I recently had the opportunity to attend the Eat Lafayette Event at the Heymann Performing Arts Center. The Eat Lafayette event included over 75 different restaurants. Each restaurant prepared their Signature or Favorite dishes.
The Eat Lafayette event is to help boost sales for the Local Restaurants. Summer time is one of the slowest times, so Eat Lafayette helps showcase the restaurants. Some of the local restaurants run specials during this time as an incentive for Dining. For a complete list of restaurants please visit, www.eatlafayette.com .
In this blog I will discuss new and old restaurants, there specialities and the Restaurant’s location.
Upon entrance into the building, there were so many restaurants to choose from. We walked around first to get a feel for the layout of the room and where each restaurant was located. There were so many to choose from.
Tsunami was one of the first restaurants we tried. We are very familiar with Tsunami; we always enjoy their restaurant. Tsunami is known mostly for their Sushi. Tsunami is one of my favorite places for Sushi. Located in Downtown Lafayette at 412 Jefferson Street.
Nash’s Restaurant served a Grilled Chicken Bow Tie pasta with veggies in a red sauce, topped with fresh Parmesan cheese. Nash’s is located at 101 East Broussard Street in Broussard.
El Asador is a Mexican Restaurant located at 1605 N. University. I have never tried their restaurant. Below is their Shredded Chicken Taco with Cheese, Grilled Onions and Hot Sauce.
Below is Urbano’s Taqueria. Urbano’s was one of the restaurants that have on my list to try. I was excited when I saw that their restaurant was a part of this event. The Taco was pretty good. They served a shredded Lime Chicken taco with grilled onions, imported queso fresco, fresh cilantro, and cilantro sauce. I am looking forward to going to their restaurant. Urbano’s is located at 2023 W. Pinhook Rd.
BJ’s in Broussard was serving Shrimp Poor Boys and Crawfish Fettuccine. The Poor Boys was delicious on a buttery Bread and the Shrimp was fried perfectly with the right amount of lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and ketchup. Yummy.
BJ’s is located at 107 North Morgan Street. I also found out that they are the owners of both Olde Tyme Grocery and Sandra’s Cafe and Health Food Store.
I had the opportunity to try 2 Paul’s for the first time. I will say, I loved the BBQ Ribs. The Pepper Jelly was incredible with the Smoked Ribs. The Ribs were Hot. So good.
2 Paul’s Menu is mostly BBQ, but they offer other dishes, Salads, Plates, Potatoes and Sandwiches. Located at 2668 Johnston Street C-4.
Hook and Boil is a Seafood Restaurant that is known for their Bold Cajun flavor. There are so many great dishes that Hook and Boil serves. For the Eat Lafayette Event, they prepared a Corn and Crawfish Bisque shown below. Delicious. Flavor was amazing.
Hook and Boil is located at 209 N Morgan Ave, Broussard, LA.
Country Cuisine was at Eat Lafayette as well. Country Cuisine has been around for a long time. They are most known for their BBQ and their Creole Cooking. They served BBQ Ribs with Bacon wrapped green beans. I have never tried bacon wrapped green beans, but this was good. Very different.
Located at 709 N University. Opened 7 days a week.
E’s Kitchen prepared a Smoked, Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad. The salad included Smoked Shrimp, Romaine Lettuce, Croutons, Grated Parmesan Cheese and Homemade Caesar Dressing. The Smoked Shrimp was served cold, but it had a delicious Smoky flavor.
E’s Kitchen is located at 1921 Kaliste Saloom Suite 121
Bread & Circus Provision has a very interesting menu. My family and I dined there about a year ago. We enjoyed the Deviled Eggs and the Lemon Grass Shellfish stew which was packed with Flavor. At Eat Lafayette Bread & Circus prepared a Asian Inspired Salad with Smoked Salmon, Coleslaw, Shredded Carrots and a Peanut Sauce.
Bread & Circus is located at 258 Bendel Road.
Office Hours is serves plate lunches, sandwiches and salads. On Thursday, they served Cabbage Casserole and a Jalapeno Burger. Both dishes were good. The Cabbage Casserole was perfectly cooked.
Office Hours is located at 2303 W Pinhook Rd.
Masala’s Indian Kitchen was serving their popular Butter Chicken and Chick Pea Vegetarian Dish. Masala’s has delicious food. We often dine their on Sunday’s after church. Authentic Indian Food, Friendly and Outstanding Service. Masala’s is located at 2208 Kaliste Saloom.
Indulge is one of my favorite Dessert Places. My girlfriends and I go there at least once a month. Their Desserts are amazing. The environment is perfect for conversations, meetings, hanging out with your kids; suitable for everyone. Located at 1921 Kaliste Saloom.
Below is Sophie P is another one of my favorite Dessert Shops. I love that Sophie P offers different flavors everyday. You never know what flavors they will come up with. They are known as Lafayette Original Cupcakery.
I tried Sophie P’s Strawberry Shortcake Shot with Yellow Cake, Bavarian and Strawberry Cream and Butter cream Icing with Pink sprinkles. So good.
Sophie P is located at 3211 Johnston Street
I would have to say that Dark Roux was my absolute favorite of the night. Fresh Corn Soup with Cilantro Pudding. Incredible Flavor with a punch of heat. Amazing.
Dark Roux is a completely locally sourced restaurant with a Southern Cuisine. The Chef is the driving force of the restaurant. Which is a genius idea. I love love Dark Roux! Dark Roux is located at 3524 Kaliste Saloom, Suite 101.
Prejean’s was serving Stuffed Mushrooms. The mushrooms were stuffed with Crab and Shrimp and topped with Parmesan Cheese and a Crab Butter Cream Sauce. Yummy as usual. Prejean’s is located at 3480 N Evangeline Thruway (I-49).
It was a great opportunity to be able to attend Eat Lafayette. I have a passion for supporting Local Restaurants as well as encouraging others to do the same. That was one of the reasons I started a food blog to be able to attend and support an event that believes the same, confirmed to me that it is definitely a necessity.
Lafayette has some of the best Restaurants. We want to encourage locals and tourist alike to try these restaurants. I am always looking for new places to dine. This event opened the door for me to connect with owners, other writers and Chefs from around the area.
Overall this Event was awesome. I had a great time hanging out with my mom. I met up with people I knew, some whom I had not seen in years; met new friends. A wonderful time indeed.
I am looking forward to being apart of other Food Events here and around the world. This was just the beginning more to come.
For more information on what Restaurants are apart of the Eat Lafayette please visit http://www.eatlafayette.com/
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