Hidden lunch gems

Along a residential street in Beauregard Town sits a lunch spot worthy in itself of a trip to this historic downtown neighborhood. The menu at Beauregard Gallery and Bistro includes quiches, salads, sandwiches, stuffed potatoes, and soups served in delicious bread bowls. Paintings by local artists line the walls, giving the diners a visual feast as well. Open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the bistro also hosts evening workshops.

Authentic Honduran and Latin food in Baton Rouge? Sí. Absolutamente. La Reyna’s platos especiales include puerco guisado, Honduran enchiladas, and tortilla soup so good you may forget you’re still in North America. Located in a Perkins Road strip mall east of Siegen Lane, this wonderful little restaurant is easy to miss. Venture in anytime Monday through Saturday, between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., and enjoy la buena mesa.

Tucked behind The Courtyard Gifts and Interiors, just off Jefferson Highway on Arnold Lane, is Cordon Rouge Bistro. This cozy cafe offers sublime outdoor seating and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Chef and owner Rhonda Crosswhite, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, sources her ingredients locally. She makes everything in-house, including the bread, and changes the menu to keep current with seasonal produce offerings.

This eatery, nestled at the rear of The Foyer, in the Acadian Perkins Plaza, is a quiet oasis within an oasis. Flavorful salads and sandwiches abound at the café, accessible only by passing through room after room of lovely artwork, antiques and gifts for the home. Heather V’s is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. It’s an excellent destination for a leisurely lunch with friends … or a good book.