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Inside the French Press in Lafayette.
Inside the French Press in Lafayette.
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The Lafayette 15: Where to Eat in Lafayette

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Inside the French Press in Lafayette.
| Photo: Official Site

"People don't really come to Lafayette to eat. They come here to get to all the places outside of Lafayette." Eater heard this sentiment repeated a number of time on a recent trip to Lafayette, suggesting that, since Lafayette is the cultural capital of Acadiana (or, Cajun Country), the city is usually just one stop on a tour of the area. The thing is, though, that this is changing. Lafayette is a really cool town, with a growing community that is young, energetic and really proud of Lafayette and the surrounding areas.

That pride is apparent in the city's dining scene. More and more restaurants are focusing on using local, seasonal ingredients and distinctly Southeast Louisianian flavors to remain true to Acadiana's culinary traditions while doing something completely new. In other words, places like the French Press and Cochon Lafayette are to Cajun food what the Lost Bayou Ramblers are to Cajun music. The rest of the country's starting to notice, too: Southern Living called it the South's Tastiest Town, French Press chef/owner Justin Girouard made the long list for this year's James Beard Awards and Jolie's Louisiana Bistro chef Manny Augello was invited to cook at the James Beard House this year.

Recognizing how awesome the city is, Eater spent a couple days out that way last month, "doing research" to help build the Lafayette 15, our map of the best eats, both old and new, in Lafayette. Special thanks to Lorraine, Seth and all the other Lafayette natives whose suggestions and advice helped build this map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The French Press

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214 E Vermilion St
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 233-9449
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2. Cochon Lafayette

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921 Camellia Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 993-9935
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3. Jolie's Louisiana Bistro

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507 W Pinhook Rd
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 504-2382
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4. Saint Street Inn

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407 Brook Ave
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 534-8112
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5. Carpe Diem

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812 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 534-4155
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6. Artmosphere

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902 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 233-3331
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7. Pamplona Tapas Bar

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631 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 232-0070
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8. Blue Dog Cafe

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1211 W Pinhook Rd
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 237-0005
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9. Judice Inn

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3134 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 984-5614
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10. Taco Sisters

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407 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 234-8226
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11. Old Tyme Grocery

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218 W St Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 235-8165
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12. Johnson's Boucaniere

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1111 St John St
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 269-8878
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13. Prejean's

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3480 NE Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette, LA 70507
(337) 896-3247
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14. Borden's

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1103 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-9291

15. Dwight's Restaurant

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4800 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 981-1241
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1. The French Press

214 E Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
214 E Vermilion St
Lafayette, LA 70501

2. Cochon Lafayette

921 Camellia Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70508
921 Camellia Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70508

3. Jolie's Louisiana Bistro

507 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503
507 W Pinhook Rd
Lafayette, LA 70503

4. Saint Street Inn

407 Brook Ave, Lafayette, LA 70506
407 Brook Ave
Lafayette, LA 70506

5. Carpe Diem

812 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
812 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501

6. Artmosphere

902 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70501
902 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70501

7. Pamplona Tapas Bar

631 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
631 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501

8. Blue Dog Cafe

1211 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503
1211 W Pinhook Rd
Lafayette, LA 70503

9. Judice Inn

3134 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
3134 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70503

10. Taco Sisters

407 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70501
407 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70501

11. Old Tyme Grocery

218 W St Mary Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506
218 W St Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506

12. Johnson's Boucaniere

1111 St John St, Lafayette, LA 70501
1111 St John St
Lafayette, LA 70501

13. Prejean's

3480 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA 70507
3480 NE Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette, LA 70507

14. Borden's

1103 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
1103 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501

15. Dwight's Restaurant

4800 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
4800 Johnston St
Lafayette, LA 70503

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