I love Creole/Cajun food and the restaurant on the grounds of Vermillionville has great food served buffet style. It is all you can eat too. I think it was about $12, and was worth every penny.
Favorite Dish: Great seafood and a superb shrimp chowder.
In Vermilionville, you can enjoy the authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine in La Cuisine de Maman. Try one of their home-style meals.
Favorite Dish: We had chicken & andouille gumbo, jambalaya and rice with red beans and andouille. It was good, but beware cajun food is quite spicy.
Pure Cajun-French ambience with Acadian relics decoration. Big Al, the 14-foot alligator captured in the Louisiana swamp of Grand Chenier, sits in the middle of the dining room. Live Cajun music nightly from 7pm & a small dance floor (you might have a glimpse at some Cajun dance)
Alligator, fresh seafood, steaks etc.
Breakfast & lunch too! Open 7am - 10/11pm daily.
Favorite Dish: Crawfish Platter: fried crawfish, crawfish etouffee, crawfish pie, crawfish boulettes & crawfish bisque, served with Cajun fries, dirty rice and a fried crawfish salad.
WOW!! Crawfish heaven if you're a seafood lover and big eater too!! (you can take home leftovers if you can't finish) Great way to sample the Cajun cuisine.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The live Cajun music begins at 7:00 p.m. daily and the house bands are Les Freres Michot (Monday's), Woody Daigle and the Cajun Five (Tuesday, Wednesday, and alternate Friday's), Nouveau Colur(Thursday's), and Gervais Matte and the Branch Playboys (Saturday, Sunday, and alternate Friday's).
Attire is casual.
Favorite Dish: I accidentally ate fried alligator from the mixed fried appetizer plate. I'm serious that I thought it was chicken. It wasn't until after dinner that they told me it wasn't chicken.
Gator Cove is some of the best, authentic Cajun food in Louisiana. This said my my in laws who live 5 miles away.
The crawfish are outstanding and I even loved the alligator.
Pull up on a Friday night, order up a couple of beers, 5 lbs of crawfish each and go at it!
The have a huge sink in the rear of the restaurant so people can wash the spices off! Make sure you do so before going to the bathroom guys - I heard some screams.
Seriously, a down home kind of place with amazing food.
And yes, they do have a gator farm out back.
Favorite Dish: Loved the Cajun Power Garlic Sauce! Put it on everything. My favorite was the catfish. Loved it.
The crawfish is great, but a lot of work. Have someone experienced show you how to work 'em.
This is definately one of my favorite restaurants in town. You can get just about any cajun specialty on the buffet, all you can eat for about $13.00 (kids are cheaper of course!). The dress code is very casual, after all, anytime you are going to be eating boiled crawfish you don't want to dress too nice! Jeans, even sweats are okay. The atmosphere is very laid back and the waitresses are friendly. You won't have any problems keeping your glass filled!
Favorite Dish: My favorite dishes on the buffet (that's the only thing we ever order is the buffet..who needs a menu!) would be the boiled shrimp, boiled crawfish, the twice baked potatos, and the fettucini....yum yum!
Community Coffee (the south's best loved Coffee since 1919) started CC's Coffeehouses in 1995 and hasn't looked back since. The first started in New Orleans on Magazine Street and then they spread throughout New Olreans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The Coffeehouses are laid back and have such a friendly atmoshphere. And the Coffee is unbeatable! Find one of the four in Lafayette and check them out if you like you Coffee served hot with great conversation.
Favorite Dish: Grande Mocha with the "works" or just a good old fashioned cup of Au Lait served New Orleans Style.
The walls are covered with a collection of artworks by world famous artist, George Rodrigue. Have a look at the Blue Dog prints and paintings while you enjoy great Cajun cuisine.
On Friday and Saturday nights there's live smooth jazz.
Favorite Dish: The Grilled Delcambre Shrimp Salad was delicious!
Blue Dog Cafe'
Favorite Dish: The Award winning Crayfish Won tons were created by their resident chef are the best horderves Ive ever eaten and the Corn and Crab Bisque...yumm is the best $4.50 you can spend in Lafayette. Blue Dog Cafe is owned by Rodrigue an artist who paints almost exclusively blue dogs and Cajun scenes so his paintings fill the restaurant. The sunday brunch is the best in town.
From someone who was born in Lafayette and has lived here 33 years here is where to eat. So you want to eat:
Burgers: Go to Pete's or Judice Inn. Both of these places are nothing pretty to look at but the burgers are great!
Po-Boys: Olde Tyme Grocery is hands down the best po-boy in town and is consistently voted #1 every year in a local newspaper poll. Chris' and Juliens are runner ups and make good po-boys. However when we have visitors in from out of town we take them to Olde Tyme. The place is small and gets very crowded but it is SO worth it!
Seafood: You ask me where I want to go eat and here's where I'm going.
Blue Dog Cafe (try the Sherwood Forest Brie Bisque, Seafood Wantons and pretty much anything else!), Prejeans (great cajun music and the food is always terrific). Lafayette's Restaurant, Nimbeaux's (hard to find but the food is delicious and priced right and the owners are the sweetest!), Dons Downtown, Richards in Abbeville and Blacks in Abbeville.
Boiled crawfish: Dwights, Crawfish Time, Gator Cove, Deaneaux's
You can't go wrong with any of these places. Randols and Mulates are good but too touristy and the food quality has gone down. Many people I know won't eat at either place.
Favorite Dish: Crawfish/shrimp and tasso pasta, fried seafood (try alligator!), seafood gumbo, crawfish ettoufee, crawfish bisque, boiled crawfish, crab au gratin, crab cakes.
Our food is the best in the world so eat up. Warning: our food is NOT healthy and we like it that way! Stay here too long and you will gain weight - just ask my Colorado native husband :-)
The Southside Bakery has the best burgers in Lafayette, hands down. They recently took tops in Lafayette, beating the longtime favorite Judice Inn. Their burgers are spicy and their pastries are not to be missed. I plan on getting one next time I am back in my hometown.
Casual dining & family restaurant with a mixture of Mexican & American food.
Some of the picks:
Mix of grilled American favourites, fajitas, burgers, steaks, boneless buffalo wings, Southwestern Eggrolls...
For Margarita lovers...quite a range to choose from!
Nice atmosphere, but be prepare to wait to be seated!!
Favorite Dish: New on the menu:
Mix & Match Grill - choice of 2 grilled mains, with steamed broccoli & mashed potatoes. Choices are grilled baby back ribs, grilled salmon w/ garlic & herbs, grilled shrimps ... (can't remember the others, but at least one of them is chicken).
We wanted to sample a taste of the local cuisine, but a) were traveling with our doggy pal, and b) weren't excited about paying the prices we were seeing on the menus of the better-known local Cajun and seafood places. Nancy had noticed a rustic-looking little place a block from the cathedral, so we decided to check this one out, too.
Serendipity triumphs over planning again. Yes, Johnson's Boucanière* is rustic, but in a fun and comfortable sort of way. The only tables are outside on the porch, and it was a cool, rainy evening so we decided on takeout, which is always easier when traveling with a pet, anyway.
We each ordered a small bowl of chicken & sausage gumbo, a smoked meat sandwich, and a side of slaw (always a good idea when ordering foods that just might be spicy).
* boucanière is French for smokehouse
Favorite Dish: We both loved the chicken & sausage gumbo! I'm not normally a big fan of gumbo, but the seasonings in this one were pleasing, with just a little kick - not enough to set off serious heartburn, and there were generous portions of meat, including several types of sausage made there in the shop. No seafood is included, and I was pleased to notice that okra was missing as well. (Perhaps okra is included when it is fresh, in season.)
[About that gumbo: I have been informed by folks professing to be experts on the matter that whatever we had was not gumbo! If it doesn't include seafood and okra, it simply is not gumbo. Whatever. We both like it, so I don't really give a rip what gumbo "elitests" think.]
The Judice Inn has been operated by the Judice family since 1947. The inn serves hamburgers, cheeseburgers, cold drinks and beer. To complete the authentic 1950s dining experience, end your meal with some old-fashioned ice cream.
I especially like their hot sauce, which they make homemade! This place has a very large selection of poboys. My coworkers had an oyster poboy and a "ragin cajun" poboy (ham boiled in crawfish boil) w/ lettuce, onions, and cheese.
Monday - Thursday 11:00 A.M. To 8:30 P.M.
Friday-Saturday 11:00 A.M. 9:30 P.M.
The locals definitely eat here and the waitress had that Louisiana charm/edge to her.
Favorite Dish: I had a spicy sausage poboy. Pretty good.