109 W. Main St., New Iberia (Map) - 369-9924
Daily: Breakfast; Sunday-Friday: Lunch
Don't let the cafeteria-style service fool you. Breakfast dishes like omelettes and pancakes are made to order, and at lunch some of the best gumbo in town is spooned over rice. Or go for the crisp fried seafood, baked chicken and eggplant stuffing. Don't miss out on the homemade desserts like banana creme or lemon meringue pie. Expect home cooking done well.
8400 Maurice Ave., Maurice (Map) - 898-1554
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Lunch
Even in the land of great shrimp poboys, Villager's stands out as one of the best. But bring a buddy, cause you have to order the slow cooked gravy laced pot roast poboy as well, and the barbecue poboy, and the chicken fried steak poboy, and - you get it. Nightly specials feature a whole poboy for $5.75 and Monday is meatball poboy night, Tuesday is turkey, Wednesday is catfish and Thursday is ham.
1 DeGaulle Square, Lafayette (Map) - 981-8085
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday: Brunch
Village Cafe serves up menus that are locally sourced from family farms and artisans with cuisine that focuses on the seasonal bounty of the local harvest. Lunch features casual fare like sandwiches, salads and wraps as well as plate lunch-style dishes like house-recipe meatloaf. The elegant dinner service features shareable appetizers and innovative entrees as well as delicious small plates allowing diners to enjoy a variety of flavors at any price point. Excellent craft cocktails, beer choices and an extensive wine list complete one of Lafayette's premier dining experiences.
VIVA LA WAFFLE www.vivalawaffle.com
Tuesday-Saturday: Lunch; Special events
The original food truck of Lafayette, Collin Cormier's Viva la Waffle serves up craft sandwiches and daily specials on truck-made waffles. The Rosceaux is a signature dish of fried chicken and a drizzle of honey sauce. A seasonal special you can get on Saturdays is the crawfish grilled cheese waffle - Louisiana crawfish tails sauteed in butter with onions, garlic bell pepper and crawfish boil seasoning stuffed into a melty cheddar waffle with a side of dipping sauce.