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.
With the unquestionable love for the burger reigning supreme, the debate remains: Thin or thick patty? Adding fuel to that fire and throwing a wrench in the cogs of a classic two dog fight is Chef Bennett Simmons and his Phatz Burger. Located at 420 N. Main in Opelousas, LA, Phatz Cafe is a hidden culinary treat. With mind blowing burgers and prodigious plate lunches, Phatz delivers great taste with a diverse menu.
Far from a "Would you like fries with that?" burger flipper, Bennet is an award winning chef with experience as big as his burgers, and that experience translates into a great variety of burgers. These 1/2 pound stuffed patties are grilled to perfection and served on a sweet sourdough bun. With simple concepts yet complex flavors, Phatz Cafe is on the path to revolutionize the burger scene of Opelousas.
Try the burger taking the namesake of the town that plays host to the Cafe: The Opelousas Phatz.
Stuffed with andouille sausage and cheddar cheese, the Opelousas is topped with sweet potato fries and chipotle mayo. The sweet heat of this burger is memorable and unmatched.
If a plate lunch is what you're desiring, try the Shrimp and Grits.
Served with crispy fried fish, the concoction of creamy grits and decapod crustaceans is large enough to satisfy you for lunch AND dinner.
If you can take the heat try a Flamin' Phatz stuffed with grilled onions, jalapenos, and pepper jack dressed with a chipotle mayo.
Well worth the drive, Phatz Cafe is a favorite on the "Eat This, Lafayette" Road Trip map. Make it a must next time you venture into St. Landry Parish.
Visit Phatz Cafe online for their complete menu of burgers, poboys, salads, wraps and brunch items.
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420 N. Main St.