BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Did you know that one of the oldest restaurants in Baton Rouge is a soul food joint?

Some places in Baton Rouge opened when segregation was in place and are still standing. Chicken Shack has been around since the early 1930s and still serves Southern food icons like fried chicken and rice dressing. It’s also still owned by the same family.

Pastime Restaurant, which opened in the 1940s, is considered a local historic landmark by the city. It’s a special spot for LSU fans — the walls are painted with iconic Tigers.

If you haven’t tried these Baton Rouge legends, see what’s kept people coming back for decades.

Chicken Shack

Chicken Shack opened in 1935. It was owned and operated by Thomas “Tommy” H. Delpit. Delpit’s recipes were his own and when he died in 1959, his son Joe took over. Joe and his wife, Precious, were able to open more stores and turn the original site into its business office.

Chicken Shack has multiple locations in the city. Check online for times to get your red beans and rice.

Louie’s Cafe

This beloved establishment sits on LSU’s campus and is open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It opened in 1941 and transports you to the ’50s. Louie’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its award-winning breakfast is only $10.

Pastime Restuarant

Pastime Restaurant has operated in Baton Rouge for over 75 years. The building was declared a Historical Landmark in 2007 and is also a beloved place for LSU students to hang out. The menu includes stone deck pizzas, calzones, po’boys and more. It’s open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The place stays open late for special events and LSU games.


Does anyone want a root beer? Frostop has been serving them in glass mugs since the 1950s. Frostop’s 50-year-old jukebox is still playing tunes. This ’50s and ’60s-inspired restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Dearman’s has been in the Bocage Villiage Shopping Center for more than 60 years but it almost closed in 2016 after a fire. It was able to open back up after public outcry and is now serving its famous hamburgers and sandwiches. It even has a PB&J on the menu. It’s open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.