Food & Drink

11 of the best Louisiana restaurants NOT in New Orleans

Published On 07/16/2014 Published On 07/16/2014
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1. La Provence 25020 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445

A member of the John Besh resto empire, La Provence features a completely renovated interior with shiny hardwood floors, rustic stucco work, and ceiling beams made of distressed oak, making it a relaxing and comfortable space to enjoy its unique Cajun/French fare.

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2. Prejean's 3480 NE Evangeline Trwy, Lafayette, LA 70507

Here you'll find delicious Cajun/Creole favorites, like BBQ shrimp, fried catfish, and their signature duck & andouille gumbo.

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3. Mosca's Restaurant 4137 Highway 90 W, Avondale, LA 70094-2464

Despite being off the beaten path, this West Bank outpost has a solid flock of local regulars and “in the know” tourists. The family-style eatery serves Italian comfort food in an old school setting, with standout dishes ranging from hearty and garlic-obsessed spaghetti bordelaise and the signature Oysters Mosca (crispy baked oysters served in a succulent white wine and herb sauce).

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4. Middendorf's 30160 Hwy 51, Akers, LA 70421

This homey, bayou-inspired spot is a neighborhood staple and a piece of New Orleans history. Middendorf's has been open since 1935, beloved by locals to this day for it's fresh seafood and authentic Creole flavor. Shellfish reign supreme, whether in the form of spicy crawfish poppers, crispy softshell crab, and shrimp gumbo -- but the real standout is, without a doubt, their thin-cut fried catfish, gloriously crispy and plated over a hearty bed of French fries. It's worth the trek out to Akers, but be forewarned: this popular spot doesn't take reservations, so be prepared to wait a few for a table.

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5. LOLA 517 N New Hampshire St, Covington, LA 70433

This award-winning Covington resto has been doling out contemporary Louisiana cuisine that includes seafood favorites & plenty of Cajun dishes, since it swung its doors in 2006.

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6. Lafitte’s Landing 404 Claiborne St, Donaldsonville, LA 70346

This quaint fine dining resto in Donaldsonville is run by renowned Chef John Folse and it features Cajun and Creole specialties and a laid-back ambiance.

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7. Herby-K's 1833 Pierre Ave, Shreveport, LA 71103

This Shreveport restaurant has been around for more than 75 (!) years, serving their traditional family-style Cajun/Creole bites including their trademark Shrimp Buster, which is a platter of deep-fried crustaceans pounded flat and served w/ fries and a special dipping sauce.

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8. Cristiano Ristorante 724 High St, Houma, LA 70360

Started by a Leguria, Italy native, this Houma resto offers an extensive menu featuring a slew of authentic Italian dishes, from pastas to seafood, as well as seasonal options that vary during the year.

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9. Fremin's 402 W 3rd St, Thibodaux, LA 70301

Located in the heart of downtown Thibodaux, Fremin's features an array of signature dishes of pasta, salads, seafood, and steaks, and a unique marriage of Creole style and Italian cooking.

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10. Cafe Des Amis 140 E. Bridge St, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

This Breaux Bridge resto serves up modern Cajun/Creole fare, as well as their famous Zydeco Breakfast every Saturday and a classic and delicious Sunday brunch.

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11. Lea’s Lunchroom 1810 US 71, Lecompte, LA 70363

Lea's has been a Lecompte fixture since it moved in in 1928 because of its simple, old-school-but-awesome menu featuring Southern favs like fried chicken and their famous baked turkey & ham.