Restaurants in Lafayette, LA

Lafayette is the de facto capital of Cajun Louisiana. It is the place to savor boudin sausage in all its glory — at butcher shops, groceries, roadside stands, gas stations, and even some restaurants. Sit down Cajun meals that go beyond sausage are casual but brilliant at T-Coon’s (rabbit, beignets, crawfish) and more fancy fare at the long-established Prejean’s, which is a big, boisterous eating hall that serves crawfish in every imaginable configuration and three kinds of gumbo. Not-necessarily Cajun fare includes world-class hamburgers at Judice Inn, breakfast biscuits at Edie’s Express next to a gas station, sweet potato pancakes at Dwyer’s Cafe, and famous “pink cookies” at Champagne’s bakery down in Breaux Bridge.

Lafayette’s Most Famous Dishes

Broad dish holds crawfish with corn, potatoes, mushrooms, and sausage.


Thick, horseshoe-shaped sausage ring is tightly cased.


Two slices of BBQ brisket, one lean, the other supersucculently fatty

BBQ Brisket

Bowl of red beans and rice also includes pieces of andouille sausage.

Red Beans and Rice

Lafayette’s Best Restaurants

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