i always check this site for restaurant recs when i venture forth into the great state of louisiana, so i thought i'd return the favor and post some recommendations. the BF and i stayed at a B&B in st. martinville this past weekend; here's a recap of our dining experiences. if you don't have time to read the whole thing, just make sure you go to catahoula's in grand coteau.
prejean's (lafayette; http://www.prejeans.com/): we had to go here when i realized they're the ones who make the pheasant, quail & andouille gumbo at jazz fest every year. the food was fine, but nothing spectacular; we were amused by our server's repeated apologies about the food taking a long time, when we thought it came out really fast. this happened nearly everywhere we went, so apparently the denizens of cajun country expect their food to materialize within seconds of placing their order.
cafe de petit paris (st. martinville): very cute little coffee place on st. martinville's main square that serves breakfast & lunch. we had lunch there, and my corn & crab bisque was so good that the BF ordered a cup after he finished his crawfish puffs. the salad was some iceberg lettuce and newman's own dressing in a packet, but the soup made up for it.
catahoula's (grand coteau): wow. a friend of ours who is a native of opelousas recommended this place, and it rocked. the only fine-dining restaurant that we found in the lafayette area that was comparable to what you expect in new orleans. in fact, we ate at dick & jenny's the week before, and i have to say catahoula's was better. don't miss it.
cafe des amis (breaux bridge): we had lunch here on easter sunday; very cute, and the food was quite good.
possum's (st. martinville): we kept joking that we were going to end up eating dinner here on easter sunday, because no place else would be open; it's a very nondescript looking little place on the main highway into town. sure enough, we ended up there on sunday night, but it really wasn't bad, and they do have an outdoor patio so you can escape the blaring TV inside. the lump crabmeat on my catfish entree was just as huge as the lump crabmeat on my dish at catahoula's the previous evening. the main problem was a lack of acceptable beverages: wine was out of the question, beer was a choice of flavorless domestics (no abita, even), so we opted for gin & tonics... but they had no tonic water. so we got gin martinis, and they each contained about half a bottle of bombay sapphire.
on the whole, good food, friendly people, a nice trip!
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