To start my fourth visit to the region, I went to Prejean's. The seafood fondeaux was pretty good, but not as exciting as the menu description - too much cheese, not enough seafood. The grilled alligator (with alligator sausage) was excellent, as was the smoked duck/andouille gumbo.
Arriving in downtown after many places were closed, we checked out Dwyer's. The fried, breaded pork chops were slightly disappointing.
The next day, lunch was at T-Coon's on Pinhook. I made the tough decision to skip the tantalizing fried chicken in favor of something more exotic, so I got the smothered pork, which had a superb brown gravy. The crawfish etouffee was also very good.
We hit the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival that afternoon. The music was better than the food. I bought a combo that included crawfish in a white sauce and a seafood patty, decent but unmemorable. I also had a hurricane with minimal booze.
My girlfriend chose Charley G's for dinner. Normally I prefer formica joints with flourescent lighting, so I wondered if this place might be too upscale for me. But I'm glad I didn't let reverse snobbery get in the way of excellent food.
I got the redfish, with the unlikely but superb accompaniment of crawfish, mustand greens and celery root terrine. The bread pudding and pecan pie were very good.
Sunday's lunch at Robin's in Henderson was the crab platter, which I enjoyed very much. This shrimp dinner wasn't as impressive.
I had a pretty good chocolate shake at a tiny roadside place in Sunset, then it was back to Prejean's for dinner. The pepper jack shrimp was perhaps a little more Applebee's than Acadiana, but it was tasty nonetheless. The venison medallions and the seafood-over-fried eggplant were enjoyable.
The following day, breakfast at the downtown T-Coon's included an omelette with great smoked sausage. The jalapeno and sweet-and-spicy ice creams at the Tabasco factory tour were fun but not essential.
At Mulate's in Breaux Bridge, the duck was pretty good but the dirty rice was too liver-ish for my taste (I imagine it was more authentic than the other dirty rices that I liked.) The "speciality of the house," catfish with crawfish and a white sauce, was very good. But this place is a must-see for the atmosphere: lots of wood, a few trees, thousands of business cards hanging from the ceiling, good music.
The final breakfast was at the Pinhook T-Coon's. You may think bacon is merely bacon, but this place gets it just right. I'm used to northern gravy, so the gravy here was a revelation - I'm not sure what exactly was in it (presumably pork items) but it was a stunner.
I had smothered rabbit for lunch at Poche's. It had a tasty brown sauce. This was another tough choice as the crawfish etouffee looked great.