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CBLSU316
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re: Worst Restaurant in BR
I dont know but they have way too much footage for a restaurant.


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AbitaFan08
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re: Worst Restaurant in BR
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This is pretty funny, I spend time in several of these, Burlington, VT is laughable and invalidates the list. Burlington is absolutely one of the worst in the USA, they really do not care what something tastes like as long as it's organic and locally sourced, seriously. Poirtland, Me, once get past the tourist lobster joints, not a whole lot there, but it is a lot nicer than Burlington.


I'm sorry, but clearly you didn't know where to go, especially in Portland. I'd put Portland's restaurant scene against most cities larger than it.

Now it's closer with Burlington, but I can respect the debate between the two. Although there are some outstanding restaurants there, so not sure where you went to have bland food.
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Just off the top of my head:

Portland, Maine
Asheville, North Carolina
Burlington, Vermont
Providence, Rhode Island
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Charleston, South Carolina
Annapolis, Maryland
Boulder, Colorado
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Somerville, Massachusetts
Birmingham, Alabama (debatable, but having the #1 rated restaurant in the country gives them an argument)


Well for starters I still think its okay to list BR in the top 10% of places its size in terms of food.

I haven't been to most of those places, but going to handful this summer. I have been to Asheville and Birmingham though, and I imagine most of your list is similar in this regard... Both definitely have good food, and if you stay there for a couple days you most likely do your research and go to the places that have the best food. Asheville especially though, the city is so small that there really aren't that many places to go. You can hit all the best places in one trip. Per capita, maybe better than BR, but there are more good restaurants in BR.


Also, one thing being discounted is the style of food here. Its unique. Not to us it isn't, but to everyone else that visits it is... I would imagine trying boudin, gumbo, etouffee, red beans and rice, crawfish, fried oysters, and a roast beef poboy for the first time would be amazing... We have places like Parrain's and Sammy's that I don't go to all that much. We cook all that shite at home, often better than at these restaurants. But if I had nothing else to compare that restaurants gumbo too, I'd probably think it was amazing... I think that leads to some people having a worse impression of BR food than they should have.


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Well for starters I still think its okay to list BR in the top 10% of places its size in terms of food.


I'd put it top 1/3, tops.

That means it's good for a city it's size. It's not top 10%, though. For too long, and for better or worse, it allowed New Orleans to be the place people there dined out when they wanted a really good meal. I think that did a lot to hold it back. Over the past 10-15 years it's been pulled kicking and screaming into a decent restaurant scene of its own. Oddly, the weakest link now is on high end dining, where it seems to have in turn ceded to New Orleans. Chalet Brandt is missed, but the entire concept of that place is a throwback nationally, I suppose.


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re: Worst Restaurant in BR
your mom sure knows how to cook


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re: Worst Restaurant in BR
Not worst, but Pastime is one of the most overrated restaurants in BR


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I don't have as much experience with Portland and it's been a few years, ignoring the lobster tourism, it was fine, not special.

Burlington is another matter, it is a college town and dominated by youth culture, the beer scene is great, the food is not,. We found some places we like up in Shelbourne, but it is Yankee New England bland, as you would expect. The New England Culinary Institute in Essex used to be a real find but they closed that campus.


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Not worst, but Pastime is one of the most overrated restaurants in BR


Honestly surprised its still open... Once its long-time patrons are so old they can't go anymore (which is already happening) then it will close down. I get that its part of the appeal to some people, but thats a place that will die long before they decide to change anything.


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I would argue BR is likely the best city its size that isn't a tourism destination like Portland, ME; Ashville, NC; or Charleston, SC. Tourism money can really help drive a restaurant scene because tourists eat out every night they're in town. Baton Rouge doesn't have tourists outside of football fans coming in for a game at Tiger Stadium or the occasional river boat (which provides meals itself) where as over eight million people visit Portland, ME each year.
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ya'll have ruined this thread


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re: Worst Restaurant in BR
Every additional post you've made in this thread further invalidates your original point


kingbob
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Honestly surprised its still open... Once its long-time patrons are so old they can't go anymore (which is already happening) then it will close down. I get that its part of the appeal to some people, but thats a place that will die long before they decide to change anything.



Everytime I'm in there, the place is packed with 30-40 year-old families with kids, as well as entire baseball teams. I don't see Pastime's clientelle dying off too soon. While their pizzas are meh and their po'boys leave much to be desired, their calzones are fire.


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BRIllini07
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re: Worst Restaurant in BR
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I'd put it top 1/3, tops. That means it's good for a city it's size. It's not top 10%, though


I'd go solidly top 1/3, with an pretty solid asterisk of having NOLA within striking destance. In theory, if you live in South BR you could make the decision at 5PM to go grab dinner in New Orleans, and be back home and in bed by 10PM.

If I'm comparing Baton Rouge to other mid-size metros, the local restaurant scene is toward the high end and holds it's own just fine. However, the fact that the chains are much worse here than their counterparts elsewhere is a sticking point for me. For fast food, just about anywhere but Chick-fil-A or Canes in Baton Rouge will be pretty much trash compared to any other place I've been to in the US. I don't go to these places often, but when I do go (usually when I'm on the road), I'm reminded that places like a Wendy's in suburban Tampa is actually a not a depressing place to be.

Similarly, for places like Buffalo Wild Wings, you would stuggle to find a worse location than the one on Bluebonnet anywhere in the country.


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AbitaFan08
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re: Worst Restaurant in BR
How so? I just said there was an argument that could be made against Burlington. I stand by the list I made.

I’m not even knocking BRs food scene, I think it’s been growing a lot which is great. But I haven’t wavered in saying that I think there are many cities it’s size or smaller that have a better food scene.


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Mo Jeaux
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but it is Yankee New England bland, as you would expect.


Such a trite, overdone sentiment.


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For a city its size, BR is one of the top food cities in america




Umm hell no it is not


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re: Worst Restaurant in BR
Can I count Monjuni's even though its from Shreveport? That place is trash


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Mo Jeaux
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For a city its size, BR is one of the top food cities in america




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vilma4prez
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re: Worst Restaurant in BR
Burlington had a few great places to eat.
ArtsRiot
Honey Road
Hen of the woods

But yeah.. citizen cider and Foam are where it's at


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andouille
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Such a trite, overdone sentiment.


If you said Cajun food was spicy, it's not all spicy, but it is more 'well seasoned' than most American cuisines. Yankee New England is not 'well seasoned' it is bland. A lot of boiled dishes, a lot of people to whom pepper is an absolute terror. I'm not saying Yankee new England isn't good, clam chowder, Yankee pot roast, boiled brisket, all good stuff. Lobster with drawn butter, bland, but delicious.


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