Zeeland Street is a family owned, and operated business in Baton Rouge. We cater to the body's natural healthy needs, with a daily array of lunch plates, vegetables, sandwiches and salads.
We are located at 2031 Perkins Road, one block from Hundred Oaks.
Breakfast and Lunch
2031 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Monday through Friday 7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Orders to Go:
Call for Lunch Specials
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Home to the all-too-elusive plate lunch, piping hot daily specials and Southern classics and even more elusive vegetarian or healthy lunch options, Zeeland Street Market is a lot of things to a lot of people. Sitting at the edge of the Garden District, Hundred Oaks and the sundry vintage neighborhoods saddling LSU and the University Lakes to the north, this family-owned breakfast and lunch joint is a long-standing fresh food tradition.
Zeeland Street Market
The Ambiance: Casual
2031 Perkins Rd. • 387-4546
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
No reservations • To-go orders • All credit cards
But it is one that is not standing still. Plans are underway to transform part of the restaurant into an art gallery and hang-out space with couches, free wi-fi and a wall lined with new work by local artists and photographers.
Daily lunch specials rotate on and off the menu, but Zeeland Street’s breakfast biscuit sandwiches, chuck burgers, pot roast po-boys, hashbrowns—with all the trimmings—salads and more are welcome regulars. Turn the page to see how our secret diners fared at Zeeland Street Market.
Great lunch plates take me home.
Pecan-Smoked Brisket ($9.99). A succulent, smoky portion of tender brisket comes nestled among three sides you choose from a soul food kitchen-full of options and topped with a sweet cornbread muffin. The beef is fall-apart tender, like your grandma used to make, yet as impossibly tangy and wood-infused as the slabs your grandpa cooked on the grill.
Homemade desserts when available ($2). Ms. Stephanie’s daughter bakes an amazing, rich and simple chocolate cake from scratch. At two bucks a slice, it’s as deeply satisfying as any dessert in town.
Not my taste:
Going against my instincts. For sides, I chose butter beans and black-eyed peas, which were a little mushy. The mustard greens, although tender, were bitter for personal taste. Tantalizing bites of my companions’ sweet potato soufflé and cornbread dressing made me wish I’d chosen differently.
The bottom line:
From the easy atmosphere to the genuine warmth of the staff, Zeeland Street Market is a Baton Rouge gem, a place to savor the best home cooking and hospitality this city has to offer.
The Cajun Connoisseur
I love down-home cookin’ and adventurous eats.
St. Rose Club ($7.99). This monster chicken breast served on an onion roll and piled with greens, avocado, bacon and Swiss cheese is like a club sandwich on steroids. The bacon was super-crisp and the herb-marinated chicken was extra-juicy—and just like any good club, I had to open up wide to fit it into my mouth.
Breakfast before work. The sheer amount of scrumptious food available on any given morning makes breaking your fast a true pleasure. Biscuit sandwiches piled with egg, cheese and sausage, omelettes of every description and just about anything you can think of to do with the humble hashbrown—just get there early to beat the crowds.
Not my taste:
The avocado slices. It’s hard to think of a critique for a place that’s clearly been doing things right for so long, but a little extra care with presentation wouldn’t hurt. The avocado on my sandwich looked brown and oxidized, though it tasted just fine.
The bottom line:
Neighborhood restaurants like this thrive for one major reason—they make really, really good food and everyone knows it. Walk in here on any given day and chances are you won’t see anyone not really enjoying their food—there’s no greater recommendation than that.
I love neighborhood favorites, even if it’s not my neighborhood.
Banana Pecan Pancakes ($5.99). Fat round slices of fresh banana and chunks of crushed pecans fill this stack of three pancakes that are thick but not overly heavy. Skip the butter on these and just go with syrup. Delicious.
Homemade Biscuit Sandwich with sausage, egg and cheese ($2.99). These buttermilk biscuits are pillow soft and ought to be mentioned in the same breath as their more lauded brethren from Louie’s and Frank’s. Healthy helpings of scrambled egg, cheddar and a sausage patty make this a compact but super-satisfying breakfast.
Cornbread dressing (complimentary side). A little spicy, like jambalaya, this dressing tastes so Creole it should be a crime not to enjoy it.
Okra (complimentary side). Not a big okra fan, but Zeeland’s smoky stewed side dish was cooked perfectly and has me reconsidering allegiances.
Not my taste:
Chicken Asparagus ($8.99). This Cajun-seasoned chicken breast wrapped like a fist around a stalk of asparagus and red bell pepper was fine, but I absolutely love asparagus and would have appreciated more of it. With so many other savory dishes on the menu, I don’t think this is Zeeland’s best.
The bottom line:
Zeeland Street is, like Cheers, a place where everybody is likely to know your name. It’s relaxed and steeped with tantalizing and comforting smells wafting from the kitchen. This is good food without the fuss.
You never know what to expect when you push through the doors of any eatery from New Orleans to Lafayette. You might get part cultural amusement park, part chamber of commerce, and part family reunion. You will definitely get good food.
My travel companion, who knows just about every great spot to eat in Baton Rouge, has taken me to Zeeland Street Market. If you have a social bone in your body, you’ll know most of the staff by the time you leave. In my case, all it took was to say, “You mind if I take a photo of your Zeeland Street T-shirt?”
Stacy not only obliges, but performs a sly 180 so I can see the print on the back. Ten seconds later, a woman who’s been observing the action from the kitchen, strolls over, puts her arm around Stacy, and strikes a pose that playfully demands, “OK, baby, time to take another picture.”
“I see where this is going,” I say, and snap another photo.
“My name is Nell, I’m her mother,” she says.
“Nail?” I say.
“No, baby, Nell, N-e-l-l.” she says, gleefully spelling it out for me as if I come from another country.
Great, now I not only need translation for the specials on the menu but how to wrap my Yankee head around these juicy Louisiana accents.With ears recalibrated, I find out more.
It was gigantic and tasty. But geez, look at a few of the lunch specials I overlooked.Pecan Smoked Beef Brisket - "Slow Cooked Goodness" - with cornbread dressing, sweet potato soufflé green beans $8.99Fried Catfish, potato salad or macaroni and cheese, with black eyed peas or sweet peas $8.99
I’ll tell you what made up for that miscue. The woman who sang “Misty Blue” as she was bringing our po boys out of the kitchen.
"Love y'all," says a customer on her way out the door.
Amen to that.
Photos by Paul A. Tamburello, Jr.
Gulf shrimp sauteed with green onions and mushrooms dressed with lettuce, tomato,mayo
Mama’s pot roast, turkey, ham, and mozzarella and cheddar cheese dressed with mayo, lettuce and tomato