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TikTok food critic Keith Lee gives Baton Rouge barbecue restaurant a high rating

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Keith Lee effect is set to continue after the popular TikTok food critic gave a local barbecue restaurant a high rating.

Lee, who is in Baton Rouge as part of his national food tour, said he was recommended by several people to go to Smoke Bayou.


“This is a mom-and-pop place, but it’s recommended, like it’s an important part of the community. I thought this place had six, seven locations, but we stopped and when I say mom and dad, it’s a small, intimate cabin,” Lee said in his video.

He said he spent about $41 and ordered macaroni and cheese, smoked cabbage and a plate that consisted of chicken, sausage, ribs and brisket.

Lee tasted the ribs first and gave them a 7.9/10. He said the ribs were “really sweet” and “really smoky.” He then tasted the chicken and gave it an 8/10. He said it was “the juiciest chicken I have ever had in my life.”

Lee would next try the brisket, where he gave it a 9.2/10. He also gave the sausage a 9.5/10, the macaroni and cheese a 2/10 and the smoked cabbage a 2/10.

Smoke Bayou is located at 4355 Inniswold Road in Baton Rouge.

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