Though Wow Cafe & Wingery has now found a foothold in more than 60 locations throughout the U.S., the chain still offers the same tasty soul food and wings as it did when it was founded by a trio of Louisianan brothers in 2001. The friendly sports pub still broadcasts the day’s games on various televisions, allowing guests to follow multiple sports or Jenga tournaments as they lick one of 17 delectable sauces from their fingers. In addition to these finger-food staples, guests can devour fajitas, burgers resting between slices of texas toast, and classic New Orleans dishes such as gumbo, catfish, and red beans. Spice-covered tongues cool off with signature drinks such as an italian mango bellini or Louisiana's Abita beer.
Named for the ever-present loaves of bread that stood as religious offerings at the Temple in Jerusalem, The Table is Bread mingles Southern culinary and spiritual traditions in a spacious dining room. The menu brims with classic Southern specialties alongside Cajun-tinged seafood such as the signature Table La-La, a juicy catfish fillet fried or grilled and smothered in zesty crawfish étouffée. The centerpieces aren't the only flavors in the spotlight, however. "The candied yams were my favorite," writes Shermin Khan of Dig Baton Rouge. "Cooked with brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon, [they were] neither too greasy nor overly sweet." Khan also expands upon the restaurant's spiritual focus, which draws weekly performances by gospel musicians and includes maintaining an alcohol-free atmosphere.
The Rock N Roll Cafe's shredders and grillers have whipped up a menu of burgers and other saucy American standbys dished out amid walls bedecked with memorabilia from local bands. Awaken sleepy taste buds with fried pickles ($4) or potato skins ($5), and then dig into one of the grill's signature burgers, each available in beef, veggie, or poultry varieties. The Top Cat ($8) bulges with mushrooms, bacon, and cheese, and the pastrami burger ($7) puts a new spin on a classic dish. Cali sliders ($2.50) slip safely into the mouth on bases of avocado and bacon, and the turkey-pesto club ($7) has become a hot spot for single herbs to meet available cold cuts. After the french fries have mopped up the last of the ketchup, patrons placate avaricious molars with desserts such as fried strawberries ($5) and bananas foster bread pudding ($5).
Harnessing the heat of an open-flame char broiler, the spatula specialists at Ground Pat'i flip, sear, and season succulent burgers and steaks made with USDA Choice beef. Sharpen incisors on a juicy half-pound signature Ground Pat'i burger ($8.25), or opt to challenge chompers by excavating through strata of bacon atop the applewood-bacon cheese Ground Pat'i burger ($9.25). Tender rib-eye steaks ($17.95) are char grilled before providing diners with enough delicious protein to bench-press unsuspecting dates. A variety of hot sandwiches fills restless jazz hands with lighter cuts, including chicken, shrimp, and tuna. After meals, rattle stomach estates one more time with a deluge of chocolate and frosting from the Oreo brownie sundae ($5.45), one of three sacchariferous dessert options. To sate thirsty urges, browse the eclectic selection of specialty drinks and draft beers at the full-service bar.
Blue Moon BBQ & Grill is a family-owned-and-operated eatery that has provided delicious barbecue and friendly service to the local community since 2007. As tangy aromas float from the kitchen, patrons can waft the menu's bouquet of barbecue to decide which smells should be transformed into tastes, and whether to dine in or opt for drive-thru convenience. Daily lunch specials ($4.99) range from the brisket sandwich plate to healthier fare such as the grilled chicken or freshly roasted air sandwich. Sink your canines into the 8 oz. rib eye steak ($8.99) or the tender, fall-off-the-bone-and-into-your-briefcase large rib plate ($9.99). Meals are accompanied by your choice of two savory side dishes such as baked beans, coleslaw, mac ‘n’ cheese, Cajun fries, turnip greens, and more. Customers can also win friends with an assortment of Blue Moon meat and side packages, available in meat trays ($22.95 and up), party packs($59 and up), and catering quantities (starting at $5/person).
A hunk of brisket at VooDoo BBQ & Grill begins its journey suspended over a bed of pecan and oak logs. Coated in a dry rub of local spices, the meat slowly turns on a rotisserie rod for up to 16 hours, its skin crisping while the inside stays a warm pink. The chefs smoke all their beef brisket and pulled pork over logs from Louisiana-based trees to lend them the region's unique smoked flavor, even at the risk of confusing passing botanists. They lightly coat grilled sausages, chicken, and burgers in three signature sauces inspired by the state's Cajun recipes. To complement their menagerie of smoked and grilled meats, they sling a variety of southern sides such as corn pudding, greens, and potato salads. At each of the 13 locations, the aroma of roasting meat fills a space of dark-stained wood and wrought iron; dining rooms awash in a palette of reds, greens, and oranges buzz with the sounds of jazz and blues.