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
    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: 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
    East Laurel Avenue Eunice, LA 70535
    Rocky's offers fresh seafood, po-boys, steaks, gourmet burgers, stuffed potatoes, salads, and more  
    City: Opelousas
    135 West Landry Street Opelousas, LA 70570
    Open since 1927, this popular diner is still operated by members of the Doucas family, serving down home Cajun cooking. Try the daily lunch special and the most popular fried chicken salad.
    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
    2235 Creswell Lane Extension Opelousas, LA 70570
    Located in Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino, this upscale dining and comfort food bring legendary Southern hospitality to the table at Blackberry's. The menu ranges from Pork Ribs to...
    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
    1601 West Laurel Avenue Eunice, LA 70535
    Local sports bar and restaurant.
    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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