When I left Baton Rouge to move to Georgia, Christina?s Restaurant is another one that I wish I could have moved with me. Less expensive than Poor Boy Lloyd?s and closer to our work, this was one of our favorite restaurants and we tried to go there two to three times a week. Why? Their lunch specials are to die for! There is home cooked entrees and vegetables that are beyond compare. Their red beans are wonderful, but beyond that their chicken fried steaks are the best ever anywhere. There are too many items to list that I enjoy at this restaurant but here are a few more: grilled chicken, fried catfish, spaghetti, squash casserole, field peas, black eyed peas, green beans, honey carrots, and spinach. They also give you a basket of cornbread, rolls, and biscuits to munch on that will fill you up if you don?t watch it. There are two bad things about this restaurant. One is that it is constantly overloaded. The next thing is that it has bad parking. But once you eat here you won?t want to go anywhere else.
PROS: Glorious Home Cooked Meals at Great Prices
CONS: Overloaded, Parking
Poor Boy Lloyd?s is one of the best restaurants in downtown Baton Rouge. They have absolutely incredible shrimp poor boys, red beans and rice, lunch specials, and all. Actually there are too many foods on the menu to even mention because everything is good. When I visit my friends downtown now, this is one of the places we are surely likely to go because the service is good and the food is absolutely top notch. These are the dishes that I recommend you try because you?re going to have to go there multiple times to get the full effect of this restaurant.
Fried Catfish Plate
Fried Oyster Plate
Fried Shrimp Plate
Red Beans and Rice With Sausage
Oyster Poor Boy
Roast Beef Poor Boy
Shrimp Poor Boy
And their Onion Rings YUM
If I could take one restaurant, move it to my home in Auburn, Georgia. This would be the restaurant. I could eat at this restaurant every day and that?s why I miss it SO much!
PROS: EVERYTHING ON THE MENU IS GOOD
CONS: It's in Downtown Baton Rouge!
I?ve dined at Riverside Patty seemingly forever. Even though I am not living in the Baton Rouge area, THIS is one of the places I want to go to when I am in town. To say that their hamburgers are incredible is a gross understatement. These burgers are huge, homemade and put any other restaurant?s burgers to shame. Most individuals cannot even eat an entire pound burger much less the fries to go with it. But if you are really game there?s even bigger burgers than that! Everything on the menu is wonderful. And once you eat their Curly Q fries you won?t want to eat any other fries! It is well worth the drive to eat lunch at Riverside Patty. You will not regret it!
PROS: Biggest, Best Burgers in Baton Rouge
CONS: Only Downtown
I?ve known the owner of Mickey?s Varsity Caf now for at least 10 years. He is one guy who knows what good food is, and is a connoisseur of sorts of that. So, it only made sense that when he retired from his job that he would go open a restaurant filled with great food that is reasonably priced and extremely tasteful and that he has done! Settled in downtown Baton Rouge, Mickey?s Caf is filled with extremely unique sandwiches, coffees, and salads. Everything is created and made according to Mickey?s standards which are extremely high indeed. Reasonably priced, this is a great lunch value for anyone in the downtown area and I highly recommend them.
PROS: Excellent Food and Great Prices
CONS: Only in Downtown Baton Rouge
My son attended Baker Middle School for one year and I was extremely pleased that he went to this school. The teachers are high quality and the administration is very supportive of parents concerns. They have a good selection of electives and the students are very well mannered and behaved. Academic standards are high as well. The coaches are very good individuals of good moral standards and are excellent role models. The sports are very well organized and the students perform well in them. This is a first class school.
PROS: Academics, Teachers, Coaches
CONS: Only in Baker
My special needs child attended Baker Heights for one year. I was not pleased with his placement at this school as he was in a non-categorical special needs class with children with multiple / varied disabilities. When I pointed this out to the teacher, and showed her that he had a diagnosis of autism, she did not even understand the condition and I was not happy at all. Because my life was very chaotic at that time, I was not able to fight this placement as I could now that I have time, but even so, the teacher at this school and the administrator should have made a point to listen to my complaints and have a placement meeting to where my son would be in appropriate classroom. Because of this, I do not have a good experience with this school at all. (Note: This was before Baker City Schools)
PROS: In the area
CONS: Teachers and Staff are "Deaf"
The Volunteers in Public Schools Program is an excellent one that parents can get involved in as well as other individuals. With this program you are able to volunteer to help classes and students in the school system without being paid. You do this as a public service. It is a great way to make a difference in a child?s life. We had volunteers in my son?s special needs classes, and they were very helpful in assisting the teacher in doing non-teaching tasks so that the teacher could focus more on the students. If you are able to participate in this program I highly recommend it.
PROS: You can change a child's life
CONS: Most People Don't Want to Get Involved
The State of Louisiana is in need of major revamping of its academic standards of excellence. Most of the schools in this area do not equip its students for college or real life. I say this with person experience based on my son?s academic lack as proved when we moved to another state. I believe that the State of Louisiana?s educational system is based more on trying to get more money out of the taxpayers and less on providing an excellent base for the students. Most parents feel totally alienated from the state educational system and not able to have input into what they believe is wrong. In my opinion, most of the focus now is on testing and less on what is actually learned in the classrooms.
PROS: It's there
CONS: Needs Major Revamping
My youngest son attended Southdowns School for two years. I have nothing but good things to say about the staff and teachers at this school as well as those teaching assistants. My son was in special education and had not been classified as being autistic at that point but having grave and serious behavior disorders. It was the teacher at this school was absolutely a marvel who had detailed conversations with my child?s doctors and myself to come up with his being officially diagnosed with this disorder as well as providing an incredible teaching program for him. If I could have kept my son at this school forever through his learning years, I probably would not have left the Baton Rouge area. The only downfall to Southdowns is its location. We lived in the Brownsfield/Baker area and my son had to ride the school bus over an hour to get to the school and back. Other than that, I have nothing but excellent words to say about this school as it was a lifesaver to me.
PROS: Best Teachers, caring, Loving,
CONS: Out of the Way
I attended Prescott Middle School as a child and had a wonderful experience there. However, since that time which was ages ago, Prescott Middle School has degraded over the years. To my knowledge it has not met academic standards and I had heard that had been taken over by the State of Louisiana because of its problems. Prescott Middle is now in a economically depressed area which does have violence around the school. The school is very old and is in need of being replaced with a new building which is not likely to happen because of the fact that it is in a bad area. Given a choice between this school and Crestworth Middle School, I would highly recommend that you send your child to Crestworth.
PROS: Local Area
CONS: Needs to be Replaced