Louie’s Cafe is a 24-hour diner that has been feeding hungry (and hungover) students at LSU in Baton Rouge since 1941. The current owner, Jimmy, took over in 1977 and you can still see him running the kitchen. Since there are only 60 seats in the restaurant, there’s typically a wait, but you’ll soon find out that it’s well worth it.
The Veggie Omelet is what Louie’s is known for, but everything is good. The biscuits are usually gone by 10 am and the pancakes are bigger than your head. Whatever you do, order a side of the Cajun hashbrowns, which are just the right amount of crunchy and spicy. For lunch, dinner or late-night, try a hamburger or po boy.
If You Go
Louie’s Cafe is located at 206 West State Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802. Take I-110 South to I-10 East. Exit at 156 B on Dalrymple Road towards Louisiana State University. Turn right on East State Street and the restaurant will be on the left. Louie’s is open 24 hours a day.