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.
The Pelican House is known for its beer and whiskey selection. But now, the Baton Rouge hotspot at 2572 Citiplace Court is hoping to become the next great restaurant on the scene.
Co-owner Gavin Jobe said the Pelican House is planning to expand its kitchen, enlarge its menu and apply for a new alcohol license that will allow diners under the age of 18 to enter the restaurant. The new permit could be approved as soon as March or April, Jobe said.
Under the current permit, diners under the age of 18 cannot eat there. The bar currently advertises that patrons under 21 are not allowed.
“A lot of families try to come in for brunches and try to come in at night with their families,” Job said. “We legally cannot allow them in, and that is the worst thing.”
The Pelican House currently offers weekend brunches and a small menu.
“We’re a beer-focused bar that also serves great food, but now we want to be a beer-focused restaurant that serves great food,” Jobe said.
For more information, visit thepelicanbar.com.
Beausoleil and Bayou Teche team for beer dinner
Beer, Beausoleil ... it’s a match made in heaven.
The Baton Rouge restaurant will host a Bayou Teche beer dinner on Wednesday. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $65, all inclusive. To make a reservation, call (225) 926-1172.
The dinner features five courses, starting with a red ale beer cheese soup. Other courses include pickled shrimp tacos, smoked scallops, and sautéed veal liver. For dessert, chef Nathan Gresham will prepare a pork belly waffle.
Beers on deck for the evening include Arbre De Vie, an applewood-smoked ale aged in Buffalo Trace barrels, and Miel Sauvage, a honey ale that has been aged 100 days in Jack Daniel’s barrels.
Waitr app hits Baton Rouge, Lafayette markets
Waitr, an app developed in Lake Charles, provides delivery from local restaurants to customers.
And now, it’s available in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette markets.
The app launched in Baton Rouge Monday and already a dozen of restaurants have signed up to use the app as a delivery service.
After downloading the free app, a customer can create a free account, then order from any of the restaurants available. The only fee is a $5 for delivery.
Founder Chris Meaux said the app plans to expand to another 10 markets — including New Orleans, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe — this year.
“In one year, we have had 40,000 active users,” Meaux said. “It’s been overwhelmingly positive in every market we’ve got into. Baton Rouge has taken to it quickly.”
Seafood Express opens first location
The owners of Po-Boy Express realize that one of its best-selling items is fried seafood. And now fans of the local chain have a restaurant dedicated to just that.
Seafood Express by Po-Boy Express opened its first location on Monday at 14273 Greenwell Springs Road in Central.
The location and its focus is small. At about 800 square feet in a former Fast Track Burgers, Seafood Express is a drive-thru that sells fried shrimp and oyster baskets, platters and po-boys as well as sides like onion rings, cheese sticks and meat pies.
Could more locations be in the works? Co-owner Ause Ismail said “absolutely.”
“We are definitely hoping to franchise this idea out,” he said.
Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter, @MatthewSigur. Kyle Peveto contributed to this report.