The dining year in review
If last year in Baton Rouge dining was the year of the pizza, this was the year of the self-serve yogurt joint. National chains like Red Mango, Yogurtland, Tutti Frutti and Swirll moved into the Capital City with a vengeance, bringing frozen treats in dozens of exotic flavors. It was also the year that burgers got gourmet, with the opening of Fat Cow and Burgersmith. Baton Rouge also lost old favorites this year, as Southdowns Greek spot Cafe Mediterranean and Mid City restaurant Brandt's Maisonette both closing. Smith Creamery was almost lost in a tragic fire in June, until Kleinpeter Farms Dairy stepped in to help them pick up the pieces. Perks changed hands and became Garden District Coffee, the long-anticipated Radio Bar opened its doors, and Baton Rouge's food truck fleet expanded with the additions of Fresh, Ignatius Reilly and Geaux-Yo, a frozen yogurt truck. What new trends are in store for 2012? Check out Maggie Heyn Richardson's Spatula Diaries blog in this week's 225 Dine newsletter here to find out.
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