We continue our Thirst and 10 contest with a look at Walk-On's, a bistreaux and bar in the shadows of Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium.
Although the name "Walk-On's" is tied to LSU's first football game against Tulane, the idea for the establishment came from Jack Warner and Brandon Landry, who "met in 1997 on the hardwood of LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center. As young boys growing up, both dreamed of playing basketball for LSU and both succeeded in that dream — it just so happened to be as walkons!"
There is a sizable beer tent on football game days, but the fun revolves around higher-quality spirits. A signature drink is the Death Valley, which is "guaranteed to turn you into Tiger bait!" Or the Slurricane. "Some guy from New Orleans named Pat invented it, we perfected it. How? Easy, we added Everclear!"
Creole dishes dominate the menu, but there are traditional favorites such as burgers and steaks.
Now not everybody is fond of the joint. The review below gave Walk-On's only four stars out of 10:
"I have eaten at Walk-ons numerous times. The food and service is subpar for a university neighborhood bar and grill. I like the restaurant and the menu has potential some day, they just haven't gotten it right yet. That being said, they do enjoy a good business because of their proximity and ties to LSU. They are their best during an LSU football or basketball game with the game on the numerous TVs, people drinking a lot of drinks, and enjoying the appetizers."