Gumbo Season in Baton Rouge
When the weather begins to cool down, as it has in South Louisiana, the Baton Rouge residents look forward to the next season of gumbo. Although there is no official credence, fall and winter bring a strong craving for the hearty, rich, roux-based stew known as gumbo. Crab, shrimps, smoked sausages, chicken, okra – the ingredients vary by chef but almost every Baton Rouge restaurant that serves Creole and Cajun classics will offer it. It’s going to taste good.
What happens to the gumbo when it’s gone? Once you’ve finished your bowl, order another one for the table and get ready to explore. Spend a weekend in Louisiana’s capital city and you’ll discover that there are many Southern traditions.
Tailgating, gumbo and football go together like marching bands and football. An LSU or Southern University game day can be a great way to get a first impression of the city at this time of year. If football is not your cup of tea, try something else. Try a different spirit. You can find a variety of bars, breweries, and distilleries in the downtown area. They are all within walking distance of hotels and museums. The Oxbow Rum Distillery is a popular choice for tours and tastings of premium Rum made from Louisiana sugarcane. It is located along the bends the Mississippi River. After you’ve enjoyed your spirits under the twinkling lights in the outdoor tasting room take a walk down to the Mighty Mississippi and enjoy the sunset over a glistening sky.
After you’ve had enough of the flavor, it’s time to explore Baton Rouge’s music and art scene. You won’t regret it! Both national and local artists bring new and old sounds of country, blues and folk to venues all over the city. There is also incredible art to be found everywhere, from festival grounds and city sidewalks to the Baton Rouge Gallery to seasonal events like Sundays in Park and White Light Night.
After you’ve been charmed by the slow, sweet sounds of Southern hospitality, you can end your stay with a warm crescendo of local flavors. Frank’s Restaurant is a well-kept secret for breakfast. It’s known for its “best homemade biscuits in all of America.” Louie’s and Dearmans are also in this category. They have been serving the city for more than 50 years.
Just like a gumbo is, time in Baton Rouge is a mix of all things great, one moment after another. Visitbatonrouge.com is the best way to plan your trip, regardless of whether it’s the food or the music or the history. The rest is gumbo, gravy. Enjoy it!
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