While a decent hotel on the inside, the lack of security is appalling. Not only was my truck broken...more
1500 Hwy. 30, Gonzales, Louisiana, 70737, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
1740 W Hwy 30
Good for: Families
As the new advertising says, Wendy's is open late. We have a Wendy's at Hwy 30 and I-10. It is just outside the Tanger Mall. It's a Wendy's, and I figure most travelers don't need any more description than that. Berthelot's is a 24 hour truck stop in Saint Gabriel and is on Hwy 30 just 9 miles from I-10. I describe Berthelot's in more detail on my...more
Another great place to get true local food is The Jambalaya Shoppe. The Jambalaya Shoppe is located on Hwy 61 just south of the Hwy 44 intersection. They serve primarily jambalaya, and the biggest decision is usually how much to get. I usually just get the size that feeds two and comes with a roll. It costs about $7. The roll is okay but no better...more
DeAngelo's Pizzeria is at exit 173 off I-10 directly behind the Burger King. DeAngelo's is a chain with about seven or eight restaurants located in the Baton Rouge area. I don't know whether they are statewide, national, or just local. DeAngelo's is a good little Italian restaurant serving primarily pizza pies and calzones. They also serve wines...more
My favorite restaurant in Gonzales is Mike Anderson's, and I've already mentioned it on this page and given a long description on my Louisiana page. I'll take a few minutes to describe some of the other eating fare in Gonzales. Sno's Seafood Restaurant is considered the other nice restaurant in Gonzales. It's on Hwy 61 as one leaves Gonzales going...more
Sugar's is a bar located in the Holiday Inn next to Mike Anderson's Seafood restaurant. I rarely go to bars, so I don't know how it compares to others. If one orders food, it comes from Mike Anderson's, so it is good. Originally, the next sentence in the previous paragraph said: 'Otherwise, it's usually just like a dark room off the restaurant.'...more
I've never been inside Junction 44, but they have a wooden building with a rebel flag on the porch. I know of at least one lingerie show that they've held on a Thursday night. I don't know whether that's a normal Thursday night thing for them. It's probably an okay place, but it probably caters to the good ol' boy set.more
52 Reviews and Opinions
Gonzales is a pretty nicely integrated little town. You won't arrive to find yourself the only white in a town of black strangers or the only black in a town of white strangers. We have fewer members of other groups, but the industry along the river draws a pretty diverse talent pool.
There is one important warning about planning to stay in Gonzales either as a jumping-off point for other Louisiana travel or just as a place to spend the night while driving I-10. The warning is that there are industrial facilities along the Mississippi River all the way from New Orleans to Baton Rouge and beyond each of these cities. These...more
There are a fair number of people here who get around by riding bikes or walking along the main roads. They aren't out doing it for sport. That's how they get around. Unfortunately, many of them don't have lights on their bikes and don't carry lights when they walk. They don't always wear light clothing, and some have darker skin. The danger is...more
I'm not one of those snobs who has to say something horrible about all fast food places. As a general rule, I like fast food. I like not having to wait a long time for my food. I like being able to take food home so that I can sit at my kitchen table and read while I'm eating. I understand that working at a fast food restaurant is considered something of a dead-end job, and I don't expect the folks there to treat me like royalty. I do expect them to be reasonably competent.
With this introduction, I have to say that I've had bad luck at the Burger King restaurants around Gonzales. We actually have three of these places, and I was surprised to learn that a place as small as I thought Gonzales was would rate three. Unfortunately, I've had some bad luck at each.
One is located on Hwy 73 at exit 173 off of I-10. In the original version of this tip, I hit this place pretty hard for not being organized and not having any employees who seemed to know what they were doing. I still occasionally run into trouble here, but overall it has gotten much better.
Another is located on Hwy 30 at exit 177 off I-10. I've been there twice. Once, everything was okay. They were out of onion rings the second time. Maybe that was a fluke, so if you like Burger King, I'd recommend that one.
The third one is on Airline Hwy. When I went there, the guy was preparing my drink and for some reason had to dump the ice. He walked to a trash can, tilted the cup to put the ice into the trash can, and pressed it all the way into the can to push some other stuff down. When I protested, he gave me another cup, but I was not encouraged at that performance.
It isn't actually off the beaten path at all, and no one coming through could miss it. However, Gonzales has a Tanger Outlet Mall, and I don't see any good category for it. For the most part, I don't find it very exciting, but shopping isn't exactly a 'guy' thing. The one exception is the bookstore outlet. I recently came home with six books including three or four hardbacks for about $25. Getting excited about books may prove that I'm old and boring, but I mention the mall because I've heard some people actually make trips to shop at these places.
If you have never been to gonzales you should visit the plantations. Plantations are houses that have been around since like WWI. they are remarkable land sites and are really interesting to learn about.
Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories in Gonzales is boat riding. Gonzales is a small town so when you go boat riding you'll end up in other small towns too, but all in all boat riding is a favorite past time of mine.