The following list of restaurants is only a sampling of all that exist in the Lafayette area. Fast food joints abound, especially to the west and southwest along Johnston, Pinhook and Kaliste Saloom streets, and along Evangeline Thruway.
Many of the restaurants below are ones where I have eaten, and can recommend.
Read reviews and see locations on Google Map of Restaurants
Blue Dog Café: http://www.bluedogcafe.com/Cajun Specialties--casual; 1211 W. Pinhook Rd. Closed Sundays. Ten minute drive from Holiday Inn. A good place to have an early New Year's Eve dinner. For reservations call 337-237-0005.
Café des Amis: 337.332.5273, 140 Bridge St., Breaux Bridge, 70517; casual--great breakfast--hard to get a seat on Saturday mornings. It will be closed Saturday, January 1. Good dinners--reservations needed. They have a special New Year's Eve dinner & dance. Closed Sundays. 15-20 minute drive from the Holiday Inn. http://www.cafedesamis.com/
Don's Seafood: 337-235-3551, 301 E. Vermilionville, 70501, St.--casual to dressy; very popular with locals and tourists. Five minute drive from Holiday Inn. http://www.donsdowntown.com/
Mulate's: 1-800-422-2586 or (337)
332-4648, 325 Mills Ave. Breaux Bridge, 70517, (old hwy between Breaux
Bridge & Lafayette), Cajun specialties--casual--dance floor & live music; Order, then
dance til the food comes. 15-20 minute drive from the Holiday Inn.
Pat's Atchafalaya Club: (337) 228-7512, Cajun
specialties--casual; large, popular spot with locals; 1008 Henderson Levee
Rd. East Henderson, 70517-7862. Slow service. 20-25 minute drive from the
Prejean's; Cajun Specialties (337) 896-3247, Cajun
Specialties--casual; very popular with locals & tourists; long waits at
prime times--eat in the bar with no wait; 348 N. I-10 (off I-10 at Gloria
Switch Rd., 70507, and take frontage road another mile north). 5 minute
drive from the Holiday Inn.
Randol's: (337) 981-7080, Cajun specialties--casual--dance floor & live Cajun
music; Very popular with tourists by the busloads! 2320 Kaliste Saloom Rd.
70508-6808, (way out in the southeast part of town); I order, then dance til
the food comes! 20 minute drive from the Holiday Inn.
Hub City Diner: (337) 235-5683, Great breakfast place--1950s atmosphere (think
"Happy Days"); 1412 College Rd. off Pinhook, 70503-2912. Not
certain it is still in business—call first.
Waffle House: There is a new one right next to LaQuinta Inn--open
24 hours--breakfast anytime--a lot like Denny's. 1905 NW Evangeline Trwy
Lafayette, LA 70501 (337) 268-9419.
IHOP: (337) 235-3630 Two exits north of I-10 on
I-49 (Evangeline Thruway). 3230 NE Evangeline Trwy, Lafayette, LA
70507-3538, (337) 235-3630 Good breakfast fare. 5 minute drive. Always a
Cafe' Vermilionville: 1304 West Pinhook Road Lafayette,
LA 70503-2906 (337) 237-0100
Vermilionville Café: Cajun specialties; In the grounds of Vermilionville--casual; 300 Fisher Rd. just down from Surrey St. which runs next to the airport; Open for lunch--limited hours. 10 minute drive from the Holiday Inn. Open Sundays.
300 Fisher Road Lafayette, LA 70508-2028
Borden's Ice Cream Shop: One of the original shops (but has recently been redone); And you thought Howard Johnson & Baskin & Robbin's had it all! Johnston St. at Jefferson Blvd. Eight minute drive from Holiday Inn.
Nearby Supermarkets: They are stocked with premade sandwiches, and the usual supermarket fare. Buy your bottled water here.
Albertson's --just a couple blocks south of Holiday InnInn on the same side of Evangeline Thruway.
Winn-Dixie --go north under I-10 to the first exit on I-49, turn right, and go one mile on E. Pont des Mouton.
Olde Tyme Grocery: (337) 235-8165, 218 West Saint Mary Boulevard Lafayette, LA 70506-4636
Best Poorboys in Town: Old Tyme grocery store on St. Mary's Blvd. a couple blocks north of Johnston St. Ten minute drive from Holiday Inn.
Drive-Thru Daiquiri Stand: Between the legs of Evangeline Thruway just a block or so north of Pinhook. Numerous flavors. No open containers allowed, so they provide straws! There are many more located around the area, and in Opelousas.
Meche’s Donut Shop; One is located on Willow just past Home Depot (not far from the Holiday Inn). The other is located in Breaux Bridge one block north of the main drag. Ask for directions, or use your nose! They run out by early afternoon.
**** Beware the police over New Year's weekend. They set up roadblocks, and will confiscate the vehicle if they smell any alcohol.
Jay Clem (graduate of UL Lafayette) says when in St. Martinville, try Josephine’s Creole Restaurant at 830 S. Main St. It’s funky & down home & cheap, but very good, according to Jay. Open for breakfast & lunch. Good place to stop when visiting the Evangeline Oak & the Creole-Cajun Museum in St. Martinville.
Josephine's Creole Restaurant - southern soul
830 South Main Street St. Martinville, LA 70582-4412 (337) 394-8030
He also suggests visiting Cypress Lake in the middle of the UL Lafayette campus to get up close with alligators, turtles & cypress trees. He says to park in the bookstore lot. You are on your own to find it!
Dee Garner admonishes me re. the UL Museum at Girard & St. Mary’s. She says it deserves much more than the 15 minutes I allocated to it!
And, a number of you recommended many more fine tourist spots farther afield from Lafayette. Stop at the Lafayette Tourist Office between the legs of Evangeline Thruway just south of Willow for a trove of sightseeing information.