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Feb 21, 2013 06:32 PM

Lafayette Trip Questions

I'm looking to make a trip from New Orleans to Lafayette for a weekend sometime this spring.

So far on my radar is:
The French Press
Village Cafe
Cafe Des Amis
Olde Tyme Grocery
Poche's Market & Restaurant
Johnson Boucaniere

I am open to suggestions and critiques- looking for 1 breakfast, two lunches, 2 dinners, . Interested in some classing Lafayette/cajun cooking as well as creative cooking. Also, does anyone have any recommandations on where to stay?

Thanks a lot.

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  1. Save Cafe des Amis (personally not a fan), your list is solid. Maybe take a short drive to Abbeville for oysters and/or boiled crawfish.

    As for lodging, check out Buchanan Lofts downtown.

    1. Two spots in Maurice, just south of Lafayette.

      Villager's Cafe has the best poboys around. Try the pot roast poboy. Terrific. Shrimp too.

      Soop's restaurant has daily lunch specials like mama's home cooking. I know, I grew up about 6 miles away. They make the best seafood gumbo with a dark roux, and authentic okra and shrimp gumbo with no roux.

      In Lafayette, I would go to Riverside Inn, on the Broussard side of town. A local favorite. Don's downtown for their bread pudding.

      1. Pouparts and Best Stop ought to be on your list

        1. Just got back from a weekend in the area. Poche's was below average. Fried catfish, fried shrimp and etoufee was all they had left in the steam table at 2:45, and they are open until 8pm! If you live in New Orleans, you can get better homestyle food at Cafe Reconcile and Crescent Sausage and Pie. We had Sunday brunch at French Press, which was fun and good. It is hard to find anything open on Sunday. Dinner at Jolie, which has locally sourced menu and was pretty good, though the waiter was below average. Right near there is a cafeteria style home cooking place called T-Coon's. We were attracted by the "hot beignets" sign but were a little off put by the name of the place! They have dealt with it by putting a racoon mascot on their menu. The food looked like good home made Cajun diner food but we only got the beignets, which were pretty good. The Poupart's bakery next door had your typical bakery items so we didn't buy anything, but the breads looked nice. The bed and breakfast places are not as nice as they sound. There are lots of chain hotels if you you don't mind that. The Juliet looked interesting.

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          1. re: travelbuff

            T-Coons is basic but good. But many Cajun one pot foods can stand up to sitting on the stove (steam table)

          2. Also, if you are looking to take home some meats and sausages, be aware that places like Don's and Poche's use MSG and preservatives.