Don't Miss Dishes - Bayou Bounty Trail

Classic Cajun cuisine is on the menu in the Acadiana cities along the Bayou Bounty trail.
By Jay D. Ducote
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Cafe Des Amis Breaux Bridge
Wear your dancing shoes to Zydeco breakfast at Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge.

From boudin to crawfish, the Bayou Bounty trail will satisfy your Cajun food cravings.

Blue Dog CaféLafayette

Lafayette is the heart of Cajun country and thusly an excellent place to experience true Louisiana crawfish dishes. Blue Dog Café definitely knows how to make crawfish right with a variety of menu choices. One item is the impeccable crawfish enchiladas. The mix of a zesty blend of cheeses, Louisiana crawfish, onions and peppers drenched in a delicious cumin mornay sauce leaves the customers asking for the recipe.

Café VermilionvilleLafayette

Café Vermilionville is a historic landmark that takes you back the civil war. At that time it was an Inn, but the current restaurant still shows its true Acadiana heritage. The food served out of its kitchen is flawless. The turtle soup and the crawfish beignets are unforgettable menu items of which people cannot get enough. The beignets are blended with Louisiana crawfish, melted cheeses and bacon mire poix then drizzled with a spicy mustard aioli. 

Charley G’sLafayette

Charley G’s is a first class restaurant enjoyed by locals and out-of-towners alike. The restaurant boasts a comfortable ambiance that makes it perfect to take your significant other on a romantic date, or a great place to have a nice lunch. A favorite on the daytime menu is the Bluesiana Salad. The bed of lettuce features spicy walnuts and delicious dried cranberries topped with crumbled blue cheese and a sweet dose of extraordinary raspberry vinaigrette. 

Old Tyme GroceryLafayette

If you are driving through Lafayette and in the mood for the best po’ boy you will ever experience, Old Tyme Grocery is the place to go. Locals literally drool when they think about the succulent meats or tantalizing seafood fixed into a perfectly juicy loaf of French bread. Next time you make your way through Acadiana make sure you do not miss out on the opportunity to try one!

Bon CreoleNew Iberia

Each day of the week Bon Creole in New Iberia serves different plate lunch specials that people enthusiastically talk about non-stop. Whether it’s Monday and they are serving their traditional Louisiana red beans and rice or its Friday and they are serving their local crawfish etouffee or stuffed catfish atop angel hair pasta, people are filling the restaurant by noon to get a taste of what is on the menu!

Big Al’s SeafoodHouma

Big Al’s Seafood is a casual hotspot people love to take their families for a night of fantastic Louisiana seafood! The boiled crawfish are known to be the best in town, but starting off with the charbroiled oysters is definitely recommended. The oysters are superbly seasoned and fill your mouth with so many flavors that you cannot deny you want more. 

Atchafalaya CaféMorgan City

From their perfectly done crawfish pies to their succulent crab cakes, Atchafalaya Café in Morgan City is undeniably a local favorite. Utilizing nothing but local seafood deep fried in an amazingly flavorful batter, Atchafalaya Café is sure to hit the spot. Grab a mixture fried shrimp, catfish, and more to experience a mix of phenomenal flavors in every bite. 

Café des AmisBreaux Bridge

On Fridays and Saturdays Café des Amis opens up extra early to serve its patrons some traditional Louisiana dishes with their own twist at their Zydeco breakfasts. You cannot miss the Zydeco omelet, which is cooked with your choice aged cheese, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes. The omelet may sound ordinary but the way they make it, it’s everything but. Also, try their Zydeco Bloody Mary to complement the omelet with a little zing!  And don't forget to wear your dancing shoes.