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Mar 23, 2011 05:21 PM

Old, broken down, atmospheric, bayou restaurant?

Cliche time.

Are there any restaurants within a few hours of New Orleans that look like (or are) one of those old, backwoods, sunken, middle of nowhere, bayou bar/restaurants like you see in the movies? Something really towny and authentic?

Your suggestions are appreciated.

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  1. Maybe Pat's, in Henderson, LA.

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    1. re: Blumie

      Pat's is really not particularly broken down and the food there is decent. Music is outstanding.

      1. re: Big Easy

        The Cabin Restaurant in Burnside seems pretty authentic. We ate there @ 15 years ago and I do remember the food was delicious as well. It's near Houmas House Plantation.

      2. Chester's Cypress Inn in Donner. Hasn't changed in decades. Here's a recent article.

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        1. re: BayouTeche

          The article doesn't mention it, but unless things have changed it is only open on the weekends.

          Also, Jolly Inn in Houma might fit. Weekday lunch only only as a restaurant but it will be busy with local businessmen, oil field hands, and a scattering of tourists. It's main claim is an evening Cajun dance hall.

          1. re: BayouTeche

            Chester's is the first thing I thought of, too. And Middendorf's.

            1. The Alligator Hilton outside of Baton Rouge, the bar is in two mobile homes. We used to go there every Sunday night as it was the only place serving beer and they would always have some decent gumbo, although the meat was probably something they shot recently.