Lobster Egg Rolls at Roul’s Deli
Almost every food blog, Instagram profile, and Facebook group has written about the latest Baton Rouge food trend: lobster egg rolls. While the concept can be found on another menu in town and there are plenty of recipes online (including from the folks at Emeril’s and Tony Chachere’s), Roul’s egg rolls have taken over Baton Rouge. Seriously, when I visited on a Wednesday afternoon, all five orders placed and received included these delicacies. The $11.99 order comes with three huge egg rolls cut in half. One egg roll is the perfect snack or one side of a delicious burger. If you have leftovers, heat them directly in an air fryer.
Now before you read the following sentence with a sentence, open your mind a bit. Fresh and hot egg rolls are served with sides of ranch dressing and sweet and sour sauce. While I wouldn’t recommend both sauces at once, these sauces separately elevate the already amazing taste of these egg rolls. Roul’s also offers a cheesy philly steak roll. They also come in an order of three, but for a dollar cheaper. Cheese steak egg rolls may not have the same local flair, but they are well worth a try, too.
Another tip: You won’t find these options on the main menu at Roul’s, at least not at the Highland Road location. It’s handwritten on the board under the order counter.
I can confidently say that I was glad I hopped on the bandwagon with this one. I know you will be.
Roul’s Deli has three locations: 3327 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, (225) 383-0622; 812 N. Burnside Ave., Gonzalez, LA, 70737, (225) 647-7685; 5230 Blanc Rd., Baton Rouge, Los Angeles 70805, (225) 246-2222.
Roul’s Deli is open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Roul’s Deli is closed on Sundays. (Emma Descher, staff writer)
Tuna steak at Francois Grill
On a late Sunday morning, we weren’t prepared to wait in the long breakfast and lunch lines and made the rounds before landing at the Francois Grill. It was hot, and my husband and I were agitated, after taking an unplanned tour of Baton Rouge, with stops at all the brunch spots we know.
François Grill was an oasis. He was welcoming, cool and relaxed – and the food was delicious. On Sunday, the dinner menu was available, and I chose the tuna steak. My husband ordered beef over pasta with a lovely sauce. We both liked it.
The tuna was seasoned with lively, overcooked but still rare and perfect. I usually have tuna with Asian seasoning, but this was Louisiana all along – and I loved it so much. When we arrived, my husband frowned a little as he was in the mood for breakfast, but even had to admit that the beef steak and pasta were excellent. We both left with happy stomachs and hearts. I haven’t been in at night to enjoy live jazz/blues, but doing so is on the menu.
10001 Perkins Rowe Suite 100, Baton Rouge; (225) 256-2921. Open 11am-2:30pm and 4:30-9pm Tuesday through Friday and Sunday. Open on Saturdays 11am-2:30pm and 4:30-9:30pm (Jan Risher, Features Editor)
Quesabria Tacos in Berea and Barbacoa de Chivo Los Compadres
If you like to browse food topics on local internet discussion boards, Birria & Barbacoa de Chivo Los Compadres is probably the worst at some of the best tacos around Baton Rouge. Small Taqueria, located in a mall along the Air Lines Highway in Cedarcrest, is growing in popularity and tastes great.
Shredded Quesabrian Beef Taco has a delicately fried tortilla crust, stuffed with melted cheese and stuffed with delicious slow-cooking topped with cilantro and onions. Every bite is better than the first. Your best bet is to get the quesabirria special: four shredded tacos for $12, with a side of beef for dipping. Share it with a friend, or eat it all and make time for a blissful nap afterward. And be sure to try one of the three sauces (green is my favorite!) that come on the side.
Birria & Barbacoa de Chivo Los Compadres, 10457 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge 70816 (225) 389-6712.
hours From 10 am to 6 pm From Tuesday to Friday, and From 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. (Jennifer Brown, senior editor)