Baton Rouge is establishing itself as a food destination. Every day, more and more food news is cooking in the area. A weekly feature to Red, “Leftovers” is a roundup of the latest on the local food and restaurant scene.
Cupcake Allie will open third shop in Mid City
Just weeks after announcing a second location on Nicholson Drive, Cupcake Allie will expand with a third location in Mid City later this year.
Co-owner and chef Allie Offner said the new Cupcake Allie will be located at 3809 Government St. and could open as soon as early November.
The new location will have triple the space for production as well as a seating area for about 30 patrons and a small outdoor patio. The Mid City iteration has been in the works for some time, according to Offner and co-owner Jay Bookman. At the new location, customers can expect more varieties on display, small breakfast, lunch and dinner plates as well as elevated takes on the cupcake. For more information, visit cupcakeallie.com.
Canefield Tavern replaces Brew-Bacher’s
A new restaurant with a Southern-inspired menu will take over the old Brew-Bacher’s near LSU. Canefield Tavern is set to open by the first or second week of October at 5251 Nicholson Drive. The restaurant will be open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Among the dishes co-owner David Smith highlighted was the made-to-order fried chicken. Customers can also expect shrimp and grits, salads and fresh vegetable dishes. The bar will emphasize Louisiana and Mississippi craft beers and small-batch bourbon and whiskey.
Chefs’ Showcase returns Thursday
Some of the area’s best chefs will prepare their finest dishes for Cancer Services’ annual Capital Chefs’ Showcase.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Baton Rouge River Center. Tickets are $100. The showcase also features live music, an open bar and silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the event and the raffle will support Cancer Services.
More than 30 chefs, restaurants and catering companies will take part, including Beausoleil, Bin 77, Chef Don Bergeron Enterprises, Galatoire’s Bistro, Juban’s, Stroubes and Velvet Cactus.
For more information, visit cancerservices.org.
City Pork Kitchen and Pie coming soon
The popular local chain, City Pork, will open its third location, to be named Kitchen and Pie, in the late summer or early fall.
The restaurant will be located in the old Exchequer Restaurant at 6721 Exchequer Drive and will include a catering/commissary kitchen for City Pork Deli and City Pork Brasserie. The new location will also offer ready-to-cook specialty meats and family dinners.
However, fans of the Exchequer Restaurant need not worry as the menu will feature some of the old favorites from that restaurant as well as breakfasts, plate lunches, sandwiches and salads. For more information, visit cityporkdeli.com.
McDonald’s will start all-day breakfast
Do you prefer to start your day with a sausage biscuit or McGriddle breakfast sandwich? Do you also hate that McDonald’s sells these and other breakfast items only until 10:30 a.m.?
Well, your prayers for the fast food chain to extend breakfast hours have finally been answered.
According to a story from The Wall Street Journal, McDonald’s will begin serving breakfast all day, beginning in October. The decision was approved in a vote by franchisees last week. This will be the biggest strategic move for McDonald’s since it rolled out its McCafé line of drinks.
Timothy Boone contributed to this article. Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter, @Matthew Sigur.