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Gonna be in Opelousas, Louisiana this weekend and have a rental car and lots of free time. what should i do?
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  1. the Palace Cafe in downtown Opelousas is a nice lil' small town diner; old fashioned feel. You're in the heart of boudin country...check out the Southern Boudin Trail at http://www.southernboudintrail.com/

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      oh man, celeste, my mouth is watering for a link from the best stop in scott...i'm sure you've been. there's many more i have yet to try, but those links were somethin i tell ya. and washed down w/ an abita, i tell you that is near perfection. i really hope i move to louisiana; i think it's just what the doctor ordered!

      1. re: unocal

        Unless that doctor is a cardiologist...

    2. Joe's Dreyfus Store Restaurant in Livonia, about a half hour east of Opelousas.
      Catahoula's in Grand Coteau, about 10-15 minutes south.
      Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant in Washington, about 10 minutes north.

      All three have websites too.

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      1. re: BayouTeche

        I'm pretty sure Joe's is closed. I called the phone number on their website, and it is disconnected. If it has re-opened, then please, somebody, let me know....

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Thanks for the restaurant ideas. I'll check them out. What about other food places like the Tabasco place or maybe something....weirder.

          1. re: eggplantconfit

            hey eggplantconfit, do you mean weird as in food weird or just weird/bizarre in general? i think you should hit the tabasco factory regardless just cuz it's a cool spot way out there, and there's a lot of cool stuff to do like see the jungle gardens (of course i love the tabasco general store, where you can sample jalapeno ice cream, chili, and all of their sauces). i'm not too sure how far it is from opelousas, but if you have the time you should definitely do it. i'm into the weird stuff myself, and having been down that way in october, i'm trying to think of some good spots to recommend, but i'm drawing a blank. have you checked out roadfood.com and/or roadsideamerica.com? i always find good stuff on those sites.

            1. re: unocal

              Weird is relative, guys. I can't think of anything "weird" around Opelousas & environs, but then again, I don't think of hogshead cheese, stewed turkey necks, or crawfish boudin as weird. You might.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                I guess I don't mean weird. That was a bad word. I guess I mean "interestingly regional."
                Maybe interactive. fish farms? Or crawfish farms? Cool sausage making places?

                1. re: eggplantconfit

                  i would check this link out, it's the louisiana page on roadfood.com:
                  http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurants/S...
                  also, if i were you, i'd definitely check out fred's lounge in mamou saturday for the live broadcast of a cajun radio show that's been going on for 45 years. it's only open saturdays from 9-2, and everyone is dancin and drinkin, but just be forewarned it gets very smoky in there and there's not too much ventilation as i recall. a real cultural experience though not to be missed. or you can do zydeco breakfast saturday at cafe des amis in breaux bridge, where there will be more music and dancin and excellent food to boot...just google them and see what you think would be more up your alley. ill try to rack my brain for more stuff.

                2. re: Hungry Celeste

                  btw, celeste, do you know if hawk's in i think rayne is still around? i'm not sure when crawfish season ends, but if i'm gonna be coming out that way in the next few weeks, well let's just say it's on my hit list. thanks for any info! and btw, can you get crawfish boudin anywhere? ive never had it; is it better than pork boudin cuz that would be insane!

                  1. re: unocal

                    Hawk's is still open. Not a big fan of crawfish boudin myself, but any place that makes pork boudin, usually makes crawfish boudin as well.

                    1. re: unocal

                      I don't like crawfish boudin much, I prefer the pork kind, red if you can find it (try Bourgeois in Thibodaux, btw). Hawk's is indeed open; the Times Pic featured it recently...here's a link to their story: http://blog.nola.com/brettanderson/20...

                      1. re: Hungry Celeste

                        god, i love the internet...i have been dying to go to this place, you don't even know. have you ever been celeste, and are there a lot of other places that are hard to find that dish out amazing food? also, isn't rayne where they have all those frog murals? i was there in october but i don't think hawk's was open then (i hope it wasn't anyway). all i know is if i lived in louisiana, i just know it'd be VERY hard not to gain a lot of weight!

                        1. re: unocal

                          I've never been....I can get damn good crawfish within a mile of my house, and know the person who harvested them, so why would I drive all the way to Hawk's, especially when gas is $3.33 a gallon? Not saying that it's not a worthy road trip, just not high on my list of reasons to wander overe there. If I'm driving to SW LA for a foodstuff, it's probably gonna be tasso.

                          1. re: Hungry Celeste

                            well i dunno these things. plus, i don't live in louisiana and don't have crawfish availabe to me a mile from my house, although i wouldn't be surprised at what's lurking at the asian market across the street. where do you live btw? and i can't believe gas is that much there now! guess it don't matter where you live these days

                            1. re: unocal

                              It's at least 150 miles one way from my house to Hawk's. I'm sure Hawk's is a great place, worthy of a road trip/pilgrimage if you're crawfish-centric. But crawfish are a seasonal commodity food....as I can catch my own on my sister's swampy property, or buy some from my friends with a very nearby crawfish pond, or buy from any one of the five or so seafood stores (not counting supermarkets or eat-in restaurants serving boiled crawfish) in my town that routinely crank out good-to-great boiled crawfish, I'm not terribly motivated to trek to Hawk's. Like I said before, I am motivated to travel for a good meat market, though.

                              And anyone whose handle is "unocal" shouldn't be surprised about the price of gas! ;)

              2. re: Hungry Celeste

                Joe's is definitely closed, never coming back *snif*

                1. re: gonepecan

                  What's the story on Joe's closing?

            2. Hawk's is,indeed,open during the crawfish season W-Sun 5-10.I can't wait 'til Wednesday the 23rd of April when I'll be chowing down on my order of spicy crawfish at the home of the best crawfish that I have found in SW LouisianaI'll be there about 6PM afetr coming in from a Texas BBQ tour-and a quick stop at D.I.'s in Basile for another order of crawfish.Life is good in April in Cajun country.If crawfish is what you crave I can also recommend the following:Mr.Keet's in Maurice,Richard's in Abbeville,Cajun Claws in Abbeville,Guiding Star and R&M Boiling point both on Hwy.90 in New Iberia and Big John's Seafood Patio in Erath.Google for info.All are an adventure to find and all are Cajun to the core.One more spot that I continue to talk up is Crawfishtown,U.S.A..It's decidedly gauged for tourists (billboard on I-10/only about 1/2 mile N of Exit 115),but the crawfish is real good.Other Cajun food as well.I've eaten at all of these places multiple times and IMHO,though all are very good, Hawk's rules.I can't wait.Chow and have fun,Andy

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              1. re: rockbound

                When I started this thread about eats near Opelousas I was all excited about my trip. Well, going through O'hare we got bumped on more than one flight and ended up pretty late for the weekends events and without any time.
                We did go to Cajun Claws in Abbeville for crawfish and it was pretty great.
                Boudin from Ray's in Opelousas as well. I look forward to all these places you've named next time.
                thanks.