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Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
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"This all new restaurant for 2009 opened near the corner of Coursey and Sherwood Forest. The owner Patrick Muller came to Baton Rouge by way of Perth, Australia. They completely revamped the Semolina's building in to a very trendy & cool Aussie themed establishment."

"When you walk in it's a very open layout. On a sunny day the many windows let in a lot of natural light. There are a number of square tables as well as a handful of booths. The kitchen area is setup in a way so that you can see what's going on in the kitchen but a huge sheet of glass keeps it seperate."

How random is Australian food in general and to open up such a restaurant in Baton Rouge seemed peculiar to say the least.


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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
wasn't there someone on this board obsessed with that place back then?


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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
Maybe. I don’t recall off the top of my head.


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i went a few times, it was ok


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I enjoyed it, would not go out of my way to eat there but never had a bad meal


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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
Was definitely random. A little sad to read the glowing aesthetic reviews from when it was new. Life goes by too fast.

As good as Semolina was, if it couldn't make it there, Dingo's never had a chance.



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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
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wasn't there someone on this board obsessed with that place back then?



I have no clue what an Australian themed restaurant means but for some reason, someone being obsessed with it cracks me up.


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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
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I have no clue what an Australian themed restaurant means

think it had kangaroos and boomerangs on the walls iirc

wasn't there a "walhalla pasta" or was that outback?


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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
I went a few times, it was a decent enough place.



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LSUZombie
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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
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wasn't there someone on this board obsessed with that place back then?



It could have been me. My close friend knew the owner from church so we started going there regularly. The owner was super nice and we wanted to support him. We went a lot and the food was great with huge portions (the first big mistake).

Then he started having issues with his kitchen staff and had to keep hiring new cooks, which led to a drop-off in food consistency. Then he realized just how much he was giving away with those huge portions, so he scaled back the portion sizes and raised the prices (nice recipe for disaster). Also he bought premium ingredients and when he started losing money he switched to lesser quality. It showed.

Last time I ate there I sent my steak back three times because they kept sending me a med-rare steak cooked well done. I felt bad, but it just was what it was. They closed not that long after.

A shame because while the owner was Australian it wasn't Australian food. Just a solid menu done right for a short time.
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Paul Allen
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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
Is the owner still in Baton Rouge?


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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
No idea. I think after Dingo’s failed he tried to open a smaller one inside the country club on Sherwood Forest, but it didn’t last long. Then I heard he was managing a Pie Works pizza place that opened on Sherwood for a short time, and it closed. This was years ago but heard he got into real estate.


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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
This was a place


Boo Krewe
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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
What is Australian food? And I guess you could have crocodile Dundee themed stuff


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Paul Allen
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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
Yes


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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
I don't remember this place for whatever reason.


Paul Allen
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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
Next to the old Ryan’s on Coursey. Probably where neighborhood Walmart is now, I think.


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re: Dingo’s Australian Restaurant: The most random restaurant opening in Baton Rouge history?
I had just graduated college at the time and parents lived in the area, but really enjoyed this place when we went. Menu was diverse for BR and food was good. Atmosphere was also unique, but prob opened in the wrong location given the "suburbness" of that location. Moved to Austin almost four years ago and reminds me of some of the eclectic places here. I appreciate the former owner's ambition, but place was too forward for that location given the nearby clientele.


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