Road Trip The Second(Maybe the First)
I know I've mentioned the road trip to Abita Springs for the brewery tour and I really appreciate the tips on where to eat when I'm there.
So this will be the Second road trip though we me take it first.
From NOLA to Avery Island. Do the tabasco plant tour, check out the swamps etc then I think North to Lafayette, then East towards Baton Rouge where we can hit Bergerons In Port Allen and then after BR a hasty turn South to take us into LaPlace to hit Jacob's before we get back into Nola.
Yeah. That looks like the round trip...sooooo need some nibble/nosh favorites in:
2) Baton Rouge
3) Or points in between
Any tips would be handy.
P.S. Anyone wanna meet in the FQ for a round or two while I'm there hit me up :) Rather have a local foodie showing me the ropes!!
From NOLA to Lafayette -
Des Almands - Frank's Bar for bloody mary's to go
Thibodeaux (short detour) - Bourgeois Meat Market for beef jerkry
Donner - Chester's Cypress Inn for fried chicken, livers, frog legs & onion rings (dinner only except Sundays)
New Iberia - Bon Creole for poboys
Broussard - Billeaud's for cracklins & boudin
Lafayette - just drive down Jefferson St. downtown for myriad choices
Yeah, fried is the way to go at Chester's. They also do seafood too (fish, shrimp, oysters, etc.). I forgot about fried chicken gizzards.
At Frank's, just walk up to the bar and order a bloody mary. Small or large. They serve them in styrofoam go-cups whether you're drinking there or not. Frankly, it's assumed they'll be to go. It's right on Hwy 90, so no need to exit and search for it.
I also forgot to mention Lejeune's bakery in Jeanerette for hot french bread and ginger cakes. http://www.lejeunesbakery.com/
As long as you are passing thru Lafayette you should go West on I-10 to Scott LA and you can sample goodies at Best Stop and at Don's. DOn'sis right on teh interstate (south side) and has ex ellent boudin. Best Stop is north 0.8 mkiles on the west side of the road and it has by far the best andouille going. Cracklins ain;t bad neither. then you can get back on I-10 E. and compare Bergeron's (which is right good stuff.)
Boudin noir is pretty hard to find these days (unless you "know someone"). A meat inspector has to witness the making of the blood boudin to be sold commercially. Makers of blood noir usually have their own slaughter houses, because fresh blood is needed. The only place I know of is Hebert's Slaughter House & Meat Market in Abbeville.
There is a place near Delcambe that makes boudin noir but damn if I can tell you the name--I can get there but it is hard to describe. Babineaux's ion Henderson/Ceci;lia makes it last exit befiore the Atchafalaya freeway bridge, go north. there is a sign raise up ion the left that points east. Not too far off teh Interstate, past the Little Capitol.
On your way back you could stop to eat at Joe's Dreyfus Restaurant in Livonia, just take Hwy. 190 instead of the I-10, or come up on La. 77 along Bayou Gross Tete. Or you could take a reasonably short side trip over to Morganza and see the spillway, very pretty this time of year. Also, look at boudintrail.com for suggestions in case Scott is out of the way. Also, the Longfellow-Evangeline State Park in St. Martinsville is interesting if you find yourself nearby. Lots to see and do in Southwest LA, can't do it all though.