2 PAUL’S RADICALLY URBAN BARBEQUEwww.2paulsbbq.com
2668 Johnston St., Lafayette (Map) - 232-1181
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner; Sunday: Lunch
2 Paul’s prides itself on its Oklahoma smoke and Louisiana spice, fusing west Texas dry-rubbed, slow-smoked pork and beef with Louisiana basics like Cajun rice dressing, Thai spiced cole slaw and giant homemade chocolate chip cookies. The menu is barbecue-joint simple: a handful of smoked meat plates, sandwiches, salads and sides, with one welcome addition, the Radical Rita margarita, which is a natural pairing with the spicy smoked meat. There are also 40 gluten-free menu items.
A & B Hendersonwww.gatorcove.com
2601 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette (Map) - 264-1263
Tuesday-Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Monday, Saturday-Sunday: Dinner
Bring your appetite to this buffet-style restaurant specializing in pork ribs, brisket, pork loin and sausage served up with no frills. The expansive, casual dining hall is great for large parties and a prime choice during football tailgating season. Numerous side items complement the smoked meat bonanza. For parties, pick up meats by the pound and sides by the pint or gallon.
ACADIAN FOOD MART
618 Rue du Belier, Lafayette (Map) - 981-5026
Daily: Breakfast and Lunch
Barbecue days, Thursdays and Sundays, are especially busy at Acadian Food Mart. By 10 a.m., customers start wanting lunch, which is why the barbecue pit, located in a small shed to the side of the store, is already full of half chickens and pork steaks mopped with Jack Miller’s Bar-B-Que sauce at 6 a.m. Stave off your appetite with a fried boudin ball, but don’t get so full you miss the savory pork steak sandwich, bone in and all, the way it’s supposed to be.
ALLISON’S HICKORY PIT
501 W. Laurel Ave., Eunice (Map) - 457-9218
You can smell the hardwood smoke from a mile away. In business 28 years, Linus Allison burns oak, hickory and pecan to create the sweet smoky flavor that imbues the meat from his pit. Pork steaks, chicken, brisket, ribs and links all come loaded with a homemade sauce, add rice dressing, potato salad, baked beans and the country-fied cover of a slice of white bread and you’ve got yourself one great meal. If you plan to eat on the spot, be prepared to picnic on your tailgate; Allison’s is take-out only.
3439 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette (Map) - 504-3949
Daily: Lunch and Dinner
Long known as THE barbecue stop in Alexandria, father Eddie and son Dan Ahrens brought their 30-year-old CenLa smoking tradition to Lafayette in 2009. By the plate or by the pound, Eddie’s offers a spread: ribs, chicken, brisket, turkey and ham, with a large variety of sides. The platters come in one-, two-, three- or four-meat choices or just grab a whole rack of St. Louis ribs. Add to the usual slaw and potato salad fresh green bean casserole, hot potato casserole, rice dressing, fried okra and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
1111 St. John St., Lafayette (Map) - 269-8878
Tuesday-Thursday: Lunch and Early Dinner; Friday: Lunch and Dinner; Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Johnson’s Boucaniere’s daily lunch specials include smothered sausage and potatoes, sausage and tasso sauce piquante, smothered pork chops and sausage. The sandwiches have become famous around the country, especially the Parrain Special that’s basically a flattened boudin ball in a grilled cheese sandwich. But the best of all is the Saturday lunch, barbecued country-style ribs and pit grilled chicken that will knock your socks off. Based on the recipes developed at Johnson’s Grocery in Eunice over the course of its 68-year history, Johnson’s also offers pulled pork sandwiches and sausage poboys daily, as well as specialty smoked meats like tasso, sausage and beef jerky, and boudin.
1339 SE Evangeline Thruway., Lafayette (Map) - 261-5253
Monday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner
Smoking for more than a decade now, Lil Daddy’s turns out tender barbecue at its gas station location. Special blend sauce over plates like the chicken-ribs combo is a fave at Lil Daddy’s. The dirty rice is closer to sausage jambalaya, and the restaurant offers a great country side, field peas. Ask for the cole slaw piled onto the pulled pork sandwich for a Carolina crunch or grab a family pack on your way home for dinner. While you’re there, you can pick up some motor oil and a gallon of milk — it’s a full-service station.