Accommodations & Restaurants

The conference hotel is Staybridge Suites-Baton Rouge/University Area, located at 4001 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Staybridge is within walking distance of the conference venue at LSU (Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex). The renovations to the hotel will be completed before the conference. There is a complimentary breakfast and a swimming pool at the hotel. There are many restaurants nearby.

We have reserved a block of rooms until September 17, 2019, including studios ($109 plus tax per night), one bedroom with king bed ($119 plus tax per night), and one bedroom with double beds ($138 plus tax per night). Please contact the hotel at (225) 456-5430 and mention that you are reserving for the South Central Conference Mesoamerica (code: SCM).

There are many other hotels in Baton Rouge. If you are driving to LSU, please park in the Union Square Parking Garage (located behind Barnes and Noble) which is a short walk to the Howe-Russell-Geoscience Complex. Although the SCCM will be held during LSU’s “Fall Holiday” (no classes), the university will still be open and has restricted parking.

Shuttle Van (LSU Dept Vehicle)

There will be a shuttle van driven by an LSU student volunteer between the Staybridge Inn and Suites and the conference. We will have a sign up sheet at the hotel. In general, the van will depart the hotel 1 hour before the first talk of the day and depart the conference after the Key-Note Speakers (7:30pm) on Friday and Saturday and after the last talk on Sunday (noon), and after the optional tour of the LSU Indian Mounds on Sunday afternoon. 

Restaurants in the Vicinity of Howe-Russell Kniffen Building and/or the Staybridge Conference hotel

5–10−minute walk (on campus – don’t try to drive)

City Pork LSU ($); In Art and Design Building, Room 104 – walk north on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), turn right on South Stadium Rd. (at Tiger Stadium), left on Fieldhouse Dr.

Panera Bread ($); In Patrick F. Taylor building – walk east through the ECE building, then zig-zag between smaller buildings, continuing to head east.  The massive, new-looking building in front of you is Patrick F. Taylor. Panera is on the first floor, on the north-central side of Patrick F. Taylor Hall.

Student Union (across from Howe-Russell Bldg): Due to a steam outage, food service within the LSU Student Union will be temporarily unavailable beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, until 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21. (quote from LSU admin)

5−10 minute drive or 20−minute walk

 Nicholson Drive

South on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), right on South Quad Dr., turn left on Nicholson Dr.

Bullfish Bar + Kitchen ($$, 4001 Nicholson Dr.) Seafood

Kolache Kitchen ($, 4245 Nicholson Dr.) Breakfasts, comfort food, small plates

Plucker’s Wing Bar ($$, sports bar) Known for its chicken wings, also burgers and more, plus trivia and bingo nights)

North on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), left on South Stadium Rd., proceed forward across Nicholson Dr., turn right just past Nicholson Dr. into parking lot

Frutta Bowl ($)

Matherne’s grocery, in Nicholson Gateway Complex ($, choice of 2-3 daily lunch specials at deli counter, salad/food bar)

Starbucks ($)

South Gate Village Shopping Center (3930 Burbank Drive)

Go south down West Quad Dr., right on South Quad Dr., left onto Nicholson Dr., left at the first light (labeled Gourrier Ave., but when you remain to the right it becomes Burbank Dr.)

Gourmet House ($$) Chinese comfort food, casual

Lit Pizza ($) “blast-fired” pizza

Umami Japanese Bistro ($$) Specialty rolls from the sushi bar and Japanese cooked dishes served in a plain-&-simple setting

Walk On’s Bistreaux and Sports Bar ($$):  “Game Day with a Taste of Louisiana” (warning – this will take longer than an hour!)

University View Shopping Center (4250 Burbank Drive)

Go south down West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), right on South Quad Dr., turn left onto Nicholson Dr., turn left at the first light (labeled Gourrier Ave., but when you remain to the right it becomes Burbank Dr.)

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito ($, 4250 Burbank Dr.), Counter-service chain outpost with build-you-own burritos and tacos plus other Mexican standards

Mellow Mushroom ($$, 4250 Burbank Dr.) Funky, art-filled chain pizzeria featuring craft beer, calzones, and creative stone-baked pizzas

Nine Dragon ($, 4250 Burbank Dr. Suite 104) Inexpensive Chinese food, quick lunch specials in a no-frills atmosphere

Subway ($)

Highland Village Shopping Center (4350 Highland Rd.)

 Go south down West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), turn left on South Quad Dr., merge onto Highland Rd.; just past the South Gates of LSU, just past Amherst/East Boyd)

Fat Cow Burgers and Salads ($$) Industrial burger joint serving signature burgers with house-ground beef, hand-cut fries, and salads

Drunken Fish ($$, Japanese and Vietnamese)

Not easily drivable between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday, due to restricted road access through campus, not far away to drive, but too far to walk for lunch

Louie’s – famous for its tasty and oversized breakfasts, open 24 hours for hungry night owls, it is celebrating its 77th year in business and boasts celebrity clientele – a must destination for visiting Hollywood stars and national politicians, 3322 Lake Street (if after 4:30, drive through campus to get there – north on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), right on South Stadium Rd., left on Powerhouse Lane, right on Dalrymple, left on Infirmary Lane, which turns into Lake Street, just past Newk’s)

Newk’s – salads, pizzas, a chain but known for fresh, clean atmosphere and healthy options (if after 4:30, drive through campus to get there – north on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), right on South Stadium Rd., left on Powerhouse Lane, right on Dalrymple, left on Infirmary Lane, which turns into Lake St.)

Farther away, for dinner excursions (well worth the drive!)

The Chimes ($$) This is in walking distance of the conference venue and great for Cajun food – prides itself on its wide beer selection, good local fare including fried alligator and oysters on the half shell, 3357 Highland Rd. (if after 4:30pm, drive through campus to get there – north on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), right on South Stadium Rd., left on Highland Rd., Chimes is just past the North Gates of LSU on the right – to park, turn right onto Chimes street immediately past the North Gates)

Digiulio Brothers Italian Café ($$) – a small café serving traditional Italian fare, a local favorite, 2903 Perkins Rd. (south on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), left on South Quad Dr., merge onto Highland Rd., left on LSU Ave. (which changes names to Stanford Ave.), left on Perkins Rd., past Acme, Parrain’s and Zippy’s)

Juban’s ($$$)– elegant Creole cuisine (south on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), left on South Quad Dr., merge onto Highland Rd., left on LSU Ave. (which changes names to Stanford Ave.), Right on Perkins Rd., restaurant on the left)

Mike Anderson’s ($$), a classic Baton Rouge dining spot, local seafood fare (fried seafood for the most part) with a loyal following and busy Friday nights, 1301 W. Lee Dr. (South on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), right on South Quad Dr., left on Nicholson Dr., left on Lee Dr., restaurant on the right)

Parrain’s ($$)– a south Louisiana seafood place, all the local favorites, deeply fried in a made-to-look rustic place near campus, not cheap, but far from expensive, 3225 Perkins Rd. (south on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), left on South Quad Dr., merge onto Highland Rd., left on LSU Ave. (which changes names to Stanford Ave.), Left on Perkins Rd., past Acme)

Zippy’s Burritos Tacos & More ($$) CASUAL– build-your-own-burrito type joint in former gas station, lots of frozen margarita options and sports on TV, reasonably priced, student favorite, 3155 Perkins Rd. (south on West Quad Dr. (might still be labeled on some apps as West Stadium Rd. – regardless, it’s the road the divides the parking lot), left on South Quad Dr., merge onto Highland, left on LSU Ave. (which changes names to Stanford Ave.), Left on Perkins Rd., past Acme and Parrain’s)

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