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.
Visitors to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory can peek across the counter at the shop's resident confectioners, who massage creamy loaves of chocolate into elegant slabs of fudge ($13.25/lb.) daily. For additional culinary theatrics, expert orchard orderlies kettle-dip granny smiths into caramel-coated creations. Caramel apples range from the classically simple ($5.25+) to the rocky road caramel apple, which gets rolled in walnuts and marshmallows before being drizzled in milk and white chocolate with liberal discretion ($9.25). With traditional techniques and old-fashioned flavors, the team at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory provides a wide range of treats for teeth both sweet and savory. To enhance each customer's visit, staffers also hand out samples of fudge and occasionally pull golden tickets out of patrons' ears.
As a sports-nutrition store and smoothie shop, Sunset Smoothie blends fruit and health boosters into tasty performance drinks. These smoothies suit many kinds of diet and exercise plans by serving up both low-fat and muscle-building treats that come in a variety of sweet flavors. Even the indulgent Cheat Days smoothies use Splenda in lieu of sugar, sweetening flavors including banana split and cookies ‘n’ cream. Lacto-sensitive sippers can indulge in allergen-free soy smoothies blended with ice and fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. Extras pulled from the supplement side of the store enhance smoothies with Muscle Milk, creatine, and vitamin B-12, resulting in a more fortifying drink than Hulk Hogan’s upper-lip sweat.
Lauded by 225BatonRouge, Red Stick Spice Company packs its shelves with myriad piquant, food-enhancing seasonings and more. Peruse a selection of spices and sprinkle caraway seeds atop bread dough and potatoes, or slip scent into scones with lavender flowers. A battery of spice blends enables chefs to craft dishes such as pork tenderloin with a coffee BBQ rub and a daring banana split with a mango-chipotle rub. Black truffle and Thai-ginger sea salts, among others, add an air of intrigue when sprinkled into dishes or blown into the air before leaving a dinner party.
The staff of The Wellness Centre of Baton Rouge believes in a variety of approaches when it comes to feeling good and looking beautiful. Led by Karin Nielsen, practitioners perform lymphatic-drainage therapy, which can help eradicate toxins and expel unwanted bad vibes. With the aim of bringing bodies into balance with holistic approaches, The Wellness Centre offers a variety of detoxifying therapies, such as infrared sauna and ionic footbaths.
Ralph's Market expands on the family legacy started by the original father-son team who opened their first store in 1984. The staff maintains the store's independence as it branches out to serve multiple locations around the region.
The aromas of traditional king cakes and seasonal floral arrangements welcome visitors to each store, where carts weave through rows of vibrant fruits and veggies. In the meat department, butchers slice Ralph's market premium-aged special reserve steaks and wrap up fish fresher than a pickup line stored in tupperware.