I have enjoyed Cajun food for a long time and even learned to cook a good bit of it myself. See for example, Making Brown (Country) Jambalaya and Making a Great Gumbo. So I was excited to be going to one of the home bases of Cajun cooking in the Lafayette Opelousas Area. Here is what I found. It did not disappoint.
On the way I went to Houma where my father used to take me fishing in the 50s. I ate lunch at A-Bear’s Café, 809 Bayou Black Dr., Houma, LA, 985-872-6306. I had a shrimp sampler with shrimp gumbo, fried shrimp, stuffed shrimp, and shrimp cakes, along with red beans and rice.
On my first night I went to Prejean’s, 3480 NE Evangeline Trwy, Lafayette, LA (337) 896-3247 that has live Cajun music. I had crawfish sampler – crawfish bisque with a nice thick roux, fried crawfish tails, crawfish corn bread, crawfish etouffee, and corn pie. Everything was wonderful.
For dinner I ate at Randol's Restaurant, 2320 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette 337-981-7080. It also has live Cajun music. I heard Terry Huval & The Jambalaya Cajun Band. I enjoyed 3 lbs of boiled crawfish in a spicy boil. I almost finished them. They were really good.
In the morning I sampled some great food at the Savoy Music Center Cajun Jam I reported on last week. Great food was shared. There was some hot boudin sausage, pecan pie, red velvet cake, and hogshead cheese. I probably do not want to know what is in last item but it was delicious and I had more.
The next day I ate lunch at The Taco Sisters 407 Johnston Street, Lafayette. I had a smoked fish taco and a smoked shrimp taco. They were amazing.
For dinner went to the Pont Breaux Cajun Restaurant, (formerly Mulate's), 325 West Mills Avenue, Breaux Bridge. They had live Cajun music. I had shrimp gumbo and baked duck with rice dressing. I could not get enough of it.
The next day I went to 2Paul's Radically Urban Barbecue, 2668 Johnston St. Suite C-4, in Lafayette. I had the sampler with ribs, brisket, sausage, pulled pork, fried potato chips. It was moist and as good Cue as I have had anywhere. They were really nice and let me stay after they closed to watch the Saints game until the Saints had the victory well in hand.