Best Food Town

In Lafayette, we’ve always known we have the best food and now we have the title to prove it. Lafayette has been named the Best Food City in the USA in the Rand McNally/USA TODAY Best of the Road® Rally.

How did this come about? Over 20,000 people nominated more than 600 towns from across the country in five categories. Lafayette was selected as a finalist in the “Best for Food” category and was judged against five other towns.

The Best for Food judges, Bonnie and Jim Parr (aka The Fun Finders), visited Lafayette on their cross-country adventure. During the visit, the Parrs sampled the food at a variety of restaurants from down home diners to Lafayette’s finest upscale eating establishments. One of the keys to success was to have the judges escorted by one of Lafayette's preeminent chefs, Patrick Mould, who has a food, music and lifestyle show called "Cooking Up a Good Life." Chef Mould made the connection between local traditions and food and helped the Parrs see that good Cajun cooking is flavorful, not just spicy.

To see for yourself why Lafayette is the Best Food Town, follow the Fun Finders itinerary. But don't forget to try some of our other great eateries while you're here to see why Lafayette is the Best Food Town in the USA!

Day One:

  • Traditional Southern breakfast at Dwyer's Café, complete with eggs, grits, biscuits and more.
  • Lunch at Blue Dog Café, featuring a sampling of their Cajun fusion specialties.
  • A very special presentation of charcuterie by Chef Manny Aguello at Jolie's Louisiana Bistro.
  • Boudin making demonstration at Johnson's Boucaniere, where you can also taste one of the most decadent creations ever – stuffed grilled cheese.
  • For dinner a moving feast starting with oysters at Don's Seafood Hut.
  • Next stop, Charley G's for their award-winning duck and andouille gumbo and crab cakes.
  • Then on to Randol's Restaurant and Cajun Dance Hall, where you can top off the night with more Cajun food and Cajun dancing.

Day Two:

  • Start the day at The French Press with specialties including grits & grillades and a breakfast biscuit that is a tribute to Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
  • Seafood is king at The Original Don’s Seafood and Steakhouse in downtown Lafayette. For lunch, sample crawfish bisque, fried alligator, shrimp and oyster brochette and bread pudding.
  • Hub City Diner is a 50s-inspired diner with a Louisiana flair. If you’re still full from lunch, opt for a malt or milk shake. Yummy!
  • Lafayette isn’t just Cajun, so be adventurous and go for Spanish-style tapas at Pamplona.

In between all of this eating, find time to walk around Downtown Lafayette and discover eclectic shops, restaurants, galleries, museums and architecture.

For a hands-on history lesson, learn about the early Cajuns and Creoles of South Louisiana at the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center and Vermilionville.

For the full story on the winners of the Rand McNally/USA TODAY Best of the Road® Rally, go to USAToday.