Perhaps that was a good thing, because it gave former Deaneaux’s owner Tim Metcalf time to pair up with fitness expert Cody McCown and develop a concept to bring the freshest produce local farmers raise into their kitchen and pair it with Gulf seafood and Louisiana beef.
The result is a restaurant that serves lots of typical Cajun dishes like charbroiled oysters, fried alligator, shrimp and grits, fried and broiled seafood and stuffed pork chops as well as steaks. What’s different is the ingredients are all dead fresh, never frozen, the vegetables come from local gardens and absolutely everything, right down to the salad dressings and french fries are house made. “We don’t ever own a can opener,” says McCown.
The fried alligator was a revelation. Normally chewy and often with an off taste, I’ve come to regard fried alligator as a touristy gimmick. Not this alligator. Clean and tender, clearly harvested from smaller gators grown in local farms, this is a Cajun delicacy to be sought out. Frying, actually is one of the house specialties. “We know people are going to eat fried food,” says McCown, “so we make it as healthy as possible.” The seafood is delicately fried in clean peanut oil. Each item is tossed in its own fry mix, more cornmeal on the oysters and catfish, more flour on the shrimp, which makes for significant flavor profiles from bivalve to crustacean.
On the steak side, the ribeye was perfectly rare and buttery tender. Sides like cheese grits and especially the spectacular sweet potatoes show off how simple food, treated with care and respect, responds. It’s strawberry season in Louisiana, be sure to order the homemade cheesecake with fresh sweet fruit.
LA Seafood House, 1917 Ridge Road, Duson, 504-5634 is open daily for dinner.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
WaPo Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies; Clintons stump for Dems; Liberians stranded and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
High-rise apartment building, parking garage, hotel and retail part of new development.
A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.