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
    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.
    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: Port Barre
    16470 Highway 190 Port Barre, LA 70577
    This full-service restaurant features breakfast and a large menu selection with authentic Cajun and seafood dishes.
    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: 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: Port Barre
    17560 Highway 190 Port Barre, LA 70577
    Breakfast biscuits, burgers, po-boys, fried chicken, seafood, steaks and plate lunches served daily. BBQ lunches on Tuesdays and Sundays.
    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: 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: Opelousas
    840 Highway 167 Opelousas, LA 70570
    Smoked meats, canned preserves, boudin, cracklins, plate lunches, burgers **Cajun Swiss Twist**, and **BBQ Dinners on Sundays**
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