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 superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
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At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
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.
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.
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.