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November
15

Réveillon Tradition: Holiday Dining in NOLA

NOLA Dining

Are you and your family looking for a new holiday tradition to share? Our Realtors® will be skipping the cooking and gathering around the table at these amazing restaurants around New Orleans homes for sale.

What Is Réveillon Dining?

During the 19th century, Europeans celebrated Christmas with a huge holiday feast to mark the end of a day-long fast. Creole families brought this tradition, known as "Réveillon" after the French word for "awakening," along to New Orleans for their post-midnight mass dinner. 

Traditional dishes on the réveillon table included chicken and oyster gumbo, game pies, and elaborate desserts. The custom faded out by the 1940s, but interest was sparked again during the 1990s. In a nod to contemporary dining preferences, réveillon is now served at upscale restaurants during more conventional hours.

Where to Find Holiday Réveillon Dinners

Holiday réveillon menus include four to eight courses. Traditional réveillon features ingredients that would have been available to Creole families during the 1800s, while contemporary réveillon incorporates molecular gastronomy, small plates, and other modern culinary techniques.

Traditional Réveillon

  • Tujague's - 429 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    It's appropriate that Tujague's, the second-oldest restaurant in NOLA, is offering a traditional réveillon menu. Dine on classic dishes such as gumbo, double-cut pork chops with oyster dressing, and pan-roasted Maple Leaf duck with Louisiana citrus dry cherry demi-glace. Price is $64 for four courses. Dinner is served 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Réveillon is available on Christmas Eve.

  • Court of Two Sisters - 613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Dine at the French Quarter's largest outdoor courtyard at Court of Two Sisters. Their réveillon menu starts with classic turtle soup and concludes with the spectacular tableside presentation of bananas Foster. Réveillon is served nightly, including Christmas Eve, from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Price is $50 for the four-course meal.

Contemporary Réveillon

  • Commander's Palace - 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse are two of the iconic chefs who made their name at Commander's Palace. While the restaurant has been a NOLA landmark since 1893, they're serving an updated réveillon menu with elegant touches such as whipped duck liver beignets and crispy Gulf oysters with Worcestershire and horseradish demi-glace. The six-course meal is $135. Visit the website for hours.

  • Seaworthy - 630 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As the name implies, seafood plays a major role in the contemporary réveillon menu at Seaworthy. The four-course meal, priced at $65, begins with their popular oyster shooters, and the entrée offers a choice of mussels & fideos, stuffed clams, and a whole branzino for two. Réveillon is served nightly, including Christmas Eve, starting at 4 p.m.

  • The Bower - 1320 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    When you combine modern farm-to-table cuisine with traditional réveillon dining, the result is the holiday menu at The Bower. Dishes such as cabbage and potato waffle, rabbit confit arancini, and mushroom bruschetta are inspired by seasonal ingredients from local farmers and suppliers. Price is $75 for five courses. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

New Orleans open houses are especially festive this time of year. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.

November
11

Lafayette Restaurants: Southside District Dining

Lafayette Dining

Lafayette is known for its Creole and Cajun cooking, but that's not the whole story. You can find any world cuisine in Lafayette, and our real estate agents will be glad to introduce you to the best places to sate your cravings. After a day of Lafayette open houses, why not enjoy a refreshing dinner?

From downhome classics to unique fusion concepts, you're only steps away from an unforgettable meal when you choose Lafayette homes for sale. The biggest question is where to begin your culinary journey!

Let's take a look at some of your many dining options in Lafayette's Southside District:

  • The Cajun Table – 4510 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Cajun Table has fresh seasonal seafood that sets a high bar in a place known for it. Platters like the boiled blue point crab or Gulf shrimp are big enough for the whole family to share. Catering is an option when you want to give guests a meal they won't soon forget. Burgers, wraps, salads, and plates run the full gamut of surf and turf. For a classic experience, don't overlook the crawfish etouffee.

  • Chris' Poboys – 703 Robley Drive, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Chris' Poboys is a local mainstay when it comes to the unofficial sandwich of Louisiana. A po'boy is filled with your choice of fried shrimp, oysters, or other local seafood alongside lettuce, tomato, pickles, and roast beef. Piled high on French bread and slathered with your favorite homemade sauce or mayo, it is meant to be a hearty meal you can take almost anywhere.

  • The Churros Boutique – 5725 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Churros Boutique is out to create the best dessert in Lafayette. Its approach? Gourmet churros that you can't get anywhere else. Flavors like "Tropical," "Strawberry Cheesecake," "Cookies n' Cream," and "Rainbow" are just a few of the many lip-smacking selections. You can even get a whole churro cake for special occasions. 

  • Mae Sone Noodle House – 4807 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Mae Sone Noodle House bills itself as one of the first true Asian cuisine restaurants to open its doors in Lafayette. Its Asian fusion menu includes all of your favorite rice and noodle dishes as well as specialty creations of the chef. You can't go wrong with your choice of beef, chicken, fish, seafood, or any of the delicious combinations. It's filling food that will keep you coming back again and again.

  • Masala Indian Kitchen – 2208 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Masala Indian Kitchen is celebrating the recent re-opening of its dining room and welcomes visitors from far and wide. This restaurant lovingly showcases what North Indian cuisine has to offer, from meat to seafood to delectable vegan and vegetarian dishes. Halal and gluten-free options are also represented. A reservation is recommended for this highly popular date spot.

  • Rickey Meche's Donut King – 2605 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Rickey Meche's Donut King is open from 4 a.m. for all of your donut cravings. In addition, it is known for its king cakes, which can be ordered online during Mardi Gras season. With loads of memorable flavors, you won't regret getting up early to enjoy the freshest batch in town. Pair it with your favorite coffee or tea, including hot or iced varieties, and savor a truly sweet start to the rest of your day.

Contact us to find out more about Lafayette, LA, real estate.

November
9

Bring Your Dog Along to These Baton Rouge Spots

Baton Rouge Pets

Our real estate agents are very attached to their dogs. This is why we're always on the lookout for new dog-friendly restaurants and shops around our area. From parks to pet-friendly cafes, you and your pup can easily have a fun day out. Here are some of the best dog-friendly destinations around Baton Rouge:

  • La Divina Italian Cafe - 3535 Perkins Rd #360, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Grab a meal or a beverage at La Divina Italian Cafe, and order one of their famous Dog Gelato's for your pup. This great local spot has delicious foods, tasty beverages and is very pet friendly. Sit with your dog on their gorgeous outdoor patio and indulge in some tasty (and healthy) Italian-inspired cuisine. If you fall in love with this cafe, you might be interested in touring one of the fantastic Baton Rouge homes for sale just down the street.

  • Raising Cane's Dog Park - 1442 City Park Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Looking for somewhere to let your pup run around and socialize with other dogs? Raising Cane's Dog Park is the perfect place. This 1.2-acre park has a section for small dogs and one for large dogs, plus a water supply, plenty of benches, and a pavilion for picnics. The park is also conveniently located right next to the Greenwood Community Park, so the whole family can enjoy a day outside.

  • Cypress Coast Brewing Co. - 5643 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    If you're in need of a pet-friendly hangout spot with great food and beer, check out Cypress Coast Brewing Co. With plenty of beers on tap, indoor and outdoor seating, and a dog-friendly gathering space outside, this brewery is a great place to hang with friends on the weekends. After your meal, you'll definitely want to check out these Baton Rouge open houses.

  • Highland Coffees - 3350 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Pups are permitted in the outdoor seating area at this fantastic local coffee shop, which is located at the north gates of LSU. Highland Coffees has a charming outdoor patio area with lots of seating and greenery. It's a great place to recharge, so stop by and grab a cup of coffee and your favorite baked good. 

  • The Overpass Merchant - 2904 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    The Overpass Merchant is a classy yet casual restaurant with great food and drinks; however, their outdoor patio, which is situated underneath an Interstate 10 underpass, is one of the main highlights of this restaurant. Plus, the patio is pet-friendly! It's one of the best hangout spots in town, especially when the weather cools off.

Life is better with your furry best friend by your side. It's easy to plan a whole day out on the town with your pup, thanks to our wide range of dog-friendly parks, cafes, and restaurants. Contact us today for more information on living in Baton Rouge. 

October
28

Travel the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail

Houma Crawfish

Houma homes for sale put you within reach of one of the unique ecosystems in the U.S.: The Louisiana Bayou. It gives the area one of its culinary legacies, the crawfish. Our Realtors® want to introduce you!

Crawfish, also known as crawdads, have long been a staple of Louisiana's traditional Cajun and Creole cooking.

An Introduction to the Bayou and its Crawfish

The connection between the Bayou and the prehistoric past is obvious: Louisiana Bayou alligators exist practically unchanged from the form they took 85 million years ago. Likewise, many insects, shellfish, and other creatures are similar to their forebears – including the beloved crawfish!

The ultimate celebration of the crawfish comes in the form of the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail.

All About the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail

The Bayou Country Crawfish Trail is a homegrown Houma landmark that was established so residents and newcomers alike could taste everything crawfish have to offer. Broiled, baked, fried, or however you like, you'll see crawfish in all their glory. That includes classic dishes and innovative fusion cuisine!

With special events and deals going on all year long, there's never a wrong time to enjoy the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail. To get special crawfish merch, all you need to do is send in five receipts from anywhere on the trail. Then, you'll receive a free Crawfish Trail t-shirt as a "thank you" gift.

There are two distinct crawfish seasons to choose from:

  • "Heads" Season
    Heads season takes place around Mardi Gras, which is always held 47 days before Easter – meaning it can range from February 13 to March 1. Boiled crawfish is an absolute must during this time, and hot "peel and eat" crawfish are available by the pound from hundreds of restaurants and markets.
  • "Tails" Season
    Tails season is a Houma tradition, extending the enjoyment of crawfish well beyond the regular schedule. In the height of summer, live crawfish are tough to come by, and boiled food may not mix well with the heat – but you can still savor crawfish tail meat in all the Cajun dishes you can think of.

Houma's Top Stops on the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail

  • Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' – 5602 West Main Street, Houma, LA 70360
    Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' is an unpretentious, kid-friendly roadhouse ideal for introducing little ones to the joys of crawfish. With both indoor and outdoor seating, a full children's menu, and cornbread that will knock your socks off, it's great for a family night out.

  • Bayou Cane Seafood & Poboy – 6539 West Main Street, Houma, LA 70360
    Bayou Cane Seafood is a locally owned Cajun and Creole restaurant serving up crawfish and other soul food dishes. You can sample a fried seafood platter or try the classic po'boy sandwich with crawfish, crab, shrimp, plush redfish fillet, or speckled trout.

  • C'est Bon Cafe – 1687 Grand Caillou Road, Houma, LA 70363
    C'est Bon Cafe lives up to the name with an unbeatable array of hearty Louisiana fare. Pair Southern "home cooking" style dishes with some of the freshest seafood in Houma for a mouthwatering experience, then top it all off with fun and friendly service.

Contact us to find out more about real estate in Houma or visit Houma open houses.

October
11

National Gumbo Day: Where to Order Around NOLA

Gumbo in NOLA

National Gumbo Day is officially celebrated on Wednesday, October 12. But around New Orleans homes for sale, any time is right for this flavorful stew. Treat yourself to some of the finest gumbo around at these great NOLA restaurants.

  • Gumbo Shop - 630 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    When you name a restaurant after the main attraction, you better deliver, and Gumbo Shop has been bringing the goods since 1948. The dish has won the "Best Gumbo" award in the Best of New Orleans poll for more than 20 consecutive years. Choose from seafood okra, chicken andouille, and vegetarian gumbo z'herbes. For variety, don't miss the full Creole dinner, with your choice of gumbo, main dish, side, and dessert for $29.99. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 11 p.m.

  • Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    When Mr. B's Bistro opened in 1979, it came with an impressive pedigree. The restaurant is one of several locations owned and operated by members of the Brennan family, whose other iconic properties include Brennan's and Commander's Palace. Mr. B's was one of the forerunners offering upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. Their dark and smoky Gumbo YaYa quickly became one of the more highly-regarded versions of the dish. Lunch and dinner are served Wednesday through Saturday, while brunch and dinner are served on Sunday. Visit the website for hours.

  • Olde NOLA Cookery - 205 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    With large windows and balcony seating that provide views of Bourbon Street, Olde NOLA Cookery offers people-watching to go with its delicious food. Customers give high praise to the cheerful, attentive staff and family-friendly setting. Order gumbo a la carte or as part of the Taste of New Orleans platter, which also comes with crawfish etouffee, red beans, and rice with smoked sausage. Save room for some bread pudding topped with their signature praline and rum sauce. Olde NOLA Cookery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

  • Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar - 509 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    In a city bursting with incredible architecture, Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar is located in the oldest existing building on Canal Street. While the surroundings are historic, the interior has been updated for relaxed, comfortable dining. A bowl of their chicken and andouille gumbo is big enough to share. Pair it with a Cajun Bloody Mary, mixed with Creole House's homemade spice blend for extra zip. Hours are 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Cajun Seafood - 1479 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Don't feel bad if your first visit to Cajun Seafood is intimidating. It takes a while to absorb the sheer variety of options, ranging from boiled and fried seafood to po' boys, chicken, and Asian-inspired yak-ka-mein soup. Food is served cafeteria-style, which keeps the frequent lines moving swiftly, but there is also a selection of made-to-order entrees. Want to whip up your own feast? Fresh raw fish and seafood are sold by the pound. The largest location is in NOLA's Tremé neighborhood, but there are three other spots that make Cajun Seafood a convenient lunch spot when visiting New Orleans open houses. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at 11 a.m. 

Our Realtors® have the inside scoop on all the best dining and entertainment places around NOLA. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.

October
7

National Cookie Month: Lafayette Bakeries

Lafayette Bakeries

In case you missed the news, October is National Cookie Month. As anyone with a sweet tooth would agree, that's a holiday that our Realtors® can definitely get behind!

We also have some truly exceptional bakeries here in the Lafayette, LA, area. Whether your treats of choice are macarons, pralines, or good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies, you'll find plenty of places to enjoy them near Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Keller's Bakery Downtown - 1012 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Before they immigrated to America in the late 1700s, the Keller family were bakers in the Alsace region of France. The family still brings all those generations of experience to Keller's Bakery Downtown, a direct successor to the original Keller's Bakery, which was established in 1895. They offer a dizzying array of sweet baked goods, including classic cookies like oatmeal, shortbread, butter pecan, and sugar cookies.

  • Poupart Bakery Inc. - 1902 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Poupart Bakery, Inc. is an authentic French Bakery that's been in business since 1967. Located a stone's throw from many Lafayette open houses, they offer a wide range of breads, pastries, and cakes (including king cakes, of course). If you're looking for something a little more "bite-sized," their macarons and iced shortbread cookies are simply perfection. You can always count on Puopart Bakery when you need a quick sugar rush!

  • Caroline's Cookies - 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd #124, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You can experience some of the best cookies in Acadiana at Caroline's Cookies, a cozy bakery that focuses entirely on unique and delicious cookies. Caroline's Cookies started as a hobby that grew into a successful home bakery and eventually led to the opening of a brick-and-mortar storefront in Lafayette. The cookies here are thick, fluffy, and decadent, and the menu of seasonal flavors changes every month. 

  • Gambino's Bakery - 3802 Johnston St C, Lafayette, LA 70503
    A family-owned Louisiana bakery since 1946, Gambino's Bakery is arguably best known for their amazing custom wedding cakes and king cakes. But they have an incredible array of other offerings on their menu, including dessert trays loaded with cookies and other bite-size treats like brownies, eclairs, petit fours, and turtles. Gambino's Bakery has also grown to include locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as right here in Lafayette. 

  • Bonne Vie Macarons - 607 Kaliste Saloom Rd Suite A, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You'll find Lafayette's best macarons at Bonne Vie Macaroons, a quaint and cozy shop that offers a welcoming atmosphere as well as decadent desserts. The authentic French Macarons are available in any quantity and combination of flavors, with options ranging from classic vanilla-almond or chocolate ganache to lemon meringue or creme brûlée. And while macarons are certainly the stars of the show, Bonne Vie Macarons also offers other sweet treats, like brownies, mini cream tarts, end even espresso drinks. 

  • Bouki's Baker - 319 N Sterling St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    When you need custom cookies for any occasion, check out Bouki's Baker. A local business founded by cookie artist Robin Bostick, Bouki's Baker offers beautifully decorated custom cookies that truly look almost too good to eat. But rest assured, they're just as tasty as they are pretty! Keep an eye on their calendar too; Robin occasionally teaches cookie decorating classes where you can learn to make your own. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Lafayette area! And be sure to ask us how we can help you find the perfect home for you and your family in Louisiana. 

September
13

Oyster Season in New Orleans

Oyster Season

When it comes to iconic Cajun and Creole cuisine, oysters stand out as one of the most important components. They can be an ingredient or stand alone as a main course. Our Realtors® know that when you browse New Orleans homes for sale or New Orleans open houses, oysters can make for a great meal.

Let's drop in on some of the most memorable places to get oysters in New Orleans:

  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant – 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Drago's Seafood Restaurant may well be the biggest name in oysters in New Orleans and one of the first brands to build a durable franchise around this beloved food. In fact, you can even order a charbroiled oyster kit for delivery. There are three locations and a catering service to choose from.

  • Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Coming to you from the heart of the French Quarter, Acme Oyster House is perhaps best known for the oyster po'boy, which can also be made with shrimp and a variety of other seafood. Acme claims to shuck more than one million oysters every year and offers them cooked in all the classic ways as well as raw.

  • Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House – 144 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House is a legendary oyster house. Open daily on historic Bourbon Street, it hosts live music and other events regularly. In addition to having some of the best oysters around, it is the home of the New Orleans Bourbon Society, a free membership organization for appreciating spirits.

  • The Blue Crab – 7900 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
    The Blue Crab is the newest addition to the thriving dining scene in New Orleans' Lakefront District. Overlooking the iconic Lake Pontchartrain, it is owned by locals and serves seafood sourced from coastal waters. Craft cocktails and quality outdoor catering await you in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar – 739 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    With multiple locations throughout New Orleans, you're never far from Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The original French Quarter location will thrill you with its delicious oysters as well as live music and a highly sought-after wedding venue. You can even get off-site catering for your next big event.

  • Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar – 4338 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar is one of the leading names in authentic Louisiana seafood, found in the trendy and happening Uptown area of New Orleans. With a convenient location on the historic St. Charles streetcar line (as stop #24), it's easy to work it into any tour of the city.

  • Neyow's Creole Cafe – 3332 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Neyow's Creole Cafe offers a lavish menu in which oysters and other shellfish are just one of the mouth-watering attractions. With a seasonal menu featuring seafood gumbo, crab claws, jazzy wings, southern fried chicken, ribs, pasta, and salads, you can truly have a "surf and turf" experience.

  • The Half Shell on the Bayou – 2517 Bayou Road, New Orleans, LA 70119
    The Half Shell on the Bayou combines comfort food favorites with Louisiana seafood in new and exciting ways. In addition to the oyster platter, you could try the New Orleans red beans and rice, heaping catfish platter, grilled chicken, spaghetti with grilled mackerel, and other chef-led selections.

There's always something new to see and do here in The Big Easy. Contact us to find out more about New Orleans real estate today.

August
19

About the EatLafayette Passport

EatLafayette Passport

If you haven't spent much time in Lafayette, you might find the city's incredible wealth of restaurants and eateries a bit overwhelming. How do you pick just a few places to eat at during your time in the city?

Our Realtors® are excited to see a program drawing more attention to Lafayette's excellent restaurant scene. Here are a few more details about this passport program showcasing Lafayette's local restaurants and the benefits you get from using it when you dine out. 

What is the EatLafayette Passport? 

The EatLafayette passport is your access key to the EatLafayette program and is available through the city's official website. To sign up, simply enter your name, email address, phone number, and a few other personal details. You will then receive a link to your passport via email or text message.

Tap the link to download it, then save it to your home screen. You can then use it to check which restaurants are participating in the EatLafayette program and check in to each when you arrive there for a meal. 

Participating eateries offer all kinds of different dishes, including seafood, burgers, pizza, fine dining, and even macarons. You'll find many of Lafayette's best restaurants on the passport list, including Judice Inn and Charley G's Seafood Grill. It's an excellent resource for tourists and newcomers to the area near our Lafayette homes for sale, and its additional benefits only make it more worthwhile. Be sure to check their website for the full official list of participating restaurants.

Save On Your Restaurant Bill

In addition to gaining prize drawing entries, the EatLafayette passport also offers a more immediate benefit: discounts. Some of the restaurants involved in the program are offering special perks to people who participate, including reduced prices on specific menu items, discounts you can apply to your whole order, or freebies you can enjoy with a purchase. 

Not all of the eateries participating in the passport program are also offering these perks. Be sure to check your passport to find out what you can expect at each restaurant you plan to visit. You'll find the relevant details included under each restaurant's listing. You'll also need to check in before you can get access to the offer, so remember to do that right away when you arrive. 

Get a Taste of Louisiana's Best

So many great restaurants are just waiting to be tried in the Lafayette area! Lafayette's world-class food is worth savoring, and the EatLafayette passport gives you a great excuse to sample more of it. If you move into a home in the area, it will all be right outside your front door. Contact us today to learn more about any of our Lafayette open houses and find out just how easy it can be to settle down near your favorite Lafayette restaurants.

August
10

Where to Grab Lunch in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Lunch

Baton Rouge has an incomparable culinary scene. Just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale, you'll find world-class restaurants in a medley of styles. Some are known throughout the U.S., while others are local favorites. Our Realtors® can introduce you.

Between Baton Rouge open houses, try these intriguing lunch spots:

  • Milford's on Third – 150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Although Milford's on Third is best known for its breakfast, the promise of classic delicatessen fare "without all the fanfare" means you can stop in any morning and appreciate the sandwiches and pastries all afternoon long. Lunch is served alongside breakfast from early in the morning until the 3 p.m. closing time, seven days a week. This family-owned spot also offers curbside and takeout service.

  • The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room – 3357 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Offering some of the best Southern cuisine and soul food in a city known for it, The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room is so popular that it has three nearby locations to choose from. For over 25 years, it's been a mainstay among students, faculty, and visitors to Louisiana State University. Offering Cajun and Creole cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere that welcomes families, it is lauded for its extensive list of spirits.

  • Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar – 7731 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar is the place to go for innovative coastal cuisine. Creative dishes with fresh, local ingredients run the gamut from the indispensable raw oysters to tuna tataki to the spicy crab and crawfish maki roll. In addition to the brunch and lunch every day, it offers lavishly appointed spaces for all your most memorable group events. Reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Louie's Cafe – 3322 Lake Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Louie's Cafe is beloved in the local area as an LSU tradition dating all the way back to 1941. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available from open to close – that is, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. Among the lunch offerings are the famous Louie's Combos, the legendary Big Louie Burger, and Louie's Super Club. The menu is updated regularly!

  • Tony's Seafood – 5215 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
    Tony's Seafood bills itself as Louisiana's largest seafood market, with "Catering to Geaux" any time of the day and night. The most popular items to pick up in bulk include fresh-caught Louisiana blue crabs, Tony's signature broiled crawfish, and domestic wild-caught shrimp caught in local waters. Don't miss out on the Cajun boudin balls and fried whole catfish for a lunch you won't soon forget.

  • Mason's Grill – 13556 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Mason's Grill blurs the line between lunch and brunch. Boldly calling itself Baton Rouge's Favorite Restaurant, it has something new every day of the week. You can enjoy the original Taco Tuesday, create your own burger with a huge range of buns, cheeses, and meats, or stop by for champagne brunch every weekend from 9 a.m. to 3 in the afternoon. There's simply nothing Mason's can't do.

  • Zorba's Greek Bistro – 5713 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Zorba's Greek Bistro stands out as one of the top Mediterranean restaurants in Baton Rouge. The menu is packed with delectable finds centering on the cuisine of Cyprus Island. Lunch guests can savor a slew of appetizers, soups, salads, gyros, souvlaki, and specialty sandwiches – the lamb halloumi sandwich is the headliner here. Dinner will not disappoint, with plenty of large shareable plates and hearty entrees.

Contact us to discover more about Baton Rouge real estate.

August
3

Hidden Culinary Gems in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

The culinary delights of Baton Rouge are legendary, but a number of incredible restaurants fly under the radar. Our real estate agents share the secrets of their favorite hidden gems around the Capital City.

  • Crown Bistro - The Royal Standard, 16016 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Treat yourself like royalty with a majestic meal at Crown Bistro. This charming restaurant is tucked inside The Royal Standard, a British-inspired lifestyle shop featuring a curated assortment of fashion accessories and home decor from around the world. Enjoy the sophisticated selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches at your table with a view of the lovely patio and lawn. Be sure to stop at the candy counter for some gourmet chocolates to go. Crown Bistro is open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekends.

  • Heather V's Cafe - The Foyer, 3655 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    With 75 merchants across 8,000 square feet, The Foyer is the perfect place to find furnishings, accessories, and artwork to fill Baton Rouge homes for sale. When you're ready for a break, grab a bite to eat at Heather V's Cafe. Order a classic muffuletta or a fresh salad with their signature lemon parmesan dressing, which is also available by the bottle. Follow Heather V's on Facebook for information about daily soup and sandwich specials. Hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Waterfront Cafe - Greenwood Community Park, 13350 LA-19, Baker, LA 70714
    So it's a beautiful day in the Red Stick, and you're in the mood for an impromptu scenic meal near Baker homes for sale. Head to Greenwood Community Park for lunch at the Waterfront Cafe, located in the Dumas Memorial Pro Golf Shop. Dine on summertime favorites such as burgers, hot dogs, and deli sandwiches from your lakeside table. There's candy and soda for the kids, as well as ice-cold beer for the grown-ups. Waterfront Cafe is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Louie's Cafe - 3322 Lake St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    When a restaurant's clientele includes both college students and families, you know they're something special. Louie's Cafe has been a Baton Rouge institution since 1941. Over the years, Louie's has grown from a 10-stool diner to their current, more spacious building on Lake St. One constant has been proximity to the LSU campus. The comfort food-laden menu includes Eggs Louisianne, the cafe's take on Eggs Benedict, featuring locally-caught shrimp and crawfish. Louie's is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Smoke & Boil - Baton Rouge, LA
    Feel like a true insider when you attend one of the lively events from Cajun food vendor Smoke & Boil. They describe their pop-ups at various Baton Rouge locations as "social gatherings" celebrating the city's culinary, brewing, and artistic communities. During recent months, Smoke & Boil has served a crawfish boil at Cypress Coast Brewing Co., farm-fresh egg sandwiches at Agile Brewing, and gourmet hot dogs at Sugarfield Spirits. Follow Smoke & Boil on Facebook for details about their current schedule.

Fuel up at these great places while you're touring Baton Rouge open houses. Get the inside scoop when you contact us at Latter & Blum. 

July
14

Where to Order Sushi in Lafayette

Lafayette Sushi

Louisiana is known for Cajun and Creole cooking, but the local restaurant scene includes a number of international cuisines. Our real estate agents get their sushi fix at these incredible restaurants near Lafayette homes for sale

  • Tsunami Sushi - 421 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Get ready for a wave of fresh flavor when you visit Tsunami Sushi. This funky yet fancy restaurant honors Japanese cuisine while adding a touch of Southern flair. The house specialties are as much a treat for the eyes as for the taste buds. Try box-style sushi, pressed in a mold for a unique shape, or sashimi tuna in ponzu sauce arranged in a sunflower pattern. Side dishes include fusions such as collard greens with kimchee and sweet potato hash with bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, and noon - 11 p.m. Saturday.

  • Rock-n-Sake - 107 Stonemont Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Looking for a party? Head over to Rock-n-Sake, where the tunes are pumping, the sake is delicious, and the fresh sushi "swims to your plate." Supplement your sashimi and rolls with creative small plates such as sushi deviled eggs, topped with tuna tartare and black tobiko, or beef tataki, thinly-sliced flat iron steak with five-spice seasoning. Save room for some tempura cheesecake, a customer favorite. Rock-n-Sake is open for lunch Thursday and Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Kirin Sushi Steak House - 3366 Verot School Rd. #102, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Dining with friends or family members who aren't adventurous eaters? Keep everyone happy at Kirin Sushi Steak House. In addition to a fabulous selection of nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, the menu features hibachi-prepared seafood, steak, and chicken. Those with bigger appetites go for the combo dinners, such as chicken & filet mignon or shrimp & scallops. Customers give Kirin high marks for cleanliness and friendly service. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 10:30 p.m. 

  • Tokyo House - 1505 Bonin Rd., Suite 200, Broussard, LA 70518
    You've been viewing some great Broussard homes for sale, and you're ready for a break. Tokyo House has a fantastic lunch special that can't be beaten. Choose two from a list of nearly three dozen sushi rolls for only $8. Add a third roll for just $3 more. Dinner is equally budget-friendly, with combos that serve one to four people for approximately $15 per person. Don't be surprised to find the owner among the cheerful staff offering a gracious welcome. Tokyo House is open Monday through Saturday. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and dinner hours are 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Osaka - 2809 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    The beautiful sushi dishes, considered some of the best presentations in town, are certainly enough reason to visit Osaka. But if you need more, Osaka is also the only restaurant in Lafayette serving authentic Korean food. The menu features japchae, a beloved dish of stir-fried sweet potato noodles, veggies, and your choice of protein, and bibimbap, the classic rice bowl topped with chili sauce and a fried egg. Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday hours are noon - 10 p.m., and Sunday hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Ready to work up an appetite touring Lafayette open houses? Get up-to-the-minute info when you contact us at Latter & Blum.

July
5

Bar Hopping in NOLA

Bar hopping nola

New Orleans is well known for its hip and happening nightlife. There are dozens of bars in the historic city center, some of which have been around for more than a century. After a full day of scoping out New Orleans homes for sale or attending New Orleans open houses, you can kick back with some bar hopping.

You don't have to wait until Fat Tuesday to party in the Big Easy. Whether you just want to drop in for a quick drink or plan to spend a night meeting with friends old and new, this may just be the best place. Our real estate agents say there's something for everyone!

Let's take a look at just a few of your many exciting options:

  • Pal's Lounge – 949 North Rendon Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Pal's Lounge is an ideal place to start if it's your first night ever bar hopping in New Orleans. It has just about everything that distinguishes the NOLA bar scene from all the rest: An excellent location right in a historic neighborhood, the classic "corner bar" and long bar aesthetic, reasonable prices starting around $7 for a specialty cocktail, and plenty of regulars who are ready to welcome new faces to the fold.

  • Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge – 1500 North Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Don't worry: You probably won't run into your mother-in-law at Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge, but many of New Orleans' leading jazz crooners and artists frequent the guest list. Standing out from the pack with a bright and stylish exterior, it is a neighborhood institution founded by local musician Ernie K. Doe. Named for Ernie's #1 hit, the bar features free crawfish boils on Fridays, and the patio hosts lots of live music.

  • Finn McCool's Irish Pub – 3701 Banks Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Finn McCool's Irish Pub comes to you straight from Ireland. Founders Stephen and Pauline Patterson opened their doors in 2002 after extensive travels in the Emerald Isle. McCool's is beloved in the neighborhood because their rebuilding back in 2006 helped catalyze a resurgence of the neighborhood. These days, you can pop over for a beer on tap, pool, darts, and soccer. It's the closest thing to Dublin right in New Orleans and highly popular with the international community.

  • Twelve Mile Limit – 500 South Telemachus Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Twelve Mile Limit is lauded for its beautiful and spacious patio, providing some of the best views in New Orleans. It has also been acclaimed for its innovatively designed house cocktails. Devoted regulars say the flavors stand head and shoulders over the rest, but Twelve Mile Limit is far from pretentious. Its partnership with Que Pasta enlivens the drinks selection by pairing it with a genuine Latin lunch and brunch menu.

  • R Bar – 1431 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    R Bar, also known as the Royal Street Inn, is back and better than ever after a challenging time in 2020. With a friendly neighborhood watering hole on one side and high-quality hospitality in historic digs on the other, you might just find this is your new home away from home. The R Bar itself is an iconic "dive" experience complete with dim lighting and billiards at all hours. It doesn't get more authentic than this.

Contact us to find out more or get started with New Orleans real estate opportunities.

June
20

Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near NOLA

dog friendly places in NOLA

Looking for restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale where your favorite canine will be welcome to join you? You may not be able to bring Fido to New Orleans open houses, but you're sure to find plenty of places for delicious cuisine where dogs are part of the fun.

Our real estate agents know that finding a great yard for pets is a big driver behind purchases for many of our customers. With that in mind, we've collected a list of some New Orleans eateries that will be glad to show you some hospitality with your pal in tow.

Just remember that New Orleans' pet-friendly restaurants do require dogs to be on leashes!

Let's take a closer look at some of your many options all throughout The Big Easy:

  • New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood – 510 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood will dazzle you with an enormous selection of Creole food right in the heart of the French Quarter. The historic surroundings make delectable food even more delightful. If you have a four-footed companion in your party, you will be especially interested in the outdoor patios, which offer ample space and the soothing sounds of sparkling fountains.

  • The Ugly Dog Saloon – 401 Andrew Higgins Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Ugly Dog Saloon welcomes your dog (ugly or otherwise) to one of New Orleans' many 20th-century success stories. Ugly Dog first opened its doors in 1998, right in the Warehouse District. Since then, it has become synonymous with award-winning barbecue that smells and tastes amazing. An array of outdoor seating ensures your pooch will have plenty of room!

  • Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant – 701 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant sits on St. Charles Avenue in one of the most desirable parts of the city. The vision of Chef Donald Link, it opened to the public for the first time in 2000. A James Beard Award winner, its menu is defined by local ingredients that meet in a fresh fusion of French Southern and rustic Italian cooking. The wine list is one of the most expansive in New Orleans.

  • The Bulldog Uptown – 3236 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The Bulldog Uptown is at the crossroads of the Garden District and the entertainment district centered on Magazine Street, making it the ideal way to start or end an evening of excitement. Voted "Best Bar Food" multiple times by local publications, it has nearly 50 draft beers to choose from. Lauded for its spacious patio (one of the largest on Magazine Street), it is a great place to bring your dog.

  • The Crown & Anchor – 200 Pelican Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114
    If you are looking for a classic pub experience right in your own backyard, look no further than The Crown & Anchor. The Crown & Anchor is steeped in history – although first known by that name in 1998, it has been a tavern in one form or another going as far back as 1900 and has been consistently run that way since 1960. Its drinks, snacks, and specials are sure to please you and your pooch.

We know both you and your pets will love living in NOLA. Contact us to discover more about New Orleans today.

May
6

Try Lafayette's Crawfish with a Crawfish Passport

Crawfish Louisiana

Take your taste buds on a delicious journey just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale. Sign up for a Crawfish Passport and plan your travels to these delicious restaurants and shops along the way.

  • Café 20.3 on the Bayou - 1500 General Mouton Ave., Lafayette, LA 70501
    At Café 20.3 on the Bayou, the owners and staff urge their guests to "Eat, Drink, Chill." Get your fill of boiled crawfish from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call ahead to place your order for dine-in or carryout. Start your meal with a hearty bowl of chicken & sausage gumbo or seafood bisque. Hours are 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except weekends when doors open at 7 a.m.

  • Chez Francois Seafood & Specialty Meats - 139 Tissington St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    For nearly half a century, Chez Francois Seafood & Specialty Meats has been selling the freshest crawfish, shrimp, fish, crabs, and oysters straight from local waters. Each day, crawfish are graded by size and boiled, peeled, and packaged in their own on-site processing plant. The tails are available both fresh and flash-frozen. Hot boiled crawfish is also sold in-season by three- or five-pound orders. Chez Francois is open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Crawfish Connection - 405 Duhon Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Too tired to cook? Pick up dinner without leaving your car from the convenient drive-thru window at Crawfish Connection. Depending on your appetite, choose from three-, four-, and five-pound crawfish meals with two potatoes and tangy, housemade crawfish dipping sauce. If you prefer, purchase crawfish by the pound along with a la carte sides. Crawfish Connection is open seven days a week from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Krazy Klaws - 3221 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    With its whimsical name and colorful cartoon character, Krazy Klaws is sure to be a standout. Customers rave about the balanced seasoning and the generous portions. Be sure to try the hearty Sailor's Special, which includes three pounds of crawfish, a half-pound of shrimp, two potatoes, two ears of corn, and two dips. Enough to feed a pair, but you don't have to share! Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

  • Prejean's Restaurant - 3480 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA 70507
    Crawfish and Cajun cooking go hand-in-hand, and no one does it better than Prejean's Restaurant. Under the new family ownership, the dining room has received an upgrade, but they're still serving up the same classic Cajun flavors that date back more than 40 years. The menu includes traditional favorites such as crawfish etouffee, gumbo, and po'boys. Crawfish takes on some global flavor in enchiladas, pasta, and bon temps rolls, which are a take on Asian egg rolls. Prejean's is open 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Work up an appetite touring some amazing Lafayette open houses. Get the latest information from our real estate agents when you contact us at Latter & Blum. 

April
29

Cool Off With Snowballs in Houma

Houma Snowballs

In Louisiana, people around Houma homes for sale cool off year-round with frosty treats known as snowballs, which are available in a variety of flavors. Our real estate agents beat the heat with cool snowballs from these great local restaurants.

  • Bee Cool Snowballs - 124 New Orleans Blvd., Houma, LA 70364
    Cake made from ice? That's just one of the creative treats you'll find at Bee Cool Snowballs. Their top-selling flavor is the wedding cake snowball, stuffed with Bride's Cake ice cream and topped with creamy condensed milk. Choose from one of more than 50 additional flavors or mix and match to create your own combo. "Cool" stands for "confident, outgoing, open, and loyal," which describes the "Bee Team" led by the Babin family. Hours are 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and weekends.

  • Brooke's Sno-World - 6493 W. Main St., Houma, LA 70360
    The colorful creations at Brooke's Sno-World are almost too pretty to eat, with the emphasis on "almost." Kids love flavors such as Batman, Hannah Montana, and Powerpuff Girls, while Mom and Dad go for the Daiquiri Corner, including Bahama Mama, Fuzzy Navel, and Hurricane. If you just want dessert, they won't judge, but Brooke's also serves a full menu of fried catfish, oyster po'boys, and other appetizers and entrees. They have a second location in East Houma at 808 Grand Caillou Rd. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when doors close at 9:30 p.m.

  • The Cajun Freeze - 1863 Bayou Blue Rd., Houma, LA 70364
    The Cajun Freeze boasts the best snowballs on the bayou, and their appreciative customers agree. More than 80 different flavors come in seven sizes, ranging from small to supersize, to satisfy any size craving. Try one of the specialty cream flavors, such as Reese's. Dress your snowball up with nuts, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, and other tasty add-ons. The Cajun Freeze opens for the season in April, with hours from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Thursday, when closing time is 6 p.m.

  • Nikki's Snowballs - 4234 County Dr., Bourg, LA 70343
    Nikki's Snowballs are sold out of a charming stand that resembles a mini-version of Bourg homes for sale. The snowballs are so full of luscious juice that one regular customer tells people to "grab some napkins." As if the snowballs, ice cream, and freshly-baked brownies weren't enough of a draw, Nikki's also features a petting zoo that kids (and their parents) just can't resist. Follow Nikki's on Facebook for information about the opening date. Hours are 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Central Sno - 5606 N. Hwy. One, Lockport, LA 70374
    Do you consider yourself to be an adventurous eater? Head to Central Sno for one of their Pickle Surprise snowballs, which includes dill pickle flavor, sour spray, sour candy, a frozen pickle shot, and a pickle spear. If your taste runs to more traditional flavors, Central Sno has you covered there as well. For another refreshing treat, add your choice of snowball flavors to their fresh-squeezed lemonade. Use the convenient drive-thru window to pick up your snowballs during a day of viewing Lockport homes for sale. Central Sno is open 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Contact us at Latter & Blum and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable real estate agents.

April
22

Lafayette Patios for Outdoor Dining

Lafayette Dining

Outdoor dining has become much more popular in recent years, but it has always been a big part of the experience of dining in Lafayette. Named after the famed French officer who played a decisive role in the Revolutionary War, beautiful Lafayette homes for sale are a celebration of Louisiana's second city.

When you drop in to attend Lafayette open houses, the natural next step is to enjoy one of the city's many amazing restaurants. You will never be short of choices in Lafayette. Options range from your classic Cajun and Creole cuisine to sophisticated fusion concepts.

The mild weather and beautiful surroundings of Lafayette mean that almost every restaurant that has the opportunity provides at least a few tables for outdoor seating. Our real estate agents are confident you will find places to suit anything you have a craving for. Let's visit some of Lafayette's leading outdoor dining spots:

  • Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant – 900 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant is known for some of the best burgers in Louisiana. Be warned – it doesn't take reservations, so you may want to show up early to this hopping local mainstay. As you'd expect from some of the best of Lafayette, the menu is also bursting with delicious seafood.

  • Half Shell Oyster House – 109 Old Camp Road Suite #114, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Perfect for those who know what they want, Lafayette's own Half Shell Oyster House provides you with the freshest bivalves at great prices. The iconic oysters anchor a chef-led menu also featuring seafood pasta, crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, Lafayette quesadillas, and a range of gumbos.

  • Bon Temps Grill – 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, Bon Temps Grill promises its guests good food and fun times. It is also lauded for its weekend brunch selection. A down-to-earth lunch menu is replete with comfort food like the meatloaf po'boy sandwich, French dip, and smoked Cuban sandwich.

  • Social Southern Table & Bar – 3901 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    The multiple award-winning Social Southern Table & Bar has a strong claim to some of the best organic food in Louisiana and pairs it all with an expansive drinks menu. Available for lunch, brunch, dinner, and catering, it is the place to celebrate any special occasion.

  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant Lafayette – 3151 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Drago's Seafood Restaurant Lafayette is one of the biggest regional names in seafood and bills itself as the home of the original charbroiled oyster. It also stands out as it is among the few restaurants serving a full half-dozen or dozen raw oysters on the half shell, along with robust gumbos and surf and turf specials.

  • Tsunami Sushi Lafayette – 412 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    In a region synonymous with seafood, you can hardly get fresher than sushi. Tsunami Sushi Lafayette is the local answer to the Japanese classic, with creative rolls that put a local spin on a delightfully flavorful experience. Baked salmon and diverse small plates are also available.

Contact us to discover more about Lafayette today.

April
11

NOLA Culinary Scene: Local Chefs

Local Chefs

NOLA's incredible culinary scene is thanks to the area's talented chefs! Our team is always excited to try new restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale. Let our real estate agents, who are also ardent foodies, share the 411 on these exciting local chefs. 

  • Emeril Lagasse 
    Are you one of the many devoted followers who have "kicked it up a notch" based on the urging of Emeril Lagasse? Emeril's cooking chops, exuberant personality, and catchphrases such as "BAM!" made him one of the first stars during the early days of Food Network. While Emeril hails from New England, his career flourished in New Orleans, starting in 1982 when he succeeded fellow celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme at the iconic Commander's Palace. His 13 restaurants include three in New Orleans: NOLA, Emeril's, and Meril (which is actually named for his daughter).

  • Leah Chase
    Although she has passed away, no discussion of New Orleans chefs would be complete without Leah Chase, who was true culinary royalty. Not only was Leah known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine," she was the inspiration for the character of Princess Tiana in the Disney classic, The Princess and the Frog. Leah and her husband, Edgar "Dooky" Chase Jr., turned his family's po'boy shop into a beloved fine-dining restaurant and community gathering spot named Dooky Chase's.

  • Nina Compton
    After graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, St. Lucia native Nina Compton earned her stripes working under renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Scott Conant. Nina then began her love affair with New Orleans while finishing as runner-up and winning Fan Favorite in Season 11 of Top Chef, which was filmed in the city. In 2015, she returned to open Compère Lapin, with a menu that blends Nina's Caribbean roots with the flavors of New Orleans. Success led to the opening of a second restaurant, Bywater American Bistro, in 2018, the same year Nina was named "Best Chef: South" by the James Beard Foundation.

  • Meg Bickford
    Born and raised in Louisiana, Meg Bickford is the latest in a long line of illustrious executive chefs at Commander's Palace. The restaurant hired Meg straight out of John Folse Culinary Institute, recognizing the talent and skills that would serve her well in the fast pace and demanding standards of their kitchen. Meg excelled in roles of increasing responsibility, gaining accolades such as Louisiana Cookin's "Chefs to Watch" along the way. By 2020, Meg had earned the opportunity to become the first female executive chef at Commander's Palace, creating dishes such as Miso & Sugarcane Shrimp-Coated Redfish.

  • Isaac Toups
    While Isaac Toups is another Top Chef alum, making it to the final round of Season 13 and winning Fan Favorite, the bayou is in his blood. His family's roots in South Louisiana go back more than three centuries, and his first job in the industry was working for Emeril Lagasse. In 2012, Isaac and wife Amanda opened Toups' Meatery, adding his sophisticated technique to rustic dishes such as smoked duck cassoulet and veal schnitzel. Isaac credits both of his grandmothers for their influence on his unique "born and braised" style of cooking.

Treat yourself to an incomparable meal at one of these restaurants after a day of viewing wonderful New Orleans open houses. For more information, contact us at Latter & Blum. 

March
16

Start Your Day at These Baton Rouge Brunch Spots

Baton Rouge Brunch

Baton Rouge homes for sale are known for all kinds of advantages. One of them is the amazing dining scene, packed with an array of Creole and Cajun treats. But no matter if you're in the mood for surf, turf, or lighter breakfast fare, you can enjoy it all at a Baton Rouge brunch spot. There are so many to choose from, you will never really run out of options.

Let's take a closer look at just a few of the best brunch spots in the Capital City:

  • Milford's on Third – 150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Milford's on Third is a classic delicatessen with a long history in Baton Rouge. On the grounds of the historic Watermark hotel, it's a little slice of New York City in the middle of Louisiana. Whether you want a hearty bowl of oatmeal, a breakfast sandwich, or warm pastries, Milford's has you covered.

  • Tallulah Crafted Food & Wine Bar – 7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Tallulah Crafted Food & Wine Bar, led by Executive Chef Andy Papson, is all about indigenous cuisine of the Baton Rouge area. Visit around breakfast time and you'll find tables replete with signatures like catfish boil benedict, beignets Tallulah, shrimp and grits, and – yes – avocado toast.

  • Soji Modern Asian Restaurant & Bar – 5050 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Who says you can't have Asian food for brunch? Soji Modern Asian Restaurant & Bar is a delightful place to sate your cravings for signature raw fish or small plates like kung pao bao, dumplings, lemongrass edamame, salt, and pepper calamari, and even your choice of ramen bowls.

  • Bistro Byronz – 8200 Village Plaza Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Bistro Byronz has a little bit of everything, so you never need to worry that you might be missing out. Lunch, dinner, famous Sunday brunch, a complete kids' menu, and a wine list all await you. You won't want to miss the corn and shrimp soup, which attracts visitors from miles around.

  • The Gregory – 150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    The Gregory is a diverse and luxurious dining spot that epitomizes the best of haute cuisine. Local, sustainable ingredients combine with deep insight into southern cooking to give you a truly unique experience. Big plates like garden ravioli, chicken piccata, duck, and redfish are among the stars.

  • Another Broken Egg Cafe – 2531 Citiplace Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    With two locations to choose from, Another Broken Egg Cafe boasts an expansive menu of more than 130 items. In addition to the traditional selection of brunch favorites, the cafe offers a full gluten-free menu, signature cocktails, and seasonal specialties with fresh local ingredients.

  • Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine – 7731 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine is a place to eat, drink, and enjoy a variety of cuisines with local and global inspiration. You'll have the chance to sample a wide range of chef-driven Louisiana favorites as well as sushi, a full raw seafood bar, and much more. 

Contact us to discover more of what Baton Rouge has to offer.

February
28

Celebrate Crawfish Season at These Louisiana Spots

Crawfish

Are you ready for crawfish season and don't want to wait for the Lake Charles Crawfish Festival in April? Some of your favorite dining destinations around Lake Charles are ready to help you celebrate with a dish that is always best enjoyed in Louisiana. No matter how you enjoy your crawfish prepared, there's sure to be a local seafood spot ready to serve you. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 great spots to chow down on some crawfish around Lake Charles.

  • Zydeco Crawfish – 5400 Gerstner Memorial Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70607
    Consistently voted as the best crawfish drive-thru near Lake Charles homes for sale with both steamed, to-go crawfish and live crawfish to cook at home, Zydeco Crawfish is ready to help you celebrate the season. They're moving from their previous location into a brand new building, but you can still expect the same great service. Stop by anytime for a quick, convenient way to satisfy your crawfish craving.

  • Steamboat Bill's – 1004 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    With two locations in Lake Charles along with the Boiling Wagon that you might see at local events, Steamboat Bill's is a local favorite for all sorts of seafood, crawfish included. What started as the dream of a roadside merchant has grown into a popular local chain, where you can always find fresh seafood and good times. They also offer catering for events of all sizes if you're thinking of planning a party this crawfish season.

  • JT's Seafood – 2908 Lake St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Known for a menu that mixes authentic Southern barbecue with fresh seafood favorites, JT's Seafood is always ready to serve you during crawfish season. When you're shopping for fresh ingredients, JT's Seafood is the place to be. Fresh shipments of crawfish, crab, shrimp, and fish arrive regularly. Of course, you can also pick up prepared meals, complete with all the fixings and cooked to order.

  • The Crawfish Stop – 3437 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Another excellent drive-thru destination for crawfish, The Crawfish Stop has two locations in Lake Charles for your convenience. This locally owned and operated business is drive-thru only, perfect for picking up some steamed crawfish on the way home from work. Every crawfish meal is served with potatoes, along with sweet corn and a delicious dipping sauce. Order your crawfish by the pound, and let The Crawfish Stop handle all of the cooking for you.

  • Beauxdines' Seafood & Specialty Meat Market – 3013 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Whether you want to pick up some fresh crawfish to steam at home with your own recipe or grab your crawfish hot, fresh, and ready to eat, Beauxdines' Seafood & Specialty Meat Market has you covered. Visit the drive-thru to grab a quick meal, or head inside to shop from an extensive selection of high-quality ingredients. If you stop by on the weekend, you'll often have some live music to enjoy while you dine.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the amazing dining spots around Lake Charles? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area or stop by our Lake Charles open houses.

January
18

Dine at these Food Halls in New Orleans

Food Halls NOLA

Food halls have become quite common over the past few years. It's so much fun to walk through these halls, admire all of the choices, and order whatever you find most appealing at the time. You can even order an entrée from one vendor and a side dish from another. New Orleans happens to be home to a few different food halls where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our real estate agents recommend checking out these tasty places when you're in town visiting for New Orleans open houses

  • Pythian Market: 234 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Pythian Market is a bustling food hall in downtown New Orleans. It's open Monday - Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sundays for breakfast and lunch. Along with various food vendors, you'll find a few retailers selling locally made arts and crafts. 

    There are 11 different vendors inside Pythian Market. 14 Parishes serves incredible Caribbean cuisine, including vegetarian and vegan options. You can grab a cocktail at Bar 1908, or enjoy a poke bowl at Kais. Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, Chicken, & Waffles is another tasty option, especially for breakfast or brunch. And of course, you can power up for the day with a coffee from Lattes on Loyola. 

    Pythian Market is located inside the historic Pythian Building, which was built in 1908.

  • St. Roch Market: 2381 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
    St. Roch Market is a smaller food hall that focuses on chef-made, local foods, and beverages. They offer counter-side service, and you can even dine on their patio during nice weather. This food hall has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure.

    One of the vendors at St. Roch Market is Buttermilk, which serves fried chicken and other southern treats. You can also enjoy Mediterranean cuisine from Dolma or oysters from Elysian Seafood. Wash it all down with a seasonal craft cocktail from The Mayhaw.

  • Auction House Market: 801 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Auction House Market opened in 2018 and has quickly become a favorite among locals. The hall has a beautiful aesthetic; it's decorated with green plants and white marble.

    The Mayhaw also has a bar located inside Auction House Market, and they host Happy Hour Monday - Fridays from 4 - 7 pm. For food, one great choice is Asianlicious, which serves sushi and noodle dishes. If you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine, Trippy Tacos is the place to go. You can even order ahead online for convenience. 

  • French Market: 1008 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    French Market is a bit different from your typical food hall. It's an outdoor, open-air market that dates back to 1791! French Market is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm, making it the perfect place to stop for a workday lunch.

    One of the top restaurants in this market is Cafe Pontalba, which serves New Orleans' classics. Corner Oyster House Bar & Grill serves American dishes like seafood platters and burgers. If you're in the mood for something sweet, visit Holy Crepes, which offers vegan and gluten-free options.

    While you're at French Market, make sure you also browse the accompanying flea market for crafts, artwork, and more.

These vibrant food halls are one of the best things about living in New Orleans. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly, experienced real estate agents will help you consider your options and discover the best homes to suit your needs.

December
21

Baton Rouge Restaurants for Holiday Dining

Baton Rouge Holiday

A delicious meal is a key part of the holiday celebration for most people. But what if you're not in the mood to cook? Perhaps you just moved and your kitchen still isn't unpacked. Whatever the reason, it's okay to skip cooking for the holidays. Baton Rouge has lots of lovely restaurants you can order from instead. Here are a few our real estate agents recommend for a special holiday meal.

  • The Little Village: 14241 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    The Little Village is an Italian restaurant that first opened in 1945. A staple of the Baton Rouge area, they take great pride in their ingredients and their creations. This would be a great place to visit with a family on the holidays as the menu truly offers something for everyone.

    Anyone in the mood for pasta will love the baked lasagna, linguine, and clams, or pasta Pomodoro. The Little Village also makes a wonderful chicken piccata and a selection of veal dishes including veal piccata, veal Sorrentino, and veal osso bucco.

  • Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar: 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Nothing says holiday dining like a perfectly paired glass of wine. At least, that's the spirit at Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar. This upscale, yet approachable restaurant is located inside the Rennaissance Baton Rouge Hotel and would be the perfect choice if you're meeting some out-of-town guests for a holiday dinner.

    Tallulah usually releases a dedicated holiday menu closer to the occasion. But some of the top choices on their ordinary menu are the pecan wood smoked chicken and the shrimp pasta. 

  • Acme Oyster House: 3535 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    If you're in the mood for some classic Cajun and Creole cuisine, then Acme Oyster House is the place to go. Their Baton Rouge location is open on Christmas Eve.

    Some favorites here include the char-grilled oysters, craw puppies, and seafood etouffee. Guests also love the New Orleans Medley, which comes with gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice, and smoked sausage.

  • Mason's Grill: 13556 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Another great choice for families, Mason's Grill is known for its American cuisine with a southern twist. They offer plenty of local beers on tap and have won numerous awards for their tasty cuisine.

    The Cajun ribeye is a must-have at Mason's Grill. You can order it with a side of crawfish etouffee or Cajun shrimp if desired. Guests also enjoy the chicken and waffles, the seafood platter, and the grilled ahi tuna platter. There's even a kids' menu with options like fried shrimp with fries, and ham and cheese sandwiches.

  • Hunan Chinese Restaurant: 4215 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    If you love Chinese cuisine, then Hunan Chinese Restaurant is a great place to dine for the holidays. They were recognized by The Advocate and are widely acclaimed for their incredible dishes.

    A favorite at Hunan Chinese Restaurant is the hot and sour pork. It's tender and bursting with flavor. They also serve Peking Duck, a feast befitting of a holiday celebration. 

Baton Rouge's restaurant scene is always a fantastic option! If you're still looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale, feel free to contact us. We can tell you more about our professional real estate services.

December
15

Louisiana Gumbo: Where to Try Gumbo This Winter

Louisiana Gumbo

There's no one way to make gumbo. Cooked with a dark roux, thickened with okra or filé, packed with sausage or shrimp, flavored with the Creole "holy trinity" of celery, bell pepper, and onion, there are endless possibilities. 

Despite its many variations—or perhaps because of them—gumbo is a dish that our real estate agents will never grow tired of. It's the official state dish of Louisiana, and if you want to savor some of the finest gumbo our state has to offer, we recommend these amazing stops. 

  • Luke - 333 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Since opening its doors in 2007, Luke has established itself as an amazing Creole-influenced Brasserie that draws inspiration from French and German cuisine as well as traditional Cajun fare. Their Seafood Gumbo à La Creole is deep and flavorful, with generous portions of andouille sausage and chicken. Luke is located in New Orleans' Central Business District, a stone's throw from these New Orleans homes for sale

  • Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop - 2309 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA 70001
    Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop serves up gumbo by the pint (or by the quart, if you're feeling ambitious). Don't make the mistake of driving right past this place without stopping on your way to check out Metairie homes for sale. They make several types of gumbo, but their flagship specialty—known as "mumbo gumbo"—features filé, chicken, shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, sausage, okra, and tomato. It's on a whole other level. 

  • Poche's - 3015 Main Hwy # A, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    An old-fashioned restaurant and meat market, Poche's has been serving the community of Breaux Bridge since 1962. The establishment has been family-owned since day one, and their traditional Cajun recipes have been handed down through generations. Chicken and sausage gumbo is a seasonal menu item, but when it's available, it's known far and wide as some of the best around. 

  • Landry's Cajun Seafood & Steakhouse - 2318 US-90, New Iberia, LA 70560
    Not to be confused with the similarly-named seafood chain, Landry's Cajun Seafood & Steakhouse was founded in 1969 near New Iberia homes for sale, and like so many of the great Cajun food establishments, has been locally and family-owned ever since. They have two gumbos on the menu: seafood and chicken and sausage. Either one will make your day, and if you get there between 11 am and 2 pm, you can make it a soup-and-sandwich combo with a catfish or shrimp po'boy. 

  • T-Coon's - 1900 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    T-Coon's was established in 1993 near Lafayette homes for sale. The restaurant's founder and cook David Billeaud, draws on six generations of Cajun and Creole cooking experience. Chicken and sausage gumbo is available only during the colder months at T-Coon's, but there are always delicious Louisiana specialties on the menu, like crawfish etouffee and catfish courtbouillon. 

  • Parrain's Seafood - 3225 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Baton Rouge has no shortage of great seafood restaurants, but Parrain's Seafood ranks near the top. The seafood specialists here source the freshest seafood imaginable from fishermen far and wide. That effort pays off in dishes like their seafood gumbo, rich, hearty, and packed with flavor. It makes a great appetizer for the iconic "Whole Shebang" seafood platter. Perrain's also has a welcoming rustic ambiance, with a great outdoor patio perfect for visiting after viewing Baton Rouge homes for sale

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Great food and unique culture are just part of what makes Louisiana a truly unique and special place to call home. 

November
8

NOLA Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving

NOLA Thanksgiving

Like many of you, our real estate agents are extra grateful to share the holidays with family and friends this year. Spend less time cooking and more time socializing with Thanksgiving dinner at these amazing restaurants around New Orleans homes for sale

  • Brennan's - 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Brennan's may have undergone a facelift in 2014, but its upscale food and gracious service have been French Quarter traditions since 1946. Their three-course Thanksgiving Day menu offers a choice of six different entrées, including Eggs Hussarde, one of the iconic dishes created at Brennan's. Thanksgiving Day dinner is served from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and the price is $75.

  • Josephine Estelle - Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Family reigns supreme at Josephine Estelle, located in the Central Business District at the Ace Hotel. The restaurant is named after the daughters of the owners/chefs, whose cuisine is inspired by recipes passed down for generations. On Thanksgiving, they'll serve a four-course prix fixe menu for $65 that offers a vegan option of roasted acorn squash. If you prefer dining at home, order dinner to-go for pickup on November 24 or 25. Thanksgiving Day hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

  • Mister Mao - 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    America is a melting pot, so celebrate Thanksgiving with the global cuisine of Mister Mao. Savor the international flavors of Thanksgiving menu items such as Balinese Tuna Tataki, Turkey Tikka Masala, and cioppino. Three-course meals are $65, with optional wine pairings for $30. Seatings are available at noon, 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are required.

  • Jack Rose - Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Once you pass through the front door at Jack Rose, you know you're in for a special event. Guests come for the ambiance as much as the food. Thanksgiving menu items such as duck gumbo, grilled octopus, and stuffed roast turkey are filled with the Creole flavors Jack Rose is known for. Save room for their signature Mile High Pie. Thanksgiving Day hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Luke Restaurant - 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    While turducken has become popular throughout the country, the turkey-duck-chicken combo has its roots right here in New Orleans. Turducken with wild mushroom giblet gravy is the star of the Thanksgiving menu at Luke Restaurant. Complete your dinner with a choice of two classic sides, such as oyster dressing and sweet potato casserole. The three-course meal for $35 is served from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    The authentic regional cuisine of Mr. B's Bistro has been recognized by Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, and other major national publications. In addition to traditional Thanksgiving dishes, choose from Mr. B's favorites such as wood-grilled fish, shrimp & grits, and gumbo. For a true NOLA experience, raise a toast to family and friends with a Sazerac. Mr. B's is open from 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Will you welcome the holidays in a new NOLA home? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.

August
16

New Restaurants to Check out in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Food

Everyone has a few tried and true favorites — restaurants you visit again and again because you love them so much. But sometimes, instead of visiting a restaurant you know, it's fun to try something new. Although 2021 has been challenging for the restaurant industry, there are some enticing new places to eat in Baton Rouge. Stop by one of these new restaurants while you're looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale.

  • Rio Tacos & Tequila: 333 Third St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Rio Tacos & Tequila is a new Mexican restaurant in the downtown area. They're open daily for lunch and dinner, offering dishes and drinks made from fresh, quality ingredients.

    Start your meal at Rio with an appetizer to share. The queso, made with hatch chiles, is a top option. Guests also love the pork empanadas. When the time comes to order entrees, you can't go wrong with the fajitas or the sizzling chicken. And don't forget to pair your meal with a cocktail, like the Rio house margarita or a strawberry Mexican mule.

  • Rêve Coffee Lab: 8211 Village Plaza Ct. Bldg. 4 Ste 1A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    If you're looking for a quick place to stop for some coffee and a pastry or a quick lunch, then Rêve Coffee Lab is a perfect choice. This new cafe has a modern atmosphere with large, sunny windows and green plants.

    In addition to a selection of espresso beverages and cold brew, which guests love, Rêve offers a selection of sandwiches and small plates for lunch. The Drunken Goat Cheese Dip is a favorite, as is the New School Caesar Salad. 

  • Leola's Cafe and Coffee House: 1857 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Leola's Cafe and Coffee House
    is a new restaurant serving weekday lunch and weekend brunch. If you stop by on a weekday, you'll be greeted with a lovely menu of salads and handhelds. The Adultish Grilled Cheese, made with cheddar and brie, is a fan favorite.

    If you visit Leola's for weekend brunch, you'll be greeted with more breakfast options. Try the bagel and lox or the Crustless Vegetarian Quiche. If you're in the mood for something more savory, the Turkey and Brie sandwich is a great choice.

  • Maker's Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine: 216 Lee Dr. Suite D, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    If you're in the mood for something different, then Maker's Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine is a great new restaurant to try. They blend modern ideas with traditional Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine to create unique and satisfying dishes.

    One favorite at Maker's is the Seared Halloumi, which is flambéed cheese with garlic sauce and tomatoes. Guests also love the beef shawarma salad and the beef kabobs. Make sure you don't leave without enjoying some baklava. 

  • Kolache Kitchen: 15168 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Kolache Kitchen has been a Baton Rouge mainstay for a few years, but they recently opened this new location. Kolaches are a stuffed, doughy snack traditional in Central Europe, and Kolache Kitchen serves them in many varieties.

    Favorites here include the classic sausage and cheese kolache, the ham and cheese kolache, and the mushroom, red pepper, and provolone kolache. Don't forget to finish your meal off with a cinnamon roll and maybe a frozen Vietnamese coffee.

There are always fun and delicious new restaurants opening in Baton Rouge. It's one of the reasons our real estate agents love the area so much. Contact us if you're moving to Baton Rouge and need a real estate agent to guide your home search.

August
9

Food Tours You Can Take Around NOLA

 

Food Tour NOLA

NOLA is a foodie paradise, so it can be challenging to take in as much of it as possible. Our real estate agents get the most bang for their buck with these informative and delicious food tours, just minutes away from New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Destination Kitchen Tour - 600 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 
    Whether you're a visitor or a long-time resident, you're bound to learn something on the Destination Kitchen Tour. Visit some of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans, including the home of a champion from Food Network's Chopped, while hearing fascinating tales about the history and culture of the city. Along the way, you'll taste iconic dishes such as a muffuletta sandwich featured in USA Today and pralines featured on Good Morning America. Tickets for the three-hour tour are $69.50.

  • Doctor Gumbo Tours - 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 
    Doctor Gumbo, aka New Orleans native Dylan O'Donnell, has eaten and conducted tours at various locations around the globe. When Dylan and his family returned home after Hurricane Katrina, he put his experience to use, developing entertaining and educational tours of the city he loves. Three-hour tours cover local food or beverage for $70, and a four-hour combo tour is available for $130. 

  • Bon Moment - 3159 Chippewa St., New Orleans, LA 70115 
    New Orleans has a rich historical and cultural heritage unlike that of any other American city. Bon Moment, which translates to "good time," conducts food and beverage tours that explore specific neighborhoods, focusing on what makes them special. Enjoy a sweet dessert after viewing stately mansions and cemeteries in the Garden District, or savor some German-NOLA fusion in the trendy Bywater neighborhood. Beginning in October, Bon Moment will offer a nightlife tour of Frenchman Street. Tours are three hours long, and the price is $95, or you can choose an option with non-alcoholic drinks for $75.

  • New Orleans Urban Adventures - 1340 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Getting away from the traditional tourist destinations is often the best way to experience the heart of a city. Take a deep dive into NOLA food and culture with an epic five-and-a-half-hour excursion from New Orleans Urban Adventures. Ride the famous St. Charles streetcar on your way to sampling gumbo, beignets, and other Cajun Country favorites. Tickets are $109 for adults and $104 for kids.

  • Nightly Spirits - 410 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Looking to dine someplace with a side of spooky? The New Orleans Ghost Tour Pub Crawl from Nightly Spirits lets you sample cocktails alongside things that go bump in the night. A costumed tour guide leads you through some notably haunted bars and buildings while sharing stories of voodoo, ghosts, and spirits. Tickets are $25, and the purchase of alcoholic beverages is optional. 

NOLA is truly a melting pot where anyone can feel at home. Have questions about New Orleans real estate? Contact us at Latter & Blum for friendly, knowledgeable help. 

July
5

Dine at These French Quarter Restaurants

French Quarter RestaurantsRestaurants in NOLA's French Quarter combine historical architecture with world-class cuisine for a dining experience that's unmatched anywhere in the country. Our real estate agents love living near amazing restaurants like these five, just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant - 624 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant
    brings some luck o' the Irish to the French Quarter. Opened in 1996, the restaurant is an offshoot of legendary Pat O'Brien's Bar. Relax at a fountain side table and enjoy one of the specialty drinks with a burger, jambalaya, or alligator bites. Hours are 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

  • The Court of Two Sisters - 613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Originally built as an elegant private home, The Court of Two Sisters became a notions shop in 1886. Bertha and Emma Camors served tea and cakes to their upscale clientele, a tradition that's carried on today. Two Sisters is renowned for their daily brunch buffet, served from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy classics like eggs Benedict, turtle soup, and corn macque choux while listening to a live jazz band. The dinner menu, available from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., includes a three-course chef's menu with your choice of starter, entrée, and dessert.

  • Manolito - 508 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Laid-back island vibes meet the energy of the Big Easy at Manolito. The Cuban-influenced spot has gained national attention from major publications such as GQ and Food & Wine. Manolito was founded as a tribute to Havana's El Floridita, one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite watering holes. Bartenders put on a show with their display of "throwing" cocktails from one glass to another. The food menu includes the classic Cuban sandwich along with arroz con pollo and cheese arepas. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday, while the bar is open until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Sylvain - 625 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Where else but New Orleans could you celebrate with champagne and French fries? This combo embodies the playful sense of humor that resonates throughout Sylvain. On a budget? Replace the champagne with a six-pack of Miller High Life. Customer favorites include the crispy pork belly with Filipino lechon sauce and the tamari and calamansi-glazed short ribs with bone marrow soubise. Sylvain is open 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday,  and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Brennan's - 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    While dinner is usually the main event at most restaurants, breakfast at Brennan's is a longstanding tradition in New Orleans. Start your day with brioche French toast, Mississippi fried rabbit, or pastrami hash at this iconic restaurant that invented Bananas Foster and popularized tableside dining. Be sure to visit the 10 turtles living in the courtyard fountain, affectionately dubbed "the slowest second line on Earth." Brennan's is open Thursday through Sunday, with breakfast and lunch served 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Life in New Orleans is truly a new experience every day. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling a home in this unique city.

June
18

Where to Stock up in Lafayette For Your Summer Grilling

Lafayette Butcher Shops

Grilling season is upon us, and our real estate agents are here for it! And we don't want to brag, but down here in Louisiana, we happen to know a thing or two about grilling. 

Whether you're starting the day-long adventure of smoking a whole hog in your barbecue pit or just throwing a few burgers on the grill, one thing is for sure: you need quality meat. Here's where to get it in the Lafayette, LA area.

  • Took's Market - 3103 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    The folks at Took's Market have more than 30 years of experience in the meat business. Their specialty is deboned stuffed chicken, but you'll find an incredible variety here, from bacon-wrapped filet mignon and stuffed pork chops to 14 varieties of sausage, all made fresh in-house. With a location convenient to many Lafayette homes for sale, Took's also offers a wide variety of side dishes, as well as pre-made lunch plates and a weekly Sunday BBQ if you don't feel like cooking.

  • Kirk's U Need a Butcher - 713 LA 728-8, Lafayette, LA 70501
    All your grilling needs are covered at Kirk's U Need a Butcher. They offer an incredible variety, from beef short ribs and pork steaks to whole chickens and house-made sausage. If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, just ask. Kirk's also offers various smoked and pre-marinated meats, along with their own brand of special seasoning. 

  • Little Veron's - 403 Rena Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Little Veron's first opened their doors in 1962, making them one of Lafayette's longest-running specialty grocers. Bringing nearly 50 years of experience to the table, they offer a fantastic selection of custom-cut meat, fresh seafood, pork, and poultry. And although Little Veron's is famous for their meat and deli counter, the store has grown over the years to include a dairy section, fresh produce, a wine and liquor shop, and home goods of all kinds. They also carry all your BBQ essentials, from lighter fluid and charcoal to ice and paper plates.

  • Billy's Boudin and Cracklin - 523 Apollo Rd, Scott, LA 70583
    Unique specialty meats are the name of the game at Billy's Boudin and Cracklin. Looking for spinach and pepper jack-stuffed chicken breasts? How about marinated pork tenderloins stuffed with crawfish and wrapped in bacon? You'll find those and dozens of other delicious Cajun goodies at this bare-bones establishment near Scott homes for sale, which is so popular among locals that there's often a line out the door. 

  • Chops Specialty Meats - 1019 Albertson Pkwy, Broussard, LA 70518
    Family-owned and operated for 13 years, Chops Specialty Meats is your one-stop shop when you need food for the grill in Broussard, LA. The folks at Chops offer just about every cut of beef and pork you can think of, along with poultry and a lot of cool specialty meats (elk, buffalo, rack of lamb, frog legs, the list goes on). You'll also find prime grill-ables, including seasoned beef patties, marinated chicken, and 15 varieties of sausage. They cater too, and their in-store deli is a popular lunch spot near Broussard homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn about life in Lafayette and the surrounding area. We're proud to call it home, and we can't wait to help you find your dream house in Louisiana!

June
14

Food Trends: Where to Order Bubble Tea in NOLA

Bubble Tea in NOLA

Call it bubble tea, milk tea, or boba. Whatever name you use, this cool beverage is amazing in the summer months. Plus, there are many lovely bubble tea shops in the NOLA area. Here are a few particular ones that our real estate agents recommend. 

  • Vivi Bubble Tea: 3000 Severn Ave. Unit A, Metairie LA, 70002
    If you're in the area looking at Metairie homes for salethen stop by this shop for a bubble tea break. Vivi Bubble Tea offers a lot of creative bubble tea beverages. The Flaming Brown Sugar boba is a great option if you're in the mood for something sweet. If you want something more traditional, try the Signature Fruit Tea. There are tables where you can sit and enjoy your tea, although many customers do take it to-go.

  • Dream House Macarons: 1331 Barataria Blvd., Marrero LA, 70072
    The name might be Dream House Macarons, but this shop's bubble tea is as delicious as their French baked goods. Their brown sugar milk tea is a popular choice, and it comes with plenty of tapioca balls. 

    For something really special, make sure you order some macarons with your boba. The ube caramel ones are delicious, but they offer a big selection of flavors to appeal to all tastes. Stopping here will be a wonderful treat if you're looking at Marrero homes for sale nearby.

  • Mopho: 514 City Park Ave., New Orleans LA, 70199
    If you get hungry while looking at New Orleans homes for sale, then stop by Mopho for some pho and bubble tea. They have an extensive food menu with options like smoky pork pho and beef pho.

    The bubble tea at Mopho comes in tall glasses with colorful straws, making the drinking experience even more fun. Many drinks also have creative names, such as Guns + Roses Boba Tea and Tropic Like It's Hot. 

  • Follow Tea: 3334 Severn Ave., Ste 8, Metairie LA, 70002
    Follow Tea
    offers a high-end bubble tea experience. They make all of their teas with fresh ingredients. Many of the teas come topped with cheese or soy foam, adding an extra level of flavor.

    One favorite at Follow Tea is the Cherry Cheese Tea. If you prefer brewed tea, then try the Jasmine Green Tea or the Oolong Tea. You can add golden boba, crystal bubbles, or coconut to any tea upon request. Their dining area is beautifully decorated and a nice place to sip your beverages. 

  • Smoothie Bubble Tea: 2653 Barataria Blvd Marrero, LA 70072
    For when you can't decide between a smoothie or bubble tea, get a combination of the two at Smoothie Bubble Tea. Flavor options include mango, coconut, peach, and more. Plus, besides the expansive list of flavors, customers can also get food items like Vietnamese poboys and tasty waffles. 

Bubble tea is such a wonderful beverage to enjoy in the summer, especially in a warm climate like New Orleans. It might even make you fall in love with this city even more. If that happens, contact us, and we'll put you in touch with a local real estate agent. 

May
19

Food Trends: Where to Order Birria Tacos in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Tacos

The Baton Rouge food scene is on point, so it's no surprise that one of the hottest food trends is popping up around town. Our real estate agents have become fans of eating birria tacos served at these great restaurants around Baton Rouge. 

  • Birria & Barbacoa De Chivo Los Compadres - 10457 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Good things come in fours at Birria & Barbacoa De Chivo Los Compadres. Their birria special includes four tacos and a bowl of consomme, which will probably leave enough for you to enjoy later at home. People rave about the flavorful, piping-hot consomme that makes a perfect complement for the tender, marinated meat, and gooey cheese. Beef is the most popular choice, but adventurous diners can try the goat. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends.

  • Aztecas - 9375 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    Looking for lunch or dinner while you're out viewing Baton Rouge homes for sale? Head over to Aztecas, a food truck located outside Monterey Plaza Shopping Center. In addition to birria tacos, Aztecas offers another trendy variation known as vampiros, which is described as a cross between a taco, a tostada, and a quesadilla. Follow up your meal with one of their refreshing fruit cups. Aztecas is open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon - 8 p.m. weekdays.

  • Modesto - 3930 Burbank Dr., Suite F, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    How authentic is Modesto? Their motto is, "Más Mex, Less Tex." Their birria tacos are made with high-quality prime brisket and served with a side of guajillo tomato consomme. If you want your beverage to be traditional as well, Modesto has you covered. Their bar stocks nearly five dozen brands of top-shelf tequila. Margaritas are served in the classic style as well as fruit-infused flavors such as blood orange, mango, and blackberry pomegranate. Order online for easy carryout. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Secret Birria - 323 Octavia St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    Want to be a real birria insider? When you're in New Orleans, check out Secret Birria, a taco stand that's so under the radar you could easily pass right by. Patterned after the speakeasy-style for an air of mystery, Secret Birria keeps the menu simple, with a focus on birria tacos and their equally acclaimed fish tacos. Their birriarito features birria meat wrapped in a tortilla with a splash of creamy white queso. Many customers order their birria tacos with a must-have side of cracklings and queso dipping sauce. Secret Birria is open Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • BR Guilty Pleasures - Baton Rouge, LA 70812
    Valencia Labostrie, owner of BR Guilty Pleasures, doesn't do anything halfway. When Valencia decided to add birria tacos to the offerings of her mobile cocktail service, she went all-in. In addition to traditional birria tacos, the menu includes birria pizzadillas, birria taco nachos, birria burritos, birria tortas, and even birria ramen. Pair your food with a berry sangria, mojito, Margarita, or V's freestyle cocktail, which is whatever Valencia feels like mixing up that day. Follow BR Guilty Pleasures on Facebook or Instagram for information on ordering and pickup.

When you call Baton Rouge home there are many local restaurants to enjoy! If this sounds like the setting of your dream home, contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.

May
10

All About Beignets and Where to Order Them

New Orleans Beignets

Our real estate agents know NOLA is famous for delicious Creole classics such as gumbo, fried catfish, jambalaya, and the po'boy sandwich. New Orleans homes for sale put you right in the midst of so many unique culinary traditions. Pastries are just as important to the unique flavors of New Orleans and the beignet is the undisputed king.

There are variations of the beignet in practically every culture. It takes the form of a deep-fried pastry sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.

The big difference with the beignet is dough: The classic recipe calls for special pâte à choux, which has only four simple ingredients. Pâte à choux consists of butter, water, flour, and eggs. It does not have a rising agent: Instead, the pastry puffs during the cooking process thanks to its high moisture content developing into steam. The dough and cooking process combine to make the beignet a uniquely delicate pastry.

Coffee was also introduced to North America right here in New Orleans. The traditional way to serve beignets is in a set of three so that you can enjoy them with your beverage of choice.

Ready to order some in the heart of NOLA? Let's check in with some of New Orleans' top places to find beignets:

  1. Café Du Monde – 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Café Du Monde bills itself as "The Original French Market Coffee Stand Since 1862." It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and closes only for Christmas Day and weather emergencies. Any time you visit, you can expect a traditional coffee shop experience anchored by the combination of fresh, warm beignets and coffee spiced with chicory. This makes for a striking flavor emblematic of French heritage in North America.

  2. Beignet, Done That – 4141 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Beignet, Done That will wake you up with a full selection of espresso drinks, house coffee, and specialty coffee. You can also pair your order of crispy, sweet beignets with iced or frozen drinks, including Vietnamese iced coffee. The specialty "Bowl of Soul" includes cafe au lait, caramel, whipped cream, and cinnamon.

  3. Cafe Beignet – 622 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    With four locations around New Orleans, including all-new Canal Street, Cafe Beignet is a happening place known for its takeout service. The robust food menu includes selections for breakfast and specialty sandwiches on croissants. New Orleans specialties include red beans, gumbo, muffuletta, and roast beef po'boy.

  4. Luca Eats – 7329 Cohn Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Luca Eats is a family-owned restaurant around since 2016. Its carefully handcrafted menu reflects the foods that owners Darryl and Ellen do best. Salads, soups, and "New Orleans' best-pressed sandwiches" are on order every day. For a new twist, try out the Oreo Beignets, or dunk your beignets in the hot chocolate.

  5. Street Car Cafe – 312 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Led by a team of restaurateurs with over 10 years of experience, Street Car Cafe boasts a tantalizing breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu to go with its beignets. Seafood is the star here, with dishes like the fried shrimp po'boy, grilled salmon, blackened redfish, and crab cake burger, but there are meaty and veggie options, too.

There's so many reasons to love New Orleans, and the food is near the top of the list! Contact us at Latter & Blum to discover New Orleans real estate.

May
3

NOLA Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day

NOLA Restaurants

Mother's Day falls on May 9th this year, and if you'd like to take mom out to a New Orleans restaurant, you'll have plenty to choose from! The city is well known for its French-inspired cuisine, so you're sure to find a spot both you and mom will love.
  
Our real estate agents suggest treating mom to one of the following NOLA restaurants that are perfect for Mother's Day:  

  1. Café Degas – 3127 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Café Degas has a unique setting since it's not only is located on the beautiful, oak-lined Esplanade Avenue, it was also literally built around an oak tree, which grows through the dining room. Mom will love its casual café atmosphere along with its classic French cuisine. Dishes are simple yet artfully executed using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Treat mom to brunch with her choice of dishes, including Grits and Grillades, with braised veal, creole red gravy, and stone-ground grits, or Les Crepes Degas, with creole mustard, cured ham, Swiss, spinach, leek mornay, and a fried egg.
      
  2. Ralph's on the Park – 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119  
    Located in the heart of mid-city New Orleans, Ralph's on the Park overlooks huge oak trees and colorful clapboard houses that provide the restaurant with a beautiful view. The food offers a globally-inspired take on local farm-to-table cuisine, including locally sourced seafood, meat, and vegetables. Take mom to brunch and let her choose from dishes including a Mushroom Omelet, Monte Crisco Sandwich, or BBQ Shrimp and Grits. Or dine later in the day and choose from entrees such as Crabmeat Crusted Gulf Fish or a Grilled Strip Steak.
      
  3. Vyoone's – 412 Girod St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Voted best new restaurant in 2018 by New Orleans Magazine, Vyoone's has also been honored by Eater Nola for having the best summer salads. The restaurant is located in a historic warehouse building close to the New Orleans Convention Center. Weekend brunch is served on a beautiful French quarter-style courtyard or in the restaurant's chic interior, either of which Mom is sure to love. Try delicious French dishes such as a lump crab cake covered in mushroom and spinach cream sauce, served over penne pasta and topped with parmesan, or oven-roasted chicken breast topped with mushroom cream sauce and served with a seasonal vegetable medley.
      
  4. Brigsten's – 723 Dante St., New Orleans, LA 70118  
    Award-winning chef Frank Brigsten – who trained for 7 years under internationally renowned chef Paul Prudhomme – prepares inventive dishes that revitalize Creole/Acadian cooking at Brigsten's. His unique menu changes daily so he can incorporate local ingredients into his dishes. Customer favorites include Grilled Drum Fish with Crawfish and Jalapeno Lime Sauce, as well as the Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Pork Debris Sauce.
      
  5. Coquette – 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115  
    Located in the Garden District, Coquette has become a popular neighborhood gathering place and the perfect destination to celebrate a special occasion like Mother's Day. Dishes are in the style of contemporary Southern cuisine, inspired by international cuisine and prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Customers' favorite dishes include Gulf Seafood Stew, prepared with shrimp, crab, drum, and saffron, and Pork Shoulder served with chevre, turnip, cabbage, and dill.  

Contact us if you're interested in seeing New Orleans homes for sale. NOLA is a city like no other, with unique architecture, restaurants, and a rich cultural heritage, and we're sure you'll find a home to love. 

March
10

Pi Day: New Orleans Bakeries You'll Want to Try

New Orleans Pie

Pi Day is celebrated every year on March 14 to represent the first three digits of pi. Sure, it's a math reference, but you can also use the day as a great excuse to head to one of the fantastic bakeries or restaurants in New Orleans to enjoy a slice of pie.

Our real estate agents suggest indulging in some sweet or savory pie at one of the following locations:

  1. Boucherie – 8115 Jeannette St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Boucherie is named for a southern Louisiana tradition that involved a community feast and is now recognized by individual families as well as through festivals. The fine-dining restaurant serves contemporary Southern food in an approachable atmosphere located just around the corner from New Orleans homes for sale. It has excellent entrees on the menu, including pan-seared redfish, but is also well known for its deliciously decadent desserts such as Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, Thai Chili Chocolate Chess Pie, and Chocolate Ganache Terrine. 
      
  2. Emeril's New Orleans – 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130  
    Emeril Lagasse is one of the most well-known celebrity chefs, and his food is closely associated with New Orleans. He has several restaurants in the Crescent City, including Emeril's New Orleans, where you can enjoy some delicious desserts inspired by the city. They include selections from New New Orleans as well as Classic New Orleans. On the classic side, try Emeril's Pecan Pie, which is topped with smoked cinnamon ice cream. Of course, you can't go wrong with any of the new selections either, including the Creole Cream Cheesecake with lemon curd, candied lemon peel, and pistachio bark.

  3. Noodle & Pie – 741 Slate St. (at Magazine St.), New Orleans, LA 70118
    You'll find Japanese ramen, creative small plates – and last, but not least, amazing pies at Noodle & Pie, all of which are made fresh daily. Try the Coconut Key Lime Pie, made with a graham crust, vanilla chantilly ice cream, and toasted coconut. Or order the Vietnamese Iced Coffee Pie made with iced coffee gelatin and an iced coffee cream layer. Whichever choice you make will be a deliciously different pie that's a far cry from what you'll usually find on a bakery or restaurant menu.
      
  4. Adrian's Bakery – 4710 Paris Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
    Adrian's Bakery is family-owned and operated and has become a popular spot for University of New Orleans students and others to satisfy their craving for sweets. The shop has been in business for more than 15 years, and each treat is made fresh daily. Try one of the bakery's cakes, cinnamon rolls, praline pound cakes, king cakes, cupcakes, or other popular desserts.

  5. Windowsill Pies – 4714 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    As the name implies, it's all about the pies at Windowsill Pies! You'll be able to order sweet and savory versions as well as breakfast pies, all of which are available by the slice or the whole pie. Stop by and select something fresh from the case, or order something off the menu.

Contact us if you're interested in buying a home in New Orleans, where you can visit bakeries and restaurants that have a truly unique local flavor. 

February
12

Lafayette Restaurants Perfect for Your Valentine's Day Plans

Valentine's Day Restaurants Lafayette

No matter if you plan to dine in or carry out, our real estate agents know Lafayette restaurants will delight with memorable dishes.

Through a rough 2020, the community has banded together to support the restaurants that give Lafayette and the surrounding area so much character. Many of the most iconic restaurants are making their dining rooms available for limited guest parties. 

Let's look at some of the most popular Valentine's date spots all around beautiful Lafayette:

  1. The Cajun Table – 4510 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Suite D, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Cajun Table delights with the best dishes from the heart of Cajun country. Its story started in 2015 with a food truck promising good food and a good time. Embraced by the people of Lafayette, it is now a local culinary institution in its own right. You'll enjoy zydeco tunes and the invigorating scents of authentic Cajun cuisine as you chow down on entrees such as boiled crawfish, Cajun nachos, fried pickles, and fried crab claws.

  2. Blu Basil Wine & Grill – 5451 Johnson Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Blu Basil Wine & Grill blends Vietnamese roots with culinary ideas from around the world in a healthy and flavorful fusion that suits every taste. The menu runs the gamut from signature rice entrees and noodle soups to salads, stir fry, and the inimitable hot pot. There's even a dessert selection featuring fresh cheesecake and a kid's menu with rice, kimchee, lo mein, and chicken nuggets. Everyone will feel welcome at Blu Basil.

  3. Veronica's Cafe – 302 Hector Connoly Road, Carencro, LA 70520
    Veronica's Cafe bills itself as the place for comfort food in Carencro. Familiar American dishes meet home-cooked Creole and Cajun specialties here. Be on the lookout for such taste sensations as the grilled shrimp salad, barbecue pork steaks, and the crawfish etouffee. You can finish off your meal with a specialty cake baked fresh right on the premises. It's all just a few minutes from some of the most desirable Carencro homes for sale.

  4. Yoka Japanese Sushi Bar & Steak House – 930 Rees Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Yoka Japanese Sushi Bar & Steak House draws sushi aficionados from all over Louisiana to Breaux Bridge. The chefs at Yoka have made it easy to order your favorites for dine-in and pickup. The all-day menu is packed with sushi bar classics, but there's also a full suite of hibachi entrees including chicken, salmon, shrimp, New York strip steak, and much more. It's one more fantastic reason to look at Breaux Bridge homes for sale.

  5. Pamplona Tapas Bar – 631 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Pamplona Tapas Bar is open for dinner on Tuesday through Saturday, with lunch available on Friday afternoon. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's love for Pamplona, Spain, the bistro-style surroundings offer small plates of the most succulent seasonal products, as well as fresh seafood and meats. Popular entrees include the grilled Gulf fish, duck breast, paella, and wagyu steak. Flan, churros, and truffles are some of the top dessert offerings.

This is just a sample of the many amazing restaurants that await in Lafayette. To find out more or get started with your home search, contact us at Latter & Blum.

February
5

National Pizza Day: Where to Order a Pie Near Lafayette

Louisiana Pizza

National Pizza Day is on February 9th, so spend part of your day enjoying a slice at a restaurant around Lafayette. Whether you're looking for traditional toppings and crust or variations like a gluten-free crust or upscale toppings, you'll be able to find what you love at the local shops and pizzerias.

Our real estate agents suggest paying a visit to one of the following restaurants on National Pizza Day and keeping the rest in mind for another time: 

  1. La Pizzeria Lafayette – 3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503  
    La Pizzeria Lafayette has served the area delicious handmade pizzas for 25 years. In addition to a 10 or 14-inch pie made with a traditional crust, you can also choose a gluten-free low-carb cauliflower crust. Choose your own toppings, or order from a creative specialty pizza that's listed on the menu, such as Crab Amore, with lump crab meat in a white wine sauce with mushrooms, onions, and cheddar cheese topped with fresh diced green onion. 
      
  2. Alesi Pizza House – 4110 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Alesi Pizza House
    has kept ownership in the family since its opening in 1957, and their tradition of homemade sauces has continued over the years. Order a 12 or 14-inch pie with your choice of toppings, or try a specialty pizza like Pizza Alesi, which is topped with cheese, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, and bacon. If you'd like to nosh on something other than pizza, the restaurant serves a long list of Italian favorites, including several types of fettuccine and veal dishes. 
      
  3. Pizza Village – 2340 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508 and 1935 Moss St., Lafayette, LA 70501   
    Pizza Village
    has served up pizza to the Lafayette area for nearly 50 years, specializing in a thin crust that's very crispy. They make their own sauce daily and are committed to using high-quality ingredients, such as cheese made to the restaurant's specifications in Wisconsin and delivered to them directly from the dairy. Order an 8, 11, 13, or 16-inch pizza, or try one off the menu like the Dupe Special, topped with hamburger, shrimp, and crispy pepperoni.
      
  4. Bread & Circus Provisions – 258 Bendel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503 
    If you'd like to try wood-fired Neapolitan pizza with uniquely upscale ingredients, Bread & Circus Provisions is definitely worth visiting. You'll find ingredients that are a step up from what you'll usually see, such as grated Reggiano, chopped clams, spicy German-style smoked ham, and burnt garlic oil. The restaurant also has a nice selection of sharables to start your meal with, including chicken skins and eggplant hummus.
      
  5. Pizzaville USA – 1540 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503 and A Derek Plaza Dr., Carencro, LA 70520   
    Pizzaville USA
    has been a popular family-friendly destination near Lafayette and Carencro homes for sale for 40 years. Their pizzas are baked with a crispy crust and come in themed pies like Uncle Sam's Special, which is topped with shrimp, Canadian bacon, jalapenos, extra mozzarella, and pineapple (upon request). And if the crust isn't your favorite part of the pizza, order a crustless version of a pizza in which sauce, cheese, toppings, and more cheese are layered in a souffle dish and then baked.

Contact us to find out more places to visit in Lafayette or to see Lafayette homes for sale. We'd love to help you make the area your home!

January
13

Grab Dinner at These Restaurants in the Warehouse District

Warehouse District Restaurants

Who's hungry for some delicious NOLA cooking? One of the reasons our real estate agents love living in the Big Easy is that we're mere footsteps away from some of the country's best dishes. From classic Cajun and Creole cuisine to innovative takes on international fare, New Orleans always has something good cooking. Next time you're headed out for dinner, check out these restaurants in the Warehouse District.

  1. NOLA Caye — 898 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Get a taste of the Caribbean without even crossing the expressway at NOLA Caye. Coconut shrimp, red beans and yellow rice, jerk chicken, and crispy plantains are among the menu items that showcase the Caribbean's diverse flavors. Many of these cultures influenced New Orleans' identity, and NOLA Caye honors the city's history by serving up authentic representations.


  2. Meril — 424 Girod St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    You haven't truly dined out in New Orleans unless you've eaten at one of Emeril Lagasse's restaurants. His fourth establishment in the city, Meril is a casual spot where you can enjoy cocktails and creative dishes. Order up or take home plates signed-off on by Emeril himself, including French onion dip, smoked Gulf fish dip, and turkey and sausage gumbo with steamed rice.


  3. Compère Lapin — 535 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Every New Orleans restaurant serves something special, but when you step into the James Beard Award-winning Compere Lapin, you can expect an unforgettable experience. Savor small bites like conch croquettes and spiced pig ears before slurping down some cow heel soup. Devour curried goat or scialatielli, then finish the night off with soursop cheesecake or roasted banana zeppoles.


  4. Briquette — 701 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    The old Rodd Brothers Molasses Refinery from two centuries ago is now home to Briquette, a casual, contemporary restaurant featuring coastal cuisine. Seafood lovers will have trouble deciding between caramelized sea scallops, oysters Bienville en casserole, lump crabcake Napoleon, and steamed Prince Edward mussels. Bring a few friends so you can try as many as possible…and have a little fun drinking your way through their extensive wine list.


  5. Herbsaint — 701 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Head over to historic St. Charles Avenue and treat your taste buds to the upscale dining at Herbsaint. Consistently voted one of the top ten restaurants in the city, you'll never regret making reservations at Herbsaint. Cornmeal fried oysters, Muscovy duck leg confit, and Louisiana shrimp and fish ceviche are waiting for you. For dessert, choose between flourless chocolate cake, vanilla pot de crème, and banana brown butter tarts that will send you home with a full stomach and a wide grin.


  6. Peche Seafood Grill — 800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Rustic ambiance, local craft beers, and a stacked raw bar make Peche Seafood Grill a can't-miss restaurant in the Warehouse District. The chefs create their menus using ingredients from local farmers and fishers. Order up a seafood platter from the raw bar to share or snack on hushpuppies and smoked tuna dip as you wait for a plate of jumbo shrimp to swim onto your table.   

Would you love to live within walking distance of the best restaurants in the Warehouse District? We can help. Contact us today to see a full menu of the latest New Orleans homes for sale that have just hit the market.

December
18

Raise a Glass at These Baton Rouge Wine Bars

Baton Rouge Wine Bars

Raise your hand if you could use a tall glass of wine right now. Our real estate agents understand that this year has been unlike any other. Raise a glass to the end of 2020 with a drink from one of these Baton Rouge wine bars.

  1. Duvic's — 2854 Kalurah St., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Duvic's is Baton Rouge's favorite neighborhood overpass bar where your preferred martini is waiting. For over twenty years, their bartenders have mastered the art of the martini and paired them with amazing burgers, sandwiches, and more. Those seeking wine will be pleased with their wine list, though beers and nonalcoholic drinks are also on the menu.


  2. Sullivan's Steakhouse — 5252 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Are there any finer pleasures in life than a full-bodied glass of wine and a juicy steak? Pour over the wine list at Sullivan's Steakhouse featuring hundreds of options from around the world as you munch on cheesesteak eggrolls or jumbo lump crab cake appetizers. Enhance your house-cut steak with a broiled lobster tail and a side of three-cheese mac. Add a slice of New York cheesecake and another glass of wine to finish the night off in style.


  3. Mid Tap — 660 Arlington Creek Centre Blvd. Suite D., Baton Rouge, LA 70820
    Eat, drink, and celebrate your health at Mid Tap. White and red wines sit alongside classic cocktails and a rotating tap of domestic beers. Munchies like loaded beer-battered waffle fries and wings will tempt you to refill your wine glass hour after hour.  


  4. Bin 77 — 10111 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Never order a bad wine again! Bin 77 Bistro & Wine lets you taste any wine you wish before you order it, so you'll always be satisfied. Live music fills the air most nights as couples and friends split plates like crawfish and kimchi empanadas and grilled lamb lollipops. Whether you desire a full meal like grilled pork chops or if you just want to nibble on a cheese and charcuterie board with your wine, you'll love this adults-only wine bar.


  5. Olive or Twist Bar + Kitchen — 7248 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Olive or Twist Kitchen and Bar will have you asking, "Please, sir, may I have some more wine?" This upscale Baton Rouge bar features exceptionally crafted cocktails and your favorite bottles of wine. A lively spot that's perfect to begin or end the night, good times and good wines await you at Olive or Twist.

Would you like to stay in and have a drink in your own cozy home bar? Let us help you find the perfect space to display your wine collection. Contact us today to tour our latest Baton Rouge homes for sale.

December
7

Healthy Dining Options You Can Find in NOLA

Our real estate agents understand how important a healthy diet is. We're always on the lookout for the best bites around town that are good for the tastebuds and body. Next time your stomach is rumbling, check out these healthy dining options around New Orleans.

  1. City Greens — 5001 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The freshest greens are always within reach in NOLA at City Greens. Though they're offering a take-out-only menu, you can still scoop up your favorites. The B.Y.O Salad or Wrap is always a win, mixed with your choice of greens, four additional veggies, dressing, and extra proteins like chicken or turkey. Of course, no one can go wrong with a BBQ Chicken Wrap or Thai Peanut Shrimp Wrap.

     
  2. Max Well — 6101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Get well at Max Well. Located on Magazine Street, Max Well creates all of their menu options with the planet, the people, and the animals in mind. All of their items are plant-based and fresh from the farm to your table. Small bites like Gyoza and Stuffed Avocados are just as tasty and filling as Bonita Bowls, Beet Wellington, and Tomato Chickpea Soup. Stop in for lunch or grab one of their house-made juices to go.

     
  3. Café Minh — 4139 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Send your stomach on a trip to the other side of the world with the Saigon's Southern Vietnamese flavors at Café Minh. Incorporating American and French influences into their Vietnamese cuisine, all unique items are made with fresh, local ingredients. Classic cups of pho are served alongside exciting options like Vietnamese BBQ Catfish, Minh's Bouillabaisse, and Slow Braised Asian Short Ribs. Skip the standard salads and sandwiches for some of Café Minh's creative flavors.

     
  4. The Salad Station — 618 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Salad Station brings family and farming together to introduce a pay by the pound concept. Build your perfect salad without worrying about under-eating or overpaying. Hit the salad bar first to fill your plate with greens, proteins, legumes, fruits, nuts, and other toppings. Then move onto the gourmet hot and soup bar for baked potatoes, chili, and other warm dishes. When you're finished, you can build a second salad to take home and continue your healthy eating streak.

     
  5. Seed — 1330 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Plant-based dining is on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Seed. You'll love the unique flavor combinations using a variety of diverse ingredients with a little dash of New Orleans style cooking. Mushroom Gumbo, Eggplant Shawarma, Korean Fired Cauliflower, and Tofu "Pork Belly" Bao are just a few of the menu's tasty items. If you could use a mid-day pick me up, their mocktails will hit the spot.

Are you looking for a new kitchen with enough pantry room for the freshest ingredients? We can help. Contact us today to schedule tours of our charming New Orleans homes for sale.

November
18

Classic Louisiana Food and Where to Find it in Baton Rouge

Classic Louisiana Food

Love classic Louisiana cooking, or interested in sampling our region's many delicacies for the first time? Then you'll feel right at home in Baton Rouge, where local restaurants bring the best of Louisiana to your table every day. From beignets to po'boys, king cakes to gumbo, you'll find it all at the best local dining spots. Our real estate agents are here to help you start your culinary adventure with our guide to 5 local restaurants where you can find classic Louisiana cooking in Baton Rouge.

  1. Rue Beignet – 18135 E Petroleum Dr. Suite H, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

    A sweet, simple treat made from fried dough and a generous sprinkling of confectioner sugar, a beignet pairs perfectly with your morning coffee. The team at Rue Beignet starts baking before the sun rises, and you'll be greeted by the welcoming smell of warm, fresh beignets before you even walk through the door. Everything is made with old-fashioned recipes and the freshest ingredients, with a wide variety of toppings available. Of course, the coffee is always hot, fresh, and delicious as well.

  2. Best Po'Boy and Seafood – 9330 Greenwell Springs Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814

    The po'boy is a Louisiana staple, and it's so much more than just a sandwich. As you'll see, when you peruse the menu at Best Po'Boy and Seafood, a po'boy can feature a truly diverse range of ingredients, sandwiched between warm, fresh French bread. Best Po'Boy and Seafood is conveniently located close to Baton Rouge homes for sale and serves some of the best sandwiches in the city. Order yours with fresh, fried seafood or delicious roast beef, then grab the perfect Louisiana side dish.

  3. Anthony's Italian Deli – 5575 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806

    Brought to Louisiana by some of the early Italian immigrants to the area, muffuletta refers to both a sandwich style and the type of Italian bread that it's served on. The sandwich is made with a loaf of muffuletta bread, served with ham, salami, a mix of Italian cheeses, and a special olive salad that ties the whole delicious creation together. Stop by Anthony's Italian Deli for some of the best muffuletta in Baton Rouge, and be sure to try the toasted version for an extra treat.

  4. Ambrosia Bakery & Deli – 8546 Siegen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70810

    Especially popular during Carnival season but also available to satisfy your sweet tooth year-round, the king cake is a classic Louisiana dessert that comes with some unique traditions. Many bakeries will bake a small, plastic baby into the cake, and whoever finds the baby brings the king cake for the next celebration. You can find king cakes and so much more at Ambrosia Bakery & Deli. The bakery here is fantastic, and the deli churns out delicious sandwiches that are perfect for enjoying before your cake.

  5. Rice and Roux – 2158 O'neal Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70816

    Gumbo is a classic Louisiana soup that is also our state's official cuisine. It can include many different ingredients but almost always relies on a base of roux, bell peppers, onions, and celery, along with meat or shellfish. When you're in the mood for gumbo, Rice and Roux has you covered with delicious Cajun cooking in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

Do you dream of delicious Louisiana delicacies waiting outside your front door in Baton Rouge? Then it's time to find your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.

October
9

Where to Find Great Gumbo Near Lafayette

Gumbo in Lafayette

When new residents come into the Lafayette area, our real estate agents love showing them around and making sure they know about all the best local traditions. This includes highlighting area restaurants to enjoy the official state soup -- a steaming bowl of gumbo!

There are many variations of this tasty dish, which is why it's so much fun to try each chef's unique take on it. If you're in pursuit of the perfect bowl of gumbo, you're in luck. Here's a round-up of our favorite places to find great gumbo in the Lafayette area. 

  1. Charley G's: 3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Famous for their smoked duck and andouille gumbo, Charley G's has been a longtime favorite among Lafayette locals. In fact, they've been serving up this incredible dish for over 30 years! They've listed the recipe on their website, but we recommend heading over there for the chef-prepared version. While you're there, you can also enjoy their fresh Louisiana seafood and grilled aged beef, both of which are cooked over southern hardwoods. Spending some time in this relaxing and welcoming restaurant is the perfect way to end a long day of exploring Lafayette homes for sale. 
  1. Dooky Chase's Restaurant: 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    If you've been looking at New Orleans homes for sale, you know that there's no shortage of great restaurants here. Dooky Chase's Restaurant is no exception! This family-owned and operated establishment has been serving up delicious food since 1941. It's truly a New Orleans treasure. On Tuesday through Friday, they serve a delicious lunch buffet that features many New Orleans staples, like hot sausage and beans and rice. You'll have to order the gumbo separately, but it's well worth it! Friday nights they have a regular menu with favorites like chicken creole, stuffed shrimp, and shrimp Clemenceau. 
  1. Prejean's: 3480 North Evangeline Throughway, Lafayette, LA 70507
    If you want to enjoy award-winning Cajun cuisine, look no further than Prejean's. This fun and friendly local restaurant has been pleasing residents for over 40 years. Their chicken and sausage gumbo is a three-time world champion! They also offer a delicious seafood gumbo made with shrimp, crawfish, and crabmeat and a gumbo made with smoked dixie duck and Acadiana andouille. When you've finished your gumbo, you'll want to enjoy some of their other amazing menu items, like fried green tomatoes, a crawfish enchilada, or the incredibly popular Prejean's Poboy. 
  1. Don's Seafood: 4309 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 7050
    A Cajun tradition in Lafayette since 1934, Don's Seafood has some of the best gumbo around. You'll want to try both the chicken and andouille sausage gumbo and the delicious seafood gumbo made with shrimp and crab meat. We recommend pairing your gumbo with some charbroiled oysters and a side of hush puppies or adding a cup of gumbo to the Seafood Combo. This amazing dish comes with stuffed shrimp, fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried oysters, shrimp étouffée, french fries, and coleslaw. It's a feast that's truly one to remember! 

The great food is just one of the many things to love about living in Lafayette. If you're ready to find your dream home here, we can help. Contact us today to get started. 

October
5

New Orleans Staples: 7 of the Oldest Restaurants in NOLA

NOLA Restaurants

The Big Easy has a reputation for food that is delicious, decadent, and down-right devourable. While there are a number of new eateries evolving the NOLA food scene, some of the best places to grab a bite to eat are those which have been in operation for centuries. Our real estate agents encourage you to try these seven New Orleans restaurants that are over 100 years old!

  1. Café Du Monde – 800 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 | 1862
    Café Du Monde
    is one of the most iconic restaurants in all of New Orleans. Opened in 1862, this 24-hour coffee stand is located in the first French Market building. It's a popular destination for locals and tourists alike thanks to its French-style beignets and coffee mixed with chicory. Whether you're on a coffee run before you head to work or love to sit and sip a cup of joe while the sunsets on Jackson Square, Café Du Monde is the place to be.

  2. Antoine's Restaurant – 713 St Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | 1840
    Café Du Monde may be world-famous but Antoine's Restaurant holds the claim as the oldest restaurant in New Orleans. Established way back in 1840, famous guests from far and wide have visited this restaurant over its long history. Many also claim that it was within Antoine's Restaurant walls where classic dishes such as Eggs Sardou and Oysters Rockefeller were invented. 

  3. Tujague's Restaurant – 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 |1856
    Second, only to Antoine's Restaurant in terms of the longest operating history in New Orleans is Tujague's Restaurant. Opened in 1856, this restaurant serves up classic French dishes like shrimp remoulade and boiled brisket. They prepare traditional meals without the bells and whistles of newer establishments, ensuring that you get a hearty, authentic plate of French cuisine every time.

  4. Napoleon House – 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | 1914
    This building was constructed in 1794 as the private residence for New Orleans' mayor before transitioning into a public restaurant in 1914. Today, Napoleon House serves up a menu full of New Orleans staples like muffulettas and the Pimm's Cup.

  5. Galatoire's – 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | 1905
    Located on bustling Bourbon Street, you shouldn't be surprised to see a line out the door for Galatoire's restaurant. Cooking up French Creole cuisine, Galatoire's rarely changes their culinary customs yet constantly influences the evolution of the New Orleans' dining scene. If you're headed over for dinner, make sure you come early to grab a drink next door at Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak.

  6. Commander's Palace – 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 | 1893
    When talking about the best fine dining in New Orleans, Commander's Palace will always be the subject of conversation. Opened as a small saloon in 1893, Commander's Palace has become a culinary legend in the city. It's won six James Beard Foundation Awards and has churned out world-renowned chefs like Emeril Lagasse. 

  7. Broussard's – 819 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | 1920
    Celebrating its centennial this year, Broussard's serves up old-world Louisiana and Creole cooking inside of a charming setting. A favorite fixture in New Orleans, this lovely restaurant is a perfect place for dinner, brunch, or simply have a drink surrounded by exceptional architecture and décor.

Would you like to live close to these amazing, century-old NOLA restaurants? We can help. Contact us today to tour our charming New Orleans homes for sale.

October
7

5 Bakeries in Baton Rouge Your Sweet Tooth will Love

Baton Rouge Bakeries

If you've been in the area looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably noticed that there's no shortage of great dining options here! In addition to the huge variety of upscale and casual restaurants, Baton Rouge is also known for its outstanding bakeries. 

Our real estate agents often enjoy stopping by their favorite local shops for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Here are a few that you'll want to check out. 

  1. Les Amis Bake Shoppe: 11826 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    For specialty desserts in an array of both traditional and unique flavors, you can't go wrong with Les Amis Bake Shoppe. They offer a diverse selection of cake balls and cupcakes in flavors that change each week. They also sell cake and cheesecake by the slice, which is perfect for those sweet cravings. Some of the incredible cake flavors you'll find here include Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel (their signature cake!), Strawberry Silk, Coconut Cream, German Chocolate, and Mocha Espresso. Whether you need a custom cake for a special occasion or just want to satisfy your sweet tooth, you'll find exactly what you're looking for here. 
  1. Baum's Fine Pastries & Chocolate: 8046 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    A Baton Rouge tradition since 1934, Baum's Fine Pastries and Chocolate is the go-to option for cake and pastry delivery. They specialize in birthday and wedding cakes, but you don't need a special occasion to order their delicious confections. To order, simply visit their website, scroll through their photo gallery, and send them a picture of the treats you want. They'll create them for you and deliver them right to your door! 
  1. Cake Goddess: 14241 Airline Hwy, Ste 108, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Cake Goddess creates stunning custom cakes for all types of special occasions. Browse through their Facebook page, and you'll be blown away by their cake decorating skills! The best thing is, the cakes taste just as great as they look! You can also stop by the bakery at any time to enjoy a variety of tasty treats. You'll love their unique cupcake creations with flavors Banana Foster, Pina Colada, and S'mores. 
  1. Rosch Bakehaus: The Garden District, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    If you love fresh-baked bread, you'll definitely want to check out Rosch Bakehaus. This "cottage bakery" specializes in small-batch handcrafted bread (including sweetbreads and sourdough), traditional pretzel bread, pastries, custom cakes, and German-style pretzels. They use only unbleached flour, organic cage-free eggs, and organic, local, and seasonal produce whenever possible. You can visit their site, order online, and pick up your treats on the day you choose. It's super convenient and will soon become one of your favorite places to visit! 
  1. Cupcake Junkie: 12240 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Are you a cupcake fanatic? If so, you're going to love Cupcake Junkie! They specialize in "boldly decadent" cupcakes made from premium ingredients. The offerings vary each day, but some of the amazing cupcake flavors you might find there include Pineapple Cream Cheese, Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Cobbler, and Key Lime Cheesecake. In addition to cupcakes, they also offer cakes, cake slices, cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and "Junkie Juice." Place a custom order or stop by and browse their daily selection, either way, you're sure to leave happy! 

Are you looking for a sweet deal on a new home? There are a lot of great options on the market right now. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

September
7

As Seen on TV: NOLA Restaurants that Have Been Featured on TV

NOLA Restaurants

If you've set foot within New Orleans city limits even for a moment, it shouldn't shock you that The Big Easy is frequently featured on TV. Our culture is so unique and engaging that it's often emulated around the world. However, there's no place quite like NOLA and there's no food quite like ours either. From local broadcasts to global programming, our restaurants, bars, and cafes always receive great exposure on the tube. Next time you're hungry, our real estate agents invite you to check out these New Orleans eateries that have been featured on TV.

  • Red Fish Grill – 115 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    As Seen On: Food Paradise

    New Orleans is a food paradise, so it's no surprise that Food Paradise paid a visit to the Red Fish Grill. During the "Iconic Eats" episode, Food Paradise took a look at NOLA's iconic Cajun gumbo, as prepared by the chefs at Red Fish Grill. You've obviously got to try their gumbo, but honestly, you can't go wrong with any of their casual New Orleans seafood dishes.

  • Palace Café – 605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As Seen On: Delicious Destinations

    Although you're probably very familiar with the amazing meals at Palace Café, Delicious Destinations surely brought the spotlight to this Creole café on a larger scale. This restaurant has been winning awards since it opened in 1991 and continues to be among the top destinations for Creole food in the French Quarter. From smoked catfish dip and turtle soup to shrimp Tchefuncte and chicken and waffles, you're sure to find a great meal at the Palace Café.

  • Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As Seen On: Man v. Food

    Whenever Adam Richman comes to town with Man v. Food, a normal restaurant turns into a battle between The Eater and The Eaten. Adam took on Acme Oyster House's challenge to down 15 dozen oysters. Adam was successful and joined the "15 Dozen Club", but the question is, can you conquer the challenge as well? Head into Acme Oyster House and find out!

  • Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli – 133 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As Seen On: Throwdown with Bobby Flay

    Po-boys and muffulettas are staples of New Orleans cuisine, so much so that they brought renowned chef Bobby Flay to town. Throwdown with Bobby Flay placed the Food Network star again Mike and Jack Serio to see who could make the best muffuletta. Spoiler alert: the hometown heroes took the chef down! Come in and taste a muffuletta that even Bobby Flay can't beat at Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli.

  • The Sazerac Bar – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
    As Seen On: The Layover

    If there's one person in the world you can trust to lead you to a great bar, it's Anthony Bourdain. The late-chef made it a point to stop at The Sazerac Bar during one of us quick trips to NOLA for The Layover. Located within The Roosevelt hotel, the Sazerac Restaurant is a landmark of the city named after what is considered to be the world's first mixed drink. 

Are you searching for a house within walking distance to the best restaurants NOLA has to offer? We can help! Contact us today to tour our New Orleans homes for sale.

August
26

Food Trucks You Can Find in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Food Trucks

Don't feel like cooking, but you're not in the mood to dine out either? Food trucks offer portable restaurant-quality food that can be eaten outdoors or back home. Feed yourself or the whole family with delicious food from these great trucks near Baton Rouge homes for sale

  • The Kolache Kitchen - 7930 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Central Europe meets the bayou at The Kolache Kitchen, a food truck located in Baton Rouge's upscale Bocage neighborhood. A kolache is a soft-baked pastry that perfectly accommodates a wide variety of sweet and savory fillings. Options include mushrooms and red pepper, turkey, smoked sausage, or fruit. Since this IS Baton Rouge, there's also a Boudin kolache. Other tasty menu choices are tacos, sandwiches, and empanadas. A second truck can be found at 4245 Nicholson Dr. near the LSU campus. Both locations serve breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily.

  • Basel's Market Food Truck - Various locations
    Kaylyn Lindsly, the founder of Basel's Market Food Truck, is the daughter of Calvin Lindsly, who worked his way up from bagger to become the owner of Calvin's Bocage Market. Kaylyn runs Basel's Market, named after her Australian shepherd, with that same work ethic and emphasis on customer service. The truck serves up homemade comfort food such as crawfish pie, mac 'n' cheese, and chicken salad. Craft your personalized gourmet sandwich with your choices of bread, meat, cheese, veggies, and condiments. Follow Basel's Market on Facebook for daily locations and times.

  • Boo's Best BBQ - Various locations
    In the South, BBQ is truly a family affair. Ivory Brown learned to love grilling from his father, and Ivory's subsequent marriage inspired him to focus his passion by starting Boo's Best BBQ. The truck features traditional favorites such as chopped chicken, pork ribs, salmon, and sausage. Complement your meal with a rotating selection of green beans, boiled corn, potato casserole, and other sides. Order ahead for pickup of full pans and family meals. Follow Boo's Facebook page for the current schedule.

  • Cou-Yon's - 3653 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Keeping with the family BBQ tradition, brothers Paul and Michael Mladenka teamed up to start Cou-Yon's, a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Port Allen. Their Cajun-meets-South-Texas style was so popular that they opened a new trailer at the corner of Perkins and Acadian in Baton Rouge. In addition to the classic BBQ meats and sides, Cou-Yon's features their signature loaded baked potatoes that are a meal in themselves. Customers line up for the waffle fries served nacho-style, topped with queso, bacon, sour cream, jalapeños, onions, and your choice of meat. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 

  • Geaux Cuban - Various locations
    Enjoy some island flavor with one of the namesake sandwiches from Geaux Cuban. The popular sandwich is made with pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mayo, mustard, and pickles between two slices of pressed Cuban bread. Other traditional favorites on the menu include roasted pork or chicken sandwiches and tacos, ham croquettes, and plantains. Try the Cuban nachos, with classic toppings served on crunchy corn chips. Visit Geaux Cuban's Facebook page to find up-to-date information on times and locations.

Our real estate agents love grabbing lunch on the go from one of these top food trucks. Learn more about why Baton Rouge is such a wonderful place to call home when you contact us at Latter & Blum. 

August
10

Where to Find Fantastic BBQ in NOLA

BBQ in NOLA

New Orleans is a foodie town like no other. With so many cultures influencing what's on our plate, it should come as no surprise that NOLA has tasty barbeque joints that rival the pits of Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your appetite and a bib so you can devour the finest meats that these five fantastic New Orleans barbeque spots have to offer.

  1. Blue Oak BBQ – 900 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Get your barbeque fix at Blue Oak BBQ, purveyors of St. Louis-style ribs, Alabama-style pulled pork and Texas-style brisket. Their krewe is ready to serve you pit plates loaded with pulled pork, beef brisket, spare ribs, BBQ beans, roasted garlic mac n cheese, and ginger sesame slaw. Grab a few items ala carte or bring the whole crew in for an affordable family-style serving that is sure to leave you with full stomachs, wide smiles, and dirty napkins.

  2. Moe's Original Bar B Que – 3150 Calhoun St., New Orleans, LA 70125
    A Southern soul food revival, Moe's Original Bar B Que is more than just sweet and savory barbeque. With locations all around the country, Moe's brings its unique Alabama-style barbeque to neighboring Louisiana. Dive into classic NOLA eats like Southern Fried Catfish, a Southern Fried Shrimp Moe Boy, or a heaping platter of whatever just came out of the smoker. Sides like cornbread, banana pudding, and marinated slaw are made better with their Haul-It-Home options. Order up a whole smoked bird, rack o' ribs, or a Triple Wide Family Pack so you can savor leftovers for days.

  3. The Joint – 701 Mazant St., New Orleans, LA 70117
    If you stroll through the Historic Baywater District, you'll see that The Joint is always smoking. After featuring on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, The Joint earned national recognition as one of the best barbeque joints around. Get ready to load up a plate of ribs, brisket, burnt ends, chicken, and sausage. Their Down-Home Sides like mac n cheese, baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw are so good, they're worthy of a plate on their own!

  4. Frey Smoked Meat Co. – 4141 Bienville St., Ste 110, New Orleans, LA 70119
    The Frey family has been providing the people of New Orleans with the finest meats since the 1860s. Frey Smoked Meat Co. aims to give you a taste of old New Orleans with a barbeque twist. Their traditional barbeque lunch offerings are tasty, but we insist that you stop by for brunch. Order up BBQ Grits, a BBQ Benedict, or satisfy your empty stomach with The Cure, Texas toast topped with brisket chili, home fries, fried eggs, cheese, and southern white gravy that drips with deliciousness.

  5. Walker's Southern Style BBQ – 10828 Hayne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127
    Rated one of the top BBQ spots in New Orleans, Walker's Southern Style BBQ has earned national acclaim on the Food Network and The Travel Channel for its famous Cochon de Lait Poboy. A favorite of the Jazz Fest, the Cochon de Lait Poboy joins other tasty smoked meats, salads, and sandwiches on their menu. If you're visiting Walker's, a southern-style barbeque poboy is a must!

Are you hungry for a home close to NOLA's finest restaurants? Let us show you our listing of New Orleans homes for sale. Contact us today to begin your search!

July
21

Cool Down with an Iced Coffee at These New Orleans Cafes

New Orleans Iced Coffee

New Orleans is famous for a lot of unique food and drink—chicory, beignets, sazerac, gumbo—but doesn't always get the credit it deserves for its coffee scene. NOLA is home to some truly exceptional local roasters and coffee shops.

With summer in full swing and the temperature rising, our real estate agents love ordering iced coffee as a way to cool down. Here's where to get one in New Orleans:

  1. Spitfire Coffee - 627 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    A cozy urban nook in the French Quarter, Spitfire Coffee is known for making excellent espresso and spectacular pour-over coffees from small roasters. They do great iced coffee drinks too (especially the iced latte) and are within walking distance of some truly lovely New Orleans homes for sale. It's a great place to stop early in the morning before heading out to explore. 

  2. Mammoth Espresso - 821 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Mammoth Espresso offers meticulously crafted beverages in New Orleans' Warehouse District. You can taste the attention to detail in each of their drinks, especially their iced coffees. If it's a hot day, head straight for their menu of signature iced coffee drinks. 

  3. Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea - 4641 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    With a fun, funky atmosphere and lots of room to relax, Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea is a reliable place to get great coffee, whether you want it hot or cold. On a really hot day, the Granita is the way to go. It's concentrated cold brew coffee, whole milk, and simple syrup, frozen to slushy perfection. They also offer a select menu of pastries and small bites made in-house, as well as a wide selection of teas, available both hot and iced. 

  4. Cafe Beignet - 600 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Cafe Beignet has four locations in and around the French Quarter, but we love the spot on Decatur Street. It's great for people-watching, and it's great for snacking on coffee and the city's favorite baked goods. And if you can't decide between an iced coffee and a bloody Mary, don't worry. Cafe Beignet serves both coffee and cocktails. 

  5. French Truck Coffee - 4536 Dryades St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    French Truck Coffee established itself quickly as one of the most recognizable roasters in NOLA. From its original walk-up coffee bar in the Garden District, French Truck has grown to include locations all around the city. Our favorite is the spot on Dryades Street known as the French Truck Cafe. In addition to all the great hot and cold coffee drinks you'd expect, they have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, and plenty of indoor and outdoor space to enjoy it. 

  6. HiVolt Coffee - 1829 Sophie Wright Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130
    HiVolt Coffee has always been a popular spot to sip espresso drinks. It's also a great place to order up a cold brew or iced Americano and savor it slowly as you stroll down the oak-shaded streets of the Garden District. Be sure to check out their selection of pastries and baked goods as well!

New Orleans is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home, and we can't wait to show you around. Contact us today to learn more about eating, drinking, and living life to the fullest in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

July
22

Dine Out on the Patio at These Baton Rouge Restaurants

Baton Rouge Dining

As the nation begins to open up, it's clear that social distancing and other basic precautions are going to be the "new norm," at least for a while. If you've been craving a sit-down meal at a restaurant but are worried about safety, you may want to consider visiting one of the many local restaurants with outdoor patio seating. 

Our real estate agents have been gathering a list of their favorites, and now we're ready to share it with you. We guarantee you'll have trouble deciding which of these local hot spots to visit first.  

  1. The Velvet Cactus: 7655 Old Hammond Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    From their classic Mexican and Mexican-inspired dishes to the fresh lime and cane sugar margaritas and gorgeous patio with a scenic view, there are plenty of reasons to love The Velvet Cactus. This trendy restaurant is a popular destination for both lunch and dinner and also has an excellent brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. If you're feeling adventurous, make sure you try some of their unique offerings like the Crawfish Boil Queso and the Vodka Frosê. 
  2. Flambêe Cafe: 8210 Village Plaza Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    French restaurant Flambêe Cafe offers patrons a delicious menu, pleasant atmosphere, and excellent service. Even better, it's just a short walk from some of the best Baton Rouge homes for sale. The menu features baguette sandwiches, burgers, salads, and "Tartes Flambêes." When you visit, make sure to ask about the chef's creation of the week, and don't forget to order some French onion soup. You won't be disappointed!
  3. Willie's Restaurant: 11260 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Family-owned Willie's Restaurant is the perfect spot for Louisiana classics like crawfish platters, po'boys, catfish, etouffee, and gumbo. They also have an excellent brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. If you're looking for a friendly place to kick back and relax, this is it! 
  4. Mid City Beer Garden: 3808 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    The Mid City Beer Garden is a beautiful outdoor space where you can enjoy amazing food and a frosty beer. This is a 21+ venue, so leave the kids at home -- but feel free to bring your furry friend! They carry a huge selection of beers and have a delicious food menu. Make sure you check out Taco Tuesdays and don't miss out on the weekend brunch. Mid City Beer Garden will be reopening for service on July 24th. Be sure to stop in for a pint when they reopen! 
  5. Bldg 5: 2805 Kalurah St., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Tucked right under the Perkins Road Overpass, Bldg 5 is the go-to spot for fresh, seasonally-inspired food, craft cocktails, and a trendy, upscale vibe. In addition to traditional menu items, this restaurant also offers a selection of small plates and unique dinner boards that are meant to share. It's the perfect place to enjoy dinner, drinks, and good times with family and friends.

The great dining options are just one of the many things to love about living in the Baton Rouge area. Want to explore some of the local neighborhoods? Contact us today! We would love to show you around and help you find your dream home. 

July
17

National Ice Cream Day: Ice Cream Shops in the Lafayette Area

Ice Cream in Lafayette

If you are looking for an excuse to check out some of the local ice cream shops in the Lafayette area, look no further! National Ice Cream Day is coming up on July 19th and is the perfect time to celebrate with a cone or cup of your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Lafayette is home to many wonderful local businesses serving up tasty, homemade ice cream. Our real estate agents suggest you pull into these local favorites on National Ice Cream Day or any hot summer day. 

  1. Carpe Diem - 812 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Seize the day by starting your adventure off at the best gelato-espresso bar on this side of Europe. At Carpe Diem, you can dine upon a crepe piled high with fruit and ice cream, sip a glass of wine, and savor the flavor of fabulous food and espresso. It's a great place to rest and relax in a fun, friendly atmosphere any day of the week.
  2. Jammin' Java - 3366 Verot School Rd., Suite 100, Lafayette, LA 70508
    At Jammin' Java, they take great pleasure in shattering the mold with every scoop. Their menu is the result of taking the traditional and twisting it, turning it and molding it into unique flavors. From frappes and milkshakes to ice cream sandwiches and more, you can find plenty of fabulous treats that will have you coming back for more. 
  3. Marble Slab Creamery - 3500 NW Evangeline Trwy G, Carencro, LA 70520
    Ready to get out of town for a little bit? Head on over to the Marble Slab Creamery for a little rest and relaxation. You can order a customized ice cream cake, sample some of their superbly decorated cookies and cakes, or mix and match your favorites to create a bowl of ice cream so large you'll need two spoons to eat it all. Black cherry and banana rum, peanut butter, and mango, if you can think of the flavor, they've already created it. They have more than 70 different flavors of ice cream, sorbet, and low-fat yogurt to choose from.
  4. Yogurtland - 104 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd., #100, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Looking for a slightly healthier alternative to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with? Venture over to Yogurtland. If you have meant to give them a try, now is a great time to pull in and discover just how sweet the Orange Blossom White Peace Light Ice Cream, Birthday Cupcake Batter, Almond Midnight Mocha, and more really taste. With so many flavors and combinations to try, this just might become your go-to place for a sweet treat at the end of the day.

It is our pleasure to help you discover the many businesses that make our city one of the sweetest in the south. Looking for a home near your favorite local businesses in Lafayette? Contact us to learn more about Lafayette homes for sale.

June
1

National Doughnut Day: Doughnut Shops in New Orleans

New Orleans Doughnuts

Sprinkled. Glazed. Powdered. Filled. It doesn't matter how you take it. In fact, it doesn't matter if you spell it "donut" or "doughnut," our real estate agents just want you to enjoy National Doughnut Day to its fullest potential!

National Doughnut Day takes place on Friday, June 5th and you'd better believe that we're going to be first in line for hot and fresh doughnuts! New Orleans is home to many wonderful bakeries and doughnut shops! Be sure to check out these awesome doughnut shops around New Orleans and pick up a dozen on National Doughnut Day.

  1. Bakers Dozen – 3305 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121
    Start your day with a Bakers Dozen, literally and figuratively! Once you get a look at all of their specialty themed doughnuts, you'll want to grab a box for the road. Of course, they also have the classic glazed and mixed favorites that you've grown to love. With prices starting as low as one dollar for a doughnut, these delicious treats won't break the bank.

  2. Daddy's Donuts – 2051 Caton St., New Orleans, LA 70122
    If you thought momma made the best doughnuts, then you clearly haven't tried Daddy's Donuts. When you roll into Daddy's Donuts, you're treated like family and treated to some of the tastiest doughnuts this side of town. Just make sure you don't leave without one of their signature bacon-maple frosted bars. These scrumptious treats are breakfast game changers!

  3. District Donuts Sliders Brew – 5637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    The Purveyors of Deliciousness, District Donuts & Coffee Bar make everything from scratch, including their sprinkles! What makes them unique is that they also sell awesome sliders, which means you can order carryout for lunch or dinner and enjoy a doughnut with your meal! 

  4. The Donut Bakery – 6701 Tara Ln., New Orleans, LA 70127
    The Donut Bakery
    is one of our favorite stops for satisfying our sweet tooth, and we're not alone. NOLA residents rave that they're the best doughnuts in the city, and we challenge you to prove them wrong. One bite of their Mardi Gras doughnut, and you'll be hooked!

  5. Blue Dot Donuts – 4301 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
    Venture over to Canal Street and check out the scrumptious pastry case over at Blue Dot Donuts. Local favorites include the maple bacon doughnut, iced coffee, and the cinnamon sugar doughnut holes. Be sure to call ahead or stop in early because they do sell out! 

Just like New Orleans doughnuts, our New Orleans homes for sale are available to suit your tastes. Contact us today to schedule a safe private showing or a convenient virtual tour.

April
10

Curbside and Takeout Options in Lafayette

Takeout in Lafayette

Dine-in table service at Lafayette restaurants has been restricted since March 17. That's the day shelter-in-place directives were issued by the governor here in Louisiana.

Staying at home as much as possible is vital to weathering the coronavirus threat. However, the Lafayette dining community is working hard to make meals available. It is permitted to visit local restaurants for carryout service, and many are offering delivery.

Just remember, parking in front of many Lafayette dining locations is limited to 20 minutes. If you decide to order carryout, be sure to order and pay in advance online or by phone.

Here's where to chow down around Lafayette:

  1. Blaze Pizza – 111 Meadow Farm Road #100, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Offering carryout and delivery with special deals through the Blaze Pizza website, this mainstay is known for artisanal ingredients, dough made from scratch, and crisp, fast-fired pizzas. It also boasts a selection of salads, desserts, and drinks.
  2. Antoni's Italian Cafe – 1118 Coolidge Street Suite A, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Antoni's Italian Cafe is cooking up its full menu for takeout service. Locally owned and operated, it's been a favorite for over 20 years. Available for lunch and dinner, you won't want to miss hearty meals like lasagna Bolognese, chicken parmesan, grilled quail, and baked salmon.
  3. Burgersmith – 1314 Camellia Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Burgersmith will tantalize your taste buds with takeout, curbside, and delivery orders featuring all your favorite juicy burgers. You can also enjoy the chili cheese dog, fried egg sandwich, Cajun bratwurst, blackened or grilled fish sandwich, and many more.
  4. Judice Inn – 3134 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Dating to 1947, Judice Inn has seen tough times and always rises to the occasion. Delivery and pickup orders are being taken through the app, website, and Facebook. Call in when you arrive, and orders will be brought to your car. Now's the perfect chance to try its famous burgers!
  5. TEA-Rex – 120 Curran Lane Suite B, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Known for the classic tearoom experience right in the heart of Lafayette, TEA-Rex delights its fans by offering delivery through the Waitr app. Takeout is also available. New drinks such as the coffee milk tea with handmade coffee foam are continuing to debut!
  6. Bisbano's Pizza Parlor – 1540 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Bisbano's Pizza Parlor is ready for to-go orders, curbside, and delivery through DoorDash while still serving up some of the best pizza in Lafayette. Soups, salads, and a whole slew of po' boys are brought hot and fresh alongside pizzas with all your favorite toppings.
  7. SHINTO Japanese Cuisine – 3810 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Beloved for its romantic atmosphere and great food, SHINTO may not be able to offer its exciting table-side show, but its food is as good as ever. Japanese classics run the gamut from steaks to ultra-fresh sushi. Takeout and delivery orders are available.
  8. Twins Burgers and Sweets – 2801 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Twins Burgers and Sweets is open for curbside service and will provide a surprise bag of sweet treats to customers to show their appreciation. Cupcakes, cookies, shakes, and specialty desserts are still on offer after you enjoy your mouthwatering signature beef or crab burger.

Now's a terrific time to support local businesses by ordering from your favorite Lafayette restaurant. For questions about real estate opportunities and Lafayette homes for sale, simply contact us.

April
6

How to Support Local Restaurants in New Orleans

New Orleans Restaurants

The New Orleans dining scene is legendary, which remains true even as residents, restaurant owners, and our REALTORS® adjust to life in the city while COVID-19 precautions are in effect. Many restaurants that were only dine-in in the past are now adapting to offer takeout and delivery options, while others are offering gift cards that can be used when restaurants reopen. Remember that restaurant staff have also been forced to adapt, and any tip you can leave with your order goes a long way toward providing support for those workers. While the communal, social aspect of meeting your favorite people at local restaurants may be on hold, there are still many ways to support your favorite restaurants during these unusual times.

  • Mid City
    Every neighborhood where you can shop for New Orleans homes for sale offers its own set of excellent restaurants, and Mid City is no exception. Blue Oak BBQ is still serving up all of your favorites for curbside pickup during lunch and dinner, with happy hour deals available every day. Fresh seafood is on the menu every day at Zasu, where the whole menu is available for takeout orders. Katie's has you covered for seafood and BBQ favorites, along with new family meals available for pickup and delivery.

  • French Quarter
    While the French Quarter may look a little different without the usual crowds, restaurants from this corner of the city are cooking up all of the favorites that you know and love. Doris Metropolitan is still offering its full menu for pickup and delivery, along with butcher service, fresh bread, and spirits. The Italian Barrel is also offering its full menu and has added some delicious sandwiches to the list for takeout service. If you're in the mood for bar bites or some of the best-frozen cocktails that you'll find anywhere, Manolito is still serving all of your favorites for takeout every evening.

  • Uptown
    The team at Boucherie has whipped up a special pickup/delivery menu while dine-in service is closed, featuring all of your steak and seafood staples. If you're craving your brunch fix, Live Oak Cafe has you covered with a brunch/lunch menu in the afternoon and dinner in the evening. Saffron Nola has added a curbside pickup to its many charms, with a full menu of delicious Indian cuisine and a special, family-oriented menu.

  • Lower Garden District
    Hankering for some authentic Creole goodness? The Munch Factory is still serving all of your favorites. Call ahead to order. Popular new spot Blue Giant is offering all of its high-end spins on classic Chinese dishes for pickup, so if you haven't tried it yet, now is the time. When you're in the mood for plant-based food, Seed has you covered with pickup and free delivery within a five-mile radius of the restaurant.

  • Bayou St. John
    Get your Mediterranean fix from 1000 Figs, which is offering a modified menu for curbside pickup and delivery every day from Wednesday through Sunday. Popular French bistro Cafe Degas, which has been serving the neighborhood for more than 30 years, is also offering takeout and delivery, including special wine deals when you order for curbside pickup. 

New Orleans is a city that knows how to support its own, and grabbing a meal from your favorite restaurants is a great way to show your support for the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

April
1

Baton Rouge Takeout and Delivery Options

Baton Rouge Delivery

Our real estate agents are working hard finding new ways to serve the Baton Rouge community during the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

We're not the only ones! It seems like everywhere you look, local businesses and residents are banding together to get through this.

To encourage social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19, Baton Rouge restaurants are no longer offering table service. However, the mayor's "Keep BR Serving" initiative is helping to ensure small restaurants and catering services can weather the storm.

Not only can you still get great food from your favorite restaurants, but you can also stay smart about your health. Restaurants and third-party delivery services alike now offer "contactless delivery." With this method, delivery professionals will leave your food in a safe location outside.

Here are some of the top Baton Rouge restaurants with delivery:

  1. Capital City Grill – 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Capital City Grill offers fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, soups, and a legendary dessert menu. With a full array of American classics and South Louisiana seafood favorites, it's been around since 2005. You can enjoy entrees such as chicken-fried steak, catfish Orleans, honey garlic salmon, and much more. There's also a complete selection of mouth-watering sandwiches.

  2. Downtown Seafood & Grill – 130 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Downtown Seafood & Grill piles on hearty helpings of delicious seafood in a casual setting. It's a little place that's easy to overlook, but the quality food will keep you coming back. Visitors praise the handcrafted beef patties, delectable seafood, sandwiches, and crinkle-cut fries. It's a local institution!

  3. Faye's Subs & Salads – 311 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    When you want a traditional sub sandwich, Faye's Subs & Salads is the place to go – and the food tastes just as good delivered. You'll find options to scratch any itch at Faye's, from the Louisiana chicken salad po' boy to the sliced hot roast beef and the good old ham and cheese. Salads, veggie burgers, and the iconic brown sugar pit ham are also available.

  4. The Jambalaya Shoppe – 3617 Perkins Road Suite 1-E, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Want a taste of "the real" Louisiana? The Jambalaya Shoppe has you covered. One of the most popular Cajun kitchens in a city known for it, The Jambalaya Shoppe serves up all the hits based on old family recipes. In addition to the namesake jambalaya, you can choose gumbo, red beans with sausage, meaty stews, or fettuccine. Don't miss out!

  5. Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar – 315 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar will take you on a delightful culinary tour of everything you can do with oysters. Some of the most-loved dishes include charbroiled oysters, shrimp remoulade salad, and the shrimp po' boy. In times of plenty, it's been praised for its lively atmosphere and music. For now, though, you can enjoy some of the best comfort food in Baton Rouge right from home.

One of the big reasons to pick Baton Rouge homes for sale is the city's amazing food culture. Even at a time like this, that culture is going strong – but doing so in a safe and responsible way.

Although many showings and other activities are on hold right now, the team at Latter & Blum is still here to help. Contact us today to discover more about Baton Rouge real estate opportunities.

March
2

Where to Buy Crawfish in Baton Rouge

Crawfish Baton Rouge

While some areas mark the arrival of spring by robin sightings or flowers blooming, people in Baton Rouge eagerly await the beginning of crawfish season. March is prime time to enjoy Louisiana's iconic treat at these popular seafood restaurants and markets that are favorites with our REALTORS®.

  1. Tony's Seafood Market & Deli - 5215 Plank Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70805
    Surprisingly, Tony's Seafood Market & Deli began its existence in 1959 as a produce stand. But founder Tony Pizzolato quickly realized he could draw many more customers around Baton Rouge homes for sale by adding fresh crawfish, shrimp, and crab to his offerings. That decision led to Tony's becoming the largest seafood market in the Gulf South, selling up to 50,000 pounds of live and boiled crawfish per day during peak season. In a hurry? Pick up one of their famous plate lunches to go. Hours are 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when hours are extended to 7:30 p.m.

  2. Heads & Tails Seafood - 2070 Silverside Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    However you like to enjoy crawfish, you'll find it on the menu at Heads & Tails Seafood. Try it in étoufée, on a po' boy or fried to a tasty crunch. Specialties include Cajun crawfish eggplant and Poor Sloppy Pierre po' boy with fried crawfish tails topped with étoufée and pepper jack cheese. Before you leave, get some fresh, boiled or frozen crawfish to go along with fixings like a crawfish boil, roux, or étoufée base. Heads & Tails is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

  3. Crawfish Xpress - 57965 Laville St., Plaquemine, LA 70764
    After viewing Plaquemine homes for sale, stop in at Crawfish Xpress and take home some delicious seafood. Corn and potatoes are available as sides to go with the live or boiled crawfish, shrimp, and crab. Can't wait till you get home? Get an order of crawfish nachos to nibble on in the car. Crawfish Xpress also has a convenient drive-thru window. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

  4. Rouses Market - 58440 Belleview Hwy., Plaquemine, LA 70764
    Anthony J. Rouse, Sr. opened the first Rouses Market nearly 60 years ago. Today the third generation of the family is running the 64-store company with the same commitment to responsibly sourced seafood as their grandfather. Over the years, Rouses has developed and maintained relationships with top local fishers. The market carries seafood that is either wild-caught in natural habitats or raised in quality aqua farms. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  5. Montalbano's Seafood & Catering - 12740 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    Montalbano's Seafood & Catering is a true labor of love for the father-and-son team for whom the company is named. Randy, Sr. spent more than 25 years working in the wholesale food industry, while Randy, Jr. managed his own crawfish catering company after graduating from college. Their namesake business is both a sit-down restaurant serving lunch and a market selling fresh and boiled seafood as well as fully-prepared meals for carry-out. Montalbano's is open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Jambalaya, crawfish pie, filé gumbo, you'll have big fun on the bayou living in Baton Rouge. Contact us for experienced help with all your real estate needs.

January
14

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January
6

Where to Get King Cake in New Orleans

King Cake in New Orleans

If you've been to NOLA, you know that birthday cakes and wedding cakes don't hold a candle to our celebrated King Cakes. Each year, the King Cake Festival takes over Champions Square and offers up samples of the finest King Cakes from around the city. If you're looking for a local bakery where you can grab your own to take home, our REALTORS® got you covered. 

  1. Angelo Brocato — 214 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    For over a century, the family of Angelo Brocato has churned out the best ice cream in the French Quarter. It's only natural that they bake up an equally delectable King Cake to sit alongside their custard-based gelato. Don't take our word for it — stop by and celebrate the King Cake Festival, your birthday, or simply the fact that you live in one of the tastiest cities in the country with a King Cake all to yourself!

  2. Manny Randazzo King Cakes — 3515 N. Hullen St., Metairie, LA 70002
    How amazing are the King Cakes at Manny Randazzo's? They're so good that their award-winning Pecan Praline King Cake was dubbed the "King Cake King" in 2012. Exclusively baking King Cakes, Manny Randazzo's has a line around the corner every season as hundreds of locals and visitors eagerly anticipate sinking their teeth into one of these renowned King Cakes. Trust us, these King Cakes are worth the wait! Pick one up after looking at Metairie homes for sale.

  3. Adrian's Bakery — 4710 Paris Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
    Adrian's Bakery delivers a taste of New Orleans so scrumptious, you'll be thankful that this sweet shop sells goodies throughout the year. Their savory King Cake is certainly one of the highlights of their menu. If you're cruising by the University of New Orleans, stop by to sample one of their fresh pastries.

  4. Bywater Bakery — 3624 Dauphine St., Bywater, LA 70117
    Straight from the Culinary Institute of America, Bywater Bakery's chef Chaya brings her talents to NOLA to share her love of baking beautiful food. Bywater Bakery is a fantastic place for breakfast and lunch, as well as a reliable source for specialty catering, but her cakes are her signature staple. As the bakery's name suggests, this location is close to Bywater homes for sale. Order up a King Cake and one of her famous Chantillies — there's no such thing as too much cake!

  5. Breads on Oak — 8640 Oak St., Ste. A., New Orleans, LA 70118
    The artisan bakers at Breads on Oak aren't just pastry chefs and bread bakers — they studied the Old World French bread techniques that made New Orleans one of the greatest bread cities in the country nearly a century ago. These bakers put just as much study and effort into every made-from-scratch King Cake they create. Don't fill up on King Cake alone, though —Breads on Oak also has an amazing menu of all-vegan, made-by-hand dishes like sandwiches, pastries, soups, and more.

  6. Dong Phuong's Bakeshop — 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans, LA 70129
    DP Bakeshop
    invites your taste buds to experience New Orleans cooking with Vietnamese flair. As one of the first Vietnamese bakeshops in the city, DP's experimental take on New Orleans' classics is unlike anything you've had in the bayou. We promise you won't be disappointed!

New Orleans is a sweet place to call home, and not just because of the King Cake! If you'd like assistance buying New Orleans homes for sale, contact us today.

November
18

Bakeries in Lafayette for Your Thanksgiving Desserts

Bakeries in Lafayette

Freshly baked bread, sweet pastries, and delicious treats of all shapes and sizes can be found at bakeries throughout Lafayette. With the holidays right around the corner, you can skip the baking for your holiday meals, and count on these Lafayette bakeries for a variety of treats! 

  1. Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop - 454 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70603
    If you want to find the best pies in the south, look no further than the shelves of the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. You can order everything from apple and cherry to chocolate meringue and key lime. Everything is made to order, which ensures you always have a fresh piece to enjoy. 
  2. Langlinais Baking Company - 815 South Saint Antoine St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Langlinais Baking Company is legendary for its po'boy's, breadsticks, burger buns, and hot dog rolls. Each has just the right amount of sugar and spice to make a nice meal. Their bread is always soft and served straight from the oven and make the perfect addition to every Thanksgiving meal.
  3. Bake My Day - By Appointment Only
    The folks at Bake My Day take great pride in delivering the very best pastries and treats for your holiday celebrations. You will fall in love with everything from their ragin' cajun chocolate cake spiked with cayenne and cinnamon, to the banana-rama laced with dark rum and brown sugar. You can also schedule classes where they will teach you the tips and tricks that will help you make your family's favorite treats. 
  4. Poupart Bakery, Inc. - 100 E. Vermilion St, #103 Lafayette, LA 70503
    With 40 years of experience under their chef's coats, the team at Poupart Bakery, Inc. are masters of the kitchen. They are experts at beignets, make a genuinely astounding bisque, and can create cakes and pies that will make everyone in the family smile. They can cook up a full catering order that includes everything from dinner rolls to fruit, vegetable, and cheese platters.
  5. Champagne's Market - 454 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Champagne's Market is your one-stop-shop for everything on your Thanksgiving shopping list. From the savory to the sweet, they have a broad selection of fresh-baked foods. You can even pick up the champagne to go along with the Thanksgiving toast.    

Our real estate agents invite you to contact us to learn more about the many bakeries, delis, and shops in the area for the perfect Thanksgiving feast. We will even help you find the perfect new home for you to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends this year, next year, and for many years to come.    

October
29

Pumpkin Spice Season: Lafayette Coffee Shops to Try

Lafayette Coffee Shops

With the fall weather comes delicious fall flavors! Lafayette has many local coffee shops for getting not only your caffeine fix but your fix of flavors you can only get in the fall. The following are some coffee shops our REALTORS® are sure you will want to check out. 

  1. Zuhause Bakery & Coffee - 6774 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    It may be a long way to Munich, but you won't have to travel far to enjoy your favorite German pastries. At Zuhause Bakery & Coffee, they are busy brewing some of the finest artisan coffees and strudels, twists, and Danish's this side of the old country. This makes Zuhause a fabulous place to sit back, relax, and read the paper as you search through Lafayette homes for sale.

  2. Classic Cup - 2627 Veterans Memorial Dr, Abbeville, LA 70510
    You can always find your old favorites at Classic Cup Abbeville. You will also find plenty of new treats to enjoy as you head into work or stop off for a Sunday chat with friends. One trip here and you will understand why everyone is so eager to buy Abbeville homes for sale and move into the community.

  3. Java Square Cafe - 103 W Landry St, Opelousas, LA 70570
    Java Square Cafe is where the cool cats like to hang out. They are happy to serve you an Americano when you want to keep it simple. They can also pour you a hot and spicy Chai Latte when you want to mix things up. A favorite in all seasons, you will love their milkshakes and gelato in the summer, and their hot chocolates and drip coffee in the winter. A few trips here and we guarantee you will want to take a look at Opelousas homes for sale so you can enjoy their coffee every day of the week.

  4. Black Cafe - 518 S Pierce St #100, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Black Cafe is located in the heart of Lafayette, which makes it a perfect place to stop in on your way to work. They brew each cup to perfection and feature a wide selection of breakfast items, including the ever-popular beignets. From the Cafe Au Lait to the Espresso, it is easy to find a morning pick-me-up that will perk up your ears and keep you going strong until closing time. 

  5. Johnston Street Java - 3123 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Johnston Street Java is the place to go when you want a pure cup of coffee with a side of all-American service. Their flavor selection is one of the largest in the south, and you will want to drop in week after week just so you can try them all. You will also love their simple yet delicious breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and cookies they cook up fresh every day of the week.

We invite you to contact us to learn more about the fantastic coffee shops and amenities these communities have to offer. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you find the perfect property for your future. 

August
12

Lafayette Living: Discover the Plate Lunch Paradise

Lunch in LafayetteWhile the Lafayette area is well-known for outstanding Creole and Cajun cuisine, the humble but satisfying plate lunch is an equally popular staple of the local restaurant scene. Our REALTORS® take you on a tour of some of our Lafayette locals' favorite places for plate lunch specials.

  • Soulful Eats - 1815 Charity St., Abbeville, LA 70510
    When you serve the kind of delicious, homemade food found at Soulful Eats, you don't need a trendy name. Everything on the menu is indeed full of the heart and soul that comes from people who are passionate about cooking. Weekday plate lunch specials feature items such as smothered turkey necks and fried pork chops, while BBQ plate lunches are available on Sunday from 11 a.m. until they're sold out, so stop in before viewing Abbeville homes for sale. Soulful Eats is open for lunch and dinner every weekday but Monday.
  • Blazin Wings - 1015 Main St., Franklin, LA 70538
    Not surprisingly, chicken is the main event at Blazin Wings, just minutes from Franklin homes for sale. But they also put a creative spin on the classic plate lunch by incorporating Louisiana seafood and Southern favorites like hush puppies with global dishes such as hummus and fried rice. The plate lunches, along with the chicken, shrimp and fish meals, are perfect for take-out.
  • Kelly's Diner - 1531 S. Union St., Opelousas, LA 70570
    The retro-50s decor at family-owned-and-operated Kelly's Diner creates the perfect ambiance to enjoy their tasty plate lunches. Many of the main items come from Kelly's Country Meat Block, the adjacent butcher shop and market. Several items are prepared using proprietary sauces created and made in Kelly's kitchen and sold next door. Be sure and save room, because the plate lunches at Kelly's include dessert. Hours are 10-:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, making it easy to fit in a visit as you tour Opelousas homes for sale.
  • Glenda's Creole Kitchen - 3232 Main Hwy., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    No less an authority than the late Anthony Bourdain proclaimed Glenda's Creole Kitchen as serving "the gravy of the gods." Glenda opened her restaurant in 2000 after co-workers began paying for her home-cooked lunches. Each Monday through Saturday, the menu features a different pair of side dishes to accompany a rotating selection of four to six plate lunch options. On Sunday Glenda's serves a BBQ dinner with your choice of entrée and sides for $11. Hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, and there's a handy drive-thru window to swing by before or after visiting Breaux Bridge homes for sale.
  • Dwight's - 4800 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    If it's variety you're looking for, you don't have to travel far from Lafayette homes for sale to find it at Dwight's. A different assortment of plate lunches is offered every day and they're served cafeteria-style, so you can order half-and-half to sample other options. Dwight's is also known for crawfish, and during the season you can enjoy a traditional boiled dinner each evening. On Sunday it's time for Dwight's popular BBQ lunch, which begins at 11 a.m. and lasts as long as the food does. Weekday lunch hours are 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Whether it's dining, culture or entertainment you seek, Lafayette has something for everyone. Contact us for help buying or selling your Lafayette area home.

August
26

Where to Get the Best Yakamein in New Orleans

Yaka Mein New Orleans

Yakamein, also known as "Old Sober" or simply "Yock," is a distinctly New Orleans dish featuring a mash-up of Asian and African-American flavors. While it originated as a street food served in a styrofoam cup, yakamein has found its way onto the menus of several local restaurants.

Discover the joys of yakamein at one of these locations near New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Meauxbar - 942 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Meauxbar is an elegant French bistro adding its own upscale twist to yakamein. Chef John Bel tweaks the classic recipe by using short ribs or rib-eye instead of stew beef and adding crispy bits of fried chicken skin for texture. Meauxbar opens for dinner at 5 p.m. daily, while brunch is served from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends. Yaka-main is offered on both menus.

  • Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken - 3168 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
    Traditional New Orleans seafood recipes handed down from family members form the foundation of the menu at Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken. But they have also incorporated some popular Chinese dishes, and as one Yelp user described it, the yakamein at Capt. Sal's is "a physically and spiritually curative experience." Veggies like bok choy, carrots and bell peppers make this yakamein a bit lighter than other versions. Capt. Sal's is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

  • Prime Example Jazz Club - 1909 N. Broad, New Orleans, LA 70119
    What's better than a hearty bowl of yakamein? How about enjoying your soup over the smooth sounds of live music at Prime Example Jazz Club? True to her New Orleans roots, chef Germaine Gains also prepares popular Creole dishes such as gumbo, red beans, and rice and fried or grilled catfish. Prime Example opens at 4 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Red Rooster - 2801-1/2 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Indulge your craving for two New Orleans originals at Red Rooster, which opened in 1977 as a stand selling snowballs. This sweet hot-weather treat is made with fine, fluffy shaved ice and a variety of flavored cane sugar syrup. As Red Rooster expanded from seasonal to year-round, they added a number of dishes including yakamein. Red Rooster is primarily a take-out window, but they have added some covered outdoor seating. Hours are 10:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. every day but Sunday.

  • Rampart Food Store - 1700 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Ask locals about "the orange place" and they'll direct you to Rampart Food Store, a citrus-colored convenience store with a take-out counter in the back. Rampart uses ramen noodles instead of the traditional spaghetti noodles in their yakamein and adds texture with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Rampart is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m daily except for Sunday, when they close at 7 p.m.

  • The Yaka-Mein Lady - Various locations
    No list of top yakamein purveyors in New Orleans would be complete without Linda Green, aka the Yaka-Mein Lady. Linda gained iconic status in the local culinary community on the strength of her near-perfect yakamein, which has been called "the gold standard." National publications and TV networks such as the New York Times, Food Network and Travel Channel have also sung Linda's praises. Linda's yakamein can be found at every major New Orleans festival and as a regular fixture at After Hours, the Wednesday night entertainment series at Ogden Museum. Planning a party or special event? The Yaka-Mein Lady also offers catering services.

New Orleans is a city full of literal and figurative flavor like no place else. Contact us and let our REALTORS® provide experienced help buying or selling your New Orleans home.

July
22

6 Places to Celebrate with Your Friends in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Places to Hangout
"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart." ~ Eleanor Rosevelt

August 1st is National Girlfriends' Day, and it's the perfect time to celebrate that special relationship you share with your best friends. Our girlfriends are always there for us through thick and thin, and there's no better way to show them how much you care than by planning a day filled with fun adventures in Baton Rouge. 

Whether you're in the area searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've made your way here for a weekend getaway, there's no shortage of great things for you and your friends to do together. From the moment you wake up until it's time for bed, our REALTORS® have planned out the perfect day for you!  

  1. Brunch at Juban's Creole Restaurant: 3739 Perkins Rd. Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Nothing says "Girl's Day" like bottomless brunch, and Juban's Creole Restaurant is the place to do it! Their brunch menu features plenty of decadent seafood options, unlimited Champagne, Mimosas & Bellinis, and great drink specials. You'll need plenty of energy to get you through the day, so go ahead and indulge.

  2. Paddleboarding at Muddy Water Paddle Company: 4355 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Once you and your girlfriends are fueled up, it's time for some adventure! Head on over to Muddy Water Paddle Company for a paddleboard lesson or book a party and enjoy a day on the water. Whether you're experienced paddleboarders or absolute beginners, this is guaranteed to be an adventure you won't soon forget. 

  3. Tour and Rum Tasting at Three Roll Estate: 760 St. Philip Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    After playing on the water, you'll definitely be ready for something a bit more low-key. A tour and rum tasting at Three Roll Estate is a great way to unwind while enjoying another unique experience.

    Learn how the spirits make their journey from the sugar cane farm to the distillery and into your glass. Tours last 45 minutes and end in the tasting room where you'll get to try some of the distillery's premium rums. 
  1. Relaxing Massage at Healthcare Gallery and Wellness Spa: 3488 Brentwood Dr. Suites 102 & 103 Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Part art gallery and part wellness spa, Healthcare Gallery is the perfect spot for you and your girlfriends to rejuvenate before your night out. Book yourselves some aromatherapy relaxation massages to help ease muscle tension and leave you feeling great. 

  2. Dinner at Tsunami:100 Lafayette Street, 6th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Since you're celebrating a special day, you don't want to slack on your dinner plans. Tsunami restaurant will give you the memorable experience you're looking for.

    Located on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Mississippi River, the only thing better than this restaurant's view is the food. The menu includes a huge selection of sushi as well as steaks, dinner entrees, and, of course, sake. 
  1. Nightcaps at Olive or Twist: 2122 Perkins Palm Ave. Suite A Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    There's one more stop you need to make before you call it a night. That's because you won't want to miss out on the awesome atmosphere and unique drink options at Olive or Twist. Choose from a huge selection of spirits, order a specialty cocktail from the menu, or play "cocktail roulette" by choosing from a list of options and letting your bartender create a unique surprise. Trust us when we say this is the perfect ending to your unforgettable girl's day. 

Once you've spent some time exploring Baton Rouge with your besties, you'll quickly see why so many people love living here. Are you ready to start looking for your dream home in Baton Rouge? Contact us today to get started. 

July
8

Hottest Food Trucks in New Orleans

New Orleans Food Truck

After a busy day of showing the best New Orleans homes for sale, you'll sometimes find our REALTORS® grabbing a bite to eat from some of the most iconic restaurants in the city.

But you won't find these famous eateries in a shopping center or tucked away in a fancy hotel. No, the best-kept secret in the New Orleans culinary world is our food trucks.

Over the last decade or so, food trucks have taken New Orleans by storm – and we're not the only ones. A thriving food truck scene is popping up in America's top cities from coast to coast.

The story of the food truck industry began overseas, where they can be glimpsed offering hot food 24 hours a day in many of Europe's bustling university cities. The last few years have seen a huge surge in quirky, creative food truck concepts by entrepreneurs right here in America.

Let's visit with seven of the top New Orleans food trucks you won't want to miss:

  1. Rollin' Fatties – 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Rollin' Fatties is the talk of New Orleans: With dozens of raving reviews, its fans call it the best burrito in NOLA. Stuff a big, affordable burrito with beef, pulled chicken, tofu, or fish and chow down! Tacos and nachos are also available.
  2. Food Drunk Food Truck – 1205 North Al Davis Road, New Orleans, LA 70123
    Food Drunk Food Truck is on a never-ending journey to provide hearty lunchtime fare to workers and visitors in the Central Business District. It's so popular, you can even phone in your order. The intrepid truck stocks ribs, burgers, chicken, and more.
  3. Crepes a La Cart – 1039 Broadway Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Crepes a La Carte is a snazzy New Orleans take on the classic French pastry. Sweet and savory crepes are available in abundance: There are more than 50 varieties. Major categories include vegetarian, smoked salmon, sweet, and savory specials like the Monte Cristo crepe.
  4. La Cocinita Food Truck –  1719 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113 
    La Cocinita brings contemporary Venezuelan-inspired street food to New Orleans. Chef Benoit Angulo has cooked up Venezuelan specialty dishes since childhood. Now, La Cocinita features arepas, tacos, and bowls with your choice of braised chicken, braised pork, or vegetables.
  5. Bonafried – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Southern fried chicken sandwiches are the specialty at Bonafried, a local success story that's a fixture at music festivals. The truck is out for lunch every day, so check Facebook for where to get your Classic, Special with "sweet heat" glaze, or Tennessee Hot chicken sandwich.
  6. Taceaux Loceaux – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Serving up lunch and dinner at rotating locations every day, Taceaux Loceaux may be the biggest name in food trucks in NOLA. The menu here is all about gourmet specialty tacos: You'll find everything from prawn to brisket to the vegetarian-friendly fried cauliflower.
  7. Mamita's Original Hot Tamales – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Mamita's is one of the longest-running food trucks in New Orleans, with a special recipe said to date back to 1923. Beef, corn, and chicken tamales are always in demand and wow, do they go fast! You can get as many as a dozen fresh or frozen. Check its Facebook for weekly locations.

Fantastic street food is just one of many pleasant surprises waiting for you here in the Big Easy. Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS® will help you find the perfect home so you can enjoy everything New Orleans has in store. Contact us to learn more.

July
2

Top Spots for Ice Cream in New Orleans

Nola Ice Cream

Our REALTORS® know the lip-smacking tastes of Creole cooking is one of the most enjoyable things about living in New Orleans. Whether you're here to visit or stay, you'll have the chance to try out a sensational culinary tradition that leaves you full and satisfied.  But, wait: Some dishes transcend location, culture, and time.

One treat everybody loves is ice cream.

You might not expect it, but NOLA has some of the best ice creams you'll find anywhere in the United States. Come to tour New Orleans homes for sale, and you'll be right in the thick of it: Some of the best family-owned ice cream parlors are right here in the Big Easy.

Let's look at seven places to snag head-turning frozen treats in New Orleans:

  1. Drip Affogato Bar – 703 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Drip Affogato Bar is the place to sample the Italian treat whose name translates to drowned. It is made with a scoop of silky gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. There's a huge array of fancy flavors, from Vietnamese iced coffee to Bananas Foster. Don't miss it!
  2. Piccola Gelateria – 4525 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Piccola Gelateria has 18 flavors of homemade gelato and sorbet. Gelato-stuffed brioche sandwiches are the headlining lunch item. It's kid-friendly, too: Mascot Piccola, a teddy bear, welcomes visitors from the bench outside.
  3. Fat Boy Pantry – 1302 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Fat Boy Pantry makes every visit special with unique flavors that change daily. Yes, daily! The small batch ice cream will tempt your taste buds, but that's not all: It's also a full-fledged lunch and breakfast joint that serves up one of the best lobster po' boy sandwiches in town.
  4. Ice Cream 504 - 2511 Jena St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Michael Southall (aka the High Priest of Ice Cream) crafts his icy treats with fresh milk and sugar and fruits the same way his Aunt Ruby did in her back yard so many years ago. You'll savor the flavor of Southall's small-batch ice cream--made without gum or preservatives--at Ice Cream 504 located just off Freret Street.
  5. Mile High Pie at Jack Rose -- 2031 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Jack Rose Restaurant is on the grounds of the luxurious Pontchartrain Hotel. Once affiliated with the historic Caribbean Room, Jack Rose's mythic ice cream desserts live on with luscious homemade chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint ice cream covered in meringue flambé.
  6. Creole Creamery – 4924 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Creole Creamery is one of the best-known family-owned ice cream parlors. With a history dating back more than a decade, it's well on its way to "local legend" status. Original flavors like honey lavender add flair to the authentic malts, hot fudge sundaes, and classic banana splits.
  7. Angelo Brocato's – 214 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Angelo Brocato's is a place you can't miss in any NOLA visit. With a century of expertise in ice cream, it's loved far and wide for its spumoni, pine nut cookies, and dessert tiramisu. Cannolis are filled fresh to order, so the outer shell remains crisp, a delightful textural experience.

Whether you're looking for something hot and spicy or cold and refreshing, New Orleans has unforgettable flavors to tempt every palate. Likewise, there's a New Orleans dream home just waiting for you. No matter what your tastes are, our real estate experts are ready to assist you.

Contact us to start your NOLA home search.

June
17

Best Catfish Restaurants Around Baton Rouge

Catfish Baton Rouge

Our REALTORS® love a good catfish fry-up ... and we think you will, too!

June 25 is National Catfish Day, and there's no better place to celebrate it than right here in the middle of all the action, Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is the epicenter of Cajun cooking, and there are few bigger stars in that culinary tradition than the catfish.

Not surprisingly, you'll find that the streets of Baton Rouge are dotted with famous catfish restaurants. Today, we'll help you pick out some of the very best.

If you want to experience true flavor, check out these Baton Rouge restaurants featuring catfish on their menus:

  1. Parrain's Seafood Restaurant – 3225 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Parrain's Seafood Restaurant has been serving up mouth-watering seafood selections since all the way back in 2001. Specialties include the catfish perdu: Catfish fillets served with shrimp and crawfish etouffee on a bed of rice. You can also have catfish as one of the fried platters, in a standard or thin-sliced form. Whole fried catfish is also available.
  2. Drusilla Seafood Restaurant – 3482 Drusilla Lane D, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Drusilla Seafood Restaurant is where to go for the classic Cajun-fried catfish fillets, in both adult and kids' menu form. You can complement your dinner with your choice of fried oysters or fried shrimp. Several of the house specialties also come with catfish, including the "Taste of Louisiana" platter: Delectable shrimp au gratin, fried popcorn shrimp, and more.
  3. Crawford's Restaurant – 1980 Staring Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Crawford's Restaurant – that's Crawford, not crawdad – is the one and only home of the infamous c-fish. What makes it so unique? It's fried "the Ken Sr. way," and has attracted a bevy of five-star reviews from locals and visitors alike. In addition to the catfish plate, you can also enjoy Crawford's catfish po'boy, easily one of the best seafood dishes in town.
  4. Dempsey's – 13580 Coursey Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Dempsey's prides itself on authentic Louisiana cooking. Jambalaya with fried catfish is right there on the weekly specials menu (it's the headliner for Monday), so you know it's got to be good. Other specials include Cajun meatloaf, chicken-fried steak, and ... once again, on Friday, jambalaya with fried catfish. Go get some!
  5. George's Southside – 8905 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    George's Southside will tempt your taste buds with catfish dishes whipped up by "the original" South Baton Rouge catfish restaurant. Known as the first on the internet in Baton Rouge (dating all the way back to 1996), George's has a fun and friendly atmosphere nobody else can match. It's open seven days a week, and you can even get a souvenir bumper sticker on request.

Catfish isn't the only thing unique about Baton Rouge. With sage advice from an expert real estate agent, you can tap into all Baton Rouge's great real estate opportunities. No matter your budget, style, or timeline, our team supports you with reliable knowledge and attentive customer service. It has never been easier to find Baton Rouge homes for sale that are right for you ... and get to closing the easy way.

Contact us to find out more today. We look forward to meeting you.

May
27

6 Spots for Boiled Crawfish in New Orleans

New Orleans Crawfish
Down in Louisiana, we love our crawfish.  Some folks love their crawfish baked.  Others prefer it prepared in an etouffee.  However, if you ask any native Louisianian, they may tell you there is no other way to eat this crunchy crustacean than from a good, old-fashioned crawfish boil.  There are too many crawfish spots in our city to name them all, so our real estate agents compiled this list of six eateries in the Crescent City to dine on this local delicacy.

  1. Bevi Seafood, Mid City, New Orleans, 236 N. Carrollton Ave.
    Some of the best places to get a good crawfish boil are seafood companies like Bevi. They know good crawfish and start with that as the base of their boil. Bevi adds crabs, oysters, and shrimp to their boils, so you get extra ocean goodness.  Along with seriously good crawfish, you can also get authentic Po-boys, softshell crabs, and fried green tomatoes.  
  2. Grand Isle Restaurant, Warehouse District, 575 Convention Ctr Blvd.
    Calling itself a "fancy fishing camp," Grand Isle Restaurant offers fresh out of the Gulf seafood in its boils, oyster specials, and redfish on the half shell. Grab a chair on the patio, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy half-price drink specials and 75 cent oysters on the half shell.  
  3. Deanie's Seafood, French Quarter, 841 Iberville Street
    Casual in the atmosphere, but elite in taste, Deanies has been recognized as one of NOLA's top seafood restaurants. Here their crawfish also comes in an etouffee', on a pizza, or in a silky, smooth bisque. This is a wonderful place to sit outside in their traditional Vieux Carre courtyard, enjoy a warm night, and hot seafood.  
  4. Mid City Yacht Club, Mid City, 440 S. St Patrick Street
    Since seafood and beer go together like shrimp and grits, a classic bar with great food can be just the right way to suck the heads and pinch the tail. Mid City Yacht Club got its start as a bar in the back of a grocery store and gained its current personality and owners just after Hurricane Katrina. Its owners bought the flooded establishment just after the hurricane and used wood from their own damaged house to rebuild. Now, it's a great place to gather some friends, order a pitcher, and dig into plates of steaming, oh so fresh seafood.  
  5. Captain Sal's Seafood and Chicken, Bywater District - 3168 St. Claude Avenue
    Just like good barbeque, some of the best seafood comes from less than fancy buildings. Captain Sals won't bust your budget, but we can't promise it won't burst your belly. Serving up rich, buttery crawfish with spicy corn and potatoes, this place makes sure the Creole and Cajun heritage shines through. You can also get gumbo, jambalaya, fried seafood, and in a twist, Chinese food. 
  6. BOIL Seafood House, Garden District - 3340 Magazine Street
    Started by a family of Louisana fishermen, BOIL Seafood House offers buckets, literal buckets, of seafood in a variety of flavors and spice levels. Like your crawfish Cajun style with a medium heat level? No problem; BOIL has you covered. In addition, they step away from traditional seafood house fare with their Asian inspired chargrilled oysters, Tuna Tataki, and Vietnamese Shrimp Cake.  

If you are looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't forget to investigate the neighborhood seafood options. Contact us to help you find a home that fits you as well as crawfish fits a boil.

May
6

5 Favorite Breweries Around Lafayette

Lafayette Breweries

Cajun Country has some of the best food on the planet. Crawfish boils and etouffee. Jambalaya the way mom used to make it. Gumbo, boudin, po' boys, gator tail, maque choux — so many mouthwatering choices. When you're eating your way through town as you view Lafayette homes for sale, you're going to need a cold, tasty brew to wash all of this delicious food down. Our real estate agents are here to point you in the direction of five favorite breweries in Cajun Country.

  1. Parish Brewing Company – 229 Jared Dr., Broussard, LA 70518
    You'd better believe that beer in Cajun Country is not going to be like the tasteless taps found in other cities. Parish Brewing Company is the second largest brewery in the state and pushes the boundaries on beer until they craft some of the finest ales you've ever sipped. Parish is a hop, skip and a jump north from Franklin homes for sale, so there's no excuse not to visit.
     
  2. Bayou Teche Brewing – 1106 Bushville Hwy., Arnaudville, LA 70512
    If you shop for Breaux Bridges homes for sale long enough, you'll definitely hear plenty of locals talk about Bayou Teche Brewing. These brewers aspire to craft the perfect beers that complement the delicious Cajun and Creole foods Louisiana locals love so much. Live music every Friday and Sunday invites you to kick back and try their stouts and IPAs made with local ingredients like Louisiana honey and rice.
     
  3. Crying Eagle Brewing Company – 1165 E. McNeese St., Lake Charles, Louisiana 70607
    We wouldn't send you west of Abbeville homes for sale without good reason so trust us when we say a visit to the Crying Eagle Brewing Company is worth the trip! Not only does their taproom feature over a dozen new beers, but they've also got a bistro ready to whip you up something to snack on while you drink. Grab some boudin, baked oysters or an order of their twisted cornbread and make your way back to Abbeville with a satisfied smile.
     
  4. Southern Craft Brewing Company – 14141 Airline Hwy, Ste 4J, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    One of the advantages of buying one of the great Franklin homes for sale is that it's a perfect distance between the cities of Lafayette, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. While we do think you'll love a day trip to NOLA, we also think you should take a quick drive up to Southern Craft Brewing Company instead. This fantastic brewery has mixed up award-winning beers that you've got to sip to believe. Take a free tour while you're there and hear the story of how two engineers turned their passion for brewing into a true Southerner's beer.

  5. Tin Roof Brewing Company – 1624 Wyoming St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Of course, if you're picking out Opelousas homes for sale, you'll be tempted to take the short drive over to the Atchafalaya River. However, for the ultimate river relaxation spot where you can get an amazing beer, we encourage you to drive a little further east to Tin Roof Brewing Company. Tin Roof has a national following for a reason – their beer has won a coveted gold medal from The Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado. From gose and Weisse to porters and lagers, Tin Roof has a beer for every taste.

We love Lafayette, and we could spend hours telling you about all of our favorite restaurants, breweries, and bars around town. Contact us and tell us what Lafayette beers we should try next. We can even show you what new Lafayette homes for sale are on tap if you're interested! 

April
8

6 Spots for Crawfish in Baton Rouge

Crawfish Baton Rouge

Louisiana--including our locals in Baton Rouge--loves crawfish. Historically, from February through mid-May it's crawfish eating time!  These freshwater crustaceans have long been a culinary staple in Louisiana--a traditional food that symbolizes the Cajun culture of the state. Crawfish have been designated as the state's official crustacean, and have become an important industry in Louisiana, which provides most of the crawfish consumed throughout the United States.

While you may be able to get crawfish all over the country these days, there is nowhere better to sit down to a plateful of authentic Cajun crawfish than Louisiana. If you're in town looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale during crawfish season, you won't want to miss the opportunity. Local folks will tell you that peak crawfish season is in the spring, from late February through May. That's when wild-caught crawfish are largest, most succulent and most abundant. So where do Louisianians eat crawfish in Baton Rouge?

  1. Capital City Crawfish & Cajun Specialties, 5355 Government St Suite D., Baton Rouge
    A favorite local spot during crawfish season, Capital City Crawfish offers authentic Cajun crawfish boils, crawfish pie, crawfish boudin and lots of other traditional dishes – made to order and served fresh.
  2. Sammy's Grill, 8635 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge
    Whether you're ready for a traditional crawfish boil or a delicious crawfish etouffée, crawfish fettuccine, or fried crawfish po'boy, Sammy's Grill can satisfy your crawfish craving.
  3. The Chimes Restaurant, 3357 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge
    A local fixture that offers a great selection of made-from-scratch dishes, Chimes is known for its unique crawfish specialties. These include crawfish etoufée, crawfish omelets, crawfish three-cheese mac & cheese and cream of crawfish soup.
  4. Tony's Seafood Market & Deli, 5215 Plank Rd, Baton Rouge
    A local hot-spot during crawfish season, Tony's Seafood is famous for its boiled crawfish, crawfish pie, boudin balls, and many other delicious kinds of seafood and traditional Cajun dishes.
  5. Parrain's Seafood Restaurant, 3225 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge
    Known as a top-shelf seafood restaurant in Baton Rouge, Parrain's is a local favorite during crawfish season. You can indulge in crawfish dishes that include crawfish tails, crawfish etoufée, fried crawfish, and their delicious crawfish po'boy.
  6. Willie's Restaurant, 11260 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge
    Known for quality, homemade Louisiana cuisine, Willie's Restaurant is a prime spot during crawfish season, serving up delicious dishes featuring these tasty little crustaceans that include crawfish boils, fried crawfish tails, crawfish etoufée, and shrimp & crawfish bisque.

This is just a small sampling of the many great local spots where Louisianians eat crawfish in Baton Rouge. If you're looking for more recommendations or have any other questions about the local area, contact us. Our real estate agents are a font of knowledge about all things Baton Rouge, and we're always happy to help.

April
1

Lafayette Dining - Prejean's Restaurant - Food for the Soul

Prejean Restaurant
If you've been searching for Lafayette homes for sale, you might have noticed Prejean's Restaurant alongside the Evangeline Throughway. If you haven't made your way inside yet, you're missing out! Our real estate agents are here with the details why this a local favorite. 

A Fun, Family-Friendly Atmosphere
As the area's only theme restaurant, Prejean's offers visitors a true Cajun experience. The entrance is a replica of a bayou, complete with Cyprus trees and a small bridge you'll need to cross to get inside. Here, you're welcomed by "Big Al," a 14-foot alligator, and an array of other taxidermied swamp critters including alligator garfish and catfish. A painted mural of Bayou Chene, created by Cajun artist John Pourcio, creates the perfect backdrop for an evening of family-friendly fun.

Authentic Cajun Cuisine
While the restaurant's unapologetically-kitschy decor might make you wonder if it's a tourist trap, there's no need to worry. Prejean's serves up authentic Cajun and Creole food, seafood, steaks, and wild game. You can't go wrong with their rich gumbos, alligator cheesecake, and three-time gold-medal-winning crawfish etouffee. If you're feeling adventurous, try the seafood platter with alligator bites, frog legs, shrimp, oysters, catfish, and stuffed crab! 

Live Music and Entertainment
Perfect for a lively night out with family and friends, the restaurant also offers live Cajun music every night from 7 to 9 p.m. and during brunch on the weekends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Don't make the mistake of thinking these are no-name bands, either. They pull in big names including The Clarence Denias Band, Woody Daigle and the Cajun Five, and more! 

Getting There
Prejean's Restaurant is located at 3480 NE Evangeline Throughway in Lafayette. They're open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome, but since the restaurant is often very busy, reservations are suggested. If you get there and it's packed, don't worry. There are plenty of repurposed church pews set up for guests to relax while waiting for tables. You can also pass the time wandering around the gift shop where you can find clothing, sauces and spices, dishware, and toys and stuffed animals for the kids. 

Your Lafayette Real Estate Professionals

If you're thinking about making Lafayette your home, we can help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started! 

April
1

NOLA Crawfish Festival 2019 - a Tasty New Orleans Treat

NOLA Crawfish
Delicious seafood and live music are ample all year long in New Orleans, but they come together in a very big way every spring. At Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS®, our real estate agents know that moving to a new city is much easier when you have events to look forward to, and the NOLA Crawfish Festival is definitely worth the anticipation. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale this spring, mark your calendars and stop by Central City BBQ to experience this fun tradition too.  

So, what's in store for you at this year's festival? From Monday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 1, do all these things and more at the NOLA Crawfish Festival 2019.

Taste Crawfish Boiled by the Crawfish King

Ready for a brush with New Orleans royalty? The Crawfish King himself, also known as Chris "Shaggy" Davis, will be on site boiling thousands of pounds of fresh crawfish throughout the festival. This South Louisiana legend brings his authentic NOLA tastes to festivals throughout the country, but you get him in his own backyard.

Of course, the King only boils fresh catches, and crawfish are only in season through early summer. The Festival is your chance to celebrate crawfish season and indulge in the bounty of spring.

Enjoy Three Days of Live New Orleans Music

Want to live in a musical city? It's no surprise that the birthplace of jazz is still teeming with talented local musicians, and this spring is a great season to discover some new favorites. This year, the NOLA Crawfish Festival will feature a three-day lineup of local musical acts, including the lively Soul Brass Brand, the creative Samantha Fish, and "swamp funk" four-piece The Iceman Special.

If you love keeping up with local bands and trying new live music venues, get your groove on at Central City BBQ. A surprising mix of genres and sounds, this lineup makes it easy to get to know New Orleans and its music scene.

Compete to Cook the Tastiest (or Eat the Most) Crawfish

Of course, the Crawfish Festival isn't a spectator-only tradition. If you want to immerse yourself in the crawfish theme, try cooking or eating it competitively. Two big competitions – the Crawfish Cookoff and the Crawfish Eating Contest – are the main attractions at this festival, and you'll get a trophy and bragging rights if you take top honors.

Ready to show off your cooking skills? Find a partner, and compete with 19 other two-person teams for the title of Badass Boiler Champs. Prefer to indulge as much crawfish as possible? Apply to enter the eating competition, and try to eat the most crawfish in ten minutes. Everyone who enters gets free admission to the festival.

Are you ready to buy a house in New Orleans? The NOLA Crawfish Festival is one of many fun, tasty traditions you could start observing as a resident of our beautiful city. Contact us to find a real estate agent who can help you get started.

March
4

NOLA Dining: 8 James Beard Award Winners in Your Neighborhood

NOLA Dining
The James Beard Foundation is an organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the best chefs in the world, so it's no surprise that New Orleans is home to quite a few James Beard Award winners. Dining culture in New Orleans is second to none, with many of the city's most popular chefs and restaurants earning distinctions from the James Beard Foundation. If great food is one of your passions, you won't find a better place than New Orleans to call home. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on eight James Beard Award winners in New Orleans where you can enjoy a world-class meal.

NOLA Dining: Eight James Beard Award Winners in Your Neighborhood

  1. Arnaud's Restaurant – 813 Bienville St., New Orleans
    Located just off Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, Arnaud's Restaurant celebrates classic Creole cuisine in an elegant setting. Arnaud's has been delighting diners since it opened its doors in 1918 and is also home to the popular, award-winning French 75 Bar.

  2. Commander's Palace Restaurant – 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans
    New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy fantastic dining spots like the Commander's Palace Restaurant. With a menu full of Creole cuisine and unique spins on modern New Orleans dining, Commander's Palace Restaurant is a great place to sample the flavors of the city.

  3. Compère Lapin – Old No. 77 Hotel 535 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans
    With a focus on simplicity and pure flavors, this popular dining spot delivers an experience unlike anything else in the city. Stop by for lunch or dinner, enjoy a delightful Sunday brunch, and try new spins on your favorite classic meals.

  4. Cure – 4905 Freret St., New Orleans
    Cure is a New Orleans restaurant with an excellent dining experience and an even better bar. With a James Beard Award for its creative cocktail program, Cure is one of the best spots in the city for both dining and drinks, with a craft cocktail to suit every taste.

  5. Dong Phuong – 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans
    Searching for something sweet, or itching to try some of the best bread in New Orleans? Dong Phuong Bakery is a Vietnamese bakeshop with worldwide influences, and you'll understand why the bakery is a James Beard Award winner as soon as you bite into Dong Phuong's signature French bread.

  6. Dooky Chase's Restaurant – 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans
    Looking to settle in with some classic Creole cuisine, or satisfying soul food? Operated by renowned chef Leah Chase, Dooky Chase's Restaurant regularly ranks among the best in New Orleans. Enjoy delicious dining in a cozy setting packed with local art. 

  7. Galatoire's – 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans
    If you're searching for an elegant spot with a full bar and excellent atmosphere, look no further than Galatoire's on Bourbon Street. Galatoire's has been serving up French cuisine since 1908, with traditional cooking brought straight from France to New Orleans. While the restaurant has been in business for more than a century, you can still enjoy all of the items from the original menu.

  8. Shaya – 4213 Magazine St., New Orleans
    Serving modern Israeli cuisine and some of the best baked goods in the city, Shaya has more than earned its status as a James Beard Award winner. Stop by for a meal, or pick up one of Shaya's legendary King Cakes.

Still searching for the right home close to all of the delicious dining in the city? Our REALTORS® have you covered. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

January
28

7 Romantic Restaurants in Baton Rouge Perfect for Valentine's Day

Baton Rouge Date

To celebrate this romantic occasion with the one you love, Baton Rouge offers many romantic dining choices that promise to keep any relationship humming. For newcomers currently searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale, take a break from your quest by visiting one of the many top romantic Baton Rouge restaurants.

Love is in the Air in Baton Rouge

  1. Mansurs on the Boulevard - 5720 Corporate Boulevard #A
    Touted as "Louisiana's Premier Bar & Grill," Mansurs on the Boulevard accommodates couples and groups with excellent service, exquisite French Contemporary menu choices, and an extensive wine list in a relaxing, yet elegant atmosphere.

  2. Beausoleil - 7731 Jefferson Highway
    Beausoleil translated "beautiful sun," is a neighborhood restaurant and bar specializing in contemporary Lousiana dishes made from local products. With normal hours for lunch and dinner on Tuesday through Saturday (closed on Monday), Beausoleil also serves a popular and romantic Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.

  3. Gino's Italian Restaurant - 4542 Bennington Avenue
    For over 50 years, family-owned Gino's has presented their Sicilian-inspired cuisine to locals and visitors alike. The restaurant offers Sicilian and Southern Italy's unique recipes that include Mediterranean-style seafood and excellent quality steaks. The fireplace, copper-covered tables, and cozy candlelight certainly add a romantic ambiance to the setting.

  4. Sullivan's Steakhouse - 5252 Corporate Boulevard
    Sullivan's Steakhouse is already gearing up for Valentine's Day with a spectacular three-course "Wine, Dine and Be Mine" $79 Prix fixed menu that includes Sullivan's specially prepared top-quality steaks and seafood. Known nationally for outstanding cuisine and service, Sullivan's offers delectable Filet Mignon, New York Strip Steak, and  Broiled Salmon the way you like them. Follow that with your choice of NY-style Cheesecake, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, or, naturally, their famous Key Lime Pie.

  5. Maison Lacour French Restaurant - 11025 N. Harrell's Ferry Road
    Since 1986, Maison Lacour has offered traditional French cuisine infused with an abundance of Southern Louisiana ingredients in a cozy, romantic cabin within a park-like setting. Diners select from seafood, beef, fowl, veal, game, and many other delicious menu items while enjoying the extensive wine list and fresh, homemade French bread. The restaurant offers a delightful and romantic experience in five small dining rooms.

  6. French Market Bistro - 16645 Highland Road
    The French Market Bistro lives up to an excellent reputation for fresh, beautifully prepared soups and salads, freshly baked artisan bread, starters, an extensive choice of fish and farmland entrees, all made in a contemporary French style. The dessert list is not to be ignored.

  7. Louisiana Lagniappe Restaurant - 9990 Perkins Road
    Situated at the Sandpiper Yacht Club, the Baton Rouge version of the Louisiana Lagniappe (meaning "something extra") has been serving their classic dishes for over 20 years. Traditional Louisiana dishes include Pontchartrain and Louisianne Filet of Fish, Chicken Arcadiana, Tournedos of Beef, Grits and Groulades, and much more.

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December
31

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Lafayette

New Years Lafayette

It's hard to believe the end of 2018 is right around the corner! If you haven't made your New Year's Eve plans yet, now is the time to get started. Whether you're looking to dance the night away or spend a quiet evening with your family, you're sure to find the perfect activity in the city of Lafayette.

While you may have recently been spending most of your time scoping out the great Lafayette homes for sale, December 31st is a great night to take a break. This city really knows how to party, and you won't want to miss out on the festivities. Here are a few of the best local New Year's Eve events for you to check out.

  1. NYEVE-OLVE at PARC 21: 116 E. Vermillion St., Lafayette
    If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind New Year's celebration, look no further than NYEVE-OLVE at PARC 21. The event kicks off with a cocktail hour followed by poetry and live music performances. At 11:30 p.m. the countdown to midnight begins. After ringing in the New Year, you'll enjoy a night of dancing with DJ Midas Touch. This event promises to bring you a sophisticated, classy, and thought-provoking evening you won't soon forget.
  1. New Year's Noon! at the Children's Museum of Acadiana: 201 E. Congress St., Lafayette
    Do your children often feel left out on New Year's Eve? Not this year! New Year's Noon, held at the Children's Museum of Acadiana, gives kids of all ages a chance to take part in the festivities. The event is held on the 31st from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. It includes a countdown to noon, balloon drop, confetti, and party hats. Food, drinks, and game tickets are also available for purchase. 
  1. NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE at Vermilionville Performance Center: 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette
    Kick up your heels and enjoy some French Rockin' Boogie at the New Year's Eve Dance featuring zydeco accordionist and singer Geno Delafose. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music continues until 12:30 a.m. Each attendee will receive a complimentary glass of champagne for a toast after the countdown to the New Year.
  1. Rock 'n' Bowl de Lafayette: 905 Jefferson St, Lafayette
    Your one-stop-shop for dining, bowling, and live entertainment, Rock 'n' Bowl de Lafayette is one of our real estate agents' favorite places to spend a weekend evening. It's also the ideal location for your New Year's Eve celebrations. This year's event features alternative rock bands Neutral Snap, Social Circle, and Magic Crawfish. The event starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m., making it perfect for late-night revelers.
  1. Last Night at Lafayette Science Museum: 433 Jefferson Street, Lafayette
    Lafayette's Last Night event is the perfect place to give the last night of 2018 the farewell it deserves. This exclusive classy-casual event is held at the historic Lafayette Science Museum in downtown. Tickets to are limited and must be purchased in advance. Your ticket includes an unlimited open bar, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, and music provided by DJ Digital. The event runs from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., giving you plenty of time to close out another year and welcome the promise of 2019.

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December
31

The Texas Club in Baton Rouge for a Night Out

Texas Club

While exploring the many great Baton Rouge home for sale, potential homebuyers often ask our real estate agents about the area's entertainment and nightlife scene. Although there are plenty of great options to choose from, The Texas Club is widely considered the area's best venue for live entertainment.

Whether you're already a Baton Rouge resident, or you're considering moving to the area, you'll definitely want to add a night at the Texas Club to your "to do" list. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of your experience.

  • Top-Notch Live Entertainment
    Since the venue opened in 1981, The Texas Club has hosted over 425 concerts. It's considered a "must-play" venue for the hottest country music stars. Some of the venue's most famous performances include Hank Williams, Jr., Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Chris Stapleton.

    The venue has also hosted a slew of famous rock bands like Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, The Allman Brother's Band, Kansas, and Styx. In addition to top-notch musical acts, The Texas Club also hosts talented comedians.

  • Atmosphere and Amenities
    With a capacity for about 1,000 people, this intimate yet spacious venue gives you a chance to truly enjoy a memorable concert experience. Reminiscent of a "Honkey-Tonk" bar, The Texas Club features plenty of parking, great acoustics, and ample seating. No matter where you are in the venue, you're sure to have a great view.

    The Texas Club is a locally-owned and operated bar that serves beer, wine, and cocktails. In addition to live music, it also hosts ladies' nights and holiday parties. You won't want to miss the "Coin Night" drink specials held on Thursdays, where any coin in your pocket buys you a drink until 10 p.m.

    When the venue isn't booked with big acts, you'll find other entertainment like karaoke nights and a live DJ who plays everything from Top 40 to hip-hop. Other recent events include '80s night and a "Glow Rage" paint dance party.

  • Plan Your Trip
    The Texas Club is located at 456 N. Donmoor Ave. in Baton Rouge, just off of Florida Blvd/ US-190. It's less than 6.5 miles from the LSU campus and less than 4 miles from College Drive.

    Following the venue on social media is the best way to stay informed about upcoming events. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or go directly to the calendar section of their website for a quick view of all scheduled events. Tickets are available directly from the main page of the venue's website.

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December
24

Top Five Places for Po'boys In Lafayette

Po' Boys in Lafayette
Ask any five people what makes for a good po'boy sandwich, and you'll probably get five different answers.

A po'boy of the shrimp variety needs to include just the right size pieces of shrimp fried to a golden brown, while a roast beef po'boy should feature beef that practically melts in your mouth from all-day cooking. And don't forget the bread: Varieties from Leidenheimer, Binder, or Gendusa bakeries are the traditional favorites.

No matter what type of po'boy you prefer, our real estate agents have you covered. So take a break from looking for homes for sale in Lafayette and visit one of these area restaurants where the po'boy is not to be missed.

Where to Get a Po'Boy Sandwich in Lafayette

  1. Pop's Poboys - 740 Jefferson St., Lafayette
    Open since April 2015, Pop's Poboys provides a relaxed, casual environment where you can enjoy interesting twists on the typical sandwich. While the "Classic" gives you a choice of crispy or grilled Gulf shrimp, buttermilk fried catfish, or debris-style roast beef, menu items like the "Delcambre Dandy" rely on ingredients such as lemon caper sauce to add a unique flavor to the traditional po'boy.

  2. Olde Tyme Grocery - 218 West Saint Mary, Lafayette
    Olde Tyme Grocery keeps it simple, letting you choose your meat or seafood, as well as your cheese, to make your po'boy all your own. For a sandwich loaded with your favorites, you may want to opt for one the specialty po'boys such as the "Two Meat Combo," featuring ham, roast beef, and Swiss.

  3. Chris' Poboys - 1930 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette
    A variety of meats await you at Chris' Poboys. This longtime Lafayette staple offers po'boys featuring shrimp, oyster, catfish, barbecue beef, Cajun pork roast, or smoked sausage. Add your choice of cheese, as well as tomatoes, sautéed onions, or olive mix, and you've got yourself a mouth-watering lunch or dinner.

  4. Julien's Famous Cajun Style Po Boys - 1900 W. University Ave., Lafayette
    With 29 different types of po'boys, Julien's Famous Cajun Style Po Boys is sure to please any appetite. Everything is better with bacon, and the "Shrimp En Brochette" takes advantage of that fact with fried shrimp wrapped in bacon and served with tartar sauce. The "Ragin Cajun" features seasoned ham boiled in crab boil and topped with melted jalapeno cheese, or try something more exotic: The "Alligator Sausage" po'boy is dressed with lettuce, mayo, and grilled onions.

  5. Bon Temps Grill - 1312 Verot School Road, Lafayette
    "Swamp Edge" cuisine is the specialty at Bon Temps Grill and features elements of both Cajun and Creole cooking. Try the "Meatloaf Po-boy" for a unique spin on the classic sandwich, featuring homemade mesquite-grilled meatloaf and barbecue sriracha mayo. That spicy sauce also tops the "Fried Shrimp Po-boy," which includes a sweet and spicy cornflake-breaded, deep-fried shrimp.

No matter which restaurant you choose, you're sure to get a satisfying meal featuring different takes on the classic po'boy sandwich.

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