Lasyone’s Meat Pie Kitchen

Review by: Michael Stern

The meat pie created by the late James Lasyone is a brightly seasoned mélange of pork and beef enclosed in a half-circle pastry crust. It is deep fried until the crust is golden crisp and the meat inside is steaming hot. Most people get one for lunch, sided by dirty rice and a good southern vegetable such as okra or greens, but it’s not uncommon to see someone having a meat pie at 7am alongside a couple of fried eggs and grits glistening with melted butter.

Lasyone’s true Louisiana menu also lists fried seafood (shrimp, oysters), red beans and rice with powerhouse sausage, and such Dixie classics as catfish platters and chicken and dumplings with cornbread and black-eyed peas. We have eaten first-rate banana pudding for dessert, but the sweet tour de force here is a dish invented by Mrs. Lasyone called Cane River cream pie — a variant of Boston cream pie, but with gingerbread instead of white cake.

What To Eat

Meat Pie

Dirty Rice

Cane River Cream Pie

Crawfish Pie

Hot Spiced Tea


Lasyone’s Meat Pie Kitchen Recipes


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3 Responses to “Lasyone’s Meat Pie Kitchen”


February 12th, 2011

We accidentally found this place; had never had meat pies before but are hooked on them. Of course their red beans and rice are also delicious!


Rick Flynn

January 29th, 2007

Lasyone’s just keeps chuggin’ along. No surprises: a steady production of hearty food just as described and just as expected. My first experience there may epitomize the ideal Roadfood experience. I had just moved to town and nobody on earth had any idea who I was, or cared. I had a delightful breakfast of eggs over medium, grits, sausage, and biscuits and gravy, accompanied by juice and coffee. And then I started to check out–and discovered that I didn’t have any money! (I carried a money clip and an empty wallet at the time.) I tried to leave something, anything, as security. Driver’s license? Credit card? My firstborn child? “No,” I was told, “come back later and pay us when you get a chance.” So I went out to my car and discovered, lo and behold, my clip–and went back in and settled up. The response? “Honey, if you eat here you’ll come back. Don’t worry about it.” So I did, and I did, and I didn’t.

Is there any wonder my wife and I chose to settle in Natchitoches? And, incidentally, don’t even think about getting meat pies anywhere else. They might be good, but they won’t be as good!


Pat&Claire Barnes

November 25th, 2005

My wife and I had breakfast and lunch here on 11/7/2005. Both meals were excellent. The meat pie (our first) was as described. The eggs and grits were cooked exactly as I like them. The coffee was Community.

Lunch was equally great. We ordered from the daily lunch menu, which is set up like a “meat and three” menu. It was very, very good. We didn’t try dessert as we were stuffed from our previous two meals. Although the review is five years old it is still valid.


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