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.