Bite and Booze by Jay D. Ducote

Monday, October 26, 2009

Harrington's Cafe for a Bite to Eat

I walked around downtown Baton Rouge during my lunch break the other day to explore my options for a little grub.  I wanted to find a place downtown that I had not been to since I started my new job, and there are quite a few of those places around.  I came across Harrington's Cafe on Florida Street and saw this sign outside:

I had a meeting at work before lunch so I wasn't able to get anywhere to eat until after one o'clock.  As you can see, the specials board at Harrington's was nearly sold out.  This told me two things.  First, they must have been good!  Second, I'll have to try the two things they aren't sold out of.  I was due for a "soup and salad" day anyway, although I'm not a fan of eating like a rabbit!

Shrimp and Crabmeat Gumbo and Bread

The gumbo at Harrington's was fantastic.  The roux was perfect for my tastes.  It was rich and flavorful but not so thick that it overpowered the shrimp and crab.  The gumbo was delicious and bread was soft, buttery, and perfect for sopping up the remains.

Salad with Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

The salad tasted light and refreshing and despite the bacon, reasonably healthy for my standards.  I guess it is good to get a little roughage in whenever I can, even though I typically enjoy the finer foods in life.  The grilled chicken was tender, the bacon was crispy, and the bleu cheese added a nice touch.  All in all, it was a delightful salad that held me over until my next real meal!

I'm going to have to go back to Harrington's Cafe.  Their specials and regular menu items are among the favorites of the downtown lunch crowd.  I also appreciate the ease of dining at Harrington's if you are in a hurry.  Orders are placed at your counter, drinks are self serve, and food is delivered straight from the kitchen to your table very swiftly.  I recommend giving it a try if you have never been before, and I suggest you go back if it has been a while!

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