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for take-out or to watch a football game with some great food, Buffalo Wild Wings is the top of the top for students in Baton Rouge. great number of new Second on the list is Pita restaurants are popping Pit. A healthier food option, Pita up all over Baton Rouge as more students flock toward the University. With food as one of the top expenses of college students, restaurants must compete with others for atmosphere, service, great food and pricing. Ranked number one among University students, Buffalo Wild Wings is the spot to go for beer, wings and a good time. Located on Highland Road, Buffalo Wild Wings has soared to the top of popular restaurants. This establishment offers students a “sports bar” type atmosphere and a large selection of wings, burgers, and other items at decent prices for a college student budget. “Buffalo Wild Wings is such a fun place to hang out and watch a football game with friends. The walls are covered in televisions to watch any game you want,” said Kellie Blake, communication studies sophomore. Buffalo Wild Wings spins its wings in a sauce of your choice, making a personalized meal for anyone. Other menu items include the popular chicken tenders and wraps. Whether it be

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PAGE 6 BEST OF LSU GUIDE (Cont. from pg 4) For students who are looking for a less greasy, healthier option, Pita Pit is conveniently located on Highland Road near Northgate and with reasonable prices too. The quality of food and convenience makes Pita Pit

an obvious choice for students. Fat Cow, located on Highland Road, provides students with burgers at good prices. With a patio out front and a cool, casual interior, Fat Cow provides Baton Rouge residents with some thick

and juicy burgers and tasty salads. Loaded with gourmet ingredients such as Gruyere cheese and pear slices, these burgers fail to disappoint. University students. (Cont. on pg 7)

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(Cont. from pg 6) Another highly coveted menu item are the duck fat French fries with Parmesan sprinkled on top. Portions are large so students often bring friends and share these monstrous burgers and fries. Innovative ingredients and a casual atmosphere make Fat Cow a restaurant not to miss. With other new restaurants like the quick and delicious Mexican food-inspired Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and buffet-style Kaminari sushi, Baton Rouge is bursting at the seams with new restaurants. With innovative ingredients and decent pricing, these new restaurants will become old favorites of the LSU community in no time.

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aton Rouge is known as a home to localivores: those who consume local goods and services, and LSU’s coffee-fueled student body follows suit. LSU students overwhelmingly favor local coffee houses four to one and favor. Highland Coffee and CC’s Community Coffee House are the clear frontrunners of the best coffee shop category. Exclusive LSU Offer! Cox High Speed InternetSM Preferred

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Charting the Personalities of Alcohol:

Margarita and Beer

By Johanna Williams Doors Open It’s interesting to map out the personality of a beverage— finding its quirks, mundane tendencies and the subtle or loud qualities that give it an extra “umph” over the others. Ultimately, the goal is to find a match—an overall, unquestionable similarity found between beverage and consumer. Several questions come into play with this scenario: go for the sassy mixed drink, the safe beer or a shot of something “that will put hair on my chest” and possibly result in circumstantial memory loss. However, it is also important to figure in the factors of that decision. What draws the line between a good choice and a bad choice? How can we begin to

process such a notion? Alcohol, like the public, is composed of many different types. These types can be considered the “personalities” of the beverage. Personification of inanimate objects aside, it is very easy to associate types of drinks with the different types of people—especially their preferences. Type A and Type B people tend to be polar opposites. As they are opposites, it is safe to say that there are conflicting qualities to each which may balance out the opposition. Type A is considered the strong-willed, bold, brilliant and fearless. It is the very definition of “extroverted.” Such a quality is present in the margarita—a fast-paced and party-oriented drink that is strong and uninhibited all at once. This type is for the very bold and very energetic. Type “M” people will

not only bring the party but also become the party in due time. On the other hand, Type B is the more subtle type. They have a larger tendency to find a nook in the corner of a room and just watch the A’s party about and possibly make a fool of themselves. The slow-paced Type B personality is present in beer. They have their bold moments, but will ultimately be a compliment to a meal—the full and sweet edge of the party, where the “cool” kids section themselves off in the background. Preference speaks to a facet of personality for an individual, and a type “margarita” personality will have a far different outlook on life than a type “beer” personality. Extra Shot: Type “M” When looking at a Mexican restaurant like Superior Grill, (Cont. on pg 13)


(Cont. from pg 12) it is easily to tell which type of drinks reside there: the rich foods, the swift music, the colors on the walls all point to a Type “M” and the realm of the margarita. In accordance to the bold tendencies of this type of beverage, margaritas have the clutch for maintaining full control of a party. This is the drink of champions, especially at Superior Grill. The insinuation of a “superior” drink to reside in a restaurant called by the same name is a bit redundant. Whatever the case, Superior has the “superior” margarita for many reasons. The first, and foremost of which is the sheer feeling of the ice on the tongue—a soft and

BEST OF LSU GUIDE smooth sensation. The second is the flavor, with chilling after hints of very robust tequila. Thirdly, and most importantly, is the haze which follows—where color and texture and taste meet up for a quick chat and then commence with the dancing in the stomach, pushing forth a new need to be “noticed” and enjoyed—this experience is one to be had by many a dinner party. From the Tap: Type “B” To the fan of beer, The Bulldog of Baton Rouge could be considered a haven. While Pint Night may yield specific forgettable shenanigans, the beer is always cool, the friends are always silly and the times are always good. The building itself

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speaks volumes. It has a finesse that spans as far-reaching as their beer selection: from the elegant and finite to the simple and relaxing. The call of The Bulldog is a carnal calling that is answered within the pint, the glass which holds anything ranging from the aromatic amber to a sweet lager with strawberries or even the full bodied port that could replace meal by itself. When the choice comes down to a matter of presence, beer holds the capacity to win in nearly any given situation, especially when the mood is set to “down time.” It is one thing to be a master of the party. It is an entirely different beast to allow the (Cont. on pg 14)

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PAGE 14 BEST OF LSU GUIDE (Cont. from pg 13) party to waft around in a crazy manner, taking in the scene as an omniscient being who knows that it is far better to watch the oddities and give them a meaning rather than allowing the oddities to consume the moment. Last Call While a Type M person may or may not like a Type B, they will both agree that a good time is had according to preference. In our case, it is a matter of indulgence. What we consume creates our beverage personality (because preferences turn to tendencies which turn to habits). It is always true that people of habit create them in accordance to an inherent quality of their personality—whether such a quality yields a table-top dance

and a couple of extra tequila shots or a “chill” night near the tap fountain with an equally endless supply of beer. It is a natural process. When we say that we “are what we eat,” we are actually adding up the similarities in the food and our own personal tendencies and creating a harmony. The same goes for drinks. In order to grant drinks the rights to a personality, we must first know the tendencies of that drink. Most importantly, we must also be aware of what those drink tendencies do to compliment our own. Whether it is an easy-going or hard-hitting, the knowledge of preference will always yield a smashing-good time.


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The Golden Plan in Tigerland By C.C. Jaeger

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he numbers are in! Students voted Fred’s as the top LSU bar to visit when you’re feeling thirsty. Recently celebrating it’s 30year anniversary, Fred’s is officially the oldest bar in Tigerland. So what keeps the crowds rolling in? For one, Fred’s holds annual events such as their Mardi Gras Blowout, crawfish boils, spring and summer invitational and a golf tournament to get to know their customers all to keep the patrons loyal. Friday nights prove to be a big hit with free top shelf drinks from 8-10 p.m.

“I enjoy their Friday nights the best. Particularly for the free top-shelf drinks and the $5.50 crown, it makes my nights a lot cheaper,” said first-year law student, Michael Ishee. However, drink specials are not a onenight event at Fred’s, they have different specials for every night of the week. It also has ladies’ night on Thursdays from 8-10 p.m. and free cover for ladies until midnight. If Fred’s isn’t the place for you, all the bars of LSU have drink specials for you to start the night off right. Want to stay in Tigerland? Reggie’s has its famous and dangerous fifty-cent shot nights as well as ladies’ night and Greek night on Thursdays. Across Nicholson road,

Bogie’s is hosting their ladies’ night on Saturday until ten. They also have the popular penny pitchers on Tuesdays from eight to ten, but you still don’t have to end your night of specials then. If you’re tight on cash, head over the tracks to JL’s for two dollar wine night. Put on your Thursday night’s best, boys and girls, and head to Tigerland. Whether it is ladies night, free drinks or just another chance to drown your mistakes from the previous night, there are plenty of bars guaranteeing you’ll have a great time.


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Party in the Club (Middleton) By Austin Matthews

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hanks to Hollywood, everyone goes to college thinking that college is all about parties and coffee dates, and, in a way, it certainly is that. University students are no stranger to mixing business with pleasure. Electrical engineering students make beer pong tables with ping pong ball washers and LED lights, our writers go drink beer to write about beer and the

votes say students like to mingle where they study. “I don’t really go to the library to study,” said sophomore Melani Smalls. “It’s where I go to hangout when I should be studying.” Middleton Library (a.k.a. “Club Middleton”) brings a new meaning to “multi-purpose facility.” Best of LSU polls say that Middleton Library isn’t just for studying---it’s student’s favorite place to mingle. Middleton’s amenities are likely a key player in the mingle-fever. Conversations

are easy to start when someone has a stack of books on physics or Sudanese sculpture. A CC’s Community Coffeehouse kiosk in the back and a storehouse of official government documents reside in the basement makes Club Middleton a destination for caffeine junkies, wouldbe politicos and last-minute crammers alike. “I always seem to run into someone I know,” said junior Drake Breux, “so it’s a great place to catch up.” University students are known to be proud of their school, (Cont. on pg 19)


(Cont. from pg 18) so it came no surprise to Baton Rouge residents that students chose somewhere on campus as a mingling Mecca. “Even if the students were voting as a joke, I think it really says something about the campus culture. People like to be here and it says as lot for the university,” said Baton Rouge native Alice Fry. No surprise there; LSU students have a lot of pride. So much pride that they call their studying partying. There isn’t any alcohol, but the cover is free. Club Middleton may not have the wildest nights in Baton Rouge, but you bet you’ll see the place packed every night rain or shine.

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Frozen Yogurt Frenzy By Kaitlin Torke

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ne of the fastest growing trends in dessert around the nation is frozen yogurt. After exploding in the past years with new chains everywhere, Baton Rouge has its fair share of some amazing “FroYo� places. Yogurtland was a clear winner among LSU students. The close proximity to campus, cheap

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yogurt flavors are fortified with vitamin C and contain numerous antioxidants to fight free radicals. Most all of the flavors has calcium benefits and is produced in Kosher approved facilities. Most students flock to Yogurtland for the flavorful frozen yogurt, but with its health benefits, Yogurtland makes a wonderful dessert alternative. A more gourmet frozen yogurt option is Red Mango located in Perkins Rowe. Red Mango has award-winning yogurt and only (Cont. on pg 21)


(Cont. from pg 20) fresh ingredients to top flavor such asw Lemon Spritzer, Irish Cream and Cinnamon Apple Orchard. Red Mango doesn’t offer just frozen yogurt. They offer creamy smoothies with tons of flavor options and fruit parfaits with layers of fresh ingredients. University students come here for a relaxing time and tasty yogurt with only the best toppings. Splendido! is another favorite among university students in Baton Rouge. Splendido! has specialty flavors like Thin Mint and Dark Sorbet all the way to classics like Strawberry and Classic Tart. And toppings are one thing Splendido! does not skimp (Cont. on pg 22)

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PAGE 22 BEST OF LSU GUIDE (Cont. from pg 21) on. They have a full selection of healthy fruit options all the way to delicious cheesecake bites. Not only are the flavors great but Splendido! is open until eleven o’clock at night for the late-night sweet tooth. More places highly rated in Baton Rouge are Menchie’s and Bosco’s. Both are

located very close to campus. Each establishment offers an extensive list of flavors and a casual atmosphere to enjoy with friends or to stop by for a quick pick-me-up. Menchie’s and Bosco’s also offer reward cards for frequent customers. With many frozen yogurt places popping up all over Baton

Rouge, it is save to say frozen yogurt is a trend that is here to stay. With its nutritional benefits and delicious, tart flavor, frozen yogurt will remain a popular item for years to come.

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Pizza Amoré By Kaitlin Torke

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t is engineered to perfection: perfect pepperoni, creamy cheese and savory sauce, all surrounded by a crispy crust. Pizza is a definite top food choice among students in Baton Rouge and for good reason. Baton Rouge boasts some of the best pizza joints in the nation from toprated national chains like Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers to local hangouts like Schlittz & Giggles.

University students rated Mellow Mushroom as the top choice for students looking for a slice. Psychedelically decorated both inside and out, Mellow Mushroom has large, cheesy slices to tame the hunger of any student. Mellow Mushroom also has an enormous television for its customers. Mellow Mushroom doesn’t just offer some delicious pizza. Karaoke night is a popular Baton Rouge event that is held on Mellow Mushroom’s large stage for those brave enough to belt it

out. Mellow Mushroom also has an extensive collection of liquors and beer to quench the thirst of its customers. Pizza, beer and karaoke make for a signature night at Mellow Mushroom. If looking for something a little quicker for the late-night munchies or fast snack, Hungry Howie’s is the place to go. Hungry Howie’s has eight different flavored crust options such as the popular Cajun seasoning and garlic herb. But Hungry Howie’s also has pizza deals for the college kid budget for either (Cont. on pg 25)


(Cont. from pg 24) delivery or pick-up. There is no wonder why university students choose Hungry Howie’s as a pizza destination. Next on the top-rated list is New Orleans-based pizza company, Reginelli’s Pizzeria. With its modern décor and signature scribbled writing, the cool and modern Reginelli’s uses only the freshest ingredients to make the best pizza Louisiana has ever seen. Located on West Chimes Street, Reginelli’s offers custom pizzas, pasta dishes and cheesy calzones for any diner. Reginelli’s is a definite favorite among university students for its quality pizza, local flavors and casual dining experience. (Cont. on pg 27)

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University students also talk wildly about Rotolo’s Pizzeria and Schlittz and Giggles. Both started in southeastern Louisiana, there is no question students love these places. Rotolo’s offers the very popular calzones in a casual

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dining environment and even provides a take-home cup to remind diners of the wonderful experience. Another favorite among locals are the “cheese stix,” a cheesy bread topped with garlic and marinara sauce.

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Schlittz and Giggles is hardly a name, let alone a pizzeria, to pass up. Originating in Baton Rouge, Schlittz and Giggles has provided locals and students with colossal slices of pizza and one heck of an experience. With the signature red and green colors, Schlittz and Giggles has a “sports bar” type atmosphere that is sure to please any diner. Schlittz and Giggles is a clear favorite with its large television screens, extensive list of drinks and trivia nights. Great pizza is a hard to find in the Gulf states where crawfish and po’boys are specialties, but Baton Rouge rivals some of the best pizza around with homegrown flavors and great hospitality.


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PAGE 30 BEST OF LSU GUIDE (Cont. from pg 8) Orleans as a hometown, weekend getaway or cultural mecca, CC’s is a shoe-in for our best brew favorite. But economists say the buylocal trend is more harmful to the economy than it is beneficial to local markets. If someone can provide a cheaper similar-quality product, they should be the favored vendor; however, coffee love is not about price. “It’s the ‘Cheers’ feeling,” said junior Lauren Lee about Highland Coffee, “a place where everyone knows your name.” Each brew-house has a signature menu with their own specialties and all your favorite norms. Highland features homemade

cakes, pies and other confections along with fresh brewed coffee. CC’s Community Coffeehouse features their signature Frappuccino named the

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Mochasippi after the Mississippi River. Even though big chain coffee has been the trend for years, Baton Rouge still keeps its roots—this (Cont. on pg 31)


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even save money by doing business with the little guy. When was the last time a mom-&-pop shop beat out the superstore? Right here, folks. The trend doesn’t look like it’s declining either. College and coffee seem to be forever intertwined. Watch out for the events as well. Local coffee houses are known for hosting poetry readings and acoustic shows. It could be a good, low-key way to Photo by Kodi Wilson spend an evening. Bring some following the trend set by “Highland’s coffee have a homework, sip some coffee and Baton Rouge’s huge buy-local stronger, more robust taste,” enjoy your local coffee shop. Don’t forget to say “hello!” community. said mass communication junior, from Best of LSU. The atmosphere isn’t the Mallory Richard. only thing students care about. Some students feel like they

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