Prairie Home Cooking

Find down-home hospitality and good food without pretense in Louisiana’s Cajun prairie.

For an authentic Louisiana experience, don’t overlook this off-the-beaten-path region. Opelousas and the entire St. Landry Parish are filled with hidden gems and boast a heritage influenced by the French, Germans, Spanish, and American Indians who settled here. In Opelousas, stop by Savoie's Sausage for a taste of their Cajun smoked sausage, and grab a table at Back in Time for their Pearl Harbor salad—a longtime favorite. Hear charming Cajun and Creole French still spoken by the locals. Dance to accordion-fueled zydeco tunes, and shop for local art and antiques.

When it comes to cuisine, menus feature old family recipes. Smoked meats reign supreme, and hearty plate lunches are popular. Don’t be surprised to find the best meals in the most unassuming of spots, like a gas station. That's right, you can fill your tank while you fill your tank! Pull into Billy's Mini Mart in Krotz Springs and try the cracklins to see just what we're talking about. Speaking of cracklins, those delicious fried pieces of pork fat, try to time a visit during the Cracklin Festival held in Port Barre each November.

Other must-stops along this trail include Red River Grill, where the seafood and steaks earn high marks, and Fresh Catch Bistreaux. Both are in Marksville.

As you go, take in the beauty of the remaining prairie. Some two million acres were once covered with prairie land, hosting hundreds of species of native grasses and wildflowers. Much was destroyed because of agricultural practices, but there is an effort to preserve and restore the habitat. A good example exists in Eunice.

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    City: Arnaudville
    1023 Neblett Arnaudville, LA 70512
    This restaurant, overlooking Bayou Teche, has been serving great food for 30 years! Features daily plate lunches along with a full menu. Myran's fried catfish and boiled shrimp is hard to beat....
    City: Opelousas
    1618 North Main Street Opelousas, LA 70570
    Established in 1937, Soileau's offers fresh seafood, char-broiled angus beef, Cajun specialties. Family and candlelight dining, private banquet room and take-out available. Family owned and operated.
    City: Opelousas
    123 West Landry Street Opelousas, LA 70570
    Take a step back in time and experience the days of yesteryear in this old-fashioned setting. Scrumptious soups, award-winning salads and sandwiches. Save room for homemade desserts like our award...
    City: Port Barre
    17560 Highway 190 Port Barre, LA 70577
    Breakfast biscuits, burgers, po-boys, fried chicken, seafood, steaks and plate lunches served daily. BBQ lunches on Tuesdays and Sundays.
    City: Washington
    123 Church Street Washington, LA 70589
    A 50s style cafe that offers home cooked meals, homemade desserts, coffee, and beverages.
    City: Grand Coteau
    284 Martin Luther King Drive Grand Coteau, LA 70541
    A unique and homey café. Food is prepared fresh daily, including soups, salads and sandwiches, homemade desserts and daily specials.
    City: Opelousas
    5696 I-49 South Service Road Opelousas, LA 70570
    Specializing in authentic Cajun and American cuisine. Great breakfast and dinner specials, plus award winning white chocolate bread pudding. Breakfast is served from 6am to 11am and dinner is...
    City: Opelousas
    4932 I-49 North Service Road Opelousas, LA 70570
    Boudin, smoked boudin, boudin balls, carcklins, smoked sausage, smoked tasso, seasoning and many more cajun products. Hebert's ship anywhere and everywhere.
    City: Opelousas
    806 South Union Street Opelousas, LA 70570
    Deli serving plate lunches, salads and sandwiches.
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