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.
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.
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.
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.
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
1312 Verot School Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508