The Top 10 Local Restaurants In Houma, Bayou Country

Photo of Sarine Arslanian
9 February 2017

The South is well known for taking food very seriously, and Louisiana is famous for both Cajun and Creole cuisines. The city of Houma, Lousiana is no exception, being home to some of the country’s tastiest cooking. Indeed, many head South to feast on crawfish, crabs, gumbos, oysters and more. We explore the most stunning restaurants in Houma.

Pulled Pork I | © Slick-o-bot/WikiCommons

Big Mike's BBQ Smokehouse

Restaurant, BBQ, $$$
The American South is known for having the best barbecues in the country, and places like Big Mike’s BBQ Smokehouse are the reason why. It’s impossible to go wrong with the blue cheese burger, and the pulled pork is delicious. Whether you are in the mood for turkey, chicken, sausage, brisket or pulled pork, they have it all. The restaurant is also very family friendly and the service there one of the best in Houma. It gets often busy, so finding a table might be hard at times, but it is definitely worth the wait.

Cristiano Ristorante

Restaurant, Cafe, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
Cajun Seafood Dish
Cajun Seafood Dish | © Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr
Launched by an Italian-American couple, Cristiano Ristorante has an old house’s atmosphere, serves excellent food and has great service. The almond crusted fried duck, the fried calamari with lemon caper aioli, and the chicken parm come highly recommended.

Boudreau & Thibodeau’s

Boudreau & Thibodeau’s Cajun seafood restaurant aims to recreate a light-hearted atmosphere. The walls and tables are covered with jokes, the staff is very friendly, the atmosphere casual and relaxing, and the authentic Cajun cuisine is always tasty. Boudreau & Thibodeau’s Cajun Cookin’ is also sincerely committed to supporting local communities, and therefore in the kitchen, they only use high quality local products of the season.

Boudreau & Thibodeau’s, 5602 W Main St, Houma, LA, USA, +1 985 8724711

Nancy’s Seafood Shack

Restaurant, Seafood, Cajun, $$$
Looking for fresh, tasty and affordable seafood dishes? Then Nancy’s Seafood Shack is the right place. Chargrilled oysters, boiled crawfish and boiled shrimp are specialties of the house, and they certainly are the best in Houma. The service at this stunning Cajun/Creole restaurant is also consistent and friendly, always keen to ensure guests are having a wonderful dining experience. Since Nancy’s Seafood Shack’s big opening in 2013, the restaurant has quickly built its reputation as the best seafood place in town. With an always growing menu, and the best selection of boiled and fried seafood, this place is a haven for food lovers.

Billelo’s Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American
In the mood for a tasty meatball sandwich, fried onion rings and a good beer to accompany the meal? Or perhaps fresh homemade desserts such as a blackberry bread pudding or carrot cake? Then Billelo’s Cafe is the restaurant of choice for a truly local experience. The owner and staff always make sure their guests are comfortable and happy, and the variety of local dishes on offer are fresh and tasty. Billelo’s Cafe is one of the best locally owned restaurants downtown offering a casual dining experience and Louisiana cooking.

Bayou Delight Restaurant

Restaurant, Cajun
Chicken Gumbo with Andouille and Tasso
Chicken Gumbo with Andouille and Tasso | © Magnus Manse/WikiCommons
Bayou Delight Restaurant is a local favorite and a must-try is their perfectly seasoned and crispy Southern fried chicken. This dish pairs perfectly with a cold beer served in frosted mugs. The staff is very attentive and the restaurant itself reflects Southern charm and hospitality. The portions are large and reasonably priced.

A-Bear's Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Cajun
A-Bear’s Cafe serves the best of local food. The staff is very welcoming and helpful and the food is outstanding. Their most beloved chicken and sausage gumbo is already worth the trip to A-Bear’s Cafe. Make sure to leave some room for their pies. Always rich and flavorful, guests can feel the passion that has been put into their delicious home cooked meals.

1921 Seafood

Looking for some great seafood without the fine dining experience? Then 1921 Seafood is your best bet. It is one of the best down-to-earth “holes in the wall” in town. The fish they serve is always fresh and tasty, and they have quite a variety of options. Whether it is local blue crab, grilled oysters or spicy boiled shrimps that guests end up choosing, they cannot go wrong. The staff is also friendly and attentive and will show guests how to crack the crabs if they see someone struggling. 1921 Seafood is a local seafood spot that makes whoever tries their food want to return in no time.

1921 Seafood, 1522 Barrow St, Houma, LA, USA, +1 985 868 7098

The Duke

The Duke serves the best burgers in town with many toppings available. Delicious chicken wings, buffalo fries, and fried mac and cheese balls are also on the menu, together with heavy but tasty desserts. The fries are unique in their genre too as they are both salty and sweet at the same time, pairing perfectly with any choice of burger. The place itself is very causal and family friendly.

The Duke 7819 Main St, Houma, LA , USA, +1 985 262 0203

Song Phi Nong Thai Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant, Asian, $$$
Song Phi Nong Thai Restaurant serves the most authentic Thai food in Houma. The restaurant was created by two brothers, Somporn and Yupha, who moved from Song Phi Nong, a small village in Thailand, to Houma: the name translates as“two siblings.” Luckily, their mother brought with her a knowledge of recipes that they now use in their cooking, aiming to share their passion for Thai food with the local community in Houma. Their classic pad thai is excellent. Panang and green curry dishes also come highly recommended.

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