Whether you’re in town for an LSU game, are looking to get to know your city a little better, or are just suuuper hungry, you’ll learn quickly that Baton Rouge is a city built on culinary institutions. Here, restaurants can be traced back through generations and Southern hospitality makes a good kitchen feel like home, no matter the cuisine. Bring us your frat bros, your vegan yoga moms, your Midwestern tourists who aren’t sure they can handle our spices -- there’s room for everyone.
8334 Airline Hwy
BR’s oldest -- and perhaps most authentic -- Mexican restaurant sits unassumingly on a strip of highway, with its 84-year-old founder still puttering around the kitchen. El Rio Grande has been a fixture of BR since the ‘60s, and when you taste its fresh salsa and tamales, you’ll understand why. For a more upscale, Cajun-infused Mexican experience, try El Rio’s younger sister, Mestizo.