La Reyna

Authentic Honduran specialties at La Reyna include a pupusa (top) and paella served with fried plantains.

Published April 19

Tired of the same old Mexican food? Then continue your journey towards the Equator and head to La Reyna for some authentic Honduran cuisine. This family-run restaurant is located at the end of a strip mall on Perkins near Siegen and has been introducing Baton Rouge to fresh home-cooked Central American fare since 2008.

The interior of La Reyna is nondescript. It’s clean, with colorful contrasting tablecloths and drinks served in plastic tumblers. Many photos and travel advertisements for Honduras hang on the walls.  Food is served in mismatched dishes. Locals speak Spanish and read newspapers while they wait for dinner.

Start your meal with a pupusa, a grilled cornmeal pancake stuffed with pork crackings, cheese and spices that is served with a spicy slaw of pickled cabbage, onions, and peppers. It has a simple, clean flavor that does not disappoint.  Or try a pastelito–a delicious fried meat pie.

La Reyna also offers some harder to find entrees.  Paella, a Spanish rice dish is piled high on the plate, with slices of fried plantains sticking out like petals on a flower. The delicious dish is filled with beef, chicken and shrimp. They also have chicken slow cooked in a mole sauce.

La Reyna has something to offer people who aren’t looking to eat red meat. The restaurant might very well make the best fish tacos in town. Well-seasoned grilled fish is served in flour tortillas with tomatoes, onions, peppers and shredded cabbage.  For those wanting a twist on the more familiar Mexican food, try the Honduran enchiladas, which feature a sliced egg and shredded cabbage, or the Honduran tacos, which also feature cabbage and red onion.

Traditional Honduran fruit drinks are also available and are served mixed with water or milk.  Or try a hibiscus flower drink—a spicy cold tea.  For dessert, order a freshly made banana shake.

La Reyna’s prices are very affordable – Entrees run between $6-$10. They also have 8 daily lunch specials, ranging from taco plates to stewed pork priced between $6 and $8.50. 13213 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA. (225) 768-1315 or lareynarestaurant.com

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