Best lunch stop between Houston and NOLA?
What are my best lunch options between Houston and NOLA? I'm hoping for something Cajun. I'm imagining chicken and sausage gumbo, or boudin, or other country eats. We love spicy, but we'll have our son in tow, so we'll need to go someplace that has some non-spicy option.
I would try Don's Seafood in downtown Lafayette, LA for any of their gumbos and their bread pudding. If you have a few minutes to go a few miles south of Lafayette, definitely Soop's in Maurice. Closest thing to home cooking in a restaurant for that area, and I grew up about 6 miles from it. Some of the websites I have seen describe the menu as America, but that's just wrong. Couldn't get more Cajun than this place.
Bergerons Meat Market in Port Allen fits the bill, depending on the day of the week. It's a meat market with a restaurant on one side, offering home style cooking and a different plate lunch each day, plus a few Poboys and such. 760 Hwy 415 in Port Allen, just a mile or so off of I 10 at exit 151. Www.bergeronsboudin.com I think it closes early on Saturdays.
Here's a review of the boudin, which shows a little photo of the dining room near the bottom: http://boudinlink.com/Bergerons/Bergerons_Boudin.html
In the same vein is Poche's, just outside Breaux Bridge. Meat market with an attached resto offering rotating daily specials. http://www.poches.com/menu.html. If you're lucky, you'll be traveling on Tueday, when the specials include smothered rabbit.
There's Steamboat Bill's in Lake Charles at the base of teh bridge on I-10, there is Harlequin's on the LC loop road..Yello Bowl, Cafe des Amis in Breaux Bridge. A friend from Henderson told me he ate at Landry's a few months ago and he said it was perfectly fine even if geared for the tourist buses. And there is Pat's Fisherman's Wharf in Henderson, just before you g et on teh Atchafalaya bridge...it comes in for a lot of grief but I've found it to be perfectly decent, basic cajun food. It is not as exotic as it once was just becuase of the profusion of cajun places