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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.

      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. http://www.thecabinrestaurant.com

      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.

              1. Are you scouting locations for a movie or do you actually care about the food? Spare me the word authentic, please. Can't help you with the sunken appearance as we've had a recent string of hurricanes that took out so many "sunken" or dilapidated waterside buildings, but you might try Restaurant des Familles in Crown Point, as it overlooks a bayou.

                The Crab Station, LA 1 in Larose, about 65 miles s-sw of NOLA, is a seafood shack in a coverted gas station directly on the bayouside with a back porch hanging over the water. Exterior pretty much looks like a converted gas station, though.

                I agree with the poster below who suggested Chester's...it is pretty much a middle-of-nowhere, side-of-the-road, ancient place. Other waterfront roadhouses: Middendorf's in Manchac, Morton's in Madisonville,

                If this is really a movie thing and not about food, the old Lapeyrouse Store, in Cocodrie (south of Houma), is a vintage building with an eccentric exterior (and odd contents) on the waterfront. Here's a news store on the Lapeyrouse store: http://www.houmatoday.com/article/201...

                Laurel Valley Store in Thibodaux is pretty atmospheric, too, though it's across a modern highway from Bayou Lafourche.

                1. Boutin's in Baton Rouge, pretty good food, live music and a back porch where you can feed the turtles in the creek.


                  1. Just 25 minutes from downtown you'll find Boutte's Restaurant in Lafitte; on the water, the boats pull up to their dock, always fresh seafood, cold beer. Need not look any further!