Sweet Baton Rouge Insider

I was born and raised in southeast Idaho. After getting married, we moved to North Carolina, and a few years later we came to Baton Rouge for my husband to attend grad school at LSU. I have a degree in health science with an emphasis in public health, and I love human biology. I am currently a stay-at-home mom to my two boys, ages 3 and 1, and a 1 year old German Shepherd. 

How long have you lived in Baton Rouge?

We have lived in Baton Rouge for almost four years now, and have learned a lot and loved it! I love the history and culture of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. It’s beautiful, unique, and interesting! 

What is your Baton Rouge go-to-coffee spot and order?

I’m not a coffee drinker, but I am a big fan of herbal teas. Some of my favorites have come from Red Stick Spice! I also enjoy getting already made drinks there. I have particularly liked iced golden milk! 

What is your Favorite Baton Rouge hidden gem?

It may sound odd, but the Main Library! I love it. It’s an amazing library as far as book content, but it’s also an impressive and inviting place overall. With the awesome designated kid and teen areas, employment help, workshops and discussion forums, movies, a desert-plant balcony, and a splash pad—it’s fantastic! There’s even a cafe that has recently opened (though I haven’t tried it yet). And on the same block, within walking distance are the botanical gardens and Independence Park! 

What is your favorite Baton Rouge Restaurant

I’m big on burgers and shakes, so for me it’s a toss up between Dearman’s and Burgersmith: I like the vintage vibe, good simple burgers, and tasty shakes and malts at Dearman’s; Burgersmith doesn’t have shakes, but they have very good burgers and an Abita Root Beer Float is hard to beat. 

On a typical Saturday night, where would we find you in Baton Rouge?

Eating at a new or favorite restaurant with my family, or on a neighborhood walk or playing at the park.