If a person anywhere in the world has heard about one part of Acadiana, it’s the food. And that’s especially true when mentioning the "Hub City" of Lafayette.
Known as the tastiest town in the south, it doesn’t take long to see why Lafayette holds the crown. Even local restauranteurs can clearly see why Lafayette is tops when it comes to tastiest cuisine.
"It’s comfort food," says Pops Poboys owner Jasmine Cormier. "Even if you’re not from here it reminds you of your grandmother or mother."
Johnson’s Boucaniere owner Lori Wallis shares similar thoughts. "I think it’s this connection to our tradition, our history, and our families."
Rooted in traditional dishes, the flavors of Lafayette and Cajun country have attracted the attention of travelers and foodies from around the world.
"It’s still a little more flavorful than, say, cooking from the Midwest," says Cormier.
But while the food is rooted in tradition and history, Lafayette’s growing food scene certainly isn’t stuck in the past.
As Cormier explains, local chefs take in varieties of local cuisine and expand upon them, bringing in different ethnicities and cultures to provide the best experiences.
And for visitors spoiled for choice, with seemingly a restaurant on every corner, all the different options can seem overwhelming. But visitors and locals alike can find solace in having to make those choices thanks to Marie Comeaux, owner, and operator of Cajun Food Tours. She’s a walking encyclopedia of Cajun Food and Folklore and probably the best tour guide for finding Lafayette’s treasured food hideaways.
The tours visit different places throughout Lafayette and provide a one-stop shop for all the different flavors you can find in the heart of Cajun Country from recipes to old favorites.
And while much is made about what makes Cajun food so special, for most of Acadiana it all boils down to one thing. The taste.
So pull up a chair and you’ll see that it’s not just about food, but the things that come with it. As Lori Wallis explains, it’s about being able to get together, have a meal and enjoy each other’s company
And if you’re not sure what to order, ask around. The people of Acadiana will never steer you wrong when it comes to food.
Now, go ahead and ask for that extra helping. You’ll be glad you did.