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 $5.25 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
Lunch appeals to all types of people, from those looking for a quick bite before going back to work, to those looking to chat over a glass of wine. Enjoy options from an eclectic menu such as portabella mushroom fries or the crab cake sandwich. On the dinner menu, look for appetizers like pan-seared foie gras or the crowd favorite barbecue shrimp. EntrEes change seasonally, so look for fresh local fish dishes, and beautiful steaks like an 8 oz. filet or a New York Strip. The walls are lined with bottles of wine, an indicator of Village CafE's premier selection.
VIVA LA WAFFLE 393-0177
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.