Culinary Trails in Cankton Louisiana
The abundance of fantastic food to be found throughout Louisiana can be a little overwhelming for some visitors, particularly if they haven’t sampled our fabulous indigenous cuisine before. How will you decide where to go and what to eat? To help you manage the choices, we suggest using Louisiana's Culinary Trails as guideposts. The Louisiana Office of Tourism and the makers of TABASCO® hot pepper sauce have laid out seven regional “trails” that traverse byways, prairies, marshlands and waterways that are great sources of some of the finest food you’ll ever enjoy. Discover some of the chefs and restaurants who are keeping the tradition of great food alive and thriving in Louisiana.
Cankton is centrally located within a few miles of numerous notable Cajun Country cities: Church Point (synonymous with the Courir de Mardi Gras celebration), Scott (the undisputed Boudin Capital of the World), Grand Coteau (home to more than 70 historic homes) and the de facto Cajun Country capital of Lafayette.
According to legend, Cankton's unique name derives from a man named Louis Aristide Guidry, who as a boy always carried a gun and duck call when hunting in this section of St. Landry Parish. Young Guidry would let his folks know when he was on his way home by sounding his duck call — cank, cank, cank. That sound became synonymous with Guidry, earning him the nickname "Cank." It stuck with him into adulthood. As he grew up and became a doctor, the local population also grew. Later in life, as one of the town elders (if not the town elder), local residents settled on a name that honored the man whom everybody knew as "Dr. Cank."