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Café des Amis

140 East Bridge St., Breaux Bridge, LA - (337) 332-5273
Posted By Anne Ritchings on 5/13/2009 3:40:00 PM
We arrived at Cafe des Amis just after the doors opened for lunch and were greeted as if we were long-lost friends. We were seated at a table next to the front window where we could watch the passing scene and wave to passersby as they waved to us. Such a friendly place!

The restaurant itself is charming and proves that the spirit of the 60's is alive and well. The walls have been signed by the artists who have had a hand in decorating the place and the art provides nourishment for your aesthetic appetite while you wait for your meal.

I started by ordering corn and seafood bisque, thick with crawfish, shrimp, and corn. This was so rich and creamy; thank goodness it was only a cup. Kay ordered catfish nuggets with remoulade sauce. This was catfish as it should be: plump, juicy, and lightly--ever so lightly--breaded and fried. The star of the appetizers--actually, the star of the lunch--was the fried green tomatoes served with crab imperial as a sauce. The tartness of the tomato which had been fried to perfection was balanced by the sweetness of the crab. And this wasn't just claw meat; the chunks of lump crab meat were huge.

Kay ordered the half-and-half shrimp--half etouffee and half fried--for her entree. The fried shrimp were light and the etouffee delicately complex. I had the eggplant Napoleon: slices of fried eggplant with a layer of crawfish in between and topped with a gratin sauce. Another winner.

Breaux Bridge may be a bit out of your way if your traveling in Louisiana, but the Cafe des Amis definitely makes the trip worthwhile.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Fried Green Tomatoes with Crab Imperial
Catfish Nuggets
Eggplant Napoleon
Shrimp Half and Half
Corn and Seafood Bisque
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Fried green tomatoes with crab imperial was the star of a stellar meal.
"Fried green tomatoes with crab imperial was the star of a stellar meal."
Anne Ritchings





Thick with corn, crawfish and shrimp, this creamy soup could be a meal in itself.
"Thick with corn, crawfish and shrimp, this creamy soup could be a meal in itself."
Anne Ritchings


If you can't decide between fried or etouffee, this is the shrimp dish for you.
"If you can't decide between fried or etouffee, this is the shrimp dish for you."
Anne Ritchings


Who knew that crawfish and eggplant were natural partners?
"Who knew that crawfish and eggplant were natural partners?"
Anne Ritchings


Eggs Begnaud: a grilled biscuit topped with crawfish etouffee and/or crawfish au gratin and two eggs (with cheese grits on the side). In this case, Jane asked for her eggs cooked hard. They are covering a mountain of wonderful crawfish.
"Eggs Begnaud: a grilled biscuit topped with crawfish etouffee and/or crawfish au gratin and two eggs (with cheese grits on the side). In this case, Jane asked for her eggs cooked hard. They are covering a mountain of wonderful crawfish."
Michael Stern


These catfish nuggets were plump, juicy, and perfectly fried.
"These catfish nuggets were plump, juicy, and perfectly fried."
Anne Ritchings


Beignets come smothered with powdered sugar. There's nothing better with cafe au lait!
"Beignets come smothered with powdered sugar. There's nothing better with cafe au lait!"
Michael Stern


Gateau Sirop means 'syrup cake,' an extremely regional specialty here in sugar cane country. It has a deep, dark, spicy flavor.
"Gateau Sirop means 'syrup cake,' an extremely regional specialty here in sugar cane country. It has a deep, dark, spicy flavor."
Michael Stern


Oreille de Couchon, meaning 'pig ear' is in fact a thin roll of dough that is fried crisp and topped with powdered sugar. It is available here stuffed with boudin: a marvelous mix of sweet and savory.
"Oreille de Couchon, meaning 'pig ear' is in fact a thin roll of dough that is fried crisp and topped with powdered sugar. It is available here stuffed with boudin: a marvelous mix of sweet and savory."
Michael Stern


Scrambled Eggs Begnaud with cheese andouille grits.
"Scrambled Eggs Begnaud with cheese andouille grits."
Scott Jeffcote


Everyone dancing early in the morning... gotta love it!
"Everyone dancing early in the morning... gotta love it!"
Scott Jeffcote


Located in a former retail store, Cafe des Amis has seating right smack-dab in the window!
"Located in a former retail store, Cafe des Amis has seating right smack-dab in the window!"
Michael Stern


These icons are a beautiful, if unorthodox, addition to the decor.
"These icons are a beautiful, if unorthodox, addition to the decor."
Anne Ritchings


The walls of Cafe des Amis are an art gallery. On display here: 'Visions of Hope,' iconography by Sylvia Inzerella.
"The walls of Cafe des Amis are an art gallery. On display here: 'Visions of Hope,' iconography by Sylvia Inzerella."
Michael Stern


The art in the cafe provides nourishment for the soul.
"The art in the cafe provides nourishment for the soul."
Anne Ritchings


The building originally housed a coffin maker and this was part of the elevator that hauled the finished product to another level of the business.
"The building originally housed a coffin maker and this was part of the elevator that hauled the finished product to another level of the business."
Anne Ritchings


Blue skies and four-star Cajun cooking: life is good!
"Blue skies and four-star Cajun cooking: life is good!"
Michael Stern


A friendly place, indeed ... in Breaux Bridge, the crawfish capital of the world.
"A friendly place, indeed ... in Breaux Bridge, the crawfish capital of the world."
Michael Stern



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