Top Restaurant and Culinary Experiences Outside Lafayette

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The area outside of Lafayette, St. Martin Parish and Cajun Coast encapsulates so much of Louisiana’s uniqueness, bringing together world-class seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, fresh produce and meats from local farms, and plenty of Cajun flavor to all of its dishes.
By LouisianaTravel.com Staff
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Crawfish Town restaurant's fried seafood
Crawfish Town USA is known for it's seafood and isn't afraid to deep fry.

Must Experience Food Outside of Lafayette:

St. Martin Parish - Breaux Bridge Area

Buck & Johnny's

This Breaux Bridge destination is the home of Zydeco Breakfast on Saturday mornings, as well as awesome lunch and dinner menus packed with Cajun dishes and lots of flavor.

The St. John Restaurant

The newly crowned Louisiana Seafood Cookoff Queen Chef Bonnie Breaux creates tasty dishes at this St. Martinville restaurant, known for its crab cakes and ribeye steaks. Taste why she won the crown.

Crawfish Town USA

Excellent quality boiled seafood is found at this Henderson restaurant, which is famous for its Cajun seafood dishes such as boiled crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo and more.   

Joie de Vivre

This downtown Breaux Bridge café offers a creative option for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cajun music jams are held every Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and there’s even more live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Babe's Sno Cones 

A longtime local favorite, Babe's has been serving up sno balls in St. Martinville since 1949. 

Learn more about restaurants you have to try in St. Martin Parish.

Cajun Coast Area - Morgan City, Franklin, Cypremort Point

The Morgan City Docks

Morgan City was once called the Jumbo Shrimp Capital of the World. You could say we’re shrimply excited about this industry. During the various shrimp season, you’ll find fresh shrimp being sold at the Morgan City docks.

Crawfish Docks

As the southernmost gateway to the Atchafalaya Swamp Basin, the largest overflow swamp in the U.S., we could also be called “home of the wild crawfish industry.” Employing more than 7,000 people directly or indirectly, wild crawfish has an economic impact of over 300 million to the state’s economy. While in the area, visit a crawfish dock during crawfish season in Pierre Part.

Bread Pudding

Bread pudding could be called the “gumbo of desserts” in Louisiana. Everyone has a different taste and different opinion about their likes and dislikes – rum sauce, whiskey sauce, with or without fruit cocktail, with raisins, without raisins. Regardless of its origins, Louisiana has claimed this dessert as its own. No visit is complete without a taste.

Latin Corner

Having left Cuba during the revolution, Frank Sterling landed in Morgan City with a dream of opening a traditional Cuban restaurant. That dream was realized when he and his sister, Sonia, opened Latin Corner. Serving traditional Cuban fare with a sometimes Cajun Twist, Latin Corner is not to be missed.

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival

The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival is held every Labor Day weekend. The shrimping and oil industries are admittedly strange bedfellows for a festival, but this event celebrates the livelihood of these two vital south Louisiana industries. A great cultural microcosm of Louisiana, the festival is everything great about the state – food, music, children’s activities, historic events and more.

Learn more about restaurants and culinary adventures in the Cajun Coast area.

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