Bon Temps Grill (literally ‘good time grill’) is a casual place specialising in typical Cajun and Creole cooking, with grilled fish and meats at the very forefront of the ‘Swamp Edge’ menu. Options abound, but the richness of this kind of cuisine means that you can choose from a hearty palette of blackened meats, andouille sausages, delectable gumbos and freshly caught crayfish, all served in a no-frills atmosphere, and at low prices. Bon Temps’ décor is all about simplicity, so come here with an open mind, order one of the longtime favourites and wash it all down with a big glass of chilled, local craft beer.
Bon Temps Grill, 1312 Verot School Rd, Lafayette, LA, USA, +1 337-706-8850
The French Press is easily the hippest dining venue in Lafayette, its industrial chic vibe with dilapidated walls balanced by crisp white tables and the occasional, idiosyncratic accessory. Inside the kitchen, Chef Justin Girouard, whose James Beard Foundation Award nomination has made The French Press one of the most coveted dining spots in the area, takes inspiration from Cajun and new American influences to create dishes that are modern yet strongly rooted in their local tradition. For a real taste of Louisiana, try the fried shrimp melt of Louisiana jumbo shrimp with ham, Swiss, veggies and sauce on French bread, or the blackened fish po’boy, which combines New Orleans blackened redfish with greens and a spicy tartare.
The French Press, 214 E Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA, USA, +1 337-233-9449
Owned by Glenn Murphree since 1982, the Old Tyme Grocery has evolved into Lafayette’s top po’boy eatery despite its humble beginnings. Murphree’s love for this simple Southern dish has meant that any of the ‘poor boys’ (as they are called here) on offer embrace authentic, local recipes with hearty Cajun generosity. From the basic ham or shrimp filling to one of the specialty varieties, the Old Tyme Special with ham, turkey, roast beef and Swiss is particularly decadent, this venue is a fantastic, traditional showcase of Louisiana’s favourite type of sandwich. Choose a half-portion and try two different flavours for a taste of Murphree’s culinary talent and po’boy expertise.
Old Tyme Grocery, 218 W St Mary Blvd, Lafayette, LA, USA, +1 337-235-8165