Bon Temps Grill

For my first dinner in Lafayette, I wanted a restaurant specializing in fish, which was also highly rated. Finding a fish restaurant here is like finding a McDonald’s along the highway, but a good one is a little bit harder to find.  In these parts, there are even restaurants that are open only during crawfish season, which I sadly missed by a couple of months.  You can still order crawfish, but it’s frozen or otherwise preserved from the March to June season.

When I arrived at Steve N Pat’s Bon Temps Grill, it looked like a shack.  To be fair, I did arrive at night, and perhaps it looks nicer in the daylight.  The interior was a step up, looking more like a college pub/restaurant, with a sea of purple and gold as the servers all wore the colors of LSU.

Bon Temps Grill - Interior

The food was a few leaps up.  I ordered a side Caesar salad that hit the spot, despite being a bit heavily dressed, as most Caesar salads are for my taste.  The main dish was the star:  I ordered the Crawfish Pot Pie, which came with a pie crust composed of an almond paste reminiscent of a well-made Galette des Rois. Moving to the center of the bowl, the filling was indeed scrumptious.

Bon Temps Grill - Caesar Salad


Bon Temps Grill - Shrimp Pot Pie

The side of Sage Sweet Potato mash, which arrived late, was worth a taste, and it honestly could have been a vegetarian meal in itself, along with the salad. I had just several bites since I wanted to try dessert.

Bon Temps Grill - Sage Sweet Potato Mash

There were just two dessert choices, though the mixed berry pie with vanilla ice cream on top proved that you don’t need to offer lots of choice if you can make every dish count.

Bon Temps Grill - Mixed Berry Pie à la Mode

Outside of dessert, the variety on this menu was impressive.  You could easily dine here for a week, and have different food each time.  If I returned, I would have something completely different, confident that it would be equally good.

Rating 4.5/5.0 – Really liked it

Bon Temps Grill
bontempsgrill.com
1312 Verot School Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508

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Deanie’s Seafood

Sometimes you visit a restaurant and select a dish you want, versus the one that the restaurant is screaming at you to order.  And you almost always lose! My experience at Deannie’s began at 9 p.m. on a Friday evening, and there was quite a wait even at this late hour. When I was finally seated, I was greeted with a bowl of what appeared to be small red potatoes, instead of bread. When I inquired about the weird bread, I was informed they actually were small red potatoes, and meant to be eaten by hand, with a bit of butter and salt, to taste.

Deanies Seafood - Red Potatoes

My mistake was in ordering the pasta dish, instead of one of the fried platters, which is their specialty. The shrimp was delicious, and had the added luxury of having the tails removed. The sauce, or roux as they say in French parts, was flavorful, but not pleasing. Instead, it was loaded with oil, which became less appetizing as I reached the bottom of the bowl.

Deanies Seafood - Shrimp Pasta

I wanted to try their bread pudding, as a way to tap into what they do well, and was pleasantly surprised. The nice round of pudding was topped with a delicous sauce and a copious amount of finely slivered almonds. Now if I could just take back the dumb choice I made for a main dish!

Deanies Seafood - Bread Pudding

The dining room décor is worth a mention.  The space itself is wide open, but you don’t feel overwhelmed by it.  The wall art is pleasing and the kitchen opens up smartly to the rest of the space.

Deanies Seafood - Open Interior

Deanies Seafood - Roux Mosaic

Deanies Seafood - Interior into Kitchen

Rating 3.5/5.0 – Liked it

Deanie’s Seafood
www.deanies.com
841 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Acme Oyster House

Acme was the common restaurant mentioned by everyone who has visited New Orleans. It seems to be more famous for cooked oysters than raw, although I wasn’t interested in having either. It’s also famous for having long lines. I fortunately arrived between meals, and since they serve non-stop, I got seated within 5 minutes.

Acme Oyster House - Exterior

Though the menu was fairly compact, almost every dish was its own enticement. I wanted to try one of their gumbos in addition to a main dish. I had a cup of seafood gumbo, which was perfectly seasoned and delicious. The main dish was a Half and Half Poboy, with shrimp on one side and a fish filet on the other. I finally discovered what McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish was trying to be, though it fails miserably!

I was so hungry for the Poboy that I forgot to take a picture until the sandwich was already half-devoured.  Even the picture of the gumbo below had a preliminary “spoon dunk”.  Sometimes discipline goes right out the window when you are so hungry and the food is so good!

Acme Oyster House - Seafood Gumbo

The décor is pretty sparse, and the meal is served efficiently to get you fed and on your way, to allow others to do the same. I did not feel rushed by any of the staff, but it’s not the place where you would feel comfortable to linger.

Acme is famous for a reason, and any time a restaurant has been open for over 100 years, they have to be doing a lot of things right.

Rating 4.5/5.0 – Really liked it

Acme Oyster House
www.acmeoyster.com
724 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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