Acadiana has been a melting pot of cultures since its early beginnings. French-Canadians immigrated here in the mid-1700s, and the Old Spanish Trail ran right through Louisiana, bringing together settlers and traders of all nationalities. Acadiana’s multicultural heritage has made Lafayette one of the top foodie destinations in the country today. Come sample and savor food inspired from around the world—without traveling too far from home.
Brasserie at Renaissance Market
Tucked into a fabulous antique and clothing store is a charming lunch spot with Lebanese flair. The Lebanese sampler includes three grape leaves, tabbouleh, kibbeh (seasoned ground meat), and hummus. The Hashwit Salad is another good choice. It features kibbeh stuffing, lettuce, tabouleh, tomato, cucumber, carrots, roasted red bell pepper, purple onions, and feta cheese.
This cute little Venezuelan cafe might be small, but its following is big. Don’t miss specialties like the empanadas (meat pie), flan (baked custard), hallacas (tamales), and the restaurant’s namesake, the patacón, a fried plantain sandwich, stuffed with meat and cheese.
Cafe Habana City
Lafayette’s first Cuban restaurant and mojito bar opened 18 years ago by a Cuban family. All the food is cooked by Cuban mothers and grandmothers, so you know it’s going to be good. Feast on black beans, plantains, rice, beef croquettes, Sopa de Moriscos (seafood soup), Ropa Vieja (shredded beef), and roasted pork.
This European-style cafe is located in the heart of Downtown Lafayette. Order Spanish tapas to share like the marinated olives, ceviche, and escargot. If you’re still hungry, their paella and filets are hard to top, especially when paired with Spanish wine. The bartenders are among the best in town and even make their own tonic.
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