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Restaurants in Lafayette? Can you tell me a few good places to eat in Lafayette--I want to get a gift certificate for a friend who is moving there. I read on this board that the Riverside Inn is good--is that the same place as Poor Boy's Riverside Inn?

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  1. I live in Baton Rouge, but go to Lafayette occasionally to eat at the Blue Dog Cafe. The food is excellent and it's like being in an art gallery with all of the original George Rodrigue art. I don't know anything about the Riverside Inn, but the Blue Dog would be a great recommendation.

    1. In Henderson, Louisiana, which is between BR & Lafayette, yoiu have Landry's not quite as good as it used to be but still a good seafood restaurant, and somewhat harder to find, as it is definiitely off the beaten track is Pat Huvals. But Huval's is the preferred venue for the locals, and has incredible seafood of all kinds, and very well prepared. Get off at exit 55 I think--same as Landry's--and ask someone at a gas station. It's not so much hard to find as tricky; if they point out the right street to you it's stimply a matter of following the road. WhenI have businessin Lafayette, it is my preferred spot for dining on the way home.

      In Lafayette itiself, La Fete Du Lafayette is a good introduction to cajun cuisine. A buffet,but an excellent one. I no longer patronizde it because it was too much of a temptation to gluttony,an area in which I need little temptation.

      1. Yes, Riverside Inn is Poor Boy's...it can be hard to find if you've never been there. Good food, though. The original downtown Don's is good, as is Prejean's. Laf. also has a developing ethnic food scene, with Thai, sushi, and Lebanese/middle eastern, too.

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        Poor Boy's Riverside Inn
        240 Tubing Rd, Broussard, LA 70518

        1. I've been back in Lafayette for a little over two years now and there are just some places I would not cross the street to eat, even for a free meal: Prejean's, Blue Dog Cafe, Lafayette's, Pat's in Henderson, Mulate's and Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge. All in the past have had good reputations but just look in the parking lot and all you see are out of state plates. For boiled crabs I go to Deano's, for gumbo Don's downtown, but for an all around good meal, I would go to Cafe Vermillion (as opposed to Cafe Vermillionville).

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          1. re: Tchoupitoulas

            Have you tried Tsunami? There is a Tsunami in Baton Rouge that we love. That might be a good suggestion for Lafayette since the original one is there.

            Great sushi!

            1. re: marchperson

              This is one place I have tried to get into a few times. Always a long waiting time. Seems to be the new camp place to be (drinking that is). Gonna have to try it again on an off night. Thanks!

            2. re: Tchoupitoulas

              I am not surprised to see out of state license plates. Don't we always send our guests to the best places? With the exception of Mulates, I have had good meals in the others you mentioned. Next time I am in Lafayette I will try Cafe Vermillion. It must be good since you like it better than all of my other favorites.

              1. re: marchperson

                I certainly don't have a problem with out of state plates but it sure seems that once it becomes "known" the restaurant takes a HUGE dive in quality to get the masses in and out. I spent $75 (for two) last weekend for a meal at Prejean's that was totally inedible...not a lot of money perhaps but to have to get something to eat somewhere else is ridiculous. At Blue Dog I was served a crab au gratin that was frozen in the middle. Not any better once it was re-microwaved. Had two Sunday brunches there that were awful. The duck at Mulates was so hot I drank every liquid on the table of six. Fun place to drink and dance however.

                1. re: Tchoupitoulas

                  point taken. Thanks! Keep trying for Tsunami. They do take reservations in Baton Rouge, so maybe they will in Lafayette, too. We have found that we can get in without reservations if we arrive about 6:00 and have one cocktail on the terrace while waiting. Usually by the time we are ready to eat, we have a table.

              2. re: Tchoupitoulas

                Well, the last time I was at Pat Huval's in Henderson I didn't pay any attention to the license plates, but the accents of the diners around me sure indicated that they were either locals or locals returning for a visit--i.e., cajun so thick you could barely understand some of it, and I was raised down here. My recommendation for pat's still stands.

                1. re: Tchoupitoulas

                  I am glad that somone else finds the food at Blue Dog Cafe to be substandard. I thought it was just I and figured that well, perhaps I just don't like cajun food, yet it always seems to be excellent in private homes. People seem to just rave about Blue Dog and I always walk out disappointed or I think, perhaps this is all they have in Lafayette. For an area of the state known for food, I never seem to be overwhelmed. On the other hand when I am in Lafayette, I always go to Tsunami which I love. The sushi is creative and the prices are incredibly reasonable. It is a scene but I kind of like the people watching. I will have to try Cafe Vermillion. Where is it? Is it an elegant place or casual? I was not blown away by Cafe Vermillionville so I am glad it is not the same place. Is there an actual French Restaurant in Lafayette or is everything cajun?
                  One last comment. Some of the best food I have had in Southwest Louisiana was at the casino. Don't laugh. At a casino hotel in Lake Charles is a branch of the Jackson Hole restaurant called , hmmm, I think Snake River Grill, that has an incredibly talented chef. The duck crepes are mouth wateringly good and the wine list, excellent.

                  1. re: mikey

                    The casino in Lake Charles (L'Auberge du Lac) also has a suprisingly good pan-Asian place, too.

                  2. re: Tchoupitoulas

                    Mine was the only out-of-state plate I saw on a Friday night at Mulate's ... no question it was a local crowd. But no argument on the food ... not worth crossing the street for. The music, though ...

                    1. re: Tchoupitoulas

                      Where is Cafe Vermilion? I only know Cafe Vermilionville: http://www.cafev.com/

                    2. I have had terrific meals at Cafe Vermilionville. The crab cakes are the best I have ever eaten. They are not coated and fried, so you really taste the crab. And the white chocolate bread pudding is terrific.
                      Riverside is adequate, but certainly not in the same category. However, their lump crab meat dish is wonderful, as is the one at their sister restaurant in New Iberia, Little River.
                      I've also had some great meals at Nash's in Broussard, but I haven't been recently. Their Veal Orleans was great, along with a bananas foster dessert. Can't remember if it was bread pudding. But it wasn't the traditional one over ice cream.

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                      1. re: cajungirl

                        Is Nash's still owned by the same folks as Barecca's on Metairie Road?

                        1. re: Hungry Celeste

                          I'm not sure, but I think so.

                      2. I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Charlie G's. It's fancier dining than most others in Lafayette. I'd skip on Tsunami--it is ultra-hip but I find the sushi to be among the worst in Lafayette.

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                        1. re: RedApples

                          I agree, Osaka Sushi and Grill on Johnston has WAYYY better sushi than Tsunami.

                        2. Prejeans has been a tourist spot for a very long time. That said, the food is still good. I can personally vouch for the duck and andouille gumbo. Don's downtown and Riverside Inn are still good and make very good gumbo and broiled flounder, respectively. Cafe Vermillionville used to be excellent. I haven't eaten there in a long time so I hesitate to endorse it. I do endorse Charlie G's, however. It's one of the best restaurants in the area along with Catahoula's in Grand Coteau. Nash's is good but I've always felt they relied too heavily on the ambiance to sell the food.

                          Mulate's has never been about the food. It's always been about the music and the dancing.

                          A few other places to try that have yet to be mentioned: Li'l Daddy's Bar-B-Q, Deano's (for pizza), Deaneaux's (for seafood), Southside Bakery (for hamburgers), Zeus Cafe, Olde Tyme Grocery (for po' boys), T-Coons(plate lunches), Dwight's (boiled crawfish), Cafe Habana City, Bailey's, Maesone Noodle House, and Bella Figura.

                          Someone mentioned getting good cajun food in private homes. This is certainly true, and probably true of most regional cuisines. I like the gumbo at Prejeans and Don's, but I prefer my own. And I am always a little suspicions of any restaurant that goes out of it's way to let everyone know how cajun it is.

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                          1. re: Coctails on the abyss

                            I found Charlie G's very disapointing but I like Mae Son Noodle House. It's the closest thing you can get to Vietnamese in town. Olde Tyme's po' boys are good and for a great muffaletta, Cedar Grocery. Have not tried Catahoula's or Bella Figura though, will have to add to my list...thanks! What about I'Monellis?

                            1. re: Tchoupitoulas

                              Sorry to hear your experience at Charlie G's was disappointing. I used to do lunch there fairly often and always found the food to be quite good. Glad you mentioned Cedar Grocery. I should have included it on my list. I'm not sure about I'Monellis. It used to be a good restaurant, but I haven't been there in about 10 years. With some of these older restaurants, like I'Monellis and Cafe Vermillionville, it's hard to know whether they have actually declined or simply look worse in comparison because the overall food scene has improved a bit.

                              1. re: Tchoupitoulas

                                Also, the Italian Food Market (in the same shopping strip as Mae Son) has a deli now and they make some very nice panini. Their pasta looks good too, but I have yet to try it.

                            2. Pimon Thai and Oishi Sushi are a couple of my faves in addition to some already listed.

                              The last time I was at Riverside Inn, I had the Oysters Rockefeller. Presentation made me doubt my choice ... and then I tasted. Mmmm!

                              While I like Prejean's, I took a group of out-of-towners to Prejean's and Mulate's on consecutive nights, and believe it or not, they all preferred Mulate's. Of course, the music and dancing could've been the hook.

                              Poche's Market in Breaux Bridge has a plate lunch that isn't bad, and while you're there, fill up your cooler with their boudin, andouille, and other specialty meats.

                              Soop's in Abbeville is another little spot I like. Verrrry good seafood gumbo.

                              1. Just got back from Charley Gs ( everyone on this string has misspelled it)....pathetic, like Bonefish Grill.
                                I have lived in Lafayette for 40 years and have found that Riverside Inn and Don's Seafood Hut on Johnston, as opposed to Don's downtown, the most dependable restaurants for quality in Lafayette.
                                I am supprised to read about Prejeans, I thought it was one of the few good Cajun restaurants that had not gotten "touristised", guess I will have to check it out again.
                                No one has mentioned Randal's, kind of between Mulates and Prejeans ( from bad to good) with a great atmosphere and live Cajun band. I try to check out the new restaurants as they pop up and usually get disappointed.
                                By the way, if you want real good French food, go to Paris. Lafayette is Cajun, not French, and Sushi is definitely not Cajun