College Girl's Guide to Baton Rouge

College Girl's Guide to Baton Rouge

As a Baton Rouge native, I am always asked the same questions over and over again. Where do you go out to eat? Where can I study off campus? What do you even do for fun HERE? While Baton Rouge is certainly not the most glamorous city in America, let alone Louisiana (hello New Orleans), there are still certain things allowing our city to retain a unique sense of charm.

The problem is most college kids are not aware of all the greatness outside of LSU's campus. As a local, allow me to let you in on a few of our city's greatest treasures and secrets.


My All-Time Favorites

These are the foodie spots of Baton Rouge that no one should miss out on. I consider them the very backbone of the Baton Rouge food scene, but sadly most college kids are missing out on these binge worthy spots.

Chelsea's Café : This is my absolute favorite spot in Baton Rouge. Located under the Perkins overpass, it is not very far from campus, yet almost no college kid knows about the deliciousness that is Chelsea's. I recommend the entire menu, especially the grilled cheese for your morning after, hangover treat. I fangirl for this grilled cheese, and I promise you it delivers.

Counter Culture: To me, Counter Culture is an absolute treasure of Baton Rouge. I come here at least once a week to get a Hot Melt sandwich and a Humphrey yogurt. The atmosphere is fun and hip, and the food is some of the best in town. Plus, the frozen yogurt is a must try for any fro-yo junkies.

Albasha: One thing Baton Rouge has no shortage of is Lebanese food, but Albasha is certainly the best of the lot. If you love chicken shawarma plates, and you find yourself fantasizing about hummus and kibbi, then this is the place for you.

DiGiulio's: DiGiulio's is my Italian pick for the Baton Rouge food scene. The handmade pizzas are worth the carb binge, and the menu is filled with every kind of pasta you can dream of. Go early to ensure you get a table, as seats fill up fast for this popular restaurant.

Breakfast Food

I am a breakfast food kind of girl. In fact, if you don't like breakfast food, I probably don't like you. Baton Rouge is a haven for breakfast/brunch junkies like myself. You simply have to know where to go and what to order.

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar and Restuarant: Located downtown, Lucy's is known for its charm and mouth watering brunch menu. Sundays until 3 PM, bottomless mimosas are served, and if that little tidbit of information doesn't make you want to become an avid bruncher, then their breakfast tacos surely will. Also, on a side note, the queso here is on my list for “top 5 quesos of all time."

Louie's: It is a classic BR breakfast spot. Open 24 hours, Louie's is the drunken college kid's dream. Get the Mitchell Omelette and you will not be sorry.

Pizza Joints

Because yes, you can order your pizza from somewhere other than Hungry Howie's at 3 AM, and it is just as good (if not better).

Pastime Restaurant: When you're spending the day downtown and you're suddenly craving carbs loaded with cheese, this is the spot for you. The greasy goodness will absolve you.

Fleur de Lis: When I think of Baton Rouge pizza, I immediately think of Fleur de Lis. The pizza is very thin and very unique to Baton Rouge. While it is a little farther from campus, being on Florida Blvd, it's a good spot to try when you have some extra time for a drive.

Your Raw Fish Fix

Sushi Yama: Just go and get The Rock N Roll like everyone else. You're welcome.

Rock N Sake: When I think of the ultimate girl's night dinner, I think of Rock N Sake. I'm not sure why, but the fun drink menu and cute sushi orders seem to be the perfect fit for a girl gang's weekly gossip session. However, girl gang or not, the California Sunset Roll is enough reason to eat here.

Tsunami: If you find yourself having a hot date (which I'm not sure people do anymore but whatever) then this is my recommendation for you. Is it pricey? Yes, but the cool atmosphere and gourmet sushi is worth every penny. Get the Ika fries, and you will not regret it. Pinky promise.


Magpie Café: This is the place in Baton Rouge where I spend about 90 percent of my time. I'm not kidding when I say I go here at least once a day. It is what I call the “little bit of everything." It's a coffeehouse featuring several strong, robust brews. It's the perfect lunch spot with a varying, yet always delicious menu. It's also an amazing study spot with tables both inside and outside. Whether you want a healthy lunch or a gourmet coffee, Magpie is a Baton Rouge must.

Garden District Coffee: Garden District Coffee is my pick for the best study spot in Baton Rouge. The environment is calm and quiet, allowing people to work hard and get their stuff done. The coffee is also some of the strongest in the city, and the daily pastries are worth the binge.

Highland Coffee: Known for having its own personality, Highland Coffee is thankfully here to stay. It's on campus, making it a convenient spot for students, and its late night hours make it perfect for classic all nighter study sessions.


For any free time you find yourself having, or when you just want to get away from campus, these following things are worth doing.

Baton Rouge Murals: This whole concept is just plain fun. The Museum of Public Art is not a museum at all; rather it is several murals spread out around Baton Rouge. Get your friends together and spend the day looking for the beautiful creations. Make sure to get a few cute pictures for your social media accounts while you're at it.

Baton Rouge Farmer's Market: I never feel more a part of a community than when I'm visiting the farmer's market. Located downtown and on every Saturday until noon, the market is a great way to start your day. With fresh produce, handcrafted jewelry, homemade crepes, and much more, this is an environment with something for everyone.

Front Yard Bikes: If you're looking to get involved with the community, then Front Yard Bikes is the place for you. Located on West Roosevelt Street, Front Yard Bikes is a community where children can work to earn a bike, and college students can work with these kids Monday through Thursday. Fridays are reserved for relaxing community bike rides around the city. No matter what day you visit, the time you spend at FYB is time well spent.


Crawfish At JL's: Who doesn't love a good batch of crawfish? Now that it's the season for them, JL's is hosting crawfish boils every Friday from 5 to 7 PM. Pay $15 for your batch, and make sure not to eat the straight ones!

Empty Bowls: Empty Bowls is one of my favorite Baton Rouge events. People of the community make bowls for the event, which will serve John Folse's famous gumbo in them. For $20, you can get gumbo, and you can keep the artisan bowl it is served in. All proceeds go to The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Baton Rouge Blues Festival: Go downtown with your friends on April 11th and experience the music and culture of the jazz world. This event is always great for music lovers or people just looking to have a good time.

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Almost 100 Percent Of What Servers Say Earning Your 20 Percent Tip Is BS

Here it is.... the truth.

So, if you don’t know, I am a waitress.

I deal with, so many different types of people and I have learned how to handle each kind of person.

I have had so many people that make my day a little brighter and then there are always those people that can easily bring me down.

No matter what, I always keep a smile on my face and give the customers the best service possible.

But I am ready to unleash all the thoughts I have built up for some of these customers.

So here it is, what servers want to actually say to you.

When I first walk up to the table and introduce myself:

What I say: Hello! My name is Maddie I am going to be taking care of you, can I start you off with anything else to drink other than water? Any appetizers?

What I want to say: Hi my dudes, let’s get this over with, c’mon what do you want to drink. Get a bottle of wine or something expensive.

When a customer asks me what exactly is on tap, or want to know every single kind of wine we have and what they all taste like:

What I say: *grabs drink list OFF THE TABLE IN FRONT OF THEM* here you are, I have a hard time remembering some of the drafts because we have newly featured ones all the time. Also, I can get you a wine recommendation if you would like.

What I want to say: Uh hello, the list is right in FREAKING FRONT OF YOU!!!!!!! Look at the list, and then ask me questions! K BYE.

When I come back with drinks and they ask me if I am going to bring out rolls:

What I say: Yeah, I can bring out some rolls! Would you like any appetizers or anything? Were we ready to order dinner?

What I want to say: *laughing* uhhhh you have been sitting here for a good three minutes please wait until I set your vodka soda down before asking about some crusty bread Tina. Thanks bye.

When a customer asks me what sides we have:

What I say: All of our sides are at the bottom of the menu, and we have mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, fries, mac and cheese, onion rings, etc.


When I bring out the rare steak the customer ordered and they complain:

What I say: I can take it back to the kitchen and we will get it fixed right away!

What I want to say: ARE YOU JOKING. If you didn’t want it mooing and running around your plate then you shouldn’t have ordered it rare!!!!!!! CMON!!!

When I bring out the bills and a customer jokes around and says "I thought you were paying!?":

What I say: *laughs and walks away*

What I want to say: HAHAHA YOU THOUGHT. ME? PAY? After making $3 an hour plus your sh*tty tip. Yeah right.

When a customer asks me if the tip is included:

What I say: No, it is not, you have to include that when you sign the slip! Thank you!

What I want to say: …… *starts screaming*

When I go the table for the last time and say goodbye:

What I say: Thank you so much for coming in, have a great night! Come see us again!

What I want to say: Alright get to moving, I want to go home. I hope you tipped me good, seeeeee yaaaa. Peace out my dudes.

So there it all is. I laid it all out there.

Those are just a few things that I want to say to servers but instead I keep a smile on my face and stay kind and nice. It takes A LOT of work to maintain a nice personality and put up with the handful of people that come through the restaurant I work at.

So there you all go, how I truly feel and what I want to say to you.

P.S. - I am really sorry if I have ever served you before. Lol. Don't take it personally. :)

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If You Want The Most Relaxing Weekend Getaway From NYC, Go To Tulum, Mexico

Escape the freezing temperatures and head to the sunny beaches.

With below freezing temperatures upon us in NYC, the white sand beaches and warm temperatures of Tulum, Mexico sound ever appealing. Tulum is located just a short two-hour drive south of the busy city of Cancun, Mexico. The numerous daily direct flights out of NYC make this trip truly seamless.

This small rustic town and laid-back vibe is the ultimate weekend getaway from the fast-paced lifestyle you’re surrounded by in New York City. Get out of the tundra and head over to your beach life get away. Grab some friends and your bathing suits and head over to Tulum for the most relaxing weekend of your life.

Tulum is special because you can interact with all the locals and experience their easy-going way of life. You truly get to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and you get a sense of their spirituality.

This small, rustic town promotes a healthy, positive lifestyle in the sense that everything is fresh and requires physical activity.

The narrow streets, lacking room for cars, push the tourists to live like the locals and either ride bikes or walk everywhere. You have the opportunity to take long walks on the white sand beaches and stop at one of the many beachfront hotels for a quick lunch.

Most boutique hotels you stumble into offer moonlight yoga on the beach with the ability to channel all of your energy into the sound of the relaxing waves. Be sure to take advantage of the beachside massages offered by the hotels. After spending an entire day laying out its time to head over to a trendy dinner where the chefs are sure to take advantage of the local, fresh ingredients.

Must-see hotels:

  1. BeTulum
  2. Nomad
  3. Sanara
  4. Casa Malca

Must-see restaurants:

  1. Hartwood
  2. Raw Love
  3. The Real Coconut @Sanara hotel
  4. Posada Margarita

Must-see bars:

  1. Gitano
  2. Casa Jaguar
  3. Taqueria La Eufemia
  4. La Zebra

Safe travels!

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