1st Lake Dining Guide: Baton Rouge Restaurants

Baton Rouge is home to some of the best and brightest upcoming chefs. In fact, ConventionSouth magazine named Baton Rouge the Best Foodie City!

Louisiana’s capital has much to offer in the way of delicious dining options and our 1st lake properties are located right near the best of them. All of our apartment communities in Baton Rouge – like Lake Towers, Regency Club and Spring Brook are conveniently located to satisfy your many cravings.

So dig in to our Baton Rouge restaurant guide and decide where you’re having dinner!

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Photo courtesy of Visit Baton Rouge

Local Louisiana Cuisine

Craving oysters, catfish and mudbugs? Check out these local haunts.

Italian Fare

Some days you just want to stuff yourself with pizza and pasta…

Asian Cuisine

Looking for sushi, noodles or pho? We’ve got you covered.

Mexican Fare

Give these places a try when you’re craving tacos and a good margarita.

American Eats

Hankering for a good old fashioned hamburger? These places are sure to please.

Mediterranean Grub

These places are dishing out the freshest and most delicious Mediterranean.

Fine Dining

Celebrating a birthday or special event? These white table cloth restaurants are world-renowned.

Bakeries & Coffee Shops

Try these spots for a quick breakfast or tasty treat.

Food Trucks

Every Wednesday, all Baton Rouge food trucks gather at a different location for the Baton Rouge Wround Up. Check out #brwroundup to find out the next spot.

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2014 Mardi Gras Parade Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in New Orleans! No, we’re not talking about the holidays – it’s Carnival season! Whether you’re a resident of the 1st Lake’s metro New Orleans apartments in Metairie, Kenner or River Ridge, or a resident of the Northshore apartments in Slidell, Covington or Mandeville, there is a Mardi Gras parade coming soon near you! Mark these parades on your calendar for an experience like no other that’s fun for all ages!

Mardi Gras Parades in New Orleans and the Northshore

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Krewe of Bilge – Saturday, February 15, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie – Saturday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Titans – Saturday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Dionysus – Sunday, February 23, 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Selene – Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.

Metairie Parades

Krewe of Little Rascals – Sunday, February 16, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Perseus – Sunday, February 16, 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Excalibur – Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Caesar – Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Centurions – Friday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Napoleon – Sunday, March 2, 5:30 p.m.

Krewe of Hera – Monday, March 3, 6:15 p.m.

Krewe of Zeus – Monday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Argus – Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 a.m.

Krewe of Jefferson – follows Argus

Krewe of Elks Jefferson – follows Jefferson

New Orleans Parades

Krewe du Vieux – Saturday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe Delusion – follows Krewe du Vieux

Krewe of Cork – Friday, February 21, 3:00 p.m.

Krewe of Oshun – Friday, February 21, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Cleopatra – Friday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Pontchartrain – Saturday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.

Krewe of Choctaw – Saturday, February 22, follows Pontchartrain

Krewe of Freret – Saturday, February 22, follows Chocktaw

Krewe of Sparta – Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Pygmalion – Saturday, February 22, 6:45 p.m.

‘tit Rex – Saturday, February 22, 5:00 p.m.

Krewe of Chewbacchus – Saturday, February 22, 8:00 p.m.

Krewe of Carrollton – Sunday, February 23, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin – follows Carrollton

Krewe of Alla – follows King Arthur and Merlin

Krewe of Barkus – Sunday, February 23, 2:00 p.m.

Krewe of Druids – Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Nyx – Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

Knights of Babylon – Thursday, February 27, 5:45 p.m.

Krewe of Muses – Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

Knights of Chaos – Thursday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Hermes – Friday, February 28, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe d’Etat – Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.

Krewe of Morpheus – Friday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Iris – Saturday, March 1, 11:00 a.m.

Krewe of Tucks – Saturday, March 1, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Endymion – Saturday, March 1, 4:15 p.m.

Krewe of Okeanos – Sunday, March 2, 11:00 a.m.

Krewe of Mid-City – Sunday, March 2, 11:45 a.m.

Krewe of Thoth – Sunday, March 2, 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Bacchus – Sunday, March 2, 5:15 p.m.

Krewe of Proteus – Monday, March 3, 5;15 p.m.

Krewe of Orpheus – Monday, March 3, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Zulu – Tuesday, March 4, 8:00 a.m.

Krewe of Rex – Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 a.m.

Covington and Mandeville Parades

Krewe of Eve – Friday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.

Krewe of Olympia – Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.

Krewe of Lyra – Tuesday, March 4, 10:00 a.m.

Valentine’s Date Ideas in New Orleans

If you’re a 1st Lake resident of our metro New Orleans apartments in Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge, there’s plenty to do with your special someone during the most romantic of holidays, Valentine’s Day!

Romantic Restaurants – Food is kind of a big deal in New Orleans, and there are abundant options for excellent romantic restaurants with great ambiance. Some of the best include Lilette, Café Degas, La Crepe Nanou, Mimi’s in the Marigny, Café Amelie, Sylvain and The Delachaise.

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Romantic City Park in New Orleans

Budget-friendly date ideas – A nice date doesn’t have to be expensive – there are many great ways to have fun in New Orleans on Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank. Some ideas for budget-friendly dates in New Orleans include a picnic at City Park or Audubon Park, taking a ferry ride to Algiers Point, riding the streetcar down St. Charles Avenue with stops along the way, sitting on the Riverwalk with beignets from Café du Monde or a muffaletta from Central Grocery, a matinee at the historic Prytania Theater, just to name a few.

Special Events – In addition to dining and budget-friendly activities, certain local businesses are offering special Valentine’s Day festivities. The New Orleans Museum of Art will host a special guided “Amour Tour” throughout the galleries. Emeril’s restaurants including Emeril’s, Emeril’s Delmonico and NOLA Restaurant will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu with courses that are perfect for sharing.

If you’re looking for something special to pick up for your Valentine, there are lots of great shopping options, like Mignon Faget, Abeille and Sabai Jewelry Gallery for jewelry and Sucre or Blue Frog Chocolates for sweet treats.

1st Lake Dining Guide: Kenner Restaurants

Kenner is home to some of our very best apartment communities in the metro New Orleans area, including beautiful apartment properties like Cherrywood, Lakes of Chateau Estates North, and Pelican Bay. Kenner not only offers great living options, but dining options as well.

Next time you’re going out on the town, consult our dining guide and eat the best of the best.

Photos of Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar, Kenner
This photo of Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Seafood Restaurants

In Louisiana, we know how to cook seafood. Check out the spots that are doing fish right.

American Fare

Sometimes you just want a big ol’ plate of fries. Here’s where to get ’em.

Latin Grub

On those days you just really need a margarita, try out these joints:

Asian Cuisine

If you’re looking for light sushi or greasy Chinese, Kenner’s got you covered.

Bakeries & Pastry Shops

Who doesn’t like to end a meal with something sweet? 

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1st Lake Dining Guide: Best Metairie Restaurants

Many people know Metairie for being New Orleans’ neighbor; but Metairie is so much more than that.crawfish-169694_640

There is a reason Metairie is home to the highest number of 1st Lake apartment communities. It is safe, fun and full of Louisiana food culture.

Whatever you’re craving, Metairie’s got it.

So, if you’re new to the area or just bored of the old routine, read our guide to the best restaurants in Metairie. There are hundreds of great restaurants in Metairie, but here are just a few of our favorites:


Louisiana is known for its fresh and delicious seafood, and Metairie is no exception. Try these spots:

  • Drago’s for world famous charbroiled oysters
  • The Galley Seafood for Louisiana shellfish platters
  • Deanie’s for a wide variety of local seafood dishes- try the barbecue shrimp!
  • Acme Oyster House for the best fresh oysters
  • Don’s Seafood  for Don’s Seafood Platter: an epic combination of stuffed crab, fried shrimp, stuffed shrimp fried catfish, fried oysters and crawfish étouffée.


If you’re craving the spices and flavors of other countries, try one of these yummy options:


A favorite in Italy and America alike, pizza is abundant in Metairie. Find your favorite pie at one of these joints:


If you’re looking for the perfect place to take a lunch break, check out these quick and delicious restaurants:


Beignets, French-style fried donuts topped with powdered sugar, are everyone’s favorite New Orleans treat. For the best in Metairie, check out:

New Orleans Style

Since Metairie is right next to New Orleans, there are plenty of restaurants that do NOLA food just as well as they do in the city.

Steaks & Burgers

For those carnivores out there, Metairie is home to some of the best barbecue, steak and hamburger joints:

Once you’ve tried out one of these tasty spots, share this post and let us know what you think!

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