Summer Dishes and Drinks to Try at Baton Rouge Restaurants Before the Season Ends
With Baton Rouge under a heat advisory today, it is sure that it is the peak of the summer. On the plus side, local restaurants are updating their menus with seasonal items, which also gives the taste of summer. If you go out to eat, you might notice that light, refreshing, and even tropical flavors take over the specialty list.
But just like summer, these items won’t be around forever. Here are some new dishes and drinks to try before taking a long vacation from local menus.
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Sonora-style hot dogs, s’mores and daiquiris inspired by the summer camps of The Viaduct Merchant
This Perkins Road staple is bringing nostalgia this summer with a cleverly themed menu called Camp Merch. But these dishes and drinks are unlike anything you’ve ever been served in a dining room. From now until August 14, diners can feast on Campfire Sonoran Dog, a Sonoran Mexican-style hot dog made with bacon-wrapped dog from Iverstine Farms Butcher and served with crispy tater tots. You can’t have summer camp without s’mores, and the restaurant roasts marshmallows for this quintessential summer dessert. Of course, there are seasonal drinks to complement this menu, including daiquiris and Camp Waters. Come see the entertainers and stay at Camp Merch.
Watermelon salad, veggie pizza and Italian cream sodas Pizzeria Reginelli
Reginelli’s offers seasonal dishes to cover every course of your meal. To start, freshen up with a watermelon salad, which includes chunks of watermelon dressed in feta and candied pecans and topped with orange mint syrup and mint leaves. For your main course, try the new Sunpie Pizza. This vegetarian pizza features roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, goat cheese, mozzarella and pesto. Top off your meal with new flavors of Italian cream sodas. You can choose between watermelon or wedding cake, but you can’t go wrong either way.
Galettes, seafood with mango and ssummer lemonades BUILDING 5
From lemonades and sangrias to salads and refreshing entrees, BLDG 5’s specials are bursting with summer flavors. The restaurant offers two seasonal galettes: a tropical one with flavors of mango, pineapple and coconut and one with spicy peaches, grapefruit and blueberry. Follow up your meal with entrees like Seared Sea Scallops on Creamy Mango Sauce or Asian Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps, and always check Instagram for more specials. Wash it all down with refreshing seasonal lemonades and sangrias.
Artisanal cocktails and iced lemon pie from Eliza Restaurant and Bar
Eliza is bringing back some favorites from the summer menu. Its iced lemon pie and summer salad (with grilled shrimp, cucumber, mint and watermelon) are back. Eliza offers a summer cocktail with tropical flavors and new craft drinks like the Peach Old Fashioned and Blueberry Lemon Martini.
Ceviche, frozen cocktails and more Modest
Modesto has refreshed its menu with new items both seasonal and permanent. New for the summer: Shrimp Ceviche, Ahi Tuna Ceviche and Pineapple Mojito. New dishes that will live on the menu permanently include Beef Empanadas, Pollo Del Rey and Steak Tampiquena. These are all great reasons to change your menu ordering routines.
Pies, sangrias and seasonal cocktails from Elsie’s plate and pie
There are always specialty pies that hit the cold case at Elsie’s, but did you know that Elsie’s also offers specialty cocktails for the summer season? The summer cocktail menu offers five new drinks as well as a selection of homemade sangria with seasonal flavors. Be sure to follow Elsie on Instagram to see what new pie flavors are in the game.
Refreshers, cold infusions and lattes city roots
At City Roots, the best way to cool off on a hot summer day is with an iced coffee, latte or tea. With a whole new list of frozen drinks, you can refresh yourself with new flavors for a limited time. The first two drinks to appear on the summer menu were Cinnamon Bun Cold Brew and Raspberry Patch Tea Lemonade made with SoGo’s Raspberry Patch Tea Blend. Recently, the cafe launched a second part of its summer menu with two colorful refreshments and a Beach Day Latte. Enchanted Refresher features sparkling green tea infused with butterfly peas, and Sea Glass Refresher features sweet peach and blue spirulina with refreshing ceremonial matcha. The Beach Day Latte contains vanilla blue spirulina, which gives it a luminous hue.
Iced lattes, cold espressos and more Dream Coffee Lab
The baristas at Rêve have cleverly designed unique drinks to enjoy this season. This summer menu has the perfect balance of espresso creations and tea drinks served ice cold. If you’re looking for a sweet latte, try the Butterflies & Bees which includes espresso, milk of your choice, salted local honey and homemade basil syrup. Low energy? Try the Figarato which is an iced espresso shaken with homemade figs and tropical fruit syrup. If you’re more in the mood for tea, try the Hawaii Five-O which is made with Lili’uokalani tea sweetened with honey and shaken with lemonade and orange juice. Or try the Pineapple Under the Tea made with matcha, sparkling water and oat milk and flavored with homemade pineapple-jalapeño syrup. All of these drinks are garnished and perfectly presented to brighten your day and sweeten your summer.