Poor Boy Lloyd's Seafood Restaurant | Baton Rouge

As soon as I drop off my things at the hotel, I always ask the hotel staff where the locals eat. As I approached Poor Boy Lloyd’s, it looked old, and it has been my experience that that is a good sign. As I entered, the decor reminded me of a dining room that had seen many family dinners over the course of several decades; meaning, cozy, haphazard, and charming. The ladies that greeted me were warm and seeing that I was new, walked me through the menu, specials, and the ordering process. I chose the Shrimp Po Boy and went to find a seat. As I searched, I noticed an old man sitting in front of a large front window in an area that can only be described as a miniature convenience store. A rack next to him had candy galore, and a register, which told me he only takes cash. If there is a Lloyd, I have a feeling this is him.

As for the food; I don’t know what the standard is for Po Boy’s, but this was a good sandwich, though I found the bread to be too firm and crispy, but I’ve always been partial to soft bread. But, the breaded and fried shrimp were falling out of the sandwich there were so many, and the cajun style fries were the perfect accompaniment.

After I ate, I was given a ticket and told to pay up front. Of course! ‘Lloyd!’ I was so pleased with my meal that even with FOX News blaring I maintained my happy mood. I paid in cash, ‘Lloyd’ gave me a mint, and wished me well.

Hubert Neal Jr

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Poor Boy Lloyd’s Seafood Restaurant
201 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
poorboylloyds.com

 

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

So, let’s talk about a hotel. I love a classic hotel, and I love when a major brand takes over a classic and restores it to it’s original opulence. Whenever I am in Baton Rouge, I stay at the Hilton Downtown. This hotel is a classic, a blast from the past in the best way. When I walk in, I feel like I’ve entered someone’s finely manicured living room. You are surrounded by chairs, couches, and tables that evoke The Renaissance, with the most lovely chandelier above. The restaurant has a well rounded menu, and I for one have to brag about the 6oz Filet Mignon they serve; please try it if you eat red meat. But, let’s go up to the room. As I exit the elevator, there are lovely touches like classic rotary phones near the elevators. This time I had a room with a balcony that overlooks the river, if I can take my eyes off the stylish classic charm of my room. If you like old fashioned opulence, stay here; cheers.

Hubert Neal Jr

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
201 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
225 344 5866

 

 

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

My love for Ethiopian food goes back to 1995 when I was in college. We took the bus down to Brooklyn from upstate New York, which was a four hour ride. The first thing I had was Doro Wat, stewed chicken and hard boiled eggs on Injera; the redness of the stew from the spice Berbere, but I also dipped my food in Mitmita. Fast forward to present day, and I travel a lot. Every city I go to, I look for an Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant and have a favorite in just about every city I go. This time I’m in Houston, Texas; it’s late, I’m tired, and LUCY, the Ethiopian restaurant I usually go to is far enough away that I don’t want to leave the hotel, so I open up the seamless app. I can’t believe it when I see Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant as one of the delivery options. I ordered my favorite dish, Tibs Fit Fit, cubes of beef sautéed with onions, mixed with pieces of Injera, and then laid on top of Injera. I’m not religious, but this is heaven.

Shout out to Blue Nile

1. 3030 AUDLEY ST,HOUSTON, TEXAS 77098 - 2. 9400 RICHMOND AVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77063

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an artist and his travels | Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

an artist and his travels | Brightwater Salon 02

The leadership of Brightwater: A center for the study of food and I came up with this concept of merging Food and Art, which turned into Brightwater Salon. At the first one last June, I was the first Artist paired with a Chef for a unique and lively evening of creation. Brightwater Salon is now an annual event and I was happy to be in attendance for Brightwater Salon 02 (the second edition). Here are some candids from the event.

Hubert Neal Jr

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an artist and his travels | MELD

MELD

I love food. I call it edible Art. And I love finding new restaurants, cafe's, and bars. A new addition to Bentonville, Arkansas, and just steps away from the Walmart Home Office is Meld. For the 9 - 5iver and business traveler, it is an ideal place to grab lunch, as the service is quick, and Julie, the manager is attentive to your needs.

Meld offers fresh made salads, pizzas, tacos, burgers, and along with grab and go items. They also feature local roasted coffee. 

So far, my favorite is 'The Catch'; a lightly blackened fish, provolone, lettuce, tomato folded sandwich. But I can also brag about the chicken and fish tacos, brocolli/cheddar soup, and their lovely cole slaw. 

Give MELD a visit
1120 S. Walton Blvd
Suite #152
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

 

Hubert Neal Jr | an artist and his travels

 

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an artist and his travels | the visual poets society

the visual poets society

by Hubert Neal Jr

Photographer: Jenn Terrell

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an artist and his travels | Bentonville Living Magazine

Thank you to Bentonville Living magazine and Jenn Terrell Photography for the feature!

Hubert Neal Jr

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