When you ask chef Chris Wadsworth how he feels about opening his new restaurant in Mid City Baton Rouge, he sighs and smiles.

“It feels good,” he said.

Wadsworth’s Goûter is now open at 3897 Government St. Its the latest property for the chef, the founder of Triumph Kitchen and former executive chef of Restaurant IPO and Nottoway Plantation.

The restaurant is currently in a soft opening phase, serving lunch. Wadsworth said he will expand hours and serve dinner after Lent.

“I’m not in a rush,” he said. “I’m enjoying rolling it out at my own pace, no strings attached. It’s been going well.”

On his first day of business, Wadsworth said he had quite a crowd for lunch. On Sunday, Wadsworth served more than 200 during a movie screening/dinner event at the restaurant.

Goûter, which is pronounced “goo-tay” and means “to taste” in French, offers small and big plates, soups, salads and sandwiches.

Highlights on the menu include small plates such as the Crawaffle (crawfish au gratin served on a waffle), rabbit ravioli and duck 3 ways; camp style crawfish étouffée; red beans and fried chicken; curry chicken salad; and a venison dog, served with jalapeño relish and mustard.

Dishes range from $6 to $14. Business hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday for lunch, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday for dinner, and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday for dinner.

The look and feel of the restaurant is in line with Wadsworth’s love of the Sportsman’s Paradise theme. Wadsworth, his wife Sommer, and his uncle did most of the work on the restaurant themselves, including wood work on the bar and walls.

In addition to the main dining room, there’s a small bar opening, looking into Wadsworth’s kitchen, and another room with a full bartop.

For more information, call (225) 300-4488 or visit gouterrestaurant.com.

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