Located directly across from Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette, The French Press offers up fresh Louisiana versions of classic dishes that we have all grown to love. This casual dining spot with a rustic charm has quickly become a favorite in town and has even garnered the attention of SAVEUR Magazine who called it one of their “100 Inspiring Places and Things to Eat” (Jan/Feb 2013). Walking in, you can see why.
With its tall ceilings, your eye is instantly drawn up to the gold paneled ceiling. The original concrete floors make you wonder how much ink was spilled in this old printing plant. The beautiful green walls have tiny cracks, exposing the white brick and stone work underneath. The wait staff is dressed all in black and they move stealthily from table to table. It’s a friendly environment that serves a breakfast and lunch menu seven days a week. From a group of six college aged friends to a family grabbing lunch after church, the setting is welcoming and inviting to everyone.
One of my favorites on the menu is the Cajun Benedict. Take everything you know about the classic Eggs Benedict besides the poached eggs and throw it out the window. The Cajun Benedict replaces the English muffin with a slice of French bread that is topped with boudin and two poached eggs. It only gets better from there. Instead of the classic which features a hollandaise sauce, the Cajun Benedict is topped with chicken and andouille gumbo and scallions. If you haven’t had it yet, I suggest you do on your next visit.
Our server suggested that we each have an à la carte order of one of their best sellers, the Sweet Baby Breesus. Named in honor of everyone;s favorite Number 9, the Breesus is a perfectly fried boudin ball paired with bacon, drizzled with Steen’s Cane Syrup all sandwiched between a soft buttermilk biscuit slider.
Breaking away from my normal order, I decided to try the Buffalo Bill Poboy. The poboy comes with either fried shrimp or oysters and all sandwiches on the menu come with your choice of scallion potato salad or fries; either regular or truffle. If the choice between shrimp and oysters leaves you torn, order it half-and-half to get the best of both worlds. I’m an oyster man myself and love a good, cold potato salad so for me the choice was easy.
My wife ordered the Croque Madame, a play on the classic Croque Monsieur. Both the Madame and Monsieur are black forest ham and gruyere grilled cheese sandwiches with tomatoes and herbed aioli. What makes the Madame different is the addition of a creamy béchamel sauce and one sunny-side-up egg. Get it?
The French Press is a well balanced restaurant and bar offering breakfast/brunch, lunch and white linen fine dining during the weekend. It’s no surprise that they’re an “Eat This Lafayette” recommendation.
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214 E. Vermilion St.