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Lafayette

Heart of Acadiana

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Bayou Teche Brewing; Photo by Lucius Fontenot

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.

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Snapshot: Lafayette, Louisiana

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.

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Lafayette’s Global Cuisine

Acadiana’s multicultural heritage has inspired food from around the world in the heart of Louisiana's cajun and creole country.

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See for yourself why Lafayette, LA is the Best Food Town

Sample your way through a two-day food tour to discover Lafayette’s culinary history and the restaurants that garnered them the title of “Best Food City in the USA.” Get the itinerary here.

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Lafayette Puts a Spring in Your Two-Step

Spring in Lafayette, Louisiana, is festival season, crawfish season, garden season, getting-out-in-nature season, and all-around-enjoying-life season.

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Enjoy a Taste of Lafayette

Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the Happiest City in America.

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Recipes

Satsuma Dreamsicle Ice Cream

At Saint Street Inn in Lafayette, Chef Ashley Roussel is using Louisiana satsuma to incorporate some zing into an orange Dreamsicle ice cream recipe.

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Louisiana Citrus Gulf Fish Crudo

At Saint Street Inn in Lafayette, chef Ashley Roussel is using Louisiana citrus to flavor a fresh-as-can-be Gulf fish crudo.

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Hayman’s Sloe Screw 

Bartender Nathan Stubbs of Lafayette’s Saint Street Inn (now closed) mixes it up by infusing citrus into classic cocktails, such as the traditional screwdriver with an extra booster of vitamin C.

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