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Aug 21, 2010 11:31 AM

Lunch between New Orleans and Lafayette

Next Friday the S.O. and I are heading out for a weekend in Lafayette. We are looking for a tasty lunch place any where along the way. We don't really care for fried seafood but anything else is okay. Any suggestions would be very appreciated.

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  1. Get off I 10 in Baton Rouge at Exit # 166 and go W on Highland Road. Take your first right on Perkins Road and go to Galatoire's Bistro for good LA cuisine. Get off I 10 at Exit 109 in Breaux Bridge and go S on Rees Street or Highway 328 and go to Le Cafe for outstanding Po Boys. Or get Off I 10 at Exit 109 and go N on Highway 328 which is Anse Broussard Highway also to Poche Bridge Road. Go N to Main Highway and Poche Market and Restaurant for good Cajun cuisine for lunch. Poche's is a food lover's dream and serves outstanding plate lunches and offers a large variety of custom cajun food to take home. This is a buffet so you might really like it if you are in a hurry.

    Galatoire's Bistro @ 17451 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 753 - 4864.

    Le Cafe @ 124 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 332 - 2500.

    Poche's Market and Restaurant @ 3015 Main Hwy., Breaux Bridge, LA. 337 - 332 - 2108.

    1. Get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA then go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go less than a mile to Creole Cafe for good country breakfast or plate lunch.

      Creole Cafe @ 1227 N. University Ave., Lafayette, LA 337 - 266 - 4648.

      Or get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University. Take a right on Johsnton St. and go three blocks and take a right on W St. Mary Blvd.then go one block where you will find Old Thyme Grocery for good road food and the best po boys in LA.

      Old Tyme Grocery @ 218 West Saint Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA 337 - 235 - 8165.

      Or get off I 10 in Lafayette, LA at Exit 101 and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University then it becomes E University. Go to Pinhook and take a right then go about 6 blocks to Blue Dog Cafe for great road food.

      Blue Dog Cafe @ 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 337 - 237 - 0005.

      Po Boy's Riverside Inn has outstanding cajun cuisine for lunch and dinner for over 75 years.

      Poor Boy's Riverside Inn @ 240 Tubing Rd., Broussard, LA 337 - 837 - 4011.

      1. If you are looking for a non-cajun food option stop at Chelsea's in Baton Rouge for lunch. The food is always pretty good, and it's an interesting mix of people. It in the Perkins Road area- there are at quite a few decent dining options in the area. Plus, everything is right off the interstate. Parrain's is around there, and it is decent. It's owned by the people who own the Chimes. George's is famous for burgers. Also Sammy's on Highland Road is always busy for lunch.

        Chelsea's Cafe- (225) 387-3679 - 2857 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA
        Parrain's- 3225 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, USA, (225) 381-9922
        Sammy's Grill-8635 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA,(225) 766-7650

        1. I second the Galatoire's Bistro recommendation. The prix fixe lunch menu is one of the best values around--$20 for three courses and the entrees include several of their signature dishes. Also, on weekdays all of their wines are half price. They do take reservations and casual dress is okay.

          1. Try Joe's Dreyfus Store Restaurant in Livonia. The drive over from 1-10 on La. 77 along Bayou Gross Tete is nice, then take 190 over to Opelousas and then head down to Lafayette on 49. Actually, it is a bit out of the way, but if you have the time. Galatoire's in Baton Rouge? Heaven forbid.

            Galatoire's Restaurant
            209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            Tete's Bar & Restaurant
            2227 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

            5 Replies
            1. re: CharlieH

              I've had zero luck at Joe's recently and just default to Ma Ma's Kitchen in new Roads..which is even MORE out of the way but well worth it.

              1. re: hazelhurst

                Or the related, Not Your MaMa's in Morganza. Sorry to hear about Joe's, has it not been open, or just not good? I love the space. Sounded like the new owner was going to bring it back. Tough spot to keep something going once things start to slide.

                1. re: CharlieH

                  I have not been up to Morganza in a long time but the spin-off on HWY 190 got panned a few months ago by some friends. The thing I always remember from them are teh onion rings.

                  Joe's has bounced up-and-down since Joe & Diane Major sold it. The last time I was there they had a "cajun band" which I guess brings in the tourists but I told the waitress I wouldn't be there too long with that noise. The gang was amplified which it needn't have been. I don;t even recall what I had but it was nothing to sing about. Who knows? Might have been a bad day. I will probably go back and give it another shot but you can be sure I will call to see if there is "entertainment" first (but not if Ma Mama's in New Roads is open....why waste an opportunity?)

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    Chasing tourist dollars in Livonia, La. doesn't sound like such a good business plan.

                    1. re: CharlieH

                      Maybe that's why the place keeps changing hands after Joe and Diana bailed.