Lafayette is a foodie town without pretension. Even James Beard recognized chefs serve up incredible dishes at reasonable prices. There are plenty of opportunities to taste your way through the world-famous culinary specialties of Cajun Country without breaking the budget.
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Two brothers from Acadiana invented the poor boy sandwich during the New Orleans streetcar strike of 1929. Po'Boys are not only iconic today, but they're still perfect for the pocketbook. One of the best deals in town is Dwight's Po'Boy Special of the Day, which includes a drink and a bag of chips for $6. Varieties include savory selections like smoked sausage or classic roast beef.
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This new beachy Baja-style restaurant with a charming courtyard recently opened in downtown Lafayette. Enjoy a variety of tasty tacos at a great price. The Al Pastor features fresh flour or corn tortillas with chile-marinated spit-roasted pork, pineapple, cilantro, and onion, all for $3.50.
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This lively Jefferson Street attraction combines bowling with live music. After dancing or playing a few games, the Double Cheeseburger or Hand Cut Chicken Tenders will undoubtedly satisfy. The double patty, double cheese on a brioche bun comes with fries for $10.
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This homey meat-and-three has been filling up diners for nearly 30 years. For $10.75, the breakfast plate comes with two eggs cooked to order; ham, smoked sausage, breakfast sausage or bacon; grits, potatoes or oatmeal; and a biscuit or toast.
Just west of Lafayette on I-10, the town of Scott is the Boudin Capital of World. Everyone from truckers to gourmands lines up for the famous Cajun-style sausage and fried pork cracklins at Billy's. Pick up a couple of fried Pepper Jack Boudin Balls for $1.99/each and a quarter-pound bag of cracklin for under $5.
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The historic village of Vermilionville is not only a great place to learn about Lafayette's past but an ideal setting for enjoying some Cajun comfort food. The daily plate lunch is a great deal, offered Tuesday through Thursday. For $10.95 per adult or $6.95 for children under 10, you can enjoy a cup of gumbo or salad, daily entrée, a starch, two vegetables, homestyle biscuit, dessert, and a drink!
A Lafayette landmark since 1947, not much has changed at this family-run burger joint. Order a legendary burger for $3.75 or a grilled cheese for $1.95, and you'll still have money left to enjoy a perfectly spun milkshake for $3.75. Just don't ask for ketchup—they have their own secret sauce!
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Don't judge a book by its cover, and don't think you can't get a fantastic meal inside a gas station. This local gem serves outstanding Mediterranean cuisine. Pick up a Chicken Shawarma Pita with hummus and feta salad for just $9.
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This hidden gem is the perfect place to grab a bit of this and that all at an affordable price. Whether you're in the mood for an empanada, arepas, or their namesake, the patacon, none of these delicious bites will break your budget.