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: Leonville
    3802 Highway 31 Leonville, LA 70551
    Champagne's is known for their homemade plate lunches and fresh boudin (call for deli hours). King cakes are available during Mardi Gras season.
    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: Washington
    525 North Main Street Washington, LA 70589
    This is the last of the old steamboat warehouses on Bayou Courtableau, this brick building was built in the 1820s and restored in 1977. Enjoy cocktails on the deck overlooking the bayou, then feast...
    City: Opelousas
    806 South Union Street Opelousas, LA 70570
    Deli serving plate lunches, salads and sandwiches.
    City: Opelousas
    978 Kennerson Rd. Opelousas, LA 70570
    St. Landry Parish is where we live our culture. It is home to six registered LA Cultural Districts, a Boudin Trail, Cajun & Creole festivals and food, live public jam sessions, Acadiana's Antique...
    City: Opelousas
    1214 South Union Street Opelousas, LA 70570
    Daily plate lunches, variety of seafood dishes, hamburgers & sandwiches. Boiled crawfish and shrimp in season
    City: Arnaudville
    149 Fuselier Road Arnaudville, LA 70512
    Spend time with locals on the banks of Bayou Fuselier at Arnaudville's premiere coffee shop with complimentary WiFi. Enjoy coffee, iced drinks, salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups and fresh desserts....
    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
    2235 Creswell Lane Extension Opelousas, LA 70570
    Located in Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, this upscale dining and comfort food bring legendary Southern hospitality to the table at Blackberry's. The menu ranges from Pork Ribs to...
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