The Baton Rouge Marriott hotel on Corporate Boulevard welcomes its big reveal of a $ 25 million renovation on Thursday. Part of that renovation was the construction and opening of Stinky’s Fish Camp.
The new restaurant located inside the hotel at 5500 Hilton Ave. opened in early September.
If you’ve been to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, you might have visited Stinky’s. The restaurant comes from chefs Todd Misner, Brannon Janca and Jim Richard, born in Lafayette. Baton Rouge Marriott food and beverage manager Andy McGinty said Richard was ready to open a store closer to his home.
Stinky’s menu is rich in Gulf fish, daily specials or “stars”, homemade blood sausage, oysters and Louisiana classics. Expect to try the oyster log, featuring oysters cooked in six different ways; crayfish pie; and fish tacos.
âEverything we do here is very traditional with a little twist,â McGinty said. âInstead of having French bread in the first place, we serve cracklins with red bean butter. Instead of red beans and fried chicken rice on Mondays, we make white beans and Meuniere catfish.
While the look, feel, and service are worthy of an upscale restaurant, McGinty said Stinky’s is a laid back eatery.
âThe original location is very, very relaxed,â he said. “When it comes to the way we cook and the standards of service we set, it’s all about the right kitchen.”
The restaurant also offers a variety of bourbon, scotch and wine lists, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Brunch and late-night menus are also available at certain times. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to midnight Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday to Sunday.
McGinty knows the stigma that accompanies a restaurant inside a hotel, but he believes in Stinky’s. If all goes well, there is talk of creating more locations in other southern hotels down the line.
âYou have to do something creative to get people here,â he said. “That’s what stinks.”
For more information, visit stinkysfishcamp.com.
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