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Jun 20, 2009 08:14 AM

Looking for recommendations in Lafayette, LA

Hi all. I posted this on the South board and it was suggested that I post here as well.

I will be in Lafayette next week on business. Actually I will be working in Crowley but I am flying into and staying in Lafayette. I am looking for recommendations for dinners on Wednesday and Thursday nights and may have the opportunity to have lunch on Friday before flying out. I will most likely eating breakfast at the hotel unless there is a breakfast place that shouldn't be missed.

I have read that this is prime Cajun country and I would love to dine at an authentic Cajun restaurant. I also read on Yelp that the Olde Tyme Grocery's shrimp po boys are the best in town. Yay or nay?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. I got some good suggestions here:

    We had lunch at Riverside Inn a couple of months ago. It was outstanding. Service, food, ambience -- all great. It's actually a few miles south of Lafayette in Broussard but well worth the trip.

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    1. re: ddavis

      Consider Catahoula's in Grand Coteau, 15 minutes north of Lafayette.

      And yes, Olde Tyme is the king of po boys in Lafayette.

    2. Charley G's is still a favorite

      1. My only experience in the area is at Chez Jaqueline in Breaux Bridge. They have a pretty interesting menu that mixes French dishes with Cajun dishes. Might be worth a look. A nice down-home restaurant on a very cute little small-town main street.

        1. Lafayette?With a car?I'd recommend these:D.I.s Restaurant 6561 Evangeline Hwy.W Basile,LA (318) 432-5141.Good Cajun.Music too.Crawfish may be out of season.If not-Hawk's Restaurant Rte.1110 (about 5 I-10 Exit 83) Rayne,LA (318) 788-3266 W-Sun 5-10.IMHO the best boiled crawfish in LA (again-season may be over). Soop's Restaurant Rte.167 (stay on Johnston St. going W out of Lafayette about 1/2 hour) Maurice,LA (318) 893-2462 .Real solid Cajun food.Others:Cafe des Amis in Breaux Bridge.Prejean's in Carencro.Poche's in Breaux Bridge.R&M Boiling Point in New Iberia.Brenda's Diner in downtown New Iberia.Many,many more.Don't forget to sample boudin at any of dozens of gas stations,markets or meat specialty stores in Acadiana.Enjoy.

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          1. re: rockbound

            so true about the boudin. I did not miss any opportunity on my driving tour of SW LA to eat boudin, a perfect car food!

            1. re: edible complex

              Prejean's serves a wonderful breakfast that is inexpensive

              Crawfishtown USA in Breaux Bridge is pretty good and you still might be able to get crawfish this late in the season


              Pat's Fisherman's Wharf in Henderson is pretty good, it has a great view of the Atchafalaya basin, and they serve alligator shaped french fries hehehe!


          2. Thank you all for the great suggestions! I love Chowhounders! And, as usual, I have so many recommendations and so little time.

            I will have a car so I will have the opportunity to check out some of the suggestions not in Lafayette. Mimadeli, thank you for the suggestion for breakfast at Prejeans! That will add 2 more meals I can try...sure will beat the Hampton breakfast!

            And rockbound, thanks for the tip about the boudin. I will be on the lookout for it. I have not had it before and am looking forward to trying it.

            Thanks again to all of you. I will report back on where I ate. And if any of you are ever in the Denver area, please don't hesitate to ask for recs on the Southwest board!

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            1. re: Squint

              I'd suggest trying Dwyer's for breakfast or lunch.