Heart of Acadiana
Known for its swampy bayous, rollicking roots music, and dishes that are stuffed, smothered, and stewed, Cajun Country is a bastion of American regional culture. The history of the twenty-two-parish region dates to the mid-1700s, when French-speaking settlers exiled from present-day Canada fled southward, taking refuge in the prairies and swamps of South Louisiana. Acadiana’s decidedly rural culture is a stark contrast to that of cosmopolitan New Orleans to the east, but the two are both home to defining culinary traditions. At the region’s geographic and cultural center is Lafayette, a city where chefs and artisans honor their roots. It won’t be hard to make the most of the “most important meal of the day” if you stop by The French Press for modern twists on regional flavors. A must-see spot is Johnson’s Boucanière where their legacy of boudin and smoked meats carries on for the past ninety years. For a bit of Louisiana culture, try Don's Seafood, a staple since 1934.For some booze to end the night with a buzz, try Bayou Teche Brewing or Parish Brewing.