Road trip to CenLA this weekend yielded the following:
--The Pig Stand, Main St in Opelousas. Rumors of decent BBQ emanating from Pig Stand are completely unfounded. This joint slices a pork shoulder in 1 inch slabs, then sticks them on a griddle and slathers them with a kraft-style BBQ sauce. In true Acadiana style, they round out the $5 plate lunch with not one, not two, but THREE starches (potato salad, rice dressing, and beans). Pork was chewy, little flavor outside of the gloppy sauce. I heard, later in the day from a cousin, that ownership changed a few years back and quality has subsequently declined.
--Lea's Lunchroom, US 71 in Lecompte. Still justifiably famous for the pies. I wandered in at 10:30 on a Sunday AM, and about half of the usual pie selection was fresh from the oven. Crust is still homemade. I sampled pecan (big, meaty nuts), chocolate meringue (chocolatey, not overly sweetened), and cherry (the high-water mark--not too sweet, thickened with flour, tart, packed with fruit). Blueberry wasn't yet done, but I'll bet that it surpassed the cherry!