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Martini
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Good. I go to the BR location a lot. Sometimes just a cocktail at the bar on the way in, maybe a pizza and a glass of wine or maybe I blow it out with three or four bottles and the dry aged ribeye. Plenty of ways and price points to enjoy it. Take your pick. It's a great atmosphere and they run a good shop. I hope Lafayette will support it.





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bdevill
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We're taking the family there this weekend and will post a review..





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Politiceaux
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To say that the Italian portion of the menu is not the best thing on the menu, when you're praising a predominantly Italian restaurant is insulting, if not moronic.
That's just ignorant.






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Gee.. I dunno.. 70%+ of my menu is Italian.. but Italian isn't what I do best.. Please.. Stop.


What's the problem with that?






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bdevill
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That's just ignorant.


My point and this thread has contained some of the most ignorant comments I've read in any thread on this board.






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CP3LSU25
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Ruffino's on the River Grand opening tomorrow in Lafayette I'll say this: I like Ruffino's, but there are some in BR that give it a little too much credit. That said, it will do well in Lafayette. But to say it will be the best restaurant there doesn't recognize something that to me is obvious: As a food city, Lafayette is head and shoulders better than Baton Rouge.






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My point


your point was to make a silly statement like you did?






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Politiceaux
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Ruffinos is known for steaks and seafood more than pasta these days. They have a lot of great non-Italian appetizers and entrees. I'm not sure why that's so controversial with you. Mr. Johns Ristorante has the best steaks in New Orleans. I doubt they find that insulting.

I'm not saying they have bad Italian food, for what it's worth. It's certainly miles ahead of carrabas, wherever that asinine comparison came from.

Again, how many items have you had from Ruffinos if saying they serve great steaks and fish is "insulting, if not moronic"?



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G Vice
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LINK

A glowing review. I'd like to try this place sometime in the next month or so. I'll post comments when possible.






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CourseyCorridor
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Spot on, IMO. Lafayette is a really good food city. No one will confuse it with a destination for fine dining, though. Not that there is anything wrong with that.


I don't think Ruffino's is moving into a class of dining that is grossly underserved in Lafayette.

I think the food culture there leads to a better restaurant scene.

Baton Rouge's restaurant scene is, pound-for-pound, the weakest on the I-10 stretch.

I like Baton Rouge, but sitting between New Orleans and Lafayette, man, it's culinary black hole in comparison.






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CourseyCorridor
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I'll add that Ruffino's in BR is also somewhat hard to get to.

Not that it's tucked away, but if you live in the Garden District, going out to that Highland Road exit's a bit of a haul.

Of course, the Garden District strikes me as more of a Juban's and Stroube's crowd. Ruffino's seems more like a Santa Maria/White Oak Landing crowd.







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CourseyCorridor
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Italian at Ruffino's is average at best at the price point. Well behind Gino's and Nino's in the BR market, IMO. The Carrabba's comparison (may have butchered that spelling) really isn't that far off.

Steaks and specialty dishes are what they do best. Their fish specials are usually good. They really should just blow up their menu and redefine themselves as simply a Louisiana restaurant and leave the Italian title to others.

That doesn't mean get rid of all your pasta dishes. Hell, all restaurants seem to have pasta dishes.







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LSUAfro
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I like Baton Rouge, but sitting between New Orleans and Lafayette, man, it's culinary black hole in comparison

What does this have to do with anything.

BR > NYC






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LSUAfro
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I'll add that Ruffino's in BR is also somewhat hard to get to.

Ruffinos is less than 15 minutes away at most for the majority of the tax paying citizens in BR. Including Garden District.

That's really not "a haul".






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LSUAfro
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Italian at Ruffino's is average at best at the price point. Well behind Gino's and Nino's in the BR market, IMO. The Carrabba's comparison (may have butchered that spelling) really isn't that far off.

So...you want to take the best items off the menu, and then say its not far off from a mediocre chain.
What?






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Icansee4miles
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Ruffinos is less than 15 minutes away at most for the majority of the tax paying citizens in BR. Including Garden District.

That's really not "a haul".


Know how I could tell the person posting this has never lived in a big city? Heck, I couldn't even take a dump in Houston without driving for longer than it would take him to drive to Ruffino's.






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Martini
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To say Ruffinos Italian is well behind Gino's is absurd. I've been to Gino's twice in the last month and it's a tired old menu with a wine list about as aggressive as Olive Garden. Not one thing on it has changed in the forty years I've been to it.

Ninos is very well done, nice wine selection and innovative menu. However it also only has about ten or so tables which makes it a lot easier for him to be fluid.

And to call Baton Rouge a black hole makes me realize how much you don't know. Just because you can't walk out of your door and into a fine dining establishment doesn't make it bad. Most newer cities are in the same boat. Houston, Dallas, Los Angelos. You think they don't drive to eat?






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My point and this thread has contained some of the most ignorant comments I've read in any thread on this board.


Sounds like you've been reading your own posts.






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CourseyCorridor
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That's really not "a haul".


It's out of the way to most other things people do in BR. I know in my experience, we've passed on it based on that before.

Having said that, my point is it does well despite being a little off the beaten path a bit.






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