416 Hawks Road, Rayne (Map) - 788-3266
Only the most pristine crawfish are served at this joint. Hawk's utilizes a live well process that is unparalleled - the crawfish sit in the slow-moving current of fresh underground water for a 24-hour period. When indulging in crawfish here, you'll find that the crustaceans are void of any mud and debris. All in all, this process produces crawfish much more savory and rich. Hawk's will admit, however, that it's in the middle of nowhere, so visit the website for detailed directions.
2330 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 534-8057
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
This buffet is complete with freshly baked seafood at dinner and freshly prepared vegetables, and the restaurant prides itself on serving a mixture of Asian and Cajun delights. Hainam is currently offering Louisiana crawfish. The prices here are a steal - $7.95 for the enormous lunch buffet, or 50 cents per piece of sushi. You can look at the options - vegetables, sprouts, rice, noodles and meats - and put it on a plate. The man or woman operating the hibachi makes your meal right there in front of you using the sauces, if any, that you want as part of your meal.
HUB CITY DINERwww.hubcitydiner.com
1412 S. College Road, Lafayette (Map) - 235-5683
Monday-Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
This family-style diner is awash in '50s decor and offers affordable home-style cooking. Breakfasts are hefty like the sweet potato pancakes with Steen's syrup or the Cajun smoked sausauge omelet packed with sauteed onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes and (of course) Louisiana Smoked Sausage. Lunches and dinners feature blue plate specials like Hub City's three-way hamburger steak, a 9-ounce steak served up the way you want it, with either cheese, gravy or onions.
HOT FOOD EXPRESSwww.hotfoodexpress.com
3313 Cameron St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-7874
Monday-Sunday: Lunch and Dinner
Hot Food Express is one of the best deals in town. This is food for hungry folks, platters of grilled or fried seafood coupled with steak, big homemade burgers, barbecued chicken, fish, shrimp and crawfish, Indian curry fried rice. Try the Zee special for a taste of stirfry chicken and shrimp with fried rice and veggies. Throw in sides like egg rolls, stuffed crab or crawfish pies.