Monday, August 31, 2015

Plate Lunch Tour: Bread & Circus Provisions


In Southwest Louisiana, nothing is as synonymous with "plate lunch" as BBQ. With a majority of plate lunch spots in town only offering their plates of burnt ends and traditional sides on Sundays, Bread & Circus Provisions on Bendel has raised the bar by offering their BBQ plate lunch 2 days earlier than most restaurants. Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today and why wait for BBQ on Sunday when you can have it on Friday! And unlike most BBQ plate lunches in the area, each Friday's plate comes with a selection of meats. One week it's Bread & Circus' homemade sausage and brisket with tasso. The next may be chicken, pork steak and stout pulled pork. Either way, you'll find your plate packed with Circus BBQ beans + dirty rice & Evangeline Maid white bread. The down home flavors are best complimented with Bread & Circus' Friday "2-for-1" beer special. Grab a friend, a few drinks and start the weekend early.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday 5: Brittany Waters of Social Southern Table and Bar


You know those irresistible desserts that come out of the kitchen of Social Southern Table & Bar? Well, Brittany Waters is the reason for your sweet tooth. In this week's Friday 5 we chat with the Pittsburgh, PA Pastry Chef and cover her local favorites. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fête Rouge 2015: A Louisiana Celebration of Food & Wine (Aug. 27-28)


Eat This Lafayette's André Arceneaux is excited to be judging this year's Fête Rouge Chefs Competition. Baton Rouge's #1 food blogger, Jay Ducote of biteandbooze.com, who was just in the Top 3 of Next Food Network Star will be emceeing the event. Get your tickets for the Food & Wine Fête HERE before they are gone and head to L'Auberge Hotel & Casino this Friday to taste over 200 wines from around the world as well as dishes from many local chefs.

Road Trip: SoBou, NOLA

From the Commander's Palace family of restaurants comes SoBou: South of Bourbon. Well representing the uniqueness of Southern food, mixed alongside traditional dishes, diners will find Pork Belly Steam Buns and an outrageous Bluefin Tuna Cone served with Pineapple Ceviche and Basil Avocado Ice Cream. 



Attached to the swank W Hotel and outfitted with self-serve wine machines, SoBou offers plenty of relaxation if it is your final NOLA destination or acts as a perfect party primer for a night in the Quarter.



SoBou - French Quarter
310 Rue Chartres
New Orleans, LA  70130
504.552.4095
www.sobounola.com

Monday, August 24, 2015

Plate Lunch Tour: Veronica's Cafe



One visit to Veronica's Cafe and it is clear to see why the restaurant, located on Hector Connoly Rd in Carencro, is garnering so much attention. Owner Kenward Alexander makes the rounds in the dining room checking on each table, ensuring each guest is enjoying their meal. And with Creole and Cajun home cooking on the menu, the plate lunches from Veronica's are setting the bar high in Acadiana.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Friday 5: April Courville of Festival International and BikeLafayette

Photo cred: Travis Gauthier of Zoom Photo

As Marketing Director of Festival International, a place with 40+ food vendors under one proverbial roof, and as a board member for BikeLafayette, it's only natural that April Courville would know her way around Downtown Lafayette eateries. 

"It was a tough decision narrowing it down to 5 spots. I have so many favorite dishes at so many spots! I live and work downtown, so many of my choices are within this area."

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Road Trip: MoPho, NOLA

The culinary brainchild of Chef Michael Gulotta (formerly of Restaurant August). MoPho brings Louisiana-Fusion to a whole new level. Po-Boys and rice bowls share the menu, each drawing from the other's culture.


The pho offers options including oxtail, tendon, tripe and even cockscomb, but do not leave without trying the wings or spring rolls. Bubble tea cocktails are a necessity, and if you roll into town on a weekend, do join MoPho for their Super Swine Saturdays.


                               

MoPho Mid-City
514 City Park Ave. 
New Orleans, LA
504.482.6845


Monday, August 17, 2015

Lafayette Plate Lunch Tour: Kreole Alá

Scott is the boudin capital of the world. Breaux Bridge boasts its crawfish. Delcambre and Gueydan claim shrimp and duck, respectively. If that is true, it can be argued that Lafayette is the undisputed Plate Lunch capital. What makes the plate lunch so endearing to the residents of Acadiana is the love you taste in each plate. Each bite is like a Sunday at your Mawmaw's house and few places are spreading that love like Kreole Ala'.


Felicia Gallien and her crew have been feeding the Northside of Lafayette out of Ala's Moss Street location for roughly 1.5 years. With their traditional South Louisiana recipes, Kreole Ala's flavors are bold, rich and filling.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Who Will It Be?


Friday 5: Who Will It Be?

Do YOU think you know all of the tastiest places in Acadiana? Want to brag on your favorite hole in the wall restaurant? Add your name and email address in the comments below to enter yourself (or recommend your foodie friend!) to be featured in an upcoming Friday 5. We'll select a winner randomly. Enter before 8/22/15 at midnight.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Friday 5: Nick Glenn - Pizzapocolypse Champ Goes for New Title



Nick Glenn is making waves in the Lafayette culinary scene. Still a student at Louisiana Culinary Institute, Nick recently cooked at the Cannes Film Festival in France and has plans to launch his food truck, SoulFull, upon graduation. The young chef has an impressive resume having cut his culinary teeth on the line at Jolie's, Jefferson St. Pub and having recently won the first annual Pizzapocolypse held at Pop's Poboys. Nick tries to make it 2 and 0 in Pop-Up battles at tomorrow night's Talladoggie Nights Hot Dog Pop-up. Go out and support all competitors. But until then, get to know Nick Glenn's favorites in this week's Friday 5.


1. Guilty Pleasure- Carpe Diem. Awesome ice cream, and always consistent. The seasonal flavors are always on point and the biscoff ice cream is the best. Also, friendly service and unlimited samples!

2. Eating on the Cheap- Creole Lunch House. I love the stuffed bread. It's really old school and straight forward. Try it with ranch, pretty tight!

3. Hole in the Wall- Bangkok Thai. Great curries and Tod Kra Thiam with chicken is always a winner. Can always count on a fresh meal, take out or dine in. And wear a sweater because it's always cold!

4. Introducing out of Towners to Lafayette- Pop's Poboys and Laura's II. When introducing someone to Lafayette, I believe plate lunches and poboys are both staples of this area. Pop's does this right by taking old school classic poboys and adding a twist to them along with their weekly specials. Laura's II gives you large portions of soulful and filling meals. From fried fish to stuffed turkey wings or bbq ribs on Sundays. And don't forget the rice dressing!

5. Dining Solo- Prejean's. Definitely one of my dine alone spots thanks to Chris the bartender who makes stiff drinks. Perfect lunch prices but with dinner sized portions. The Eggplant Pirogue Prejean is always awesome.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Road Trip: Orange Beach, AL

No summer vacation is complete without a trip to the beach. But coming from an area known worldwide for its amazing food, it can be hard to trust word of mouth recommendations from beach going locals. Well, from the Bayou to the Beach, Eat This has you covered. If you find yourself in the Orange Beach area, make the trip to Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina. Staying true to the Gulf Coast, Fisher's hosts a wide offering of local seafood.


The open dining area on the yacht filled marina reminds you of just how fresh the food on your plate is.


Listen to the sound of the waves crashing on the dock and savor the smell of the salty sea air while you thank the sea for her bounty.




Dine upstairs for a more upscale experience.

Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina
27075 Marina Rd
Orange Beach, AL
251.981.7305
www.fishersobm.com

Lafayette locals will be glad to see a familiar name in the Orange Beach restaurant scene: Brick & Spoon.


With a menu comparable to the one in the 705, Brick & Spoon OB is a great place to fill up on unique omelets and Benedicts before heading out into the water for the day.



Brick & Spoon - Orange Beach
24705 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 
251.981.7772

Monday, August 10, 2015

Ruffino's on the River: Lobster Festival 2015


Perched on the banks of the Vermillion River, Ruffino's, named after owner and star offensive guard for the LSU Mighty Tigers ('86-'89) Ruffin Rodrigue, has staked its claim as one of the essential fine dining hot spots in the Hub City. Mixing southern hospitality with Italian flavors and charm, the food and dining experience at Ruffino's is five-star.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday 5 + 3 more: Manny Augello of Bread & Circus Provisions

Photo by Sara Yongue
Known across Acadiana for his unique and sometimes adventurous take on all things pork, Chef Manny Augello has turned the culinary culture of the area on its head. Get to know his favorite places to eat in Lafayette in this week's Friday 5 (plus 3 more).

1. Special Occasions - This is no longer a valid answer but I wish it were still an option - Village Cafe. Jeremy Conner is, in my opinion, the best chef is Acadiana.

2. Guilty Pleasure – that damn fried chicken at Fat Albert's on the north-side near Moss & Willow. What's worse is that I want chicken and fried gizzards. I have tried very hard to stop at eating only one before exiting the parking lot. I seem to get back home each time with a smidge less self respect than the time before.

3. Eating on the CheapAsian Market. Catch them on the right day and prepare to overwhelm your senses by the scent of bahn mis, whole roasted ducks, huge sides of rib, and a wide selection of herbs and veggies.

4. Best BoudinCharley T's in Breaux Bridge. Just look for the pig in the pot.

5. King Cake – French king cake from Poupart's Bakery

6. Favorite DessertDark Roux. Ryan Trahan is like king Midas when he sets to work with sugar.

7. Neighborhood HangoutThe Lab. It's magic, constantly in movement.

8. Dining SoloCedar Grocery. I fell in love 4 years ago when I moved to Freetown. The connection I have to The Grizzly is too personal not to dine there alone.

Monday, August 3, 2015

That's Some Pig: Bread & Circus' Pig Head Supper

In his 1952 Children's novel, "Charlotte's Web", American author E. B. White delicately tells the story of the relationship between a barn spider, Charlotte A. Cavatica, and a pig called Wilbur.

Since 2013, Chef Manny Augello has been writing his own story of a love affair with all things pork in his off the charts restaurant Bread & Circus Provisions. It's no secret that Eat This Lafayette is a fan of the unassuming spot tucked away on Bendel, and with good reason. The creativity and imagination at Bread & Circus has served as a catalyst for other local eateries and the playful popups and events hosted have united food lovers and industry insiders from diverse backgrounds. Just like a good book, Bread & Circus feeds your soul and leaves you wanting for more. The newest chapter of the Bread & Circus story? Pig Head Suppers.

Offered every Friday evening, by reservation only,the Pig Head Supper series is an unapologetic highlighting of a lesser used cut of meat.  "It's a throw away piece of the pig that is equally as delicious."  These family style dinners are described as a Dim Sum meets Boucherie experience.

Manny and his team pull no punches in this in-your-face, 6 course dinner that will leave you as satisfied as Templeton the rat from E. B.'s verses. The anticipation of the dishes felt slightly unnerving. My wife and I felt anxious as we imagined ourselves on an episode of Bizarre Foods. We turned and saw our waitress leaning over the service counter and noticed Chef Manny giving her detailed descriptions of each aspect of our first course. We locked eyes, took a deep breath and prepared for the unexpected.

Course I: Ruston peaches with guanciale finished with cold pressed Guidry Organic pecan oil. Charcuterie scrap dashi, sweet potato gnocchi and pickled Sicilian cayenne pepper.