407 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 234-8226
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Early Dinner; Saturday: Lunch
Taco Sisters' smoke fresh Gulf fish & shrimp, chicken, pork and smothered brisket come in a smoked meat or seafood a soft taco, grilled with olive oil and dressed with a fresh combo of spring greens, chopped apples, celery, green onions, carrots and a swipe of secret sauce. Fresh salads and satisfying burritos round out the menu. Drive thru or enjoy the picnic tables in the colorful garden.
THAI CUISINE www.thaicuisinellc.com
607 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 261-0000
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
From one of the best buffets in town to delicious spring rolls, Thai Cuisine is consistently spectacular. If you are feeling adventurous, go for one of its curry dishes. The Gaeng Khai Wan, or the spicy Thai green curry dish with your choice of meat, is one of our favorite dishes. Coconut milk, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, baby corn, green beans, eggplant and sweet basil all coexist in this dish that mixes the best of Thai cuisine with Indian influences. Try the house specialty, the Thai Cuisine fried rice, cooked with hot basil and topped with a Thai-style fried egg.
TOKYO LIVE www.tokyolive.us
1601 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 236-6251
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Dinner; Sunday: Brunc
Enjoy a classic hibachi song and dance from a hibachi chef while overlooking the beautiful Vermilion River at Tokyo Live. The steak, hibachi grill and extensive sushi selection are delectable and it's the only Asian restaurant we know of that serves brunch. The Kanda Combo of steak and shrimp is a Hibachi grill specialty, while sushi lovers crave the Marilyn Monroe roll, a baked maki roll filled with crab meat, avocado and dynamite sauce, topped with salmon.
3564 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., (Map) - 981-3111
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Seared pork-stuffed dumplings are a great appetizer at Tsubaki Sushi. Follow up with the baked salmon roll, filled with salmon, crunchy shrimp, mussel sauce or the popular Rock-n-Roll, which has shrimp tempura, masago sauce, cucumber and spicy mayo. In the mood for saki? Venture to this eatery located right by the Acadiana Mall, and this rice liquor will only set you back a $1.
TSUNAMI SUSHI www.servingsushi.com
412 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Map) - 234-3474
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Fresh fish is delivered every day to the downtown mecca, the key to keeping the taste sea-spray clean. The combinations are legion. There are actually more speciality rolls off the menu than on it; the best way to find your favorite combination is to sit at the sushi bar and talk to the chef. Request the Transbestbite, an off-the-menu sushi roll extraordinaire that hosts minced spicy tuna, temp shrimp, kani, cream cheese, asparagus, soy wrapped and panko fried with plum, ponzu, and tsurai sauce all in one bite for $20. Another sinfully sweet roll and local favorite is the Green Monster; coconut shrimp, snow crab, cream cheese, cucumber, kiwi, avocado, strawberry, coconut flakes & plum sauce. The perfect pairing is saki, and Tsunami has a cellar holding a variety of premium bottles, best served cold. Try the moon-colored unfiltered, or a flavor-infused saki.
3803 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 572-8869
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Twin Dragon may be in the corner of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it strip mall, but that isn't a reason to overlook it. Food is served on real plates and not automatically in Styrofoam containers (unless of course it's to go). Here you can sub brown rice for white or fried, too. Enjoy the amazing dumplings you can try fried or steamed and the sweet salty sauce they come with, or the shrimp in lobster sauce. The hot and sour soup is an inspiration. Open until 10 p.m. for your late-night Upper Lafayette cravings, or order online with its easy-to-use ordering system.
THE LUNCH BOXwww.lunchboxmenu.com
3909 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 233-8298
Daily: Lunch; Thursday-Friday: Dinner
Don't let the plate lunch, poboy and gumbo daily menu (not to mention the name) lull you into thinking the Lunch Box is only for noon time. Thursday night is steak night, Friday evenings offer an ocean of seafood and Sundays everything from pork roast to chickens is pulled off the barbecue grill. Find every day's offerings on their website, where the menu is organized by day. Locals rave about the po'boys like the shrimp, cat fish and sausage, which come fried but can be grilled upon request.
1900 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 233-0422
Monday-Saturday: Breakfast and Lunch; Sunday: Breakfast only
T-Coon's boasts some of the biggest and heartiest plate lunches in town. Fried chicken, fried catfish, smothered rabbit, stuffed pork chops, brisket and red beans are entrEe heaven, complemented by equally satisfying sides ranging from cornbread dressing to macque choux. Stop by for breakfast beignets -- if you go on a Friday, stay for the local favorite, Catfish Courtbouillon.
THE RIVERFRONT www.riverfrontla.com
503 W. Port St., Abbeville (Map) - 893-3070
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Dinner;
Having a cocktail on the deck overlooking the Vermilion River is a perfect way to start a meal at the Riverfront, which is known for its Eggplant Evangeline, fried eggplant medallions topped with crabmeat bEchamel sauce. Fried seafood platters are also popular, as are the Riverfront's black Angus beef steaks. Check out their website for daily specials like Seafood Marinara, 10 ounce Ribeye and Shrimp Embrochette.
THE FRENCH PRESSwww.thefrenchpresslafayette.com
214 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette (Map) - 233-9449
Monday-Sunday: Breakfast and Lunch;
You might come to The French Press for breakfast and brunch, but you'll return for a weekend white linen dinner. The daytime menu is filled with whimsical dishes, including the Sweet Baby Breesus - a boudin ball and buttermilk biscuit bite-sized sandwich, or the French toast, filled with banana, cream cheese and topped with berry-champagne compote - and ice cream, if you dare. Be prepared for a wait on weekend mornings, but a mimosa in hand makes that a little easier. Weekend nights, the white tablecloths come out when chef, owner and three-time James Beard Award nominee Justin Girouard pulls out all the stops with some of the most innovative cooking in town.
THE LAB HANDCRAFTED www.thelabexperience.com
1042 Camellia Blvd., Suite 6, Lafayette (Map) - 889-5782
Daily: hours vary
The Lab features over 50 teas and rotates seven blends of coffee in its brewing - you can find some of the best blends nationwide from select micro roasters. Owner Thomas Peters and his staff are knowledgeable and provide tastes to start your morning and also a place to gather with friends over a cup of espresso and conversation. While you're there, pick up a housemade pastry like a bacon bomb or signature cold cream to add a little smile to your day - you can't go wrong with a scoop or two of Happiness.
THE LITTLE BIG CUP
149 Fuselier Rd., Arnaudville (Map) - 754-7147
Wednesday-Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: Breakfa
This coffee shop has quickly become Arnaudville's makeshift cultural center, hosting events in its ever-expanding restaurant. There are daily lunch specials that accompany the coffee menu, as well as pastries and cakes. You won't want to miss the brunch buffet of eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls and more.
TWIN'S BURGERS AND SWEETS http://Twinsburgersandsweets.com/
2801 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 268-9488
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Twins Billy and Denny Guilbeaux make a hamburger unlike any other in Lafayette with homemade buns baked daily - they also make great hot dogs and sweet delights like coconut macaroons, Dobash cakes, petit fours and cupcakes in South College Shopping Center.
THE COFFEE DEPOTthecoffeedepot.biz
902 Saint Mary St., Scott (Map) - 704-2280
Daily: Breakfast and Lunch
Near the train tracks in the small city of Scott, the Coffee Depot's many menu items are named to reflect the spirit of an old railway depot. Stop in for a Conductor Croissant for breakfast or the classic Boxcar breakfast. For lunch, try the new hamburger addition or a tasty BLT or the Brakeman burger served with freshly made potato chips or pasta salad. There are also soups and specialty coffee drinks to keep your warm and awake.
THE POTATO PLACE
3803 Moss St., Lafayette (Map) - 261-1199
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner
The name says it all - here is a place where the potato reigns supreme. Speaking of supreme, you can get your spud served up that way or with steak, chicken, seafood or any number of combinations. If tubers aren't your thing try the pasta, gumbo or bisque. Make sure to nab some of Potato Place's freshly squeezed lemonade.
THE SAINT STREET INN www.saintstreetinn.com
404 Brook St., Lafayette (Map) - 534-8112
Tuesday-Sunday: Lunch; Thursday-Sunday: Dinner; Saturday: Brunch
Nestled in the heart of one of Lafayette's most historic neighborhoods and a block off the UL campus, the Saint Street Inn is focused on keeping cooking local. Seafood from Gulf waters, produce from Acadiana's gardens and down-home cooking set the table for an inspired seasonal menu. Both the kitchen and the bar stay open late, and there's always a spot on the big front porch to sip a local brew and watch the sun go down.
TEAK'S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL
1917 Ridge Road, Duson (Map) - 889-5390
Monday-Thursday: Dinner; Friday-Sunday: Lunch and Dinner
If you're looking for somewhere different to watch the game, stop in at Teak's and you get the game and so much more at this sports bar. The Teak's burger is two beef patties, cheese, grilled onion, andouille sausage, lettuce candied jalapenos and homemade mayo all sandwiched between a pretzel bun. All that flavor deserves something great to wash it down, so try something different like the Teakarita - it's a frozen margarita with a punch of Redbull. Teak's is for the 21 and over crowd, so don't leave your ID behind.
101 W. Main St., Broussard (Map) - 837-6684
Monday-Saturday: Breakfast and Lunch
It's hard to get into the parking lot come lunchtime at Ton's. Burgers, poboys, seafood baskets, gumbo, all made to order out of the family run-kitchen. Plate lunch specials include the popular baked chicken and cabbage casserole. Don't miss the homemade biscuits at breakfast, stacked with eggs, meat and cheese.
THE ORIGINAL DON'S www.donsdowntown.com
301 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette (Map) - 235-3551
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
The 1934 Don's Beer Parlor has grown into a full-blown institution in Downtown Lafayette with some true Cajun dishes like the half-and-half plates of shrimp or crawfish cooked into an EtouffEe and fried tails or the popular Crawfish Bisque - still served with stuffed crawfish heads. With oysters in season, Don's offers fresh and flavorful choice oysters from Grande Isle. If you're just passing through Downtown, stop in the revamped bar for an Old Fashioned with rock candy swizzle stick - a cocktail as iconic as Don's itself.