There\u2019s more than one destination-worthy city in Louisiana. Baton Rouge, the state\u2019s capital and second-largest city, shares New Orleans\u2019 rich, multicultural history, but in a decidedly tamer setting. (Except perhaps on LSU football game days). The increasingly diverse culinary scene never loses its local color (crawfish ph\u1edf, anyone?) with iconic ingredients like catfish, redfish, crawfish, alligator, pigtails and soft-shell crab. And you can still find textbook \u00e9touff\u00e9e, gumbo, jambalaya and po' boys.\r\nEat\r\n\r\nThe Gregory\r\nLocated in the Watermark Hotel, the city\u2019s oldest skyscraper that was built in 1927, The Gregory serves modern Southern cuisine from Louisiana-born chefs Justin Lambert and Chad Galiano. The menu screams of the South. Start with frog legs, redfish p\u00e2t\u00e9 or Gulf oysters Rockefeller spiked with Herbsaint. From there, move to speckled trout with crab maque choux, crawfish andouille ravioli in a pimento cheese sauce, or flatbread topped with turtle sauce piquant, alligator sausage, crawfish, okra and green tomato. One of the city\u2019s most extensive wine lists is matched by a large, rotating selection of local craft beers. Check out its blog for a handy explanation of the difference between Cajun and Creole food.\r\n\r\n\r\nCocha\r\nLast year, wife-and-husband owners Saskia Spanhoff and Enrique Pinerua opened Cocha, a seasonal, vegetable-forward restaurant that reflects the increased diversity of the region. Pinerua is from Venezuela, while Spanhoff is second-generation Dutch from Baton Rouge, and the menu looks to every corner of the globe. Pinerua\u2019s heritage shows via arepas and cachapas (Venezuelan corn-cake staples), and his mother likely inspired the grilled cheese that employs Basque-style chorizo and Idiazabal cheese. You might also find muhammara, moussaka, kinilaw, African peanut stew and Malaysian-style Gulf fish. There are also beer brats from nearby Iverstine Butcher, served alongside German potato salad and housemade sauerkraut. The wine list is equally international, though beer options stay close to home.\r\n\r\n\r\nParrain\u2019s Seafood Restaurant\r\nParrain\u2019s has been a Baton Rouge staple since its debut in 2001, as it serves Gulf Coast seafood to a perpetually packed house. There are a few \u201cturf\u201d options, like the addictive whole fried Cornish hen with dirty rice and coleslaw, but you\u2019ll want to upgrade with saut\u00e9ed crawfish or lump crab. Fried fish fans can\u2019t miss the \u201cWhole Shebang,\u201d which consists of stuffed shrimp, regular shrimp, catfish, oysters, alligator and a cup of gumbo. Wash it down with one of two-dozen-plus beers on tap, about half of which are from Louisiana. Pro tip: Oysters on the half-shell are bargain-priced each day, but are 50 percent off on Tuesdays.\r\n\r\nBaton Rouge Facts\r\nAt 450 feet, the state capitol at Baton Rouge is the tallest capitol building in the country. The former capitol building, completed in 1852, was built as a medieval Neo-Gothic castle and is now a museum\u00a0\r\nLouisiana State University boasts roughly 1,200 live oak trees, valued at $50 million.\r\nThe 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott is believed to be the first such protest of the civil rights movement, and it was a model for the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott.\r\nBaton Rouge translates to \u201cred stick,\u201d named for a pole that early French explorers found separating Houma and Bayogoula tribal hunting grounds.\r\nThe LSU Indian Mounds are two Native American mounds more than 5,000 years old, which date back further than the Egyptian pyramids.\r\n\r\nDrink\r\n\r\nThe Cove\r\nAt The Cove, you\u2019ll find more than 1,000 whiskies, which includes around 500 Scotches, at least 500 beers and more than three dozen varieties of absinthe. The bar offers more than 300 drinks, with a focus on historic cocktails, a generous daily happy hour from 5\u20138 pm, nightly specials and 20 percent off for people in the service and film industries. It\u2019s topped off with knowledgeable and friendly servers. Is this your favorite bar yet?\r\n\r\n\r\nCane Land Distilling\r\nProprietor Walter Tharp\u2019s family owns Alma Plantation and Sugar Mill in nearby Lakeland, which means that Cane Land Distillery, which opened in May, is one of very few estate-bottled spirits producers in the country. With a motto of \u201ccane to glass,\u201d its rhum agricole is made from fresh-pressed cane juice and has bright notes of cut grass and green banana, while the rum argent\u00e9 (French for \u201csilver\u201d) is modeled after unaged Cuban light rum. There\u2019s also an exceptionally smooth sugarcane vodka. The tasting room offers straight tastings as well as interesting cocktails, and hour-long distillery tours are available by appointment.\r\n\r\n\r\nOlive or Twist\r\nOlive or Twist has close to 1,000 spirits and more than 100 craft beers, but this is the place for creative cocktails. Try the \u201cThai-quila,\u201d which features Tequila with coconut milk, turmeric and lime leaf, or the \u201cPeter & Bugs,\u201d a mix of pisco, Galliano and grapefruit liqueur with lemon and carrot juice. Unusual spirits flights and \u201ccocktail roulette\u201d (bartender\u2019s choice) add to the fun. A recent expansion came with an expanded menu of Southern comfort food, which includes one of the city\u2019s most decadent brunches. Happy hour runs all day Sunday and Monday, with $6 wines and cocktails.