Baton Rouge is establishing itself as a food destination. Every day, more and more food news is cooking in the area. A weekly feature, “Leftovers” is a roundup of the latest on the local food and restaurant scene.
Those who travel along Coursey Boulevard might have passed the latest doughnut shop — Coffee & Dough. The store opened in September and is located at 12240 Coursey Blvd., Suite B, is next door to Pocorello’s.
Though he admits business wasn’t great at first, owner Boni Genove said he and his brother-in-law, Junelle Ejor, started branching out and bringing specialty doughnuts and beignets to the shop.
Patrons can choose the standard glazed and chocolate glazed, or go for something richer, like an Oreo-topped or Butterfinger Bavarian cream-filled doughnut.
“There are a lot of doughnut shops in this area, and we knew we had to do something different,” Genove said.
Since adding new flavors, he has repeat customers, and business is growing.
Coffee & Dough is open 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The store delivers from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a $10 minimum purchase. For more information, call (225) 349-8555.
District Donuts coming in 2017
Speaking of doughnuts, Baton Rouge is on the list of where District Donuts wants to be.
Andrew Vogel, co-owner of the popular New Orleans bakery, said he and his business partners are looking to bring the concept to Baton Rouge.
Vogel said though he and his team are looking for a Capital City location, it won’t be open for at least 12 months.
He added the Baton Rouge iteration will be the same as New Orleans, featuring seven rotating daily doughnut flavors as well as kolaches, biscuits, sliders and coffee drinks.
For more information, visit donutsandsliders.com.
Chicken Salad Chick coming soon to Lafayette, Baton Rouge
Chicken Salad Chick, a fast-casual chain from Alabama that offers 15 different types of chicken salad, will open its first Louisiana location in Lafayette on Feb. 24 at 1120 Coolidge St., Suite A in the Oil Center.
Following that opening, six locations are planned for Baton Rouge.
Chicken Salad Chick marketing assistant Libby Massey said details on the Baton Rouge locations have not yet been specified.
For more information, visit chicken saladchick.com.
Goûter set to open before Valentine’s Day
Chef Chris Wadsworth said he’s 98 percent ready to open the doors of his new restaurant, Goûter, located at 3897 Government St. in Baton Rouge.
“My goal is to have us open for Valentine’s weekend,” he said.
The restaurant will focus on small plates that capture the essence of the state’s reputation as “Sportsman’s Paradise.” Wadsworth said he has hired sous chef Jordan Fullbright, who previously worked at Table Kitchen & Bar.
“She’s got a ton of talent, ambition and creativity,” Wadsworth said. “She’s ready to roll.”
So what’s been the delay? Wadsworth said he had to do a complete rebuild of the site, which is around 2,000 square feet. It will be able to accommodate 50 patrons inside and another 20 to 30 on the patio.
But Wadsworth will also be in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, cooking for a Mardi Gras celebration called Louisiana Live. He said he’ll prepare his signature craw-waffle — crawfish au gratin over a cornbread waffle.
“To be up in D.C. and cooking is an honor for sure,” he said.
For more information, visit gouterrestaurant.com.
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