Its easy to offer farm-to-table cuisine in Lafayette, for the region is ripe with farms, bakeries and butcher shops and a long tradition of living off the land and environment. Not to mention Lafayette is home to some of the countrys finest chefs. The kitchen of Jolies Louisiana Bistro is helmed by Chef Manny Augello, a leader in the local farm-to-table movement and a board member of the Acadiana Food Circle. Augello recently served up a Louisiana Summer menu at the esteemed James Beard House in New York City that consisted of smoked boudin with pork cracklings and summer tomatowhite bean cassoulet and crispy quail with roasted figs, balsamiccane syrup vinaigrette, sugar-and-spice pecans and fried chvre, among other delectable delights. Jolies menu features seasonal, local produce and meats that changes constantly. One visit to their web site and youll see the specials for the week, including a house-made charcuterie plate. Jolies is located at 507 W. Pinhook Road in Lafayette and open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday with brunch on Sunday. The Saint Street Inn at 407 Brook Ave. near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus was founded with farm-to-table in mind. Owners Mary Tutwiler and Nathan Stubbs frequent the citys farmers markets to take advantage of fresh produce and organic products and their beef and smoked sausage comes from a Eunice slaughterhouse near Lafayette. Specialty meats such as andouille may be purchased from Johnsons Boucanire in Lafayette and tasso from Best Stop in Scott. The Saint Street Inn also changes its menu to accommodate whats available seasonally, serving up sandwiches, salads, pizza, burgers and entres. Diners will also find that weeks menu offerings on the restaurants web site.
The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and for dinner Thursday through Saturday evenings. They occasionally offer special events on the front porch or side patio, the latter of which also contains a small stage for live music, next to the herb garden. For more information, visit www.jolieslouisianabistro.com and http://saintstreetinn.com.