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.
Lasseigne’s American Grill now open
Perkins Road is cooking up something new.
Lasseigne’s American Grill is now open. The restaurant, formerly the Italian and Creole eatery Frankie Marcello’s, is located at 7520 Perkins Road, Suite 100.
Named after co-owner Philip Lasseigne, the new concept features American food with a bit of Southern flair. Some of the dishes from chef Aaron Brown include a smoked Gouda and crawfish grilled cheese sandwich and a duck and dumplings entrée.
Business hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday for brunch.
For more information, call (225) 767-7979.
Daawat offers all-day Indian buffet
Daawat, which loosely translates to “an invitation to a gathering,” is located at 4855 S. Sherwood Blvd., in a strip mall and is owned by Mohamed Hanif, who formerly worked at Bay Leaf and Curry N Kabob. The restaurant opened Dec. 13.
Each day, Daawat will offer different dishes, but patrons can expect favorites like Tandoori chicken as well as chicken and goat curry. Unlike Al-Noor, which offers only a lunch buffet and a la carte dinner items, Daawat offers an all-day buffet and is open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Daawat will expand its offerings soon to include soups, noodle dishes and desserts. On the weekends, Daawat will offer a vegetable buffet station.
For more information, call (225) 349-8331.
Little Saigon II on Chimes Street closes after less than a year in business
Perhaps one of the more striking developments along the North Gates of LSU last year was the opening of Little Saigon II, a Vietnamese restaurant, in the former location of Chinese Combo King.
However, after around nine months in business, Little Saigon II closed in November. Though the location at 11224 Florida Blvd. remains open, an employee with Little Saigon said the second location had a tough time getting business. Soon after opening, the owners were losing money and decided to close.
For more information on Little Saigon, call (225) 273-2445.
City Pork to host viewing party
Baton Rougeans aren’t the only ones who love City Pork.
The restaurant’s second location, the Brasserie and Bar at 7327 Jefferson Highway, is featured on an upcoming episode of Food Network’s “Burgers Brew & ’Que,” hosted by Michael Symon. The episode is the premiere of the show’s second season.
In the episode, Symon and guest Duff Goldman try chef Ryan André’s signature pork belly hoagie and wild boar flautas.
The episode is airing at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. The restaurant will host a viewing party at 9 p.m. on that day, featuring a tasting of the dishes as well as music from DJ Ian Means Dyer.
For more information, call (225) 615-8880.
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