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Jul 3, 2010 08:49 AM

Looking for restaurant on I-49 in old farm house

I am trying to find a restaurant that we ate at about 15 years ago that we could see from I-49 just north of Lafayette, LA. I recall that it was somehow related to Paul Prudhomme; perhaps had his name in the restaurant name. My recollection was that it was on the east side of the road. We ate something called an eggplant bateaux (not sure of my French spelling; means boat.) It was wonderful!

Anyone know what the place is and where it is? We will be driving that way on 5 July and again pass by on 7 July.

Of course, if anyone has suggestions for a "don't miss this one" place on a route down I-49, across I-10 from Lafayette to Mobile, then up I-65 to Dothan/Enterpise, AL

We eat and love all cuisines: seafood, Mexican, BBQ, country, you name it.

Thanks for your suggestions

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  1. You may be thinking of Prejean's. It is located right where you describe, and the current menu lists Eggplant Pirogue Louis (a pirogue, like a bateau, is a kind of small boat)

    Half an eggplant lightly breaded and fried. Filled with shrimp, crawfish and crab topped with our creamy Louis Sauce served with rice dressing and corn macque choux.

    I don't think Prejean's has anything to do with Paul Prudhomme, though he did grow up in nearby Opelousas, and the names sound similar. Maybe that's why you made that connection.

    Prejean's Restaurant
    3480 NE Evangeline Trwy, Lafayette, LA 70507

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    1. re: Remander

      Thanks, Remander.

      The photo on their web page is not what I remember, but things change over the years. But the location is exactly right and that sure sounds like the dish. My mouth waters thinking about it. Hope it is as good as I remember.

      1. re: ptlycldy

        Enola Prudhomme had a place, but it has been closed for several years.