A local’s guide to for Gators visiting Baton Rouge

The Florida Gators will take on the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge this Saturday, a trip florid hasn’t made since 2016. The normal schedule was thrown a curveball in 2016 when Hurricane Matthew postponed what would have been a Florida home game. The SEC, LSU and Florida went back and forth for weeks before ultimately coming to a comprise. The Gators would travel to LSU in 2016 and the Tigers would be in Gainesville in 2017 and 201818 before the rivalry would get back to its regular schedule.

With a trip back to Baton Rouge Gator Country asked Louisiana native and former LSU beat reporter Ross Dellenger for his go-to things to see and places to eat and drink while in town.

Links to all of the websites are included.

Things to see in Baton Rouge
Mike the Tiger habitat
Louisiana Capitol
Louisiana old state Capitol
The Game, obviously. Saturday night in Death Valley is an experience you should, at some point in your life, experience.

As for eating and drinking, there are three real nightlife/entertainment districts I’d recommend with several good spots at each:

The Overpass (along Perkins Road)
Ivar’s (dive bar)
Parrain’s (great Louisiana restaurant)
DeGulio Brothers (Italian)
City Pork (BBQ lunch spot)
Merchant (awesome food and drinks)

Downtown (on Third Street)
Bengal Tap Room (lots of beer on tap)
River Room (chill cocktail speakeasy type spot)
Bald Eagle (basement dive bar)
Jolie Pearl (oysters)
Happy’s (Irish pub)
Tsunami (rooftop sushi)
Blend (wine and food)

North Gate (along LSU’s campus at Highland and State streets)
The Chimes (great food, beer and rooftop)
Roul’s Deli (burger)
Louie’s (late-night breakfast)

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC