Simply put, we love food and we love Acadiana's rich culinary traditions and bustling restaurant scene ' and we take our food coverage seriously. Independent Staff Writer Mary Tutwiler is one of the preeminent food writers in Louisiana. Her food writing has also appeared in The Times-Picayune, emerils.com, Chile Pepper magazine, The Miami Herald and the Dallas Morning News, and she's also a contributor to the forthcoming book Cornbread Nation 4. We're fortunate to have her 20-plus years of experience guiding and shaping The Independent Weekly's food coverage.
The goal for our Restaurant Guide was to provide you with a handy, informative and regularly updated reference that might inspire you to visit a restaurant you've never tried before, or remind you of the charms of some Acadiana culinary icons. In our brief write-ups of each restaurants, we've aimed to provide a snapshot of the cuisine and atmosphere of each eatery.
Here's how we constructed our Restaurant Guide. We called every restaurant included and confirmed whether they served breakfast, lunch and dinner, and what days they were open. We consulted their Web sites when available, asked them whether they accepted credit cards, and asked them if they had any recent additions or specials on their menus.
More important, we're intimately familiar with every establishment included in our guide. From humble po-boy joints and barbecue outposts in gas stations to upscale restaurants like The Townhouse or Ruth's Chris, The Independent Weekly editorial staff has eaten at every establishment multiple times, whether we were grabbing a to-go order on a story deadline or celebrating a special family occasion. We're passionate about these restaurants because they're a part of our lives ' and we know they're a part of your lives, too.
This time around, we excluded national chain restaurants with beaucoup locations. That decision's partly on space considerations; including every restaurant in Lafayette would be venturing into phone book-territory. And while outposts like Chili's, Picadilly, Logan's Steakhouse, Hooters and numerous fast-food franchises are part of our regular culinary stops and all have their own unique attributes, we trust that a terrific chain like Outback Steakhouse is such a part of Lafayette's collective consciousness that you don't need us to weigh in on its addictive Bloomin' Onion.
Special thanks to Olde Tyme Grocery, which made the spectacular shrimp po-boy featured in our cover photo. Bon appetit.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
Chris Williams knows how to pilfer from the public coffers, this time with a back-pay lawsuit filed three years ago against the Lafayette Housing Authority, which netted the former city-parish councilman a cool five figures.
McAllister's office vowed that he intended to stay in office — for now. As for questions about whether he would stand for re-election in November, those were dodged.
The Green Army's Lafayette brigade has announced it will pay a visit Friday morning to Sen. Page Cortez to urge him to vote against Sen. Robert Adley's SB 553, which the group is calling the "Big Oil Bailout Bill of 2014."