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: 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: 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: Eunice
    221 West Walnut Avenue Eunice, LA 70535
    Located in historic downtown Eunice, Ruby's has been in business for more than 30 years. Open for breakfast, drop in for the homemade biscuits and jelly - a local favorite. For lunch, visit Ruby's...
    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....
    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
    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: Washington
    311 North Main Street Washington, LA 70589
    The deli offers breakfast daily as well as a short order menu with burgers, fried chicken, salads and more. Deli closes one hour and fifteen minutes prior to store closing.
    City: Opelousas
    978 Kennerson Rd. Opelousas, LA 70570
    St. Landry Parish is where we live our culture. It is home to six registered LA Cultural Districts, a Boudin Trail, Cajun & Creole festivals and food, live public jam sessions, Acadiana's Antique...
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