To celebrate EatLafayette taking place June 16 - September 1 we will be featuring one of the more than 80 participating restaurants each week on our blog. This week we are featuring Coyote Blues. The concept of Coyote Blues all started with an original piece of artwork depicting a blue coyote by Vergie Banks. The original owners were thinking about opening a Mexican restaurant that would incorporate the local Cajun flavor. One look at the painting and everything just fell into place, including the name, Coyote Blues. Coyote Blues opened in 2003 and quickly became a Lafayette favorite because of their spin on a fresh Mexican grill infused with Louisiana soul. One of the most surprising things about the restaurant is their many seafood offerings. From crawfish to oysters, tuna and tilapia they offer a unique take on local seafood. By far the best kept secret on the menu is their Angus Border Burger, handmade every day with chilies and spices topped off with a toasted jalapeno cheese bun, perfect for lunch. What makes the food at Coyote Blues so unique, aside from the spices, is how they cook it. While most Mexican restaurants rely on liquid smoke for flavor, Coyote Blues cooks everything over mesquite wood, a smell thats undeniable as you walk from the parking lot into the restaurant. Coyote Blues also makes everything fresh, all day every day. Some of their items, like the salsa and tortillas, are made multiple times a day. The 600-800 tortillas the restaurant goes through a day are made to order and hand pressed. The same goes for this homemade tortilla chips and salsa, which are both done in house using only fresh ingredients. Coyote Blues is also known for their daily drink specials and live music in the bar area on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays. See below for a list of daily drink specials: Mondays from 3 9 p.m. $1 Coyote Classic Margaritas Live Music Tuesday from 4 7 p.m. $2 Imports and Domestic Beers 2 for 1 Specialty Martinis Kids Eat Free 3 p.m. till closing Wednesday from 4 7 p.m. $2 glass of Stone Cellar Wines Thursday from 4 10 p.m. Ladies Night $2 Moscato or Cellar No. 8 $3 Coyote Cosmos Live Music Fridays from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 2 for 1 Sangrita Swirl Saturdays from 2 7 p.m. 2 for 1 Sangrita Swirl $3 Bloody Marias Sundays all day $2 Domestic Bottled Beers Coyote Blues is located in front of the Acadiana Mall at 5741 Johnston Street. They are open Mondays 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m., Tuesdays to Thursdays 11 a.m. 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. 11 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. 9 p. m. You can visit their website by clicking here and you can stay up to date on their weekly specials and live music schedule by liking their Facebook page here. [gallery link="file" ids="608,609,610,607,611,612,613,614,615,616,617,618,619,620,621" orderby="rand"]