Have you ever had to choose whether you want a quality meal or pay for your gas? Every college student runs into some tough financial decisions from time to time. Luckily for you, Baton Rouge has some excellent restaurants that offer some great daily deals for hot prices. You don’t have to worry about spending too much next time you want a great meal out in Baton Rouge. The following is the Villa’s best restaurants in Baton Rouge for students on a budget:

Lit Pizza

There’s no doubt pizza is one of the nation’s favorite finger foods. The only thing about it is how difficult it is to find a high-quality taste at a low price. Thanks to Lit Pizza, the Baton Rouge area can enjoy fresh and personal pizza at an extremely affordable price. There’s no wonder why it’s become a popular spot amongst the college crowd. On top of that, Lit Pizza allows you to personalize your own pizza just the way you like it. Make sure you don’t hold anything back and get creative with your own pie. After all, you’re paying for it, you might as well have it just how you like it.

Restaurant Type: Pizza

Location: 3930 Burbank Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Restaurant Hours

  • Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Restaurant Perks

  • Customizable Food
  • Outdoor Stealing

Local Favorites

  • Get Lit Pizza
  • Here Today, Gone To Maui
  • Meatballin’

Tips & Tricks

When it comes to choosing from the menu, always customize your dish! You’ll have the power to choose every topping that will and won’t be a part of your meal, and that’s priceless. If you’re looking to grab a good seat in the house, try stopping by this spot before 3 p.m. You’ll be able to minimize your wait time and find better private seating.

Chicken Shack

This express chicken shack will turn you into a regular customer after just one visit. Its menu is full of student-friendly prices and delivers great tasting fried food. Chicken shack currently has three convenient locations across Baton Rouge but only one of them serves up the chain’s signature breakfast. Yes, the Chicken Shack serves up popular country styled flavors that will have you thinking you’re at a classic southern diner. Make sure you order some of the chain’s popular peach cobbler after enjoying the main course.

Restaurant Type: Chicken

Locations

  • Acadian – 413 N Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
  • Mohican – 3939 Pawtucket St, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
  • Scotlandville – 8372 Scotlandville Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70807

Restaurant Hours

  • Depends on the Location (schedule below applies to all however)
  • Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Restaurant Perks

  • Online Ordering
  • Weekly Specials

Local Favorites

  • 3pc Fried Chicken
  • “Big Shack” Chicken Sandwich
  • Fried Fish
  • Homemade Sweet Potato & Lemon Pies
  • Peach Cobbler

Tips & Tricks

Head over to the Chicken Shack on a Tuesday if you’re trying to get an extra sweet deal. The restaurant usually has Two-Piece Tuesday – when you can get two chicken pieces for under $2. Fridays and Wednesdays also tend to raise customer interest because of Chicken Shack’s Lent Special. Don’t miss out on the Lent Special if you love fried fish! Waiting times are also pretty decent throughout the week except during Two-Piece Tuesday and the Lent Special.

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito

With four different chain locations in Baton Rouge, Izzo’s Illegal Taco has grown enough fan base to make it on our list. This relaxed hangout spots cook up some of the best tacos you’ll find around town. You can also enjoy the popular quesadilla, tostadas, salads, burritos, and burrito bowls if you’d like. There’s no denying that Izzo’s has done a great job of making this tasty food affordable to the college community and well worth every penny.

Restaurant Type: Mexican Restaurant

Location: 6220 Corporate Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Restaurant Hours

  • Sunday & Monday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Restaurant Perks

  • Online Ordering
  • Vegetarian Selections

Local Favorites

  • Steak Burritos
  • Achiote Chicken Bowl

Tips & Tricks

This restaurant is usually busy during the first half of the day. Try stopping by after lunch hours or ordering online to save you some time. You are also more likely to find a better seat if you dine in after lunch.

Frankie’s Dawg House

Frankie’s Dawg House is an excellent place to try out Baton Rouge’s best hot dogs. This restaurant stuffs each hot dog with a various delicious flavors that will leave you more than satisfied. From classic ballpark hotdogs, to unique lobster topped dogs, this place does it all. The best thing is that you won’t be spending outrageous amounts of money for these hot dogs. Frankie’s also offers hamburgers, ice cream, and beer in case you’re in the mood for something else.

Restaurant Type: Hot Dogs

Location: 2318 Cedardale Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. 9 p.m.

Restaurant Perks

  • Alcohol Selections
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Vegetarian Options

Local Favorites

  • Junk Yard
  • Morning Dawg
  • Zen Cheese

Tips & Tricks

Don’t be afraid to try out some of the specialty hot dogs when you visit Frankie’s. Of course, it might be something you’re not used to but trust us, it will be delicious. Weekends and mornings tend to be the busiest for Frankie’s, so try stopping by later in the afternoon for a shorter wait.

Goodwood Grill

Goodwood Grill is a great place to enjoy homestyle cooking at an affordable price. You’ll find plenty of large-portioned burger recipes you can choose from. Goodwood Grill also features some of the best fried seafood, burgers & American dishes. The food is always served up fast and the staff is always friendly. This spot is the perfect little spot to have a relaxed southern breakfast with a group of your favorite people.

Restaurant Type: Hamburger Restaurant

Location: 8558 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Restaurant Perks

  • Delivery
  • Healthy Selections
  • Online Ordering

Local Favorites

  • Hamburger  Steak
  • Potato Salad

Tips & Tricks

Goodwood Grill is always busy during breakfast time. You can expect a longer wait during that time, so head in after lunch if you’re trying to avoid a large crowd or wait.

Zippy’s Burritos, Tacos, and More

Another great spot that is rising in the scene is Zippy’s. This place serves largely portioned plates at a good price. It’s a great spot to stop by and grab a good bite and a drink with a group of your best friends. You can enjoy a drink at the bar or grab a seat outside and enjoy your fresh Mexican food in the open. Whatever your choice may be, don’t miss out on the forever fun environment!

Restaurant Type: Mexican Restaurant

Location: 3155 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Restaurant Hours

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Restaurant Perks

  • Alcohol Selection
  • Catering
  • Happy Hour Drinks
  • Happy Hour Food
  • Outdoor Seating

Local Favorites

  • Burrito
  • Empanadas
  • Nachos

Tips & Tricks

Follow the Zippy’s Facebook page to get updates on daily drink and food specials. They’re constantly updating the page to remind you to stop by. Zippy’s also tends to get busier after 6 p.m. when things start to get exciting. You can stop by early in the morning if you’re looking to dodge heavy customer traffic or show up for the great dinner environment.

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