We’re always on the hunt for those neighborhood restaurants that are slightly off the beaten path but so worth the extra effort. These hidden gems are serving some of the most mouthwatering meals you’ll ever have, and it’s time we share these tasty secrets with you.
1. Brown Bag Gourmet
Brown Bag Gourmet opened its doors in 2010 and has been a favorite neighborhood eatery for those in the Markville area ever since. The place fills up fast, so you may want to call ahead to make a reservation. The menu features everything from salads to salmon, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love.
Address: 210 Acton Road, Marksville, LA, 71351
2. The Cabin
For a hearty home-cooked meal in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere, a trip to The Cabin is an absolute must. The restaurant has been open since 1973, but the building began as one of 10 original slave dwellings from the Monroe Plantation. From the moment you step inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time.
Address: 5405 Highway 44, Gonzales, LA, 70737
3. Restaurant Calla
From burgers to bone marrow, there’s something for everyone at Calla. Casual yet elegant, Calla is a great option for an after-work drink with coworkers or a delightful dinner with family and friends.
Address: 1400 Market Street, Lake Charles, LA, 70601
4. Jacmel Inn
Though located within a 100-year-old home in downtown Hammond, the Jacmel Inn itself has been around for over 30 years. This tasty place is certainly worthy of a road trip! The menu features a range of cuisine with Creole, Italian, Caribbean, and Southern influences that will surely dazzle your tastebuds. For more about this historic eatery, check out our recent feature article
Address: 903 East Morris Street, Hammond, LA, 70401
5. Nino’s Italian
For a truly authentic Italian meal, pop on over to Nino’s. This Baton Rouge restaurant features freshly rolled pasta, bread that’s baked daily, and sauces that will make you want to lick your plate.
Address: 7512 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA, 70810
6. Salty Joe’s Restaurant
If you’ve never been to Salty Joe’s, you’re in for a real treat. Not only do they have some of the best BBQ in the state, the atmosphere here is unparalleled. It’s eclectic, electric, and overall just a casual and friendly place to grab some finger licking BBQ.
Address: 43344 South Range Road, Hammond, LA, 70403
7. Steamboat Warehouse
Nestled within a steamboat warehouse that was built in the early 1800s, this restaurant that has it all. You’ll enjoy incredible food in an atmosphere that will simply leave you in awe. The menu is full of Louisiana classics like crab and crawfish cakes, gumbo, and seafood platters, as well as several unique dishes you could only find at this hidden gem.
Address: 525 N Main Street, Washington, LA, 70589
8. Ki Mexico
Don't let the unassuming exterior fool you - they're cooking up some of the most flavorful Mexican cuisine in the area at Ki Mexico. When you’re craving tacos, no one does it better.
Address: 3839 Gilbert Drive, Shreveport, LA, 71104
How many of these restaurants have you dined at? Let us know in the comments below!