In town for Camp Manning? Try one of these restaurants for real Cajun cuisine
Tourists and locals alike, there is nothing quite like southern Louisiana cuisine. Not only does this region benefit from a variety of distinctive dishes, but also an abundance of places to find them.
From jambalaya and red and white beans to okra, catfish, shrimp and crayfish, it’s hard to have a bad meal here in Cajun country.
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Here are eight local establishments – in no particular order – that serve quality, authentic Cajun cuisine:
1. A-Bear’s Cafe, 809 Bayou Black Drive, Houma.
Tucked away in a cozy corner near Barrow Street and La. 311, A-Bear’s is where locals go when they want the real stuff. Their okra is consistently rated among the best in the area, and dishes like their A-Bear catfish show that real good food isn’t just found in high-end places. Open for lunch only except Friday evening, where you can enjoy live music with your meal from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2. Spahr’s Seafood, three locations, 3682 US 90 at Des Allemands, 601 W. 4th St. in Thibodaux and 16816 La. 3235 in Galliano.
Advertising themselves as ‘where catfish is king’, Spahr’s serves blackened catfish crisps and catfish fillets covered in a crayfish cream sauce, as well as Bloody Marys. Gumbo sea and more. Lafourche parish institution since 1968, when it opened on the shores of Bayou Des Allemands, Spahr’s serves incredible fried seafood in an unpretentious atmosphere.
3. Big Al’s Seafood, 1377 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma.
A popular spot for lunch and dinner, Big Al’s serves huge portions of almost any deep-fried seafood this region can produce. It’s also one of the most popular places for boiled bedbugs in season – around mid-January to late June – and regularly wins local crayfish boils.
4. Boudreau & Thibodeau’s Cajun Cooking, 5602 W. Main, Houma. Don’t be fooled by the kitschy decor and cheesy jokes aimed at tourists; this place has one of the best selections of Cajun food. In addition to the usual fried seafood and boiled crayfish, Boudreau & Thibodeau’s dig into the swamps for dishes like redfish courtbouillon and hot alligator sauce which are anything but gimmicks.
5. La Cabane, 1226 route du Grand Caillou, Houma. This east-side restaurant does a booming business in both its dining room and often-busy drive-thru window, with regular promotions on raw and grilled oysters, in addition to outstanding dishes on regular Cajun favorites like Seafood. Gumbo and Crawfish Etouffee.
6. Cher-Amie’s, 15628 W. Main St., CoupÃ©. There isn’t much more Cajun on the menu or location than this bayou gem. Its soft shell crab with smothered crayfish will stand up to any restaurant dish of any kind, anywhere. In the best Cajun tradition, CherAmie’s takes local ingredients and simply prepares them into something spectacular.
7. C. Moran’s, 27900 La. 1, Golden Meadow. You can’t be much closer to the Gulf of Mexico than this place, and it shows on the menu. Also a marina, seafood comes fresh off the boat at this location, serving fried seafood dishes, poboys, and home cooked meals. And if you happen to catch one of the many fishing charters, C. Moran’s will prepare your catch for you.
8. Cajun Critters, 6240 W. Main St, Houma. This west side restaurant serves up homemade seafood, with regular specialties on boiled shrimp and crayfish in addition to outstanding dishes on usual Cajun favorites like seafood okra and crayfish stew.