition gift for anyone who loves New Orleans and Mardi Gras!

Laura's Candies StateGiftsUSA.comLaura’s Candies: Since 1913, Laura’s Candies has been a French Quarter staple, creating pralines, fudge, and specialty candies from their location on Chartres Street …

Originally, Laura’s produced only pies and fudge, but their business has grown, along with their reputation as one of the best candy makers in the south. Now, they’re famous for pralines, truffles, chocolates, as well as Mississippi Mud fudge and pies …

A great gift idea is the New Orleans Sampler, which includes one pound of Mississippi Mud, one pound of assorted chocolates, and one dozen creole pralines …

Andouille Sausage

Andouille Sausage

Jacob’s Andouille Sausage: This little company has been smoking great sausage products since 1928 in LaPlace, LA. They’re best known for their andouille sausage (pronounced “ann-DO-wee”), a spicy Cajun pork sausage that’s seasoned with salt, red pepper, black pepper, and garlic. It’s exceptionally popular in Louisiana …

Their sausage has a mild, rich flavor which probably stems from using only pecan wood in the smokehouse. Pecan wood imparts a well rounded, almost sweet flavor that compares favorably to somewhat harsher woods like hickory …

You can order andouille sausage and many of their other products by visiting CajunSausage.com … they’ll ship anywhere in the United States.

Loretta's Pralines New OrleansLoretta’s Pralines: Loretta’s Pralines was founded over 30 years ago by Loretta Harrison, who still owns and runs the company today. Loretta was the first African-American woman to own and operate her own praline company in New Orleans. The primary location is in the French Market on Peters Street …

The company produces several different types of pralines, all based from Loretta’s original recipe. Some of the praline flavors include chocolate, original, rum, peanut butter, coconut, as well as pralines with no pecans.

We tried some on a recent visit to New Orleans and the best word we can come up with to describe them is FANTASTIC … order some for yourself or as a gift which is sure to be appreciated at LorettasPralines.com

Zombee Candles Shreveport LA

Zombee Candles

Zombee Candle Company: The Cajun cooking isn’t the only thing that smells good in Louisiana … check out the soy and beeswax candles from Zombee Candle from Shreveport …

Zombee Candle makes a wide array of soy candles in unique scents that you can probably only find in Louisiana … like Creole Marmalade, Lemon LaRoux, Pain de Banane, and Bitches Brew …

Zombie Candle founder and owner Kate Hesson adds a little bit of Louisiana culture into every candle they make … a real gift of Louisiana spirit for anyone on your list!

PapaFertitta.com

Papa Fertitta’s Olive Mix – Shreveport

Papa Fertitta’s: A Shreveport, LA landmark since 1927, Papa Fertitta’s is known as the home of the “muffy”. That’s the trademarked shortened name of the famous muffelletta sandwich.

Commonly found in New Orleans, the round sandwich is created with specialty Italian style meats, cheese, and an olive mix that’s similar to giardiniera. It’s served in between two slices of Italian bread with sesame seeds and it is a one of kind taste treat …

Papa Fertitta’s is just as well known for their olive mix, which you can buy online along with muffy sandwiches. They’ll ship fresh sandwiches anywhere in the country …

Order a taste of Shreveport at Papa Fertitta’s website

ChimpHaven.org

Adopt “Henry” From Chimp Haven …

Chimp Haven: We’d like to introduce you to a wonderful non profit organization in the Shreveport area called Chimp Haven. They’re a sanctuary and retirement home of sorts for chimpanzees …

Chimp Haven provides a natural habitat home and care for unwanted chimpanzees, many of whom were used for medical research in prior years or formerly used for entertainment or as pets. The sanctuary houses almost 150 chimpanzees and allows them to live and roam freely in a safe and secure environment while providing necessary medical care …

Chimpanzees can live upwards of 40 years in captivity, and many of these wonderful creatures were given a second chance at having a normal life by the good people at Chimp Haven. Pictured is Henry, who was rescued from a garage where he lived in a small cage for fifteen years. Henry has had a miraculous recovery and is living happily with other chimps and is one of the leaders of his social group!

You can provide support for these animals by “adopting” them or being designated as one of the chimp’s “best friends”. Tax deductible gifts can be made in your name or as a wonderful gift in the name of an animal lover in your life …

Check out all the background information and some of their touching stories at ChimpHaven.org.

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Visiting Louisiana’s State Capital City … Baton Rouge

Louisiana Map StateGiftsUSA.com/made-in-louisianaWhen most people think of visiting Louisiana, their thoughts turn to New Orleans. We’ve been fortunate enough to visit New Orleans about half a dozen times – it’s an immensely enjoyable place to see. But just up the road about 80 miles northwest of The Crescent City is another gem … the capital city of Louisiana, Baton Rouge.

On our most recent visit to the South, we finally managed to pry ourselves away from the French Quarter’s charms to spend two nights in Baton Rouge (which translates to “Red Stick”). Did you know this vibrant city is the largest in the state?

You can get to Baton Rouge in less than 1 1/2 hours from The French Quarter, and although the drive is quick, we recommend lingering once you arrive. There’s far too much to see and enjoy for just a day trip, so plan at least one overnight stay – the restaurants alone are worth the trip!

Winter, when we visited, is a welcome respite from cold Midwestern dreariness. January temperatures hover in the low to mid 50’s, moderated by the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s not beach weather, but a light jacket will suffice!

We were so pleased we made the time to visit this city – it’s bursting with personality and there’s a tremendous civic pride evident here. Join us as we discover Louisiana’s capital city – Baton Rouge!

Introduction To Baton Rouge

If you’ve never been to the area, one of the first things you’ll notice is Baton Rouge is unlike any other city. There’s quite a history here – everywhere you turn you’ll find influences of French, African, Cajun, and Creole culture and dialect. This melting pot of backgrounds and traditions show up in the city’s music, culinary scene and general way of life …

Baton Rouge Skyline

The Skyline of Louisiana’s Capital City

One of the first local phrases we learned here was “fais do do”. It loosely translates to “party” or “having a good time” and simply put, that’s the Baton Rouge way. It’s not a party-in-the-streets type of environment you’ll find in The French Quarter. Rather, it’s a more slightly understated, spring-in-your-step type vibe that’ll have you asking, “What’s Next?” …

The city’s history is closely entwined with its location on the Mississippi River. It’s the first major port traveling north from the Gulf, and an important commerce link to the Deep South. Hundreds of years ago, settlers and explorers arrived here, many French, French-Canadian, and Spanish to name but a few.

As mentioned, this is The Pelican State’s largest city. Just over 800,000 people call Baton Rouge home, and you’ll find its citizens to be friendly, forthright, and helpful. No one here seems to be shy about offering their opinion, whether it’s a place to eat, a spot for good live music, or recommendations about some of the city’s hidden gems.

The average annual temperature here is a spectacular 66 degrees! Springs are glorious. Winters are mild. Warm temperatures linger well into the fall season, and rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.

Baton Rouge LSU CampusThe city is centered by the Louisiana State University (LSU) campus, a regional source of pride for their highly competitive football teams. If you’re a college football fan, LSU’s tailgating parties are legendary. In and around the campus is always buzzing, and it’s a great place to stroll and spend some time …

We found the restaurant scene a close rival of New Orleans, maybe not for name recognition but certainly for quality. You’ll find evidence of all the city’s founding cultures in the area restaurants. Creole and Cajun places abound, along with a strong showing of Spanish influenced establishments. Add to that quite a few good Greek, German, and good old Southern style specialty joints and you’re got quite the selection from which to choose!

Much like New Orleans, Baton Rouge is unique. Spend a couple days here and the city will hold a firm grip on your consciousness for years. We’d recommend 2-3 full days here, but you can hit all the highlights in two. On the other hand, it’d take more than two solid months to visit a mere sampling of the great restaurants! This is truly a foodie town, so be prepared to be surprised and enjoy!

Let’s take you around some of the must see attractions in Louisiana’s capital city …

What To See & Do In Baton Rouge

For this travelogue, we’ll give you a list of some of Baton Rouge’s more prominent attractions, and leave it up to you from there. It really depends on how much time you have, and of course your own personal interests. Ours lean toward neighborhoods, a splash of history, sightseeing, and independent budget friendly restaurants …

Louisiana State Capitol

Louisiana’s Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

Here’s our list, and a brief description of why it made the list. If you visit all or most of these, you’ll have gotten a pretty good flavor of this wonderful Louisiana city!

Louisiana State Capitol: Located on 3rd Street just a stone’s throw from the Mississippi River, this is the tallest state capitol building in the country. It’s 450 feet tall and the 27th floor observation deck is the best way to see the city and get the lay of the land.

Admission to the building is free, and don’t miss seeing the gardens surrounding the structure – they’re spectacular! Also pause at the statue and burial site of former Louisiana Governor Huey Long, still a revered figure in these parts. Long was extremely influential and his life was tragically cut short by an assassin’s bullet at this very location in 1935.

Tours are offered at regular intervals if you want to experience how government works in the state, and the on site restaurant is an excellent choice if you’re visiting around the lunch hour …

Louisiana State University (LSU): The state’s largest and most prominent institution for higher learning, LSU’s 600+ acre campus is a focal point in Baton Rouge. It’s easily accessible from anywhere in city – the campus is located south of Interstate 10 and just east of the river.

While on campus, be sure to see Tiger Stadium, the imposing home field of the LSU Tigers, and the LSU Memorial Tower, also known as the Camponile, a 175 foot tower dedicated in the 1920’s honoring local World War I veterans.

Baton Rouge LSU Mike the Tiger

LSU’s Official Mascot: “Mike” the Tiger

You can take walking tours of the campus if you wish – we just strolled around with a good map. There are plenty of places for eating and drinking in the near vicinity as you might imagine …

Also be sure to see the LSU mascot, Mike the Tiger. Mike, a real tiger, is housed in a spacious enclosure near the football stadium. He’s out in his yard most days and likes visitors – he also likes lounging in and around his very own pool!

Take A Plantation Tour: Southern Louisiana is dotted with historic plantation, many still in use. These plantations date back before the Civil War, some even back to the 1700’s.

The closest option is Magnolia Mound Plantation, which is actually within the city limits and part of the Baton Rouge Park System. This historic 16 acre site dates back to 1791 and is fascinating whether or not history floats your boat. The architecture is breathtaking and the locally made furniture and art are worth a visit by themselves.

Magnolia Mound is open Mondays through Saturdays and we link directly to their page on the Baton Rouge Parks site.

Calandro’s Supermarket: What’s a supermarket doing on a list of things to see and do in Baton Rouge? When you visit Calandro’s, you’ll understand!

Baton Rouge Calandro'sThis place is a city treasure. It has been around since 1941 and is the go to place to find anything food related that is made in the state. Boudin, crawfish, fresh fish? Check. Seasonings and spices? More than you ever thought existed. Local beer and Louisiana bakery specialties? That too!

Calandro’s is located mid town on Government Street (it’s easy to find) and it’s a place you’ve got to stop while in the city. We loved it and wished we could have carried more home!

Old State Capitol Museum Store: The Old State Capitol is located right near the river at 100 North Boulevard, and in addition to soaking up some history they’ve got a very appealing gift shop tp visit.

If you’re looking for one of a kind hand crafted items, or dazzling prints by local artists, stop here!

Baton Rouge Eats: Our Dining Recommendations

Here we’ll list a few of our favorites around the city. As we mentioned, the culinary scene here really is terrific and you’ll find just about any style of restaurant you like. We lean toward casual, historical, and affordable … “originals” to the city as it were …

Baton Rouge Spanish Town MarketWe figure if a place has been around for decades, chances are it’s got something going for it. In our planning process, we always seek these kinds of places out because they’re usually where the locals eat. Following that train of thought, here are some of our Baton Rouge favorites …

Spanish Town Market: This historic grocery and cafe in the downtown area celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2014. As the name implies, this place is the focal point for the historic Spanish Town neighborhood, home of Baton Rouge’s biggest yearly Mardi Gras parade.

Spanish Town Market is best known for their burgers and casual sandwiches. It’s the perfect place to drink in a little history and enjoy a satisfying casual meal without breaking the bank.

One unique item they serve here is the Boudin Po-Boy. Boudin is a specialty sausage found pretty much only in Louisiana, and Spanish Town Market serves it po-boy style with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise, and mustard. One of a kind!

Baton Rouge Fleur de Lis Pizza

Great Pizza at Fleur de Lis

Fleur de Lis Pizza: Baton Rouge’s best known and most beloved pizza place is housed in a nondescript pink tinted brick building on Government Street, not far from Calandro’s Supermarket. Established in the 1940’s, Fleur de Lis is named after the famed French and French Canadian symbol literally meaning “flower of the lily”. You won’t find fancy French food here, only pizza.

Served in about a dozen different varieties, the pizza is very thin, crispy, and out of this world good! A super casual place, Fleur de Lis is legendary in the city and at the top of local’s recommendation for a laid back family meal. They don’t take credit cards here, so bring a couple of $20’s and enjoy Baton Rouge’s best pies …

Baton Rouge Pastime RestaurantPastime Restaurant: This place is another Baton Rouge Tradition, dating back 70 years. It’s centrally located downtown, on South Boulevard right at Interstate 10.

A casual friendly spot, Pastime is a local hangout for LSU fans, students, faculty, and the community at large. Everyone knows the place and everyone has a story to tell about it …

Named one of the Top 100 Independent Pizza Restaurants in the U.S., Pastime is also well know for their po-boys. We had the shrimp and roast beef po-boy … the beef is roasted for 10 hours and is the most tender you’ve ever had. A local told us ordering the roast beef po-boy at Pastime was a Baton Rouge “must” … he was right!

Pastime also offers daily specials and although we didn’t try it, the pizza looked fantastic, as did the oysters and catfish. This is a place where celebrities and movie stars drop in when they’re in Baton Rouge. Put it on your to do list too!

Frostop Restaurant: This place also has a great history, dating back to the 1950’s. It’s a drive in & diner kind of a place, most famous for their root beer. If you hit some hot weather in Baton Rouge, this is a fine place to cool off … their motto is “Nothing Tops It But The Foam”.

Baton Rouge Frostop

Frostop Restaurant: A Baton Rouge Tradition

A great lunch stop, The Frostop serves burgers, dogs, platters, and po-boys – everything you’d expect from a casual Baton Rouge joint. The roast beef po-boys here are also very good, and the root beer is some of the best around.

They’re located at 402 Government Street, a main drag in the city …

Baum’s Pastries & Chocolate: Got a sweet tooth? Hit up Baum’s two locations in town for some of the best cakes, pies, cookies, and all sorts of other baked treats. They’ve been around since 1934 and are well known as the go to spot for special occasion cakes, party trays, special order baked goods, and pies.

When you visit, try their eclairs. The strawberry and pistachio eclairs are really a treat! Baum’s also ships, so if you’re outside the area and have a craving, visit their website to order …

As you’ll note, our recommendations lean toward the casual, but don’t let that steer you clear from some of the city’s more upscale choices … there are plenty! We’d splurged a bit in New Orleans, and as such decided to go on the “down low” a bit in Louisiana’s capital city. Tell you what, though … we enjoyed some fantastic food and had a great time!

Summary and Further Information

Baton Rouge at night

Baton Rouge: Looking Good At Night!

We’re quite confident anyone who visits Baton Rouge will love it! The city is a real mix of culture, dialects, music, food, architecture, and more. A lively city, the “Red Stick” should definitely be on your agenda on any visit to New Orleans or southern Louisiana …

We were most impressed by the restaurant scene here. If you want world class Cajun or Creole, the city rivals The French Quarter 80 miles down the road. The presence of the LSU campus offers a youthful vibrancy to Baton Rouge, one marked contrast with New Orleans. We had no trouble getting around – traffic is manageable and the mild winter weather was delightful!

If you’d like to know more about Louisiana’s capital city, visit the Visit Baton Rouge website, which offers up to date details on events around the city and listings for hotels and accommodations …

Thanks for reading!

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