Culinary Trail Signature Dish: Plate Lunch

Along the Bayou Bounty Louisiana Culinary Trail, plate lunches are a local favorite.


Chicken Fried Steak plate lunch at Landry's Cafe in Lafayette

Winter weather means cravings for comfort foods, and there’s no better way to indulge than with a Louisiana plate lunch. A plate lunch, sometimes known in other parts of the country as a meat and three, features down-home, local dishes such as smothered pork chops, rice and gravy, or crawfish étouffée. Typically served cafeteria-style, plate lunch menus feature large portions and change daily, but locals know which days of the week to find their favorites.

Lafayette, on the Bayou Bounty Trail, offers many great choices for those seeking an authentic plate lunch experience. Pat’s Downtown, Dwyer’s Café, Creole Lunch House and Landry’s Café are just a few popular spots, but you can find more at Lafayette Travel's Plate Lunch Experience.