Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Food Tour of Lafayette, LA

Among all the parades and fantastic food, we took a ride on the new enterprise Cajun Food Tours of Lafayette, LA. An idea dreamed up by a former school teacher/principal from her experiences while traveling elsewhere, this is a one-woman operation.

Marie proved to be a very pleasant and knowledgeable guide. She set up her operation to show off her home town and its varied and delicious foods, and history. She searched out unique, small operators who produced, served and/or sold authentic Cajun/Creole cuisine.
Ours was a morning tour and included several places that produced morning fare. Like Pouparts Bakery & Bistro that produced the best King Cake we had in nearly two weeks--and that's saying a lot! We went next door to T-Coons (Zydeco/Creole). On to Nu-Nu's where they make some of the best sausage you ever tasted. (So good were the samples we enjoyed, most of the women placed orders to be picked up the next day.)
We moved on to CHOPS where they specialize in cracklin'-lots of cracklin'.

Johnson's Boucanière is a small family, multi-generational smokehouse. The smokers were empty when we visited but they gave us a brief tour and a taste of their product. The boudin was excellent!
Among other stops was one at Cafe Vermilionville.

If you're ever down along the coast and get a chance to go to Lafayette (Home of The Ragin' Cajuns) be sure to give Cajun Food Tours a shot to get a taste of what area. You won't regret it.

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