Dining in/around Houma, LA
Okay, if you get down around Cocodrie while fishing, you have to eat at Coco Marina. Get one of the dishes with Wine Island Sauce. They have wine island with fish, oysters, or shrimp, and combinations thereof. Also, stop by the french loaf and get a seafood muffaletta - a million calories but fantastic. LaCasa has good mexican food - their enchiladas verde are really different and great. If you go toward Thibodaux on hwy 24, you'll come to Bourgeois' Meat Market. They have the best beef jerkey I've ever had. It's worth the trip. Oh, and 1921 (nineteen twenty one) has excellent seafood as well. Better than Big Al's imho. Have fun and catch some fish. My friend is a fly fishing guide out of belle chasse. That's my favorite kind of fishing.
The Samurai Dragon is pretty good. They have good sushi and chinese food as well. Their menu is gigantic, so you'll probably find something you like.
I've also eaten at Cristiano. It's Italian and has a nice atmosphere. The food is good, not outstanding, but good for a quiet night out.
Some of the gems aren't so hidden--they're right in the middle of downtown. I like Christiano's too--the best thing I ever ate at C's was a lump crab ravioli w/white truffle oil & fontina. Cafe Milano is italian, with a wood-burning oven; good breads, pizza, grilled items. Franco's is an ambitious little pizza place near Cafe Milano, and Castellano's is a sandwich joint also downtown, lunch only. A new upscale place is set to open on West Main, downtown--can't remember the name, but it is located on the bayouside.
Melvin's is a sprawling joint, popular with the oilfield services crowd; it overlooks the Intracoastal waterway and has a little of everything on the menu: steaks, seafood, homestyle lunch specials. Strangely, I had good gazpacho at Melvin's last summer--it's not the sort of place you'd expect to get good gazpacho, but it can be nice to sit by the windows and watch the commercial boat traffic glide by. You have to go south thru the tunnel, then make a hard right and wind around to get to the place.
In the seafood genre, Big Al's has two locations. Both are downhome joints, heavy on the fried & boiled seafood. A branch of the Spahr's fried catfish mini-empire is located inside the Ramada Inn.
Houma has one thai place--Emerald--on MLK near Target; standard Americanized thai, but nice friendly service & fresh ingredients (it is located where Saigon II was). The aforementioned Samurai Dragon now competes for business with Osaka (sushi, hibachi tables, etc) also on MLK.
My last meal in Houma two weeks ago was at a tiny taqueria on Grand Caillou Rd, next door to a latin discotheque. Shrimp ceviche on corn tostadas, carnitas taco, pork tamales, real-sugar Mexican cokes. The shrimp ceviche was quite good, but the pork tamales weren't as good as the ones served at Taqueria Magnolia a short distance away.
Houma has a slew of chains, too: Olive Garden, Outback, Copelands, Lonestar, Ground Pati, and a ridiculous number of all-you-can-eat asian mega buffet places.
1023 Saadi St, Houma, LA 70363
Big Al's Seafood Restaurant
1377 E Tunnel Blvd, Houma, LA 70363
Cristiano Italian Restaurant
724 High St, Houma, LA 70360
1753 Martin, Luther King J Houma, LA
7819 Main St, Houma, LA 70360
314 Belanger St, Houma, LA 70360
Osaka Japanese Cuisine
1867 Martin, Luther King Jr Blv Houma, LA
re: Hungry Celeste
Franco pizzeria is now closed, BTW. I left of Castellano's deli (downtown) for sandwiches, the Sweet Olive's for light lunches (it's also an antique store), and West Main pizza for circa-1960 style pizza & spaghetti.
Sweet Olive Antiques & Cafe
6670 W Main St, Houma, LA
West Main Pizza & Spaghetti
5804 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360