Category: Louisiana Restaurants

The Little Village, Baton Rouge – Restaurant Review ★★☆☆☆

My husband and I went out a few days ago to celebrate my birthday and decided to try “The Little Village” Italian restaurant in Baton Rouge. The restaurant is located in a great south- central location that is easily assessable to people in the city, as well as surrounding areas.

It’s a medium to high- priced restaurant with costs ranging from $12 – $16 for an appetizer and $20 – $50 for a main course entrée’. The atmosphere is very upscale and lovely. The tables are set with beautiful silverware and dishes. The lighting is dim, sexy and sultry. For our special occasion, the price and atmosphere seemed perfect.

For a very busy Saturday night, we were pleasantly surprised to be seated immediately. However; the experience after being seated is far from pleasant.

It took 10 minutes to just get our glasses filled with water and another 15 minutes for the (very busy) waiter to ask us what we would like to drink. Another 10 to get the drinks and order an appetizer. I literally felt pity for the young waiter, who never stopped moving and seemed to agonize at the thought of being chewed out by hungry patrons. He was very courteous and apologetic throughout the night.

My husband ordered the artichoke bottoms topped with crabmeat appetizer, which cost $15. 30 minutes later, we received two artichoke bottoms with no crabmeat. Thankfully, it was hot and we were starving. It was quite delicious but clearly not worth the money.

We ordered our main course at the same time we ordered our appetizer to combat some of the wait time. Unfortunately for the people seated around us, we received our meal before any of them. They were seated and waiting before we even got there! They looked over at us several times with angry eyes. Whoopsies!

Our main dish was 14 oz Ribeye with potatoes for $34 a piece. We really enjoyed the steak, though had to wait at least 30 minutes for it also.

Unfortunately for “The Little Village”, I would definitely pass on it. The way the ownership clearly mistreated the staff is unacceptable and a tribute as to why they were understaffed. If we had not been seated so swiftly, I could have overlooked some of the wait time. However; they were clearly not near capacity, so the wait is unacceptable. Our waiter was over worked to the point of exhaustion while the manager/owner seemed lazy and sleepy.

Our waiter got a very generous tip.

The Little Village gets ★★☆☆☆!

Update** On Wednesday, September 4 2013 my parents and their friends went for an all-you-can-eat Lobster night for $50 per person. They said they had a wonderful time and the staff was perfect. I’m so glad to hear they have turned the restaurant around for the better because this really is a nice place to dine.

Halftime Wingery, Prairieville Review * Updated

*See recent update at the bottom*

Since my husband was working tonight, I figured I would bring my children to Halftime Wingery for a mini girl’s night out. Halftime Wingery is located on Hwy. 44 close to the Hwy. 42 intersection. I was looking for a place that is close by, casual, and kid friendly. Also, my girls love chicken wings, the spicier the better.

We walked in to friendly faces and were seated promptly. The waitresses are all dressed in a semi-sexy referee uniform with black short shorts. I think it’s attractive and not offensive like other “wingy” establishments. They are all young and cute. That helps.

The place is not very roomy, maybe able to fit 15 – 20 couples total. That would be a packed house. This is not a bad thing especially since the restaurant is so new. I can appreciate a smaller, hole-in-the-wall place. I enjoy watching them grow and be successful IF they offer good food to back it up.

Halftime has several flat screen TV’s, so it’s perfect for the sports enthusiast. In other words, anybody from Louisiana would feel right at home. They offer items to-go and had customers steadily coming in and out with orders.

The menu is simple, offering the typical All-American items; Wings of many flavors(of course), burgers, cheesy fries, salads, etc. Nothing is on the menu for a dieter, even the salads. We ordered a 10 piece “Cajun Spicy”, 10 piece “Regular BBQ”, and a “Chipotle” burger with fries and onion rings.

Within 15 minutes or so, the food was on our tables and HOT. My burger was neat, cooked the way I asked, and extremely appetizing. The onion rings also were fantastic! It’s hard to find a good onion ring. My daughters said the wings were delicious. This was stated between messy bites, sips from drinks, and the much needed napkin break. They didn’t get on the Halftime Wall-of-Fame but I think they could have had a fighting chance.

Final thoughts: This restaurant is kid-friendly, with messy food that is delicious….Enjoy!

Uhapi rating: ◉◉◉◐◯

Check out their full menu and other info here.

Update: The restaurant has been quite terrible the last 3 times we have gone. All 3 times, our order was wrong, under cooked, or items were left out.

Update 1/1/2012: The restaurant is now closed down and I am not suprised. Sorry Halftime!