Thursday, September 25, 2014

Road Trip: Phatz Cafe, Opelousas, LA

Not a day goes by that I don't thank Louis Lassen. You know...Louis Lassen; the blacksmith by trade and preacher by vocation who immigrated to New Haven from Denmark in 1886 and then opened a chuck wagon that sold butter, eggs and sandwiches? How could you not love the story about Lassen being yelled at by angry customer Gary Widmore which in turn birthed an American food staple?

"Louie! I'm in a rush, slap a meatpuck between two planks and step on it!"

According to The Library of Congress, Louis Lassen invented and sold the first hamburger in 1900. Although this claim has been widely disputed with others worldwide claiming stake in the burger's creation, the fact that Americans love hamburgers cannot be disputed. In fact, Americans eat nearly 50 billion burgers a year, which translates to three burgers a week for every single person in the United States.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Ever have a secret so good that you wanted to share it with everyone? A secret so juicy that you wanted to shout it from the rooftops? Well, Lafayette, we at Eat This Lafayette have a secret like that and we want to share it with just you!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BBQ & Boudin: Johnson's Boucaniere

Everyone has that one favorite uncle. He gave you your first beer. Brought you to that concert your parents didn't know about. Let you borrow his sports car that weekend. Sure, you love your other uncles, just not like you love THAT uncle. The same holds true for Lafayette's love affair with boudin. We love all of them, but we all have a favorite. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

One of Lafayette's Finest: Pamplona

In his 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway introduced the world to bull fighting and the festival of San Fermines in honor of Saint Fermin in Pamplona; a festival otherwise known as the running of the bulls. Located 57 miles from the Spanish food mecca of San Sebastián, the city of Pamplona has made a name for itself as a city of passion and excitement. Pamplona, a Spanish tapas restaurant located at 631 Jefferson St., carries the same distinction. Blending elegance with rustic Spanish flavors, Pamplona is a gem in the Lafayette dining community.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Acadiana's First True Neapolitan Pizza: Bread & Circus Provisions

Growing up, there was nothing better than knowing that pizza was for dinner. There may not be a food as lovely as pizza. Hot, gooey cheese. Smooth, sweet sauce. Warm crust. Either growing up made pizza lose its magic, or pizza has become less than stellar. Regardless of the cause, Chef Manny Augello of Bread & Circus Provisions has made a giant leap in improving the pizza scene in Lafayette. Drawing from his Sicilian roots, Chef Manny introduced the first authentic Neapolitan pizza to hit the Hub City.