Top Culinary and Restaurant Experiences in New Iberia Area
Fresh seafood, Cajun staples, farmer's markets, rice mills and spice are just a few of the flavors to taste in the New Iberia area.
Iberia Parish is home the towns of New Iberia, Delcambre, Avery Island and others and it sits in the heart of the Bayou Bounty culinary trail. The area is rich in culinary experiences and famous foods like TABASCO® brand pepper sauce and KONRIKO® rice and seasonings. The area is abundant with locally grown produce and delicious seafood. See what flavors you can discover.
See the factory where TABASCO® brand pepper sauce is made! Tour the TABASCO® museum, witness the growing process of the pepper plants from seedlings to full-grown plants, then take a peek at how the sauce's aging process creates this spicy condiment. Even sample new foods (Tabasco soda, anyone?) and check out a wide array of branded products and souvenirs for sale at the TABASCO® Country Store. You can also take a food tour to experience Cajun food and culture at different local establishments, or brush up on your culinary skills with a cooking class.
Enjoy the charm of a bygone era and genuine Cajun hospitality at the historic Conrad Rice Mill, built in 1912. The mill is America’s oldest operating rice mill and a rare surviving example of a factory using a turn-of-the-century, belt-driven power transmission. A substantial portion of the mill’s original equipment is still in use today. Shop at the KONRIKO® Company Store, which offers rice from the mill, local seasoning products, as well as other food items, cookbooks, crafts, music and souvenirs from the region known as Acadiana. Free samples available. For any dietary concerns, there are many gluten free offerings.
Iberia Parish’s fresh harvest from local farms and the local waters are ready for you to take home at the many farmers markets around the area. Local produce, seafood and handmade goods are available at the Teche Area Farmers Market and Da Berry Fresh Market in New Iberia, GLC Farmers Market in Loreauville and the Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market in Delcambre. Custom farm tours, cooking demonstrations and workshops featuring grass-fed beef can be arranged at Gonsoulin Land and Cattle.
This marketplace located on the South Pier at the Port of Delcambre enables consumers to contact seafood producers directly through their website to purchase fresh shrimp and other seafood as it arrives at the dock. Delcambre launched its own brand of frozen shrimp and drum, Vermilion Bay Sweet, which is available at local grocery stores.
A local New Iberia favorite restaurant, Bon Creole dishes out overstuffed po-boys, seafood baskets, home-cooked plate lunches and boiled crawfish seasonally. They produce and sell Bowfin Caviar. The hole-in-the-wall eatery is one of Dave Robicheaux’s (James Lee Burke’s famous Cajun detective) favorite lunch spots.
Victor’s Cafeteria is the only place in Iberia Parish where you can officially visit Dave Robicheaux’s bait shop. Located in historic downtown New Iberia, Victor’s has been a tradition since 1969, and they know good Cajun cooking! You'll find big Southern breakfasts, homemade pies baked in a flaky puff pastry, crawfish cooked into spicy etouffées and so much more home-style cooking. Their coconut pie has been featured in several food magazines and they have been praised in the Boston Globe, and featured in Canada and France. Every Thursday morning, anyone can join members of the Breakfast Club to learn, teach and speak French.
Jane’s Seafood blends cultural diversity with Southern hospitality. They serve up boiled and fried seafood in a casual family friendly atmosphere, as well as a variety of Chinese dishes including their famous fried rice. The nightly line of locals in front of the eatery tells you how good the food is. Great place for boiled crawfish in season and specialty martinis.
The owners of Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens take great care in concocting delicious Cajun and Creole dishes featuring local ingredients, especially seafood. No fried food here, but sensational bisques, gumbos, étouffée, sauce piquante and homemade gourmet desserts will satisfy your cravings. Enjoy a relaxing lunch under ancient moss-draped live oaks overlooking Lake Peigneur. Owner Mike Richard recommends the seafood bisque featuring fresh, local seafood, and signature cocktail Sunset Peigneur.
Since 1981, the Romero and Maturin families have been Acadiana’s first choice for fresh local seafood. Their extensive menu includes fresh seafood dishes prepared with a Cajun flair highlighting the perfect combination of spices designed to delight your taste buds. Try this spot for boiled crawfish and crabs while in season and their Triple Chocolate Cake is out of this world.
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