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: Opelousas
    1531 Union Street Opelousas, LA 70570
    For a hearty lunch featuring local homemade Cajun fare, this is the place. Daily plate lunches, burgers, and more. BBQ on Thursdays and Sundays. Catering available.
    City: Eunice
    East Laurel Avenue Eunice, LA 70535
    Rocky's offers fresh seafood, po-boys, steaks, gourmet burgers, stuffed potatoes, salads, and more  
    City: Eunice
    541 West Laurel Avenue Eunice, LA 70535
    Features breakfast, lunch and dinner served Cajun style. All home cooked food (nothing frozen) with free in town delivery and catering services available.
    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: Grand Coteau
    106 St. Joseph Street Grand Coteau, LA 70541
    Pauline and Donna are bakers with 20 years of experience. Their local homegrown bakery specializes in professionally made cakes decorated for weddings and any other occasion. Pastries and cake sold...
    City: Arnaudville
    1002 Noth Lane Arnaudville, LA 70512
    Bayou Teche Brewing was founded on this simple dream – to craft beers that compliment the cuisine and lifestyle of Cajuns and Creoles. With that mission, the Knott brothers decided on St. Patrick's...
    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: Eunice
    221 West Walnut Avenue Eunice, LA 70535
    Located in historic downtown Eunice, Ruby's has been in business for more than 30 years. Open for breakfast, drop in for the homemade biscuits and jelly - a local favorite. For lunch, visit Ruby's...
    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...
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