Lafayette has been recognized as the Tastiest Town by Southern Living magazine, Best Food Town by Randy McNally, and named to Livability.com’s list of Top 10 Foodie Cities. Enriched by centuries of multicultural influences, Lafayette is blessed with one of America’s great food cultures. One taste of Cajun cooking is all you need to understand what all the rest of the country is talking about. The Acadians started with gumbo and etouffeé, staples that have evolved today into dishes that are considered fine dining and are copied around the world. Our local chefs have a knack for taking simple ingredients and turning them into spectacular dishes.
Lafayette has the Cajun and Creole flavors you crave, along with the freshest in Louisiana seafood. There is always a little something unexpected – from white tablecloth to white paper napkin, and all of the local cuisine is incredible.
There are plenty of authentic Cajun restaurants that serve up not only good cooking but the whole experience with music and atmosphere. However, the area’s restaurant offerings are not limited to Cajun food. Lafayette’s diversified restaurant arena include Asian, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican, Thai, and many other styles of cooking.
The city also now boasts several ethnic markets, with prepared food items and ingredients for ethnic meals at home. Local farm-based produce and products are showcased weekly at the Hub-City Farmers Market in the Oil Center, as well as the Lafayette Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, which is held in the historic Horse Farm and coordinated through the City-Parish President’s Office.