Boiled Seafood from Randol's

Lafayette’s Culinary Scene Will Feed Your Soul and Your Belly

Lafayette is in the heart of Cajun Country where cuisine is king.

Oyster PoBoy in Lafayette Louisiana

The Lafayette area, the most densely populated region in Cajun Country, is the heartland of Cajun cuisine along the Bayou Bounty culinary trail. Did you know that Lafayette has more restaurants per capita than New Orleans, and even New York City? There are endless options in this restaurant-rich region.

The Best Culinary Experiences in Lafayette

Cajun Food Tours

The best way to experience the flavor of Louisiana! From the cozy, customized tour bus, you’ll learn the history, love the culture and, best of all, stop to taste the famous Cajun delights that make Lafayette so unique. They pick up from many area hotels and take you off the beaten path for tasting stops at local favorites around Lafayette. Expect to taste many Cajun originals like boudin, king cake, etouffee, gumbo, fried seafood, cracklin’ and more!

EatLafayette

EatLafayette is a celebration of the restaurants that make Lafayette’s culture so appetizing. The campaign gives locally owned restaurants the opportunity to showcase their cuisine. With a wide variety of restaurants offering mouthwatering specials, EatLafayette is sure to make dining out easier on your pocketbook. So join us as we manger (Cajun-French for “eat”) in support of Lafayette's one-of-a-kind restaurants.

Coconut Shrimp recipe from Charley G's in Lafayette, Louisiana

Coconut Shrimp from Charley G's.

Pizza from Bread and Circus

Pizza from Bread and Circus.

Boudin Sausage Trail in Lafayette Louisiana

Homemade boudin.

Cajun Boudin Trail

The Cajun Boudin Trail puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to discovering Louisiana’s best boudin and other regional specialty items, be it a pork chop sandwich, beef jerky, cheesy boudin balls, specialty sausages, cracklins, smoked meats, plate lunches, stuffed chickens or chili dogs. The area in and around Lafayette is the indisputable center of all things boudin. Lafayette even holds the annual Boudin Cookoff in October, where the top boudiniers come together to show off their skills. The city of Scott in Lafayette Parish is the Boudin Capital of the World and hosts the annual Boudin Festival in April. 

Plate Lunch Trail

The plate lunch is a popular choice when it comes to comforting soul food. Consisting of protein, a gravy-covered starch, a pair of vegetable sides, and a simple piece of bread — and often all served on a single plate — the plate lunch is rooted in the marriage of rustic, home-style cooking. Discover the people and stories behind some of Lafayette's oldest plate lunch houses.

Farmers Markets in Acadiana

One of the best ways to get in tune with the community is with a visit to a Farmers Market. There are an abundance of these markets in Lafayette and the surrounding areas – with local vendors ready to feature an abundance of produce, homemade treats, artisan trinkets, and more local products. Pick up a tasty treat – with options such as a sweet or savory pies, tamales, baked goods– or load up your bounty of fresh produce and cook up a delicious meal using one of our recipes.

T-Coon's Plate Lunch

T-Coon's Plate Lunch.

Bayou Teche Brewing Sign

Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville.

Lafayette Farmers and Artisan Market at the Horse Farm

Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market.

Acadiana Breweries

There are some great breweries in the Lafayette area – perfect for washing down all the local delicacies. Parish Brewing has been making a name for itself since 2008. The company’s flagship brew is Canebrake, a refreshing wheat ale brewed with Steen’s Cane Syrup from nearby Abbeville. In 2013, Parish released a double IPA called Ghost in the Machine. Today, Ghost is a widely renowned beer that has gained praise from enthusiasts around the world, even earning a Best of 2019 award from Craft Beer & Brewing magazine. Bayou Teche Brewing is another favorite. Their flagship beer is Bière Pâle – a Louisiana Pale Ale designed to pair with all local cuisine. Other beers from the brewery include Swamp Thing IPA, Cinco De Bayou Mexican Style Lager, DDH Cocodrie IPA, Acadie French Farmhouse Ale, and Ragin' Cajuns Lager & Ale. You can often find events or cookouts going on at the brewery paired with local food trucks. Also located on-site is The Cajun Saucer Wood Fired Pizza kitchen, which offers authentic wood-fired pizzas to pair with your brew.

Last Popeye’s Buffet in the World

 A unique experience you can only find in Lafayette – the Popeye’s buffet! The last existing Popeye’s buffet in the world, that is. People drive from near and far just to fill their plates with their famous crispy fried chicken, silky mashed potatoes and gravy, red beans and rice, biscuits, mac and cheese, coleslaw, perfectly seasoned Cajun fries and more. Legend has it that the late Anthony Bourdain dined here for three days in a row when he was in town filming for Parts Unknown. We suppose anything is possible with the never ending helpings of appealing menu options!

 

Learn about more restaurants in Lafayette and the surrounding area, and come hungry!