Many people dont imagine healthy when they think of Cajun and Creole cuisine. Rachaels Caf hopes to change all that. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0017 The small, family-owned caf serves up a great selection of Cajun dishes, many of which feature South Louisianas abundant and delicious seafood. There are salads, sandwiches, appetizers as well as a large variety of soups and gumbos, in addition to entres that range from seafood platters to chicken fried steak. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0004 Rachaels Caf, pronounced Ra-shells, also offers a delicious selection of healthy items that are gluten free and low in carbohydrates so diners dont have to sacrifice down-home flavor for healthy. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0120 We recently added The Fit Kitchen at Rachaels Caf, gluten-free, fresh meals for the on-the-go lifestyle, said owner Rachael Hebert. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0033 Whatever the preference, its clear Rachaels Caf follows South Louisiana culinary styles. There are seafood boudin balls and fried crab claws as appetizers, chicken and sausage gumbo and crawfish bisque for a soup course or fried oyster sandwiches and grilled shrimp salad for lunch. For dinner, try the Caf Special, which serves up a combination of stuffed bell peppers, crawfish touffe, fried shrimp, crab au gratin and seafood gumbo. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0150 For those watching their waist, healthy options include tuna steak, tilapia, red snapper, catfish and scallops for the seafood lover as well as chicken, meatloaf, pork chops and rib-eye for the carnivores. The tasty and varied sides can be a meal in itself for the vegetarian diner. Choose from coconut sweet potatoes, smothered cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower rice and oven-roasted beets, to name a few. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0097 We offer food for anyones preference, from fried seafood entrees to healthier gluten-free meals with sides, said Hebert. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0173 Some of the cafs specialties include Rachaels Signature Gumbo, a combination of shrimp, crab, crawfish and andouille sausage swimming in a delicious roux. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0193 The caf also offers daily plate lunch specials: Monday - Meatball Stew Tuesday - Hamburger Steak Wednesday - Rolled Round Steak Thursday - Pork Roast Friday- Shrimp Stew and Catfish Courtbouillon LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0087 For dessert, all delectable offerings are homemade and include bread pudding, German chocolate cake, pineapple upside down cake and carrot cake. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0058 Rachaels Caf is located at Suite 104-B along Republic Avenue next to the Grand 14 Cinema and offers inside and al fresco dining plus take-out. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for dinner Monday through Saturday; the restaurant is closed from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. LafayetteTravel_EatLafayette-Rachaels_0237 Rachael's Caf 104-B Republic Ave. Lafayette, LA 70508 (337) 504-4625 www.rachaelsseafood.com