2011 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 205-9570
Monday-Friday: Lunch; Friday-Saturday: Dinner
Nimbeaux's lays claim to "the best fried catfish in town." Its laid-back, casual atmosphere is perfect for dining on the restaurant's specialty seafood menu items, especially crawfish dishes, steaks and daily lunch specials like Friday's catfish with a side of shrimp stew. Dig in to the white beans and rice, which are now available daily after many requests.
2310 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette (Map) - 406-2440
Tucked away in a strip mall near Dulles Drive, Noah's serves a set plate lunch menu. Try the Tuesday trifecta of smothered chicken, smothered steak and lasagna if you miss out on Monday's grilled pork steak or meatball stew. Seafood Fridays, go for the smothered okra and shrimp. Although the plate lunches are delicious, if it's a burger you're craving Noah's offers a juicy selection with a choice of french fries or onion rings as a side.
101 E. Second St., Broussard (Map) - 839-9333
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Dinner
Nash's is a step back in time: The restaurant is located in a 19th-century mansion in Broussard, and the dishes are flashbacks of old-style Italian cooking. The veal and spinach cannelloni is a local fave as is the signature Veal Orleans, baby veal topped by jumbo lump crabmeat in a cream sauce. Don't miss the unctuous shrimp and spinach lasagne. Nash's stands by its steaks; a house recommendation is the Pepper Steak, a New York strip, grilled and served with a demi glace.