Breakfast at Frank’s Restaurant
One thing that I’ve noticed since moving to Baton Rouge is the lack of traditional, ‘old-school’ diners that serve breakfast 24-hours a day. I’m a fan of homegrown, mom-and-pop-owned, greasy spoon types of places…nothing fancy, just great cheap breakfast food (and I don’t mean Waffle House or iHop).
Frank’s Restaurant satisfies most of these requirements and has now become my go-to breakfast spot. It’s a little out of the way, so it’s not packed with tourists or hung-over college kids…mostly locals. Their motto is, “It’s All Good” and it really is. I’ve never had a bad meal there. It’s got a 70’s back-woods cabin kind of ambiance so it’s super-casual and relaxed.
The place is always packed but the wait-staff are always more than attentive and professional and usually stop by the table 3 or 4 times after breakfast is served to ask if you needed anything else. Our coffees and waters were refilled countless times without having to ask. The restaurant occupies a lot of square-footage (it’s big), so we’ve never had to wait for a table for more than 10-15 minutes.
The portions are huge and the homemade biscuits and gravy are outstanding (they claim to have the ‘Best Homemade Biscuits in the World’). Being a silly Northerner, I just had to try the alligator sausage. And no, it doesn’t taste like chicken (okay, yes it does, but it also kind of tastes like fish and pork, too!).
They own their own smokehouse (right next door), so they smoke and prepare their own meats…always fresh. In addition to the traditional eggs-toast-and-homefries fare, we’ve also tried the banana pecan pancakes, corned beef hash, Cajun boudin, as well as the French toast…all outstanding. They make a decent cup of coffee, too.
If you’re in the mood for a great breakfast, no place else will do. I wish they were open 24-hours a day.
8353 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Phone: (225) 926-5977