1895 CAJUN CUISINE AND PUB www.1895cajuncuisineandpub.com
1895 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 534-8955
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner
This family-owned and operated eatery is dishing up home cooking just like mama made. Try the old fashioned hamburger steak that plates a beefy patty with mashed potatoes and gravy with green beans - go for the gusto and add some grilled onions and cheese. Or, try one of the sandwiches like the crab cake poboy dressed with remoulade sauce and lettuce. Check out daily specials like steak night on Tuesdays and kids night on Wednesdays when all kids meals are half price.
BLUE DOG CAFE www.bluedogcafe.com
1211 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 237-0005
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Dinner;
George Rodrigue's iconic Blue Dog paintings line the walls of this Cajun-fusion Lafayette eatery and popular bar. The restaurant uses local ingredients with original twists. Choose an award-wining appetizer of seafood wontons, or a bowl of creamy corn and crab bisque. The crawfish enchiladas are crowd-pleasers, as well as the flavorful crabmeat florentine. The Sunday morning brunch features some of Lafayette's best musical talent, with an unbelievable buffet for $22.95 and some of the city's best prime rib, omelets, crab cakes Benedict and free bottomless mimosas.
BON TEMPS GRILLEwww.bontempsgrill.com
1312 Verot School Road, Lafayette (Map) - 706-8850
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Brothers Steven and Patrick O'Bryan set out to create a restaurant with what they call "urban Cajun food," and the restaurant's unconventional twists on Cajun ingredients provide a Cajun dining experience unlike any other. Don't pass up the swamp legs, which are crispy duck drumettes with a housemade mango sauce and twice-cooked gator legs with a sweet and spicy Thai sauce. The apple and tasso stuffed pork chop is double grilled on the restaurant's wood-burning grill in the back, which gives the meats a wonderfully smoky flavor. Finish the meal with the bananas foster bread pudding for a sweet bite of Cajun heaven. If you're planning a party, be sure to ask about catering options that will make your event the talk of the town.?
CAFE DES AMIS www.cafedesamis.com
140 E. Bridge St., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 332-5273
Tuesday: Lunch; Wednesday-Thursday: Lunch and Dinner; Friday and
This Breaux Bridge icon was a historic general store built in 1890 and renovated by Dickie Breaux in 1992. CafE Des Amis is renowned for its upscale Cajun offerings like oven-roasted duck glazed with pepper jelly syrup or pecan-crusted catfish. Try the Crawfish and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake as an appetizer - Louisiana crawfish and alligator sausage are melted with smoked Gouda and cream cheese, herbs and spices. The savory cheesecake is then baked and served with a creamy crawfish sauce. On Saturday mornings, the cafE is transformed into a dance hall for the world-famous Zydeco Breakfast where diners spend hours dancing off the food they consumed. The beignets are not to be missed, as neither are the Got Boudin eggs topped with grilled boudin or Big Hat eggs smothered in crawfish EtouffEe or au gratin.
1928 Charity St., Abbeville (Map) - 893-9437
Cajun Claws provides only the best when it comes to the Cajun crustaceans known as the crawfish. Crawfish lovers flock to this famous Abbeville restaurant, but when these mudbugs aren't available, try one of the other seafood offerings like the fried shrimp basket. Cajun Claws demand is pretty high, so arrive early around 4 p.m. to get on the list and order a drink from the bar while you wait surrounded by people who know where to find good crawfish that's worth the wait.
CRAWFISH TIME ON RIDGE
320 Ridge Road, Lafayette (Map) - 216-9955
Pick up some steaming sacks of crawfish from the drive-thru or find a table inside where you can enjoy steaming platters of freshly boiled mudbugs. The indoor tables have holes in the middle into which you can sweep your shells, and hand-washing stations line a wall. It's a modest place, but they provide some of the best crawfish in town.
CRAWFISH TOWN USA RESTAURANTwww.crawfishtownusa.com
2815 Grand Point Hwy., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 667-6148
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Not many restaurants are equipped to give tours, but Crawfish Town likes to show off its superb crawfish operation. Purged in well water, Crawfish Town's boiled crawfish are clean and sweet, and the big barn of a restaurant can accommodate entire extended families - seven days a week, year round. If you want non-crawfish seafood to go, stop by the fresh market next door where they sell pre-packaged dishes and high-quality fish and shellfish. Crawfish Town's other offerings include oysters on the half shell, blue point crabs and an enormous list of boiled or fried Louisiana seafood.
DON'S SEAFOOD www.donsseafoodonline.com
4309 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 981-1141
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Don's Seafood has every Cajun dish you could hope for, from fried crab fingers to crawfish EtouffEe and soft shell crab. The crawfish bisque is traditional, complete with a couple of stuffed crawfish heads in the mix. The crabmeat au gratin is absolutely decadent, or choose a fish of the day with any number of seafood toppings from shrimp sautE to a crawfish cream sauce. The bar has been updated with a grill for charbroiled oysters, but beware of the mixed drinks - the bartenders don't skimp on the shots.
4800 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 981-1241, 984-3706
Sunday-Friday: Lunch; Dinner during crawfish season only
Dwight's Restaurant prides itself on being Acadiana's lunchtime experts, and serves up not only delicious Cajun staples but some mean barbecue plate lunches that change every day of the week. There are burgers, salads, poboys, sandwiches - basically anything you could want in a lunchtime meal. During crawfish season, order Uncle Mark's Special: a single serving of two pounds of crawfish and one order of boiled shrimp with potatoes and corn.
GATOR COVE www.gatorcove.com
2601 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette (Map) - 264-1263
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch; Monday-Saturday: Dinner
The Gator Cove grew from a barbecue lodge and opened its doors in 1892, complete with an alligator farm behind the restaurant with an open lake allowing the gators to live in their natural habitat. Choose your spice level for boiled crawfish or shrimp from plain to extra spicy. The gator tator is a down-home treat with fried potato rounds, bacon, onions, jalapenos and pepper jack cheese, or go with fried alligator for a true taste of the bayou.
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.
3221 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 534-0400
Krazy Klaws is one of the newer boil houses in town, and focuses only on boiled seafood: crawfish, shrimp and blue crabs. The orders of crawfish and gulf shrimp come with the signature Krazy sauce, but will willingly toss in sausage, carrots, whole onions, mushrooms, asparagus and whole garlic cloves along with the seafood. Call ahead for crawfish availability.
LA CUISINE DE MAMAN (Youngsville)www.lacuisinedemamanlafayette.com
300 Fisher Road, Lafayette (Map) - 233-4077
If you have family coming to town and want to show them what a traditional Cajun meal is like, go to Vermilionville's La Cuisine de Maman. Every plate lunch is enormous, served with a cup of gumbo and an enormous entrEe that is usually something along the lines of a rice and gravy. Lafayette diners flock to the Friday seafood buffet that includes gumbo, two entrees and three sides, along with biscuit and a dessert of the day - go for the gateau du sirop when available, but the bread pudding is never a bad choice.
LAGNEAUX'S KING OF SEAFOODwww.lagneauxs.com
445 Ridge Road, Lafayette (Map) - 984-1415
Monday-Friday: Lunch; Monday-Saturday:
Lagneaux's all-you-can eat buffet and seafood dishes every day for dinner, include EtouffEes, fettuccine, au gratin and jambalaya, all prepared daily. Stop in the meat and seafood market next door and pick up meat from a knowledgeable butcher who can also process deer and other wild game for customers.
LANDRY'S SEAFOOD HOUSE www.landrysseafood.com
2942 Grand Point Highway, Breaux Bridge (Map) - 667-6116
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Stuffed shrimp en brochette, jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with seafood, jack cheese and jalapeno, is a house favorite at this Gulf-coast style seafood restaurant. The catch of the day with Pontchartrain topping is a broiled filet with mushrooms, jumbo lump crab meat and a creamy white sauce. With snow crabs, Maine lobster to raw oysters and crawfish EtouffEe, Landry's is a seafood smorgasbord and the fried catfish is divine.
LOUISIANA CRAWFISH TIMEwww.lacrawfishtime.com
2019 Verot School Road, Lafayette (Map) - 988-2645
Louisiana Crawfish Time is only open half the year for crawfish season, but is brimming with diners chowing down on boiled crawfish and shrimp or raw and charbroiled oysters. The drive-thru is strictly crawfish and shrimp. Order Louisiana Crawfish Time's signature seafood boil and seasoning on the website.
MCGEE'S LANDING www.mcgeeslanding.com
1337 Henderson Levee Road, Henderson (Map) - 228-2384
Wednesday-Sunday: Lunch; Friday-Sunday: Dinner
McGee's Landing overlooks the Atchafalaya Basin and serves some seafood plucked right from the swamp it overlooks, from fried alligator to stuffed shrimp and crawfish EtouffEe. Enjoy live music on Sunday afternoons and Friday and Saturday evenings, or take a swamp tour before or after your meal.
PAT'S FISHERMAN'S WHARFwww.paulspirogue.com
1008 Henderson Levee Road, Henderson (Map) - 228-7512
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
209 E. St. Peter, Carencro (Map) - 896-3788
The shrimp is so fresh at Paul's Pirogue you can still taste the sweet brine of the sea when you bite into its stellar poboys and platters. Local faves are the signature Paul's Pirogue Special, a creamy combination of crabmeat, eggplant and shrimp topped with Parmesan and baked; the Green Gumbo, made with spinach, andouille, potatoes, white beans and, if you ask, lavished with jumbo lump crabmeat; and heaping platters of boiled and fried seafood. Try the house drink, the Tropical Storm - because it's almost a Hurricane.
PONT BREAUX'S www.pontbreauxscajunrestaurant.com
325 W. Mills Ave., Breaux Bridge (Map) - 332-4648
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
The menu at Pont Breaux's is classic Cajun, with everything over rice and abundant seafood offerings. The house specialties, like Catfish Pont Breaux's and seafood platter, are a sure-fire way to fill up, or try the seafood salad with a cup of seafood, chicken and sausage or shrimp and okra gumbo. Live Cajun music every night sets the tone for a traditional Cajun meal.
POORBOY'S RIVERSIDE INNwww.poorboysriversideinn.com
240 Tubing Road, Broussard (Map) - 235-8559
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday:
Windows overlooking its own private swamp are a clue to the strengths of this menu, and seafood is the star at Riverside. A creamy crawfish bisque is a great starter. Riverside is the place to order Maine lobster (boiled, broiled and stuffed), crabmeat-stuffed flounder topped with crawfish and mushrooms, or the simple delicacy of fresh jumbo lump crab meat sauteed in butter.
3480 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette (Map) - 896-3247
Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The menu at Prejean's can be a little overwhelming with dozens of choices, but the Crab Lovers Extravaganza is crab at its finest over fresh angel hair pasta tossed in a creamy lump crabmeat sauce and a grilled crab cake with a crispy fried soft shell crab, or the ever-favorite crawfish enchiladas. Wild game specialties include a rack of venison and crispy duckling, or a cup of smoked duck and andouille gumbo. Live Cajun music seven days a week makes Prejean's dining an experience.
R & M'S BOILING POINT www.boilingpointrandms.com
7413 Highway 90, New Iberia (Map) - 365-7596
Monday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday-Sunday: Dinner
1516 S. Henry St., Abbeville (Map) - 893-1693
Since 1957, Abbeville's oldest crawfish patio has packed 'em in during summer months with boiled crabs and shrimp boiled in your choice of water, beer, wine or Bloody Mary mix. They start serving crawfish early - within the first few weeks of November - so snatch the restaurant's most popular appetizer: Crawfish Roll-ups, which is a deep-fried egg roll stuffed with a crawfish EtouffEe-like concoction. If it's not crawfish season, try the garlic butter grilled oysters or the nightly seafood buffet.
104 Republic Ave. Ste. B, Lafayette (Map) - 504-4625
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and dinner
Rachael's offers the traditional Cajun foods like fried seafood platters, meat pies and daily plate lunch specials, but this joint also offers a menu with a healthy side. Build your own lunch or dinner that's low-carb, gluten-free and heart healthy. Try the meatloaf with a side of coconut sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts for a tasty yet healthy home cooking.
RANDOL'S RESTAURANT www.randols.com
2320 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette (Map) - 981-7080
The live Cajun music kicks off every night at 6:30 p.m., providing the setting for Randol's menu of Cajun and Creole classics. Seafood platters are abundant with shrimp, crawfish, oyster and soft shell crab, or sop up a seafood fondue with garlic toast. For a little variety, try the snapper crusted in Panko and topped with lump crab meat in a spicy curry cream.
ROBIN'S RESTAURANT www.robincajunfood.com
1409 Henderson Hwy., Henderson (Map) - 228-7594
A well-kept secret in Acadiana, Robin's is a diamond in Henderson with different distinct gumbos of shrimp or crab or a combination. The crawfish bisque is unsurpassed, as well as the frog legs EtouffEe and the crab meat au gratin. The wine list is extensive, with incredible wines from around the world. Robin's also serves house-made ice cream, including Tabasco and a homemade fig that was created to lure Julia Child to the restaurant. If you love what you eat at Robin's, check out their website as you can order some of their dishes straight to your doorstep.
19466 Hwy. 182 W., Jeanerette (Map) - 276-5512
Wednesday-Friday and Sunday: Lunch
One of the oldest restaurants in Acadiana, the Yellow Bowl is credited with being the first restaurant to fry crawfish tails. Its crawfish bisque and EtouffEe are legendary, fried catfish comes bone-in, and the seafood platter is too big for any one person to finish. It's worth the trek to Jeanerette to experience a piece of Acadiana dining history.