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
    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
    978 Kennerson Rd. Opelousas, LA 70570
    St. Landry offers unique towns that are attractions all their own. Featuring art, antiques, historic architecture, the home of Zydeco music, live cajun music dances & jams, the Liberty...
    City: Krotz Springs
    24467 Highway 190 Krotz Springs, LA 70750
    Short-order menu with burgers, salads and po-boys is available. Step in next door, where locals frequent, to order boudin balls and cracklins.
    City: Eunice
    202 South 2nd Street Eunice, LA 70535
    Located in an old drugstore and men's store circa 1900's, Café Mosaic offers all flavors of coffees, sandwiches, a variety of sweets and more all served daily. Free WiFi.
    City: Arnaudville
    408 Market Street Arnaudville, LA 70512
    A down-home country atmosphere featuring breakfast, appetizers, chicken, burgers, po-boys and salads. Boiled crawfish and shrimp when in season.
    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: Eunice
    1601 West Laurel Avenue Eunice, LA 70535
    Local sports bar and restaurant.
    City: Eunice
    501 West Laurel Avenue Eunice, LA 70535
    Home-cooked plate lunches served Wednesday through Friday. Great southwest Louisiana barbecue Friday through Sunday. Be sure to call in early if ribs are on your list. Take-out orders only.
    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....
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