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We will be driving from Dallas to Gulf Shores, AL. Looking for some not to miss places along the way.

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  1. If you're driving through Lake Charles I'd recommend Mr. Bill's Seafood Express. It was recommended to us by locals and we enjoyed it. Very casual. Crawfish was good.

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    1. re: OaklawnKaren

      Char-Grilled Oysters - Dragos in Metairie Louisiana

    2. I normally time my departure from DFW to eat at http://www.herbyks.net/Herby_Ks_Home.... herby K's in Shreveport. then I head down to Lafayette and eat some more ....

      1. I did some serious resarch on this subject when we drove to Seaside last summer. Check out the Ole Thyme Grocery in Lafayette for awesome Po Boys. Also, whilst in Layfayette, swing by Don's Specialty meats and get several pounds of the best Boudain you've had to take with you to beach. they also have fresh "cracklins" which are really good also if you like fresh fried pork fat.

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        1. re: J.R.

          Another thumbs up from me for Old Time Grocery; great po boys.

          The Shed BBQ (the original) in www.theshedbbq.com is also great.

        2. Mulate's in Breaux Bridge gets relatively decent reviews and came highly recommended to me. Mostly greasy, fried food on the menu and the few rice Cajun dishes were dried out like leftovers from the day before - huge disappointment.

          They have a small stage and a pretty large dance floor in the middle of the dining room. That may be part of the draw and "charm"??? But if you're looking for good food and someone rec's this, do yourself a favor and drive on by.

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          1. re: CocoaNut

            Sorry that you were given bum advice regarding Mulates...it has long been in the First Strike list of every nuclear arsenal in the world.

            About a month ago I had--unwillingly---a rather insipid meal at Cafe des Amis in Breaux Bridge. Not bad, really, but we'd have done better with some boudin and cracklins.

            re the travel plan, there's always Lasyone's in Natchitoches. Meat pies and home cookin' sort of stuff.

          2. Just made the same drive, and things are a little sparse. The only bright spot we found: we had lunch at Lea's Lunch Room in Lacompte, LA (self-proclaimed pie capital of Louisiana!!). Blue plate special type of place with good ham sandwiches, but the real draw is the pie. Good lookin' meringue pies, but the double-crust pies, like peach and cherry, were the real standouts. Have a piece with your lunch, but take a whole pie with you to enjoy at the beach!

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            1. re: strong95

              Lea's is a classic...I almost mentioned it but it's a little off the (now) beaten path. Still, not that far from tehhInterstate. It is worth looking at the pictures and the letter from Duncamn Hines and so forth.

              The LeCompte Police Department patch reads "Pie Capital of the World (or "Louisiana" I forget which) around the edge.

            2. Bring a cooler and head just 5 miles west of Lafayette to Best Stop in Scott, LA. Stock up on all of their fabulous smoked sausages and other meat. Well worth it if you enjoy cooking.

              1. Lighthouse Restaurant in Bayou le Batre, AL (west of Mobile Bay). Great fried seafood, incl. crab claws. You MUST get the crab claws :)