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: 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: Eunice
    East Laurel Avenue Eunice, LA 70535
    Rocky's offers fresh seafood, po-boys, steaks, gourmet burgers, stuffed potatoes, salads, and more  
    City: Port Barre
    581 Saizan Avenue Port Barre, LA 70577
    Cracklins, boudin and hot home-made plate lunches served daily. Don't forget Bourque's own jalapeno, sausage and cheese bread, which can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.!
    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.
    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: 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: 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: 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: Opelousas
    1633 West Vine Street Opelousas, LA 70570
    Established in 1941, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Burgers, po-boys, fried seafood and chicken. Plate lunches served Monday through Friday. Party trays available as well. Ask for the menu.
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