Acadiana Cafe or Cajun place- San Antonio
Congrats on getting me to join, as this topic speaks to my heart and stomach. This is my first post, but I have been lurking here for a while.
Anyway, I concur with "BB the Stein"'s two recommendations. Podna's is great for Po' Boys and their jalapeno catfish is great. Ma' Harper does great gumbo and I highly recommend the fried pork chops and jambalaya.
A few other places to check out are Bernard's Creole Kitchen. He's a Katrina refugee who bought a house on Palo Alto off of SW Military and turned it into a restaurant. It's not fancy, but Bernard is generous with his portions. And the food is incredible. He's not open late, so it's more of a lunch place. Also, his menu changes monthly, but he has several standbys that are always on the menu. The drunken chiken is to die for.
Bourbon St. Seafood Kitchen, while a little pricier than the above mentioned locales, is pretty good. Definitely more of a sit down restaurant, but the etoufee is good and the salad dressings impress. Plus, it has a cool looking bar, although I've only been there at lunch.
I would choose any of the above over Acadiana. I've been to Acadiana once, but have been to the others several times.
Cheers and good luck.
I haven't been to Acadiana Cafe in a few months, but at one time I could've considered myself something of a regular there. The food is very much like what I used to get when I lived in Lafayette, Louisiana: fresh seafood, good boudin (they used to bring it from Lafayette; maybe they still do), good portions. I've also been to several other more down-home Cajun-style restaurants in town, but Acadiana's still a favourite. Reasonably authentic, cleaned up for the mainstream palate, in a pleasant atmosphere.
Cajun or Creole, or is it too nerdy to ask for the distinction? Ma Harper's on W.W. White is awesome. So is Podna's on Austin Highway. I'd rate the catfish po'boys better at the latter and the gumbo, by a nose, better at the former. But both are pretty great. Podna's has a drive-thru. Ma Harper's is more of a sit-down experience.