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Lafayette -- On the way to New Orleans

ddavis Apr 19, 2009 08:19 PM

I'm going to post this on both the New Orleans and the South sites, since I don't know which one it belongs on.

Do any of you have suggestions for one lunch in Lafayette?

  1. N.O.Food Apr 19, 2009 09:13 PM

    Riverside Inn...no question. Great food.

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      JanetLong Apr 20, 2009 09:35 AM

      I like Charley G's in Lafayette. Great duck and andouille gumbo.

      1. thecajunfoodie Apr 20, 2009 06:08 PM

        Poboys- Olde Tyme Grocery
        Burgers- Judice Inn or Southside
        Boiled Crawfish- Dwight's
        Eclectic- Bonnie Belle's
        Overall for a non frequent visitor or first timer- agree with N.O. Food, Riverside Inn


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        1. re: thecajunfoodie
          N.O.Food Apr 20, 2009 06:36 PM

          I used to work right across the street from Riverside Inn. Bad news for the waist line. I miss their soups. Old Tyme is good. There's also T Coon's, Norbert's, tons, billeaud's, etc.

          1. re: thecajunfoodie
            ddavis Apr 20, 2009 06:42 PM

            Thanks to all you guys. Wish I had time to hit all of them. We are driving down to N.O. for Jazzfest and have reservations at Stella!, Brigtsen's, La Petite Grocery and Commander's. Are also going to hit Galatoire's for Friday lunch and eat at the fairgrounds Saturday. So, we obviously need to get something to eat for lunch as we go through Lafayette! Thanks for the recommendations.

            1. re: ddavis
              thecajunfoodie Apr 20, 2009 07:26 PM

              Given that schedule, I would probably pick up shrimp poboys at Olde Tyme Grocery. Totally authentic and the best outside of LA (and possibly in all of LA), this would fill the only "hole" I can see in the lineup: awesome poboys.

              Riverside Inn would largely be a duplication of the fare at Brigtsen's and Commander's in my opinion.


              1. re: thecajunfoodie
                ddavis Apr 20, 2009 07:40 PM

                What about Cafe Vermillionville?

                1. re: thecajunfoodie
                  cajungirl Apr 21, 2009 07:36 AM

                  I don't think I would put Riverside in the same breath with the other two restaurants. It's just not in the same category. However, I would agree with Cafe Vermillionville, as suggested by ddavis.

                  1. re: cajungirl
                    hazelhurst Apr 21, 2009 07:58 AM

                    The turtlesoup at Cafe Vermillionville is damn good--that is the only thing I eat there, though. Nothing else strikes me as remarkable--but I have an aversion to huge plates with decoration and a couple of fried shrimp in the middle.

                    1. re: hazelhurst
                      cajungirl Apr 21, 2009 01:27 PM

                      I've had incredible crab cakes, delicious pecan-crusted fish, and remarkable white chocolate bread pudding.

                      1. re: cajungirl
                        hazelhurst Apr 21, 2009 02:24 PM

                        I usually forego dessert but I'll keep the crab and fish in mind next time--I usually have Charley G's crabcakes when in LFY

              2. re: thecajunfoodie
                pattisue Apr 22, 2009 08:25 AM

                cajunfoodie, Bonnie Belle's Bistro recently closed.

                Blue Dog Cafe is pretty good. Their Treasures of the Bayou (seafood bisque) is tres bon!

                Riverside Inn - Loved it for many years, stopped loving it for a while, am loving it again.

                Dwyer's Cafe - Great plate lunch.

                Olde Tyme Grocery - Hmm, maybe I'll get a fried oyster poboy for lunch today.

                1. re: pattisue
                  thecajunfoodie Apr 22, 2009 11:59 AM

                  pattisue, l know Bonnie Bell's moved downtown (around Christmas) and was open less than a month ago... hopefully they have not closed for good since then! If so, that is really too bad, the place was a gem in the old location and the owners were really excited about the move downtown.

                  Just called and no answer...

                  1. re: thecajunfoodie
                    pattisue Apr 22, 2009 03:16 PM

                    I had no idea they moved downtown. I drive by their old location occasionally and recently noticed that there was something new opening there soon.

                    I called a few minutes ago and they are open!

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