There's never a dull moment in the Baton Rouge food scene. If you're not up to date on all the latest, don't worry; we won't hold it against you. We'll actually tell you what's up. You're welcome.
Let's get all caught up on the latest food news, special events and menu changes in Baton Rouge.
Today is Tuesday, which means it's Taco Tuesday, which means you should head to Iverstine Farms Butcher for Gov't Taco's weekly pop-up. Jay Ducote and his crew will sling tacos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the local butcher shop at 4765 Perkins Road. This will give you a preview of what to expect when Gov't Taco opens at the upcoming White Star Market. Check out the Facebook event to see the menu. facebook.com/govttaco.
Ducote and the Bite & Booze team will also host another "Chopped"-style chef showdown this week. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, and features Gov't Taco's chefs Aimee Tortorich and Jenn Breithaupt competing against BouillaBabes' Jamie Brown and Sydney Harkins. Each team will whip up an appetizer, entree and dessert using mystery basket ingredients. Guests will feast on the dishes and then vote on which dish gets chopped. The first round will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 at eventbrite.com. The event location, which will be in Baton Rouge, will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event.
Bistro Byronz's Mid City location will partner with Empty Bowls and feature local artists spinning handcrafted bowls from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at the restaurant at 5412 Government St. The event is part of a special fundraising night to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. bistrobyronz.com.
Lit Pizza is collaborating with Serop's Cafe for March's Pizza of the Month — Chicken Shawarma Pizza. No joke, this pizza has feta, wood-fired chicken, red onions, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, oregano, garlic dressing and is finished with a drizzle of hummus. The pizza is also served with a side of Grecian sauce. Available at all Lit Pizza locations. lit.pizza.
'Tis the season for crawfish, and Southfin Southern Poke is getting in on the fun. The Hawaiian-inspired street food restaurant at 4321 Perkins Road is now offering crawfish as a protein option as well as crawfish bowl. The bowl comes with crawfish, shrimp, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, corn, bell pepper and a sauce with spicy mayo and crab boil. It's topped with green onions and crispy shallots. If you're a Louisianian, you're gonna wanna get this over rice, but you can make it how you want. In other Southfin news, the restaurant's second location at 7474 Corporate Blvd. is set to open at the end of spring. facebook.com/southfinpoke.
Thanks to a new special, Curbside is helping a local advocacy group. Through March 12, the restaurant at 4158 Government St. is offering a specialty peanut butter and chocolate shake called "The Fighter." A portion of sales from the shake will be pledged to Tigers with Purpose, a group of advocates at LSU raising awareness about issues surrounding childhood cancer research. facebook.com/curbside. tigerswithpurpose.com.