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: Eunice
    123 South 2nd Street Eunice, LA 70535
    Ruby's offers wonderful Cajun and Creole dishes, steaks, seafood, po-boys, burgers and a children's menu. Boiled crawfish in season. Groups welcome in private space.
    City: Sunset
    818 Napoleon Avenue Sunset, LA 70584
    Specializing in Cajun cuisine as well as the best homemade pizza in the area. It also has a full service sports bar, complete with a large screen TV. 
    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
    840 Highway 167 Opelousas, LA 70570
    Smoked meats, canned preserves, boudin, cracklins, plate lunches, burgers **Cajun Swiss Twist**, and **BBQ Dinners on Sundays**
    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: Cankton
    613 Main Street Cankton, LA 70584
    The Cankton Drive Inn serves up great BBQ lunches on Sundays. Hamburgers and po-boys too.
    City: Opelousas
    1633 West Vine Street Opelousas, LA 70570
    Relax in downtown with a variety of coffee specialties. Mingle with locals at the old Parish & Trust bank building that was built in 1927 across the street from the historic St. Landry Courthouse...
    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: Sunset
    147 Oak Tree Park Drive Sunset, LA 70584
    Cajun specialty meats, po-boys and Cajun cuisine, create your own salads. Homemade plate lunches served daily. Stop and try our hot, spicy homemade boudin.
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