Food and Drink

Sur la menu: Allons Manger!

While the streets of New Orleans are overrun with partygoers, booze, boobs and beads, and cities all over Louisiana enjoy parades and balls of varying sizes and themes, small town Acadians celebrate the traditional day of feasting before Ash Wednesday…

De la cuisine: Mardi Gras Munching

Mardi Gras is late this year — March 5. The latest it can be is March 9 and the earliest it can be is Feb. 3. Every year, no matter on what date is falls, it’s either “early or late.”…

Recettes de cocktail: Dragonfly Boogie

The weekly Cajun jam on Saturday mornings at Joie de Vivre in Breaux Bridge is a lively way to start the day. It’s not unusual to find cowboy boot-clad fiddlers harmonizing with famous local crooners — the joint gets hopping.…

Well Done

If you can still remember your New Year’s resolutions, it’s likely that one of them had to do with food. Perhaps it was a pledge to eat healthier, in which case the following recipes may be helpful. Not only are…

Social Hub

If all goes as planned, by 2020, the petrochemical and transportation infrastructure network will top $117 billion in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes. To put that sum into perspective consider this: That’s sum is about a third…

Think Cool

While everyone is cursing the high temps and humidity, I’m as happy as a clam at high tide. I agree August days can be as hot as Hades, and the mere thought of cooking can certainly make one break out…

Of Robichaux and Thibodaux

The moderately sweet, complex citrus flavor of aged Satsuma Rum accented with bitters and fresh lime renders an intensely refreshing, medium-length finish. Prompted by recollections of childhood visits to Cinclare Plantation near Brusly, Michael Dalmau’s eponymous restaurant commemorates his exiled…

BEST RESTAURANTS

From seafood and ethnic fare to pizza and steak, there truly is something for everyone in Acadiana. Perhaps we are gluttons for punishment, but over the past several months, we’ve endeavored to narrow down what we think are the best…

BOIL ADVISORY

An end-of-season backyard crawfish boil to wrap it up with style and flavor

Special Delivery

Tyler Benoit of Darrell’s in Lake Charles is third-generation gatekeeper of iconic sandwich 

Tea à la Teche

A new summer cocktail at Café Sydnie Mae honors Chef Bonnie Breaux’s ancestral link to Breaux Bridge’s founder

Summer Repast

Abundant, sweet tomatoes are ripe for picking and eating alone or in a meal

Hidden Treasure

Roberto’s Restaurant in Sunshine serves up innovative takes on Creole and Cajun cuisines in a circa-1950s general store

Cozy Cuisine

The Cabin in Burnside serves up lunch and brunch with a heavy side of atmosphere

THE GRAND PIGS-PERIMENT

Lafayette chef Paul Ayo’s new bacon-themed eatery, Avec Bacon Café, is innovative both in concept and execution

Game On

Restaurants around Acadiana are serving up wild meat, fowl and gator, you just have to know where to go

Rise and Dine

5 breakfast and brunch favorites that’ll stick to your ribs day or night

Liquid Epiphany

A seductive Twelfth Night Sour inspires winter imbibing and revelry with an afterglow

Best Chefs

There was a time when visitors from around the world were drawn to Acadiana for its unique Cajun culinary specialties. That fact remains true, but today what Acadiana’s chefs offer is more a mix of the traditional, the innovative and the international. For the 2017 installment of our Best Chefs feature, we spotlight three chefs who learned the culinary arts in their communities at the elbows of family members and two who bring a special style from abroad. Some obtained their education from formal institutions and others by simply doing. It’s a mixture that still makes Acadiana a unique culinary hub that attracts visitors to our region year after year.

Whip it good

Enjoy a sweet, smooth, syrup-laced cocktail with holiday spices on the water’s edge

seasonal shift

Welcoming autumn with soothing soups, stews, gumbos and oysters at their peak

2017 TOPS OF ACADIANA

Person of the Year Nic Hunter The night before Nic Hunter was sworn in as Lake Charles’ first new mayor in 17 years, he and his wife stayed in and play board games. Monopoly and Scattergories, specifically. Nic got crushed…

tiki-tini time

Enjoy a blast of cold air and refreshing end-of-summer cocktails with a tropical kick