I don’t normally review restaurants, but you all know how much I like to eat. And, now that I am officially an award winning celebrity chef, I figure why not. If you are in downtown Baton Rouge and are looking for a delicious, unique meal at an affordable price, I would suggest that you give Cordon Rouge Bistro a try.
Recently opened at 343 Third Street (across the street from City Bar), Cordon Rouge is an epicurean delight. The owner, Rhonda Crosswhite, previously operated a restaurant known as Cordon Rouge off Jefferson Highway. Cordon Rouge has been reincarnated at its downtown location and I predict that it will become a downtown fixture. In the interest of full disclosure, my son Matt is one of the managers, but I am gonna shoot you straight about the food.
Cordon Rouge is a small place, with a cozy dining room, with additional tables on the patio and on the sidewalk on Third Street. The menu is simple, but the food is wonderful. Everything is made in house from scratch, including the breads, buns and pastries. The bill of fare is country French cuisine, with a Louisiana flair. All of the sandwiches are served on French bread or brioche buns made fresh in house. The salads are both interesting and delicious, with some new twists that are worth trying. However, I am not a salad person, so let’s get to some more substantial items.
On my first visit, I tried their signature dish, the Duck Burger. Fresh ground duck breast, seasoned and grilled topped with Swiss cheese, heirloom tomato, farmer’s market romaine, and red onion on brioche bun baked in-house. Oh dear Lord is that good! It also comes with fresh cut pomme frittes, double fried in duck fat, with housemade blueberry ketchup. Yeah, you read that right, blueberry ketchup. For dessert, I tried the creme brule’. Believe me, I know sweets and this was probably the best creme brule’ I ever tasted.
I went back for lunch last week and ordered the steak sandwich. I was not disappointed. It came out fresh and hot. Steak grilled to order, then sliced and served open faced over French bread, with mushrooms and cheese. It was delicious! I was impressed by a sweet taste I could not quite place. When I asked, I found out it was dressed with their homemade onion jam. Mmmmmmmmm. Yeah it was that good.
They are currently open for lunch and a dinner menu and expanded hours are coming soon. They are also open for breakfast, so stop by and grab a cup of coffee and pastry on your way to work. If you are looking for something good to eat down town, stop by Cordon Rouge. Don’t forget to tell them Robbie sent you!