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Prejean's

3480 N. I-49, Lafayette, LA - (337) 896-3247
Posted By Josh Nieman on 6/14/2008 11:07:00 PM
As a longtime road traveler, and resident of the heart of Cajun Country, I must profess that Prejean's restaurant is a common place for a Cajun destination, but not a place that is iconic to the land.

Prejean's is just one more of the long line of restaurants that sell food made with generic Cajun recipes, to anyone willing to eat for no reason other than to say that they have eaten something Cajun. Prejean's offers nothing of the culture of a good hearty Cajun meal made by people who truly personify the region. Prejean's is visited mostly by tourists, and any local will tell you not to step foot in those doors! Sure, you'll get a tasty hot meal there. You will not, however, be experiencing anything Cajun.

If you're seeking the greatest of Texas steaks, cooked to perfection, and want to experience some of the culture surrounding it, do you go to Austin and eat at Applebee's? This is essentially what Prejean's is to folks around here.

I recommend any plate lunch restaurant over Prejean's any day of the week. There is nothing Prejean's has to offer that is unique to the area, or even competitive. Instead, go get some food from Miss Murline at the Creole Lunchhouse on 12th, or go downtown and eat at Pat's or Dwyer's. Go to Antler's and get a stuffed pork chop; they're amazing!

Don't go to Prejean's. It's no more Cajun than Tabasco sauce from Canada.

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"Named for the nearby town known for its delicious oysters, Eggplant Abbeville contains no oysters. It is fried eggplant topped with crab and surrounded by shrimp."
Michael Stern





One of several crawfish combo plates on the menu,
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Michael Stern


Each table at Prejeans is equipped with plenty of hot sauce, as well as a roll of paper towels nicely fitted inside an old yam can.
"Each table at Prejeans is equipped with plenty of hot sauce, as well as a roll of paper towels nicely fitted inside an old yam can."
Michael Stern


Big, muscular shrimp stuffed with blue crabmeat, presented in a puddle of crab butter cream and accompanied by dirty rice and a ramekin of macque choux: Shrimp Louella!
"Big, muscular shrimp stuffed with blue crabmeat, presented in a puddle of crab butter cream and accompanied by dirty rice and a ramekin of macque choux: Shrimp Louella!"
Michael Stern


A popular item on dessert menus here in Cajun country, red velvet cake is here festooned with ribbons of sweet icing. The cake is great but the icing is so sweet that you can hardly taste it.
"A popular item on dessert menus here in Cajun country, red velvet cake is here festooned with ribbons of sweet icing. The cake is great but the icing is so sweet that you can hardly taste it."
Michael Stern


Prejean's motto is
"Prejean's motto is "Simply Cajun." Located by the side of I-49, it is popular among tourists, but also a regular haunt of Lafayette locals."
Michael Stern



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