Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
Café des Amis
Review by: Michael Stern
** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED **
We were lost in the small community of Breaux Bridge looking for Café des Amis, unable to find East Bridge Street and stupidly oblivious to the street signs we kept passing that said “Rue de Pont Est.” When it dawned on us that we were there, we soon found the corner eatery where a window sign boasts that the café is “The essence of French Louisiana.”
Of course that doesn’t mean you get French food here. Not at all. The meals you eat are Cajun, the real deal: a French-accented mix of South and Soul, with a dash of Caribbean spice and Italian brio. But it’s ridiculous to try to define it by it’s roots; better to describe what it is.
At breakfast, it is beignets, little crisp-edged twists of fried dough under an avalanche of powdered sugar; it is “Oreille de Couchon,” a long strip of fried dough named because it resembles a pig’s ear, available plain or filled with boudin, also spread with powdered sugar. It is biscuits topped with crawfish etouffee, omelets filled with tasso ham, and cheese grits with andouille sausage.
The menu for lunch and supper is a veritable encyclopedia of local favorites, including turtle soup, andouille gumbo, barbecue shrimp, cornbread filled with crawfish tails, softshell crab, and crawfish pie. Desserts include bread pudding with rum sauce, which is more of a New Orleans thing than a Cajun one, and gateau sirop, which is extremely local. Made from sugar cane – grown and processed all around here – it is a block of moist spice cake with the distinctive smoky sweetness of cane sugar.
A friendly old brick-wall storefront that has been renovated to serve as an art gallery as well as a restaurant, Café des Amis is a gathering place for locals (who love swilling the excellent strong coffee) and an easy destination for passers-by, just a short drive off I-10. If you are looking for a full, true, and joyous taste of Acadian Louisiana, you’ll find none more satisfying than this.
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|