When it started out in 2001, Caribbean Ice Company’s signature snowballs and homemade ice cream quickly became a popular treat and perfect antidote to southern Louisiana’s stifling summer heat, but there’s much more to this place than just its refreshing sweet treats. Today, its extended menu features a whole host of tasty, savory fare from wraps and po’boys to pizza and hot dogs, but if you try just one thing, make sure it’s one of Caribbean Ice Company’s famous burgers, the off-menu, chef special black and blue burger topped with onions, blue cheese and bacon is a popular option.
Located in beautiful downtown New Iberia, Beau Soleil Café is a popular brunch and lunch spot serving a mix of classic Cajun and Creole and American fare. Chef Rebecca Holleman Comeaux cooks up dishes like corn and crab bisque, Southern fried catfish and oyster po’boys alongside daily specials like crawfish enchiladas and almond-crusted tilapia, while brunch offerings include the likes of shrimp and grits, traditional pancakes and bananas foster French toast. Try the smoked chicken and sausage gumbo; it scooped a third place prize in New Iberia’s annual World Championship Gumbo Cook-off.
Beau Soleil Café, 225 West Main Street, New Iberia, LA, USA, +1 337 376 6006
A downtown New Iberia tradition since first opening in 1969, Victor’s Cafeteria is where locals go to get their fix of homestyle Cajun eats, and fans of writer James Lee Burke may recognize the place, a favorite haunt of his fictional detective Dave Robicheaux. Victor’s menu changes daily, but dishes like spicy shrimp étouffée, fried catfish fillets, gumbo and frog legs all feature often, and its coconut pie, featured in several food magazines, is a must-try. But beyond just great home-cooked food, Victor’s Cafeteria is a great place for soaking up local culture; keep an eye out for the Breakfast Club, a group of locals who have been meeting for breakfast at Victor’s every morning since 1975.
Victor’s Cafeteria, 109 West Main Street, New Iberia, LA, USA, +1 337 369 9924
Serving some of the best-loved seafood in town, R & M’s Boiling Point is a must-try when dining out in New Iberia. There are appetizers like crabmeat au gratin and alligator bites plus plenty of po’boys, but to get a taste of what R & M’s Boiling Point is all about, order the seafood platter: a smorgasbord of catfish, shrimp, oyster, crawfish, stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab, crab fingers and jalapeños, best washed down with an ice cold beer. Daring diners hoping to recreate R & M’s grub can pick up some of its legendary sauces and seasonings to take home.