My husband and I were in Baton Rouge a few weeks ago. We were attending a Behind the Scenes tour of LSU Stadium. After the tour we were hungry and decided to check out Gouter.
Gouter is a Baton Rouge restaurant that is owned and operated by a husband and wife powerhouse team, Chef Chris and Sommer Wadsworth. Both were raised in the Louisiana area and appreciate the Cajun Culture.
Gouter is a highly decorated restaurant, meaning that they are well known by many around the world. Chef Chris received the Chef’s to Watch Award in the past. He was also on Season 11 of Top Chef. I can go on and on.
As I walked through the restaurant, I loved seeing the cut outs of the magazine and newspaper recognition’s as well as awards on the walls. Very nice touch.
We were greeted by a really sweet young lady. She quickly seated us. The waitress came to the table right away and took our drink order. I wanted something non-alcoholic but fruity. She asked me a few questions about my flavor preferences and said that the bartender would make me something.
I had a yummy pineapple drink. Very simple, but the drink was good.
The look of the restaurant was very different. A warehouse /contemporary decor. The look of the restaurant was very cohesive throughout every area of the restaurant.
The kitchen was visible from the dining area. The Chef and staff can be seen as well. A cool looking and super clean restaurant.
We decided to order the Crawaffle as an appetizer. A Crawaffle is a cornbread waffle topped with crawfish in a cheese sauce with steen syrup.
So good. Good balance of Flavors. The cheese sauce was very good. This was a superb appetizer.
For our entrees, Brian ordered the Chicken and Red Beans. The chicken was fried nicely. Golden brown and moist, but the chicken lacked seasoning. It was a little on the bland side. The red beans were very good and well seasoned but the brown rice was not very good. We are not fans of brown rice, but we felt that the rice was dry. I think the dish would have been amazing had the beans been served with white rice. I think the type of rice should be optional, but that’s just my opinion.
I originally ordered the Shrimp and Grits but they were out of Shrimp and Grits. I was a bit disappointed but I chose two appetizers as my meal.
The Pickled shrimp tacos, which was beautifully presented. The shrimp was pickled nicely and served with a coconut mango puree. Nicely garnished and served on a crispy taco. Beautiful.
I also tried the Rabbit and Sausage gumbo. The gumbo was a New Orleans Style gumbo with a rich flavor. The meat was very tender. But the only complaint was that the gumbo was served with the same brown rice as the hubby’s dish. Neither dish stated that the food would be served with brown rice. I think that should be added to the menu so the customer may choose appropriately. Other than that, the food was good.
The menu at Gouter also includes Poboys, Sandwiches, Seafood dishes, Salads and Soup. I still want to try the Shrimp and grits. Hopefully next time we go, they will have Shrimp.
Overall the hubby and I enjoyed our time at Gouter. The food was good. Even though there were a few minor things about the dishes that we didn’t like, we will definitely return in the future for dinner.
The restaurant had a nice feel. Gouter reminded me of one of our local restaurants in the Lafayette area.
The atmosphere was really nice, calm, and relaxing. Gouter Restaurant is “Celebrating all things Louisiana, from our swamps, bayous and woods, one small plate at a time”. A great motto!
I loved that as each guest was leaving, the customers were thanked for coming and dining at the location. Which is definitely a plus. It’s good to know that customers are not just a number, but that you are seen and appreciated. Very friendly restaurant.
Be sure and go check them out and be sure to tell them that Da’ Stylish Foodie sent you!!
Gouter is located at 3897 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA.
The restaurant is opened Monday -Friday for Lunch 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and for Dinner Monday – Wednesday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Thursday – Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.