The Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel on Corporate Boulevard hosts on Thursday its grand reveal of a $25 million renovation. One part of that renovation was the construction and opening of Stinky's Fish Camp.
The new restaurant located inside the hotel at 5500 Hilton Ave. opened in early September.
If you've been to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, you might have visited Stinky's. The restaurant comes from chefs Todd Misner, Brannon Janca, and Jim Richard, who was born in Lafayette. Director of food and beverage for the Baton Rouge Marriott Andy McGinty said Richard was ready to open a location closer to home.
Stinky's menu is big on Gulf fish, daily specials or "features," boudin made in-house, oysters and Louisiana classics. Expect to try the oyster log, with oysters cooked six different ways; crawfish pie; and fish tacos.
"Everything we do here is very traditional with a little twist on it," McGinty said. "Instead of being served French bread when you first sit down, we serve cracklins with red bean butter. Instead of red beans and rice with fried chicken on Mondays, we do white beans and catfish Meunière."
Though the look, feel and service is of an upscale restaurant, McGinty said Stinky's is a casual restaurant.
"The original location is very, very casual," he said. "When it comes to the way we cook and the service standards we set, it's all fine dining."
The restaurant also features extensive bourbon, scotch and wine lists, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options. Brunch and late night menus are also available at certain times. Business hours are 6 a.m. to midnight Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday-Sunday.
McGinty knows the stigma that comes with a restaurant located inside a hotel, but he believes in Stinky's. If all goes well, there are talks of doing more locations in other hotels in the south down the line.
"You've got to do something creative to get people in here," he said. "Stinky's is that."
For more information, visit stinkysfishcamp.com.