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Trip List by pen4hire

Stuff Your Face on a Road Trip to Cajun Country

Jun 13, 2006  Always exploring new cultures.
5.0 of 5 stars based on 6 votes

Eat your way through three parishes of Louisiana on a cultural road trip.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Basile, Mamou
  • Category: Roadtrip
  • Traveler type: Culture
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Fall
  • 1. Zydeco Cajun Prairie Byway

    This figure eight loop road leads you through the Cajun country west and north of Lafayette. Find maps and information on the Internet and at the tourism office in Eunice, Louisiana. Tune your radio to a French language station where accordions wheeze and guitars plunk Cajun and Zydeco music and loosen your seat belt to make room for all that food.

  • 2. Prejeans Restaurant
    Prejean's, Lafayette, Louisiana

    Start your food tour with this big barny restaurant on the edge of Lafayette. Big Al, the stuffed alligator, greets diners. The ambiance and menu are traditional, but a webcam in the ceiling allows you to call friends and alert them to watch you eating shrimp and rice.

  • 3. Cafe Des Amis, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
    Cafe' Des Amis, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

    In the small town of Breaux Bridge near Lafayette, Cafe des Amis joins antique stores along a wooden walkway. On Saturday morning Cajun music accompanies the Cajun food. Never mind the boring (but traditional) couche-couche. Go for the spicy boudin sausage.

  • 4. Acadian Cultural Center

    This museum is located in Lafayette, Louisiana and is part of the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park which has five different sections in Louisiana. The ranger at the Cultural Center pointed out photographs of Cajuns and said "You will notice that they all seem to be eating or partying. That's pretty true to life." Here you can get a grasp of what made the Cajuns what they are, where they came from, and how important seafood is to their livlihood and their menus.

  • 5. Vermilionville
    Vermilionville, Lafayette, Louisiana

    Vermilionville, right next door to the Cultural Center, has volunteers in costumes re-enacting early Cajun lives in restored and rebuilt 18th and early 19th century buildings. If you are lucky you may catch a cooking demonstration or eat in the traditional restaurant on the grounds.

  • 6. Chef Roy's Frog City Cafe, Rayne, Louisiana

    The place to go for crawfish in Rayne, which is known as the frog capitol of Louisiana. All these small towns have annual festivals, and most of the festivals focus on food. Rayne's is a Frog Festival even though they now raise rice and crawfish. Chef Roy caters Cajun food all over the country.

  • 7. Fezzo's Seafood, Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

    Very popular restaurant with branches in area of Lafayette. We ate at the Crowley branch while driving through town to see historic houses. Crowley's City Hall and town museum are in a historic building. There you can learn about the rice industry (yes they have a Rice Festival) and see a Cajun recording studio. The crawfish etouffe at Fezzo's was wonderful, but unfortunately they were out of green fried tomatoes.

  • 8. Mathilda's Country Kitchen, Eunice, Louisiana

    Mathilda's serves up what is called in these parts a "plate lunch." Barbequed meat, prepared in a smokehouse out back with secret sauce is served with beans, dirty rice, potato salad and a roll. For dessert have a peach cobbler and forget about counting carbs.

  • 9. D.I.'s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, Louisiana
    D.I.'s Cajun Restaurant, Basile, Louisiana

    Get directions and drive out country roads to this huge roadhouse in the middle of nowhere. A Cajun band keeps the joint jumping while waitresses juggle bicycle-tire sized trays of crawfish.

  • 10. Fred's Lounge, Mamou, Louisiana
    Freds Lounge, Mamou, Louisiana

    Open only on Saturday morning, Fred's draws Cajun music fans from far and wide. No food here, unless you count the tomato juice in the Bloody Mary's. An announcer speaking French introduces the rowdy musical show, broadcast live on the radio. Dancing encouraged. Toe tapping required.

  • 11. Nick's on 2nd Street, Eunice, Louisiana

    Casual but classy place that used to be a men's lounge and speakeasy. Just down the street from the Liberty Theater where you can see the live telecast Rendezvous des Cajuns music show every Saturday evening.

  • 12. Pig Stand, Ville Platte, Louisiana

    The Pig Stand draws fans to the tree-lined streets of Ville Platte with its homemade barbeque sauce. Typical plate lunches with sweet, smoky sauce in a small, plain restaurant.

  • 13. Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant, Washington, Louisiana

    Dining in a restored 19th century warehouse with a view of a bayou where steamboats used to carry goods from the Gulf of Mexico. Washington is full of antique stores and bed and breakfast homes, but Steamboat Warehouse is THE place to eat.