"So Good You'll Slap Your Momma"

Acme Oyster House - New Orleans

724 Iberville Street – 504 522-5973
Four locations in Louisiana plus one in Sandestin.


Anna's Pies - Lake Charles

2323 Moeling Street, 70601 - 337 436-1166
This African-American entrepreneur produces 40 different flavors of pies and cakes with her son Carl.  Anna tells us the most popular pies are Sweet Potato and Pecan although her Rum Cake has also garnered a lot of attention.  They are happy to accept custom orders and they ship all over the US.  I stopped in on a Saturday afternoon.  While the bakery is located in an old tin building that somewhat resembles an aircraft hangar.  An elderly black gentleman was holding down the fort ... baking pies and greeting walk-in customers.  I selected a personal size Sweet Potato Pie for $1.50.  In the great Louisiana tradition of Lagniappe (a little somethin' extra) I was given a free personal Pecan Pie.  He said he could do this because the crust on one edge was slightly burnt.  Asking for my honest opinion, he asked, "If you don't think this tastes just like Grandma used to make, call me long distance and I'll pay for the call."  Needless to say, I didn't have to make the call; the Pecan Pie was outstanding ... freshly made with a homemade, sweet and crunchy crust.  Don't let the run down appearance of the neighborhood scare you off.  A trip to Anna's is well worth the adventure.  Anna's Pies are sold at other outlets throughout SW LA ... including at the Lake Charles Ice Pirates Hockey games!


Bayou Boudin & Cracklin - Breaux Bridge

100 W. Mills Ave. - 337 332-6158
An historic B&B café attached to a series of cabins along the Bayou Teche.  Famous for their boudin, cracklin and hogs-head cheese.


Bayou Delight – Houma
4038 Bayou Black Drive - 985 876-4879
Their Cajun platter features fish, shrimp, frog, oysters, crawfish and gator served with a tasty Boudin Ball.


Benoit's Country Meat Block – Addis
7251 Highway 1 South - 225 749-3869
Closed Sundays, open Monday through Friday from 8am – 6pm and Saturday from 8am – 1pm.  A second location at 5712 Commerce Street in St. Francisville (225 635-3122).  "Fresh meats, homemade specialties, and country-style service." Smoked sausage, Po boys and plate lunches are offered along with boudin balls, andouille, tasso and gumbo.  You can even get hot tamles here.  John and Verbie Benoit supervise the smoking of 1200-1500 pounds of meat per day in the winter months.


Bergeron’s Boudin & Cajun Meats - Port Allen
760 Highway 415 - 225 338-0921



Best Stop Supermarket, The – Scott
615 Highway 93 North - 337 233-5805
In 1986, Robert Cormier opened The Best Stop in his hometown of Scott (just west of Lafayette). Today, it’s not just friends & neighbors lining up for a few hot links of spicy boudin; customers from all over the world now purchase about 10,000 pounds of boudin from them each week. The sign out front ("Quality Meat, Boudin, Liquor") pretty much says it all, y'all. Cormier told the SFA what makes his boudin so special: "It’s the pride that we put in our work and quality meat and we do it the same way every day for 20 years. We’ve never changed anything because people—the customers tell us not to change anything because you might mess it up."


Big Fisherman Seafood – New Orleans
3301 Magazine St – 504 897-9907
Not too touristy seafood joint and fish market.  Dive in!


Bilello's – Houma
7913 Main Street – 985 872-2220


Billeaud’s Meat & Grocery – Broussard
111 E. Main Street - 337-837-6825
Open every day. 


Bon Creole Lunch Counter – New Iberia
1409 East St Peter Street – 337 367-6181
Dixie Dining review

Po Boys!  Open Monday through Saturday 11am-9pm; Sunday 11am-2pm BBQ only.


Boudin King - Jennings
906 W Division Street - 337 824-6593


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581 Saizan Street - 337 585-6261
"Home of the Original Jalapeno Sausage Cheese Bread".  Shannon and Chad Bourque manage this fine establishment, which has been serving the area for many decades.  The business was founded by their grandfather, who is remembered by one and all as "The Boss" and who is pictured throughout the store, on the company's product packaging, and on the store's business cards. In our very first visit to Bourque's, we discovered three products that deserve our highest rating --- the Original Jalapeno Sausage Cheese Bread, the homemade spicy beef jerky, and Bourque's delicious pork boudin (a A+ rated meat product on www.boudinlink.com
). I told my wife that the cheese bread should be called "You Gotta Be Kidding Me!" bread.  It is so darn good you will surely be mumbling "You Gotta Be Kidding Me!" as you work you way through this 3-course meal in a loaf.  order all three products (and many more) from Borque’s website listed above.  We guarantee you will not be disappointed!


Boutte's Bayou Restaurant - Lafitte
5134 Boutte Street - 504 689-3889
Casual dining for over 25 years.  Seafood is the specialty. Closed Mondays.


Brocato, A. Ice Cream – New Orleans
214 N. Carollton Avenue – 504 486-1465

Dixie Dining review 



Cabin, The - Gonzales
5405 Highway 44 - 504 473-3048
"World Famous Chicken and Andouille Gumbo.”  Open 7 days a week.  The building was originally one of the slave quarters from the old Monroe Plantation.  Seafood, steaks, generous Po-boys served daily.  Sample the Po-Boy called a Pirogue, named for a bayou canoe (it’s about as large!).  A large loaf of bread is hollowed out and filled with shrimp, fried fish and oysters.  Yum!


Cafe Du Monde - New Orleans

1039 Decatur St - 800 772-2927
World Famous for Beignets and Cafe Au Lait; a New Orleans landmark!


Café Vermilionville – Lafayette
1304 W. Pinhook Road - 318 237-0100
There's no restaurant in Lafayette where you can't wear jeans. For evidence: Vermilionville. Hands down the premier elegant restaurant in town, people still show up in shorts to check out what the chef has going that week.  The menu changes according to the freshest available ingredients. Lafayette's first inn, founded in 1818, offers a wide selection from duck to lamb to steak and seafood, prepared decadently and like nowhere else. A mix of New Orleans imagination, the Cajun trinity and sky-is-the-limit flavor, this is the finest fine dining in Acadiana.


Cajun Boudin Stop – Opelousas
1691 Hwy 167 N - 377 826-5951


Cajun Cafe - Lake Charles
329 Pryce Street - 337 439-3722
Voted best plate lunches in SW LA for the last few years.


Cajun Claws - Abbeville
1928 Charity Street – 337 893-9437


Camelia Grill - New Orleans
626 South Carrollton Avenue – 504 309-2679
Take the St. Charles streetcar out to this classic diner in New Orleans famous Garden District.


Casamento's - New Orleans
4330 Magazine Street - 504 895-9761


Central Grocery - New Orleans
923 Decatur St – 504 523-1620
Check out the Muffaletta sandwich!


Charlie T's Specialty Meats - Breaux Bridge
530 Berard Street - 337 332-2426
Open everyday from 6am-6pm. Boudin, andouille, tasso ...check 'em out!


Charlie's Steak House - New Orleans
4510 Dryades Street - 504 895-9323
Open Tuesday - Friday for lunch and dinner and dinner-only on Saturday from 5pm - 10:30pm


Check-In Check-Out Deli - Slidell
5864 Glause Blvd - 985 326-8136
This deli serves up a mean Po Boy with somewhere near 20 different kinds to choose from. Go for the shrimp or roast beef varieties --- both are said to be mighty tasty.


Chef Roy's Frog City Cafe - Rayne
1131 Church Point Highway - 337 334-7913
Fried frog legs or frog legs etoufee.  Oh yeah, they have crawfish, too! Chef Roy Lyon's knows his stuff.


Chez Jacqueline – Breaux Bridge
114 East Bridge Street - 337 507-3320


Chop’s Specialty Meats - Broussard
1019 Albertson Parkway - 337 837-6446


Chris' – Lafayette
1941 Moss Street – 337 237-1095
Po boys and gumbo are the specialties here.


Cochon – New Orleans
930 Tchoupitoulas Street – 504 588-2123
Dixie Dining review


Cochon Butcher - New Orleans

930 Tchoupitoulas Street - 504 588-7675


Country Ridge Express – Opelousas
4932 I-49 North Service Road, Exit 17 - 337 942-8828


Crazy About Crawfish – Breaux Bridge
1505 Rees Street – 337 332-3071


Crescent City Brewhouse – New Orleans
527 Decatur St – 504 522-0571
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the Brewhouse serves up live jazz nightly, great microbrews and good food to boot.


Crescent City’s Creole Turtle Chili

2 lbs ground turtle meat (available at many seafood markets. 

Your butcher may need to grind the meat.)
1 jumbo onion, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 tablespoon coriander
1 tablespoon marjoram
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon Italian seasonings
½ tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh garlic
1 tablespoon white pepper
2 cups cooked black beans
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 quart chicken stock
6 oz dry sherry
4 bay leaves
1 cup brown roux
½ cup diced fresh tomatoes
½ lb. shaved smoked Gouda cheese
tortilla chips (for garnish)

In a large saucepan, saute vegetables in 2 oz cooking oil until soft. 

Add the turtle meat and cool until browned. 

Add all spices, tomato paste, sherry, diced tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes on low heat. 

Add chicken stock, holding back 2 oz) and brown roux and cook for 10 more minutes. 

Simmer on low heat until thick.  Add the remaining chicken stock to thin if necessary. 

Garnish with black beans, smoked Gouda and tortilla chips.


D.I.'s Restaurant - Basile
6561 Evangeline Hwy - 337 432-514
Crawfish, Fresh Seafood, and Steaks and live Cajun music. Open Monday through Friday for lunch and Tuesday - Saturday for dinner.


Domilise Sandwich Shop - New Orleans
5240 Annunciation Street - 504 899-9126
A true blue collar dive known for their excellent seafood or sausage Po Boys.  Someone once said this joint is "So Outdated It's Glamorous." Serving folks in Uptown NO for more than 70 years.  Open Monday - Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  You may want to order up a po-boy for all three meals! Try the "Pepper Wiener" ... something like a Crecent City chili dog. You'll bark for joy!  Closed Thursday and Sunday.


Don's Seafood Downtown, The Original – Lafayette
301 E. Vermilion - 318 235-3551
Dixie Dining review

Before and throughout the revitalization of Downtown, Don's stood as a draw to break off the Johnston Street drag and grab a taste of what makes Lafayette great. Dating back to 1934, Don's Seafood is often imitated but never duplicated. From their lunch specials that are amazingly affordable and overwhelming, to their dinner choices that run the same, their fresh selection of seafood and steaks and killer gumbo is a champion in any division.


Don’s Specialty Meats – Scott
730 I-20 Frontage Rd - 337 234-2528
Dixie Dining review

Also located in Carencro at 104 Hwy 726.  Open every day


Dunbar's - New Orleans
501 Pine Street - 504 861-5451
Now located in the on-campus cafeteria of Loyola University Law School.  Katrina can wreck buildings but can’t ruin good food.  Open 7am-5pm.


Dupuy's Oyster Shop - Abbeville
108 South Main Street - 337 893-2336


Dwyer's Cafe – Lafayette
323 Jefferson Street - 337 235-9364
"The Best in Home Cookin'" is the motto at Dwyer's. They have been open since 1965. Fresh shrimp salad and good gumbo (try the chicken and sausage variety). Affordable plate lunches are offered daily.


Earl’s Food Center – Lafayette
510 Verot School Road – 337 237-5501


Edwina’s Cajun Cooking – Thibodeaux
Next to Zam Swamp Tours
136 Kraemer Bayou Road - 985 633-7881
Authentic Cajun setting, Edwina’s serves seafood, catfish, gumbo, and gator. Lunch and dinner 7 days a week

Elizabeth's Restaurant - NOLA

601 Gallier Street - 504-944-9272



Eunice Superette – Eunice
1044 Highway 91 - 337 546-6041


First & Last Chance Cafe – Donaldsonville
812 Railroad Avenue - 225 473-8236
Open since 1921, serving griddle-cooked burgers and homemade onion rings. Yum ... Pass the ketchup, please!


Floyd’s Grocery – Opelousas
4269 Hwy 357 – 337 948-9328


Frank’s Restaurant – New Orleans
933 Decatur Street – 504 525-1602
Dixie Dining review


Franky and Johnny's Po Boys - New Orleans
321 Arabella Street - 504 899-9146
Some of the finest Po Boys in all of Louisiana; give them a try!


Fremin’s Food & Furniture - New Iberia
603 F West Admiral Doyle Drive – 337 365-6657


Grayson's Barbeque – Clarence
5849 Hwy 71 - 318 357-0166
Open 9am-8pm Monday through Saturday; ‘til 7pm on Sunday


Guidroz Food Center – Lafayette
1301 E. Simcoe St – 337 235-5757
Opens at 7:30am


Gumbo Shop - New Orleans
630 St Peter St - 504 525-1486


Hackett's Cajun Kitchen - Lake Charles
5614 Gerstner Memorial Boulevard - 337 474-3731
Voted the best spot in Lake Charles for plate lunches, their Cajun-Creole menu features Boudin.  Casual setting, open Monday – Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Hansen's Sno Bliz - New Orleans
4801 Tchoupitoulas Street - 504 891-9788
The Hansen family invented the shaved ice machine in 1939. Ask for a little condensed milk on the top if you like your shaved ice with a more creamy texture.  Call ahead for summertime hours.  This place is a national treasure.  Get to Hansen's next summer and CHILL OUT!


Hawk’s Crawfish Restaurant – Rayne
415 Hawks Road - 318 788-3266
Two words --- boiled crawfish! If there's a place that fits the title out of the way, it's Hawk's. It's the way-out crawfish haunt for lovers of spicy, juicy and huge mudbugs. Located in the wilds of Acadia Parish, you'll have to travel down a wooded road -- "just as you think your lost, you're just about there!" They offer other seafood selections, but in the throes of a good season, it's hard to find anyone not pinching a few plump tails.


Hebert’s Meat Market & Slaughterhouse – Abbeville
7630 West LA Highway 338 – 337 893-5688

Hebert’s Specialty Meats – Maurice
2101 E. 71st Street – 918 298-8400
Dixie Dining review


Herby K's – Shreveport
1833 Pierre Avenue - 318 424-2724
Locally famous "hole in the wall" has served many famous people; in business at the same location since 1936; specialty of the house is the "Shrimp Buster"; tacky atmosphere, small menu, and low prices; Open Monday – Thursday, 11 am – 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 10 pm. Many claim this is the very best seafood in all of Shreveport.


Hollier's Cajun Kitchen - Sulphur
1709 Ruth Street – 337 527-0061
Cajun cooking, steaks and seafood just 3 blocks North of I-10. Rocking chairs on the front porch. Daily lunch buffet.  A seafood buffet is offered on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. House specialties include a good seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and Angus beef steaks. Frog legs, catfish, boiled crawfish and Po-boys also featured. Open for lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday and lunch only on Sunday.


Hymel's - Paulina
8740 State Highway 44 - 225 562-9910
Pronounced "EE-Mels," this joint was once a 1950's dance hall. Check out the boiled crabs and shrimp.


Jacques-Imo's - New Orleans
8324 Oak Street - Uptown - 504 861-0886
Great Fried Chicken and Creole-style Bouillabaisse.


Jay's BBQ - Baton Rouge
5734 Sherwood Forest Blvd. - 225 293-1232
Family owned since 1954. Po-boys and fine smoked meats served for lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Jerry Lee’s Kwik Shop - Baton Rouge
12181 Greenwell Springs Rd – 225 272-0739
Some say it’s the best boudin in town.  Open Monday through Friday from 5am-5pm; Saturday until 3pm.


Joe Cobb Bossier Bar-B-Q - Bossier City
203 McCormick St - 318 221-6512
Serving Q in downtown BC since 1952.

Joey K's - New Orleans

3001 Magazine Street - 504 891-0997


Dixiedining review


Johnny's Po Boys - New Orleans
511 St Louis St - 504 524-8129
"Even My Failures are Edible" claims Johnny DeGrusha, Sr. on the carry-out menu.  A New Orleans tradition located in the French Quarter, Johnny’s is rated one of the top value restaurants in the U.S. by Good Housekeeping magazine.  Established in 1950, Johnny's serves breakfast and lunch six days a week.  The Po-Boys are the specialty ... although they also serve up a good Jambalaya or Red Beans and Rice at affordable prices. Lovers of meat should try the Judge Bossetta sandwich made with ground beef and Italian and hot sausages. A homemade Bread Pudding is offered for dessert. Open Monday-Thursday 8am-3pm and Friday to Sunday 8am-4:30pm.  Highly recommended.


Johnson’s Boucaniere – Lafayette
1111 St. John Street – 337 269-8878
Dixie Dining review

In the tradition (and recipes) of the former Johnson’s Grocery from Eunice.


Joint, The - New Orleans
801 Poland Ave - 504 949-3232


Josephine’s Creole Restaurant – St. Martinville
830 S. Main Street - 337 394-8030


Joyce’s Supermarket – St. Martinville
1620 South Main Street - 337 394-5204


Juban's - Baton Rouge
3739 Perkins Road - 225 346-8422
Creole cuisine served in a New Orleans style atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday - Friday; dinner only on Saturday. Closed Sunday.


Judice Inn – Lafayette
3134 Johnston St. - 318 984-5614
Judice Inn has been serving the best hamburgers in town since Lafayette had dirt roads as major traffic arteries. At one point, the city was practically run from the back booth of the burger joint. One bite of their burgers, with that special spicy sauce and a helping of grease so generous your bag will be see through, and you'll see why. Plus their milkshakes are dynamite. You won't even mind the lack of French fries.


Keller’s Bakery – Lafayette
1012 Jefferson Street – 318 235-1568
Dixie Dining review


La Bella's (Catering and Deli) – Kenner
2218 Jefferson Hwy - 504 466-4675
Great muffalettas and jambalaya!


Lafitte's Landing Restaurant – Donaldsonville
404 Claiborne Street - 225-473-1232
Owner and Chef John Folse hosts "A Taste of Louisiana" on PBS. Located at the lovely Bittersweet Plantation.  Don't miss the magnificent Andouille Crusted Scallops with a sauce of pureed Greens.  Follow it with the Coconut Pie for dessert.


Lagneaux's Country Store/Chevron – Lafayette
2817 S. Fieldspan Road - 318 981-1054
During the week, Lagneaux's offers daily plate lunches ranging from pork steaks and pork steak sandwiches (imagine a huge chop slipped between two pieces of white bread) and stuffed pork roast with all the sides and even desserts. The gas station and convenience store sells lots of merchandise at a good price, plus they have their own meat market -- offering deer processing, boudin, beef jerky and cracklins. Their plate lunch menu is simple, homey grub. Sunday barbecue is worth noting. Tender chops, chicken, decent ribs and deer sausage are served with five sides. Not the choice of five sides, but five -- potato salad, cole slaw, cornbread dressing, baked beans, rice dressing -- sides!


Lagneaux’s Restaurant & Meat Market – Lafayette
445 Ridge Road – 337 984-1415


Lasyone's Meat Pie Kitchen - Natchitoches
622 2nd Street - 318 352-3353
Located in the town where "Steel Magnolias" was filmed, Lasyone’s is  famous for award winning meat pies and Cajun style Dirty Rice, Red Beans and Rice and Catfish Filet platters.  Save room for the "Cane River Cream Pie" for dessert. Open Monday – Saturday from 7 am – 9 pm.


Lea's Lunch Room – Lecompte
1810 Highway 71 South - 318 776-5178
Great homemade pies!  Lea’s was once featured on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Definitely worth the short drive from Alexandria.


Legnon's Boucherie - New Iberia
410 Jefferson Terrace - 337 367-3831
Open Tuesday to Friday from 7am-5:30pm and Saturday from 7am-1pm.


LeJeunes Bakery – Jeanerette
1510 Main Street – 337 276-5690
Dixiedining review


Liuzza'a - New Orleans
3636 Bienville Street - 504 482-9120


Mandina's - New Orleans
3800 Canal Street - 504 482-9179
Open daily at 11am; Sundays at noon. Po boys and red beans and rice alongside traditional Italian fare. Harry Connick, Jr. swears by the Po boys.


Mid-City Lanes Rock n Bowl - New Orleans
3061 S Carrollton – 504 861-1700
A very unique experience, this place combines bowling, live rock n’ roll, and New Orleans-style cuisine.  The menu includes a wide variety of Po-Boys along with  alligator, catfish, Gumbo, and jambalaya.  Sides are highlighted by Cajun fries and a Crawfish quesadilla.  Finish off your evening with some New Orleans Bread Pudding. Open Thursday through Sunday.  Call for hours of operation.


Middendorf's - Pass Manchac/Akers
30160 Hwy 51 South - 504 386-6666
Don't miss the thinly sliced Catfish Filets. Wash it down with an ice cold Dixie Beer.


Mosca's - Avondale
4137 Highway 90 West - 504 436-9942
Original chef once worked for gangster Al Capone. He lived to tell the tale, so the food must have been exceptional!  Cash only.


Mother's - New Orleans
401 Poydras - 504 523-9656
Open daily 7 am – 10 pm.  First opened its doors in 1938 and continues to be a favorite of locals.  Nothing fancy … just great food. Highly recommended!


Mulate's Cajun Restaurant - Breaux Bridge
325 West Mills Avenue - 337 332-4648

There’s also a location in New Orleans.


New Early’s Food Store – Scott
1410 St. Mary Street – 337 234-4592
Open every day ‘til 8:30pm


NOLA - New Orleans
534 St Louis Street - 504 522-6652


Old Tyme Grocery – Lafayette
218 W. St. Mary St. - 318 235-8165
If not for the best Po Boys in town -- crispy chewy bread and huge portions -- Old Tyme's panache could rely solely on the fries. Huge wedges of tater, deep-fried to greasy perfection, they are served in a medium-sized bowl (think cereal). This noisy slice of heaven pulls in all demographics. Their seafood Po Boy selections are a treat.


Parasol's Restaurant & Bar – New Orleans
2533 Constance Street - 504 899-2054
Irish pub with great Roast beef Po boys.


Parkway Bakery – New Orleans
538 Hagan Avenue – 866 755-9842
Dixiedining review


Pascal's Manale - New Orleans
1838 Napolean Ave - 504 895-4877
Known for their BBQ shrimp and oyster bar.


Pat's Fisherman's Wharf - Breaux Bridge
1008 Henderson Levee Road - 337 228-7512



Poches Market - Breaux Bridge

3015 Main Highway - 337 332-2108


Poor Boy Lloyd's - Baton Rouge
205 Florida Street - 225 387-2271
Specializing in seafood and Po-boys, Poor Boy Lloyd’s is one of Downtown's oldest restaurants.  Breakfast and lunch served Monday – Friday.  Daily lunch specials.


Poor Boy's Riverside Inn – Lafayette
240 Tubing Road - 337 235-8559
Fine seafood and gumbo at this popular locals hangout.  Good service and fair pricing make this place at hit.  Baked oysters, fried fish, stuffed flounder, or fresh crabmeat sauteed in butter.  It's hard to go wrong here in the heart of Cajun country.


Port Au Prince – Homer
3324 State Hwy 146 - 318 927-6792


Port of Call - New Orleans
838 Esplanade Avenue - 504 523-0120
Good burgers! Featured in the Spring 2005 issue of the "Oxford American."


Poupart’s Bakery – Lafayette
1902 West Pinhook – 337 232-7921
Dixiedining review

A wonderful bakery, they also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Eat in or carry out.  Closed Monday.


Praline Connection - New Orleans

542 Frenchman – 504 943-3934
Located just off the French Quarter, the specialty here is "Creole Soul Cuisine".  The  lunch menu can feature fried chicken livers, meat loaf, chicken (baked, stewed or fried), smothered pork chops, smoked sausage, turkey necks and wings, Gumbo, Po boys and BBQ ribs.  Side dishes include crowder peas with okra and rice, red beans and rice, and greens (collard, mustard or cabbage) and cornbread is served with all entrees.  The expanded dinner menu offers stuffed bell peppers, crawfish etouffee, and much more.  Fried softshell crawfish, alligator sausage, and hog's head cheese make for some unusual appetizers.  Although dapper waiters are sharply dressed with ties and 40's style black hats, Praline Connection offers a casual atmosphere.  Travel and Leisure magazine has noted: “This friendly, lively restaurant is the hottest spot for cooking in the Southern-Creole mode.” 


Prejean's - Lafayette
3480 US 167 N - 318 896-3247
Award winning Cajun cuisine.


R & O Seafood – Metairie
216 Metarie Hammond Highway - 504 831-1248


Rabideaux's Sausage Kitchen - Iowa
105 Highway 165 - 337-582-3184

Lunch only. Boudin and stuffed pork chops are good choices. Save room for a slic of homemade sweet dough pie for dessert. Dine at a picnic table outside.


Randol's Cajun Restaurant - Lafayette
2320 Kaliste Saloom Road - 337 981-7080

Cajun dancehall featuring live music, great food and dancing ... Opens at 5pm ... Music starts at 6pm.


Rees Street Market - Breaux Bridge
241 Rees Street – 337 332-2243


Richard’s Meat Market – Abbeville
117 Park Avenue – 337 898-0836
Dixiedining review


Richard's Seafood Patio – Abbeville
1516 S. Henry Street - 337 893-1693
First opened for business in 1957. Order the Boiled Crabs - some of the best in the South! Famous for Boiled Crawfish!  Opens at 5pm Monday through Saturday.


Rivershack Tavern - New Orleans
3449 River Road - 504 834-4938


Rocky and Carlo's – Chalmette

613 West St. Bernard Highway - 504 279-8323
Famous for their "Wop Salad," made with garlic, onion, olives, peppers, artichokes, cheese and more.


Roman Candy Company - New Orleans

5510 Constance Street - 504-897-3937

Hand-made taffy sold from a horse cart.  Track their location daily on facebook.

Ruby's Cafe – Eunice
221 Walnut Street – 337 550-7665
Shrimp and crawfish; the shrimp etoufee is said to be special.


Soileau's Dinner Club – Opelousas

1618 North Main Street - 337-942-2985
Established in 1937, Soileau's is famous throughout Acadiana for hand-cut ribeyes, homemade stuffings, and Cajun specialties, Char-broiled steaks and chicken.  Lunch is served daily until 3 p.m.   Clarence Soileau was elected to the Louisiana Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2001.  Try the gumbo, a Po-boy, or the tempting shrimp and crabmeat casserole.  The "Catfish Opelousas" is a signature dish - the mudcats are expertly grilled and then topped with a mix of crabmeat and crawfish.


Soop's – Maurice
8218 Maurice Ave. - 337 893-2462
Just over the Vermilion Parish line, Soop's offers excellent down-home flavor at very reasonable prices. Although the spot looks like a long mobile home from the outside, it's surprisingly roomy when you step inside. But that doesn't keep it from being packed on a Friday or Saturday night. The seafood platters and gumbo are excellent, but the overflowing shrimp Po boys are a real treat.

St. Roch Market - St. Roch

2381 St. Claude Ave. - 504-609-3813


Food hall; open til 11pm.


Suire's – Kaplan
13923 Highway 35 South - 337 643-8911
Suire's slogan is: "If you want country cooking, come to the country." Located in an old grocery store (with an ice bin out front) just south of Kaplan, Suire's serves up some of the best local gumbo. The portions on the seafood platter are big enough to make a "skinny man fat and a fat man weep." Their cuisine -- turtle sauce piquant, alligator poboys, homemade tarts and pecan pie, catfish topped etouffee -- has received rave reviews in The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News.


T-Boy’s Slaughter House - Ville Platte
2228 Pine Point Rd – 337 468-3333
Grocery store with their own line of seasonings and homemade boudin.

Trahan Foods – Rayne
601 N. Arenas St – 337 334-3162


Victor's Cafeteria - New Iberia
109 West Main Street - 337 369-9924


Villager's Café – Maurice
8400 Maurice Ave. - 337 898-1554
Villager's Café offers very good “poor” boys, way-too-generous helpings of big fat fries, chewy crispy bread, and great fried shrimp.


Warehouse No. 1 - Monroe
1 Olive Street - 318 322-1340
Famous Hushpuppies and catfish right on the riverfront.


Willie Mae's Scotch House - New Orleans, LA
2401 St. Ann Street - 504-822-9503
This is a tiny Soul Food joint in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, about a 20 minute stroll from the French Quarter.  Kerry Blackmon, Willie Mae’s great-granddaughter, sticks with the Soul Food standards of smothered pork chops, crispy fried catfish, bread pudding, etc.  Collard greens, flavored with bits of real bacon, are another sure bet at Willie Mae's.  Wash it all down with a tangy lemonade!


Yellow Bowl - Jeanerette
19466 State Highway 182 West - 337 276-5512
Dixiedining review

In business since 1923, and home to some mighty fine Louisiana seafood. Be sure to try the Crawfish Bisque!

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