IPO Thursday, Aug 23 2012 

 

IPO
421 Third Street
 
 
Dive Bar Girl asked the powers that be for a tapas bar and just before she could click her heels three times and wave her magic wand, multiple offering floated into downtown Baton Rouge.  The team behind The Office, which is situated directly above IPO, has worked overtime to create an inviting modern space featuring handmade cypress wood furniture.  Most of the tapas are Louisiana inspired and the bar carries a good selection of local beers as well as a fairly comprehensive wine list. 
 
DBG and her Protector tried four small plates: Bayou Eggs (deviled eggs with a fried oyster on top), Bon Temp Shrimp (fried shrimp in a sweet and spicy sauce), Loco Portobello (mushroom cap topped with chicken, cheese and chorizo) and the charbroiled oysters. The first three were recommended by their attentive server.
 
DBG and her Protector really enjoyed the bayou eggs, because who wouldn’t want deviled eggs containing crawfish and tasso? The fried oyster on top was so perfect it made DBG want to go back soon to try the oyster loaf.  The mushrooms and shrimp were OK. But the charbroiled oysters were a disappointment.  They were a bit dry and had a strong artificial smoky taste.  Of course, DBG ate them anyway and then burped smoke flavor for the next two hours.  She looked at her Protector and said, “I now know how little dragons feel.”

DBG will be back for the oyster loaf, but must admit she likes the tapas across the street at Blend better. 

 
 
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Phil Brady’s Thursday, Aug 16 2012 

Phil Brady’s
4848 Government St.
 
Every Red Sticker knows about this quintessential Baton Rouge institution known for live music, but have you ever bothered to go?  No.  Well, why not? Phil Brady’s is a true neighborhood dive that set up shop on Government Street more than 30 years ago.  A plastic Spuds MacKenzie dressed for St. Paddy’s day presides over the dark wood bar.  Various beer advertisements and pictures of entertainers past cover the walls.  Locals drink domestics and buy each other Goldschlager shots to celebrate a win at the pool table. The wine flows out of those little airplane-sized bottles. 
 
Tuesday is open mic night and on Thursdays there’s a local blues jam.  Bands pack the house on the weekends.  But if you need cheap eats, Monday night is $1 burger night! Folks, for $1, this burger isn’t bad at all.  It even comes fully dressed.  Add fries, jalapeno poppers, or cheese sticks for an extra $2.  Then after you eat, you can play a game of free pool.  (DBG and her Protector shot a game that could have qualified them to participate in the Special Olympics.)
 
If you want to pop in for lunch, they have $5 lunch specials on the weekdays. 
 
The only downside to Phil Brady’s?  Well, it is a dive…so it is super smoky.Image
 

Roma Pizza Monday, Aug 13 2012 

Roma Pizza

17888 Airline Highway

Prairieville, LA

http://www.romapizzalouisiana.com/

 

What does DBG miss about NYC?  Brownstones covered in ivy, the sense that you might could randomly run into anyone at anytime, pubs run by Irishmen, the leaves in Central Park turning orange and yellow for autumn, and getting delicious pizza by the slice. 

 

Roma Pizza in Prairieville fills the void.  If you want authentic, New York hand-tossed thin crust pizza, Roma is worth the drive.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside, just a spot in a non-descript strip mall, next to a McDonalds. And the décor is pretty bare bones. But Roma is the real deal. Omar, the owner is originally from Italy and New York.  When he isn’t making pizza or giving directions to customers who got lost along the way, he is chatting with the locals who stop in for a visit. 

 

And if you go at lunch on the weekdays, you can buy it buy the slice, just like in NYC. 

 

Citizens of Prairieville, there is no excuse for you to eat at Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s or Little Caesar’s. 

 

Now all we need is a Chicago deep dish place so DBG doesn’t have to make it from scratch.  Want the recipe?  Shoot her an email. 

 

cherrythedivebargirl@gmail.com

 

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