Monday, November 29, 2010

Food, Music And Swamp Tours

A few years ago, the Louisiana Office of Tourism conducted a survey at the welcome centers and asked people entering Louisiana what were the top three things that they came to Louisiana to do, and the answers are in this posts title.

Sushi at Tsunami

Smoked Salmon and trimmings at The First Annual Alaska/Louisiana
After Black Pot Festival Party and Feast

The Figs performing on the back porch

Cedric Watson at Festivals Acadiens et Creole

Sunset at Lake Martin

A rainbow over de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours.

The Food.

With over 300 restarants in the city of Lafayette alone, finding a good restaurant is not a problem. Deciding which one, is! Undoubtedly some of the best restaurants are often the hard to find, little mom and pop version, like T-Coon's, Chicken on the Bayou, and The Creole Lunch House. Further complicating the issue is scheduling.

Creole Lunch House is open 5 days a week, lunch only from 11AM-2:30PM

337 232 9929,@12th and St. Charles in Lafayette.

Planning on a early morning and want a home-cooked breakfast?

T-Coons is open for breakfast at 6AM

and lunch 7 days a week, 6AM-2PM ~ SMOUTHERED RABBIT IS MONDAY FOR LUNCH Ohhhh! @1900-A Pinhook at the intersection of Kaliste Saloom Rd in Lafayette!

About 10 miles east of Lafayette on I-10, Chicken on the Bayou is open for breakfast, lunch, and supper, 7 days a week,

but like most restaurants in the Lafayette area, it closes early.

So get your order in before 8:30PM, because they are closed at 9PM. And be forewarned: if you try to stay after 9PM, you will be politely asked to leave. Chicken on the Bayou is on I-10 at exit 115 Henderson. Get there early and order the #10 on the menu; Crawfish ettoufee with fried shrimp, you will be glad you did. Not that hungry, but the shrimp sounds good, try the poboy.

The Music

Aside from special occasions like festivals,

most of your dance and music options are primarily on the weekends,


If you want live Cajun music with your food, 7 nights a week, at Prejeans, you can hear traditional Cajun music performed while you eat from 7-9PM. Award winning cuisine, great atmosphere decorated with wild life mounts of local fish and birds, and the centerpiece of the restarant is this 14 foot alligator, as seen below.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,
Prejeans is always open,
but the music is only at night from 7-9PM.

A great family restaurant.

My personal vote for #1 Cajun restaurant in Lafayette.

On I-49, three miles north of I-10 @ 3480 N.E. Evangeline Thruway, 896-3247.

Being labeled as the best music offered between Austin, TX and New Orleans,

The Blue Moon Saloon, is my favorite dancehall.

The Blue Moon Saloon is on the back porch of the Blue Moon Guesthouse, so you can spend the night in the guesthouse and not have to drive home after the show, and..

best part about the back porch is it is well ventilated;

I hate second hand smoke!

worst part is it is always hot in the summer and sometimes cold in winter, although the patio heaters work real well, if you stand close enough.

With great jam sessions on Wednesday night, often led by living legends like Mr. Goldman Thibodeaux as seen above,

and live music every Thur-Sat, with great bands like The Lil Band Of Gold, as seen above,

and quite often late Sunday afternoon shows, like last night as seen above, with The Radiators, out of New Orleans, The Blue Moon, is the most reliable good dance music after the local restaurants in Lafayette and Breaux Bridge.

Swamp Tours

According to my daughter Christina, and she should know,

having been on thousands of my swamp tours,

I am the worlds greatest swamp tour guide,

now if you think I am all puffed up on myself, relax it is a joke!
And an inside joke because there is someone who wants to be like me and that is what he is telling everyone. ~:-)

and should you want to join me,

for a Louisiana swamp tour,

please call for reservations @ 337 298 2630.