I finally got a chance to try longtime Baton Rouge favorite Fleur de Lis Pizza just before leaving for Atlanta. Fleur de Lis is a cocktail lounge/pizzeria that has been around Baton Rouge for a long time–which is quite apparent by the state of the building and its decor (or lack therof).
The place could probably be certified as a “dive”–cash only, basically a barroom inside, but a thriving business nonetheless. But something has to keep them on top of Baton Rouge’s best pizza list, so I wanted to find out what it was.
I stopped in one evening with two friends and was a little “skeeved” out when we walked in. However, our waitress was very friendly and attentive and made up for the dingy appearance. I tried Fleur de Lis’ specialty, Round the World (Anchovy, Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Salami, Onions; anchovy on the side, no onions) while one of my friends had a pepperoni and sausage pizza.
The pizza was good, with toppings all the way to the edge so you got that crunchy, slightly burnt cheese taste. I thought there may have almost been too much cheese on the pizza, as it kind of overwhelmed the taste of the other toppings. The crust was good; thin, but not crunchy, and still thick enough to not get soggy during the meal. Overall, I thought the pizza was only OK. But really, there aren’t many pizza-centric eateries in Baton Rouge (only Louisiana Pizza Kitchen and Rotolo’s immediately come to mind, neither of which I’ve tried), so I guess it wouldn’t be difficult to top the “best pizza” list.
Fleur de Lis offers take-out and will half-bake pizzas to make them freezer-ready. I assume that most of their business is done via take-out, and I think if I decide to eat there again, I’d get take-out as well. I didn’t particularly enjoy smelling like pizza grease when I left the building!