Despite the challenges small businesses faced in 2020 and now into 2021, the area saw many new restaurants open. Several started as food trucks or pop-up concepts and expanded into a permanent brick and mortar. Check out these new restaurants in and around Lafayette Parish!

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Poppa’s Fried Chicken

Poppa's Fried Chicken

810 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 484-3388
Monday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

A new shop along the I-49 corridor, Poppa’s Fried Chicken opened in late 2020 and is serving up freshly made wings, burgers, seasoned fries and poboys. While “fried chicken” may be part of the namesake, Poppa’s burgers and sandwiches are where they shine. Try the Big Poppa or the Mac Tsunami, a double patty burger topped with gooey mac and cheese.

Mama Reta’s Kitchen

Mama Reta’s Kitchen

6699 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA
(337) 703-4755
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Mama Reta’s Kitchen may be new to Lafayette but she’s definitely not a new restaurant. The southern-style kitchen was located in downtown Lake Charles and she was forced to relocate post-Laura. If you’re looking for a low-key lunch spot that feels like your grandmother’s table, give Mama Reta’s a try. The fried chicken is highly recommended with comfort food sides.

Huya Craft Coffee

Huya Craft Coffee

1821 Chemin Metairie Rd, Youngsville, LA 70592
(337) 573-4542
Monday - Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

If you’re looking for a spot to swing by in the morning for a quick cup of locally roasted coffee, pastries, macaroons or other sweets, Huya is a one stop shop. Huya serves up Reve Coffee paired with Bonne Vie Macaroons, house-made pop tarts, or gourmet toasts. Try the avo caprese toast: garlic cheese sourdough topped with avocado, tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese.

Vestal Restaurant

Vestal

551 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 534-0682
Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The hottest new restaurant on the scene is Vestal, the brainchild of chef Ryan Trahan. Vestal is offering an upscale dining experience in a historic building in the heart of downtown Lafayette. It features American cuisine with a Southern flare: steak, seafood, and handcrafted cocktails. The bar incorporates the smoky, woodfire theme with many of their drinks such as charred garnishes and smoked syrups. Grab a seat at the bar to watch the magic happen in the open concept kitchen.

Brynn and Maia’s To-Geaux

Brynn-Maias-To-Geaux

2700 N University Ave, Carencro, LA 70507
(337) 456-7615
Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays

Don’t let this gas-station adjacent storefront fool you. Brynn & Maia’s brings the plate lunch concept up a notch. Forget oversized styrofoam, pinkies up. Featuring daily lunch specials like shrimp and grits, blackened catfish, red bean with smoked turkey and smothered oxtail rice and gravy, it’s no wonder they sell out on a regular basis. Go early for the best selection.

Hideaway on Lee

Dish from Hideaway on Lee in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/HideawayOnLee

407 Lee Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 484-1141
https://www.hideawayonlee.com/
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday/Thursday/Sunday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday/Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

This newly renovated house-turned-music venue opened in the summer of 2020 and offers a spacious outdoor patio (perfect for social distancing), live music, a casual food menu, and specialty cocktails. Go for brunch or trivia night with friends.

Priya's J&J Indian Foods

Curry dish from Priya's J&J Indian Foods in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/PriyasIndianFood/

4807 Johnston St Suite L, Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 326-8110
https://www.facebook.com/PriyasIndianFood/
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Priya's, formerly known as J&J Indian Foods, gained her following at the Lafayette Farmer's Market and has opened a brick and mortar location on Johnston St. Priya's specializes in authentic Indian dishes, including curries with lots of vegetarian options.

Tchoup's MidCity Smokehouse

BBQ tray of offerings from Tchoup's in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/EatMidCityBBQ/

117 S College Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 345-5950
https://www.eatmidcitybbq.com/
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday & Thursday: 11 a.m.  - 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you're craving Sunday BBQ, this place smokes all their meats in-house from brisket to pulled pork and down-home comfort food sides. Try the mac and cheese and wash it down with a smoked old-fashioned.

Shawarma Guys

Mediterranean food from Schwarma Guys in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Shawarma-Guys-Lafayette/

2668 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 703-4435
https://www.facebook.com/Shawarma-guys-lafayette
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

A small, regional chain in New Iberia opened a third location next to Albertsons on Johnston Street in Lafayette. This fast-casual restaurant concept serves up Mediterranean eats.

Grocery Tavern and Deli

Full course meal from Grocery Tavern and Deli in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/GroceryTavern/

802 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 769-3946
https://www.grocerytavern.com
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

If you're looking for a cozy nook to grab a cocktail with a date, pop into Grocery Tavern. Nestled next to the Juliet Hotel in downtown Lafayette, this speakeasy-inspired bar serves Italian-fusion comfort food. Try a French 75 to keep with the 20s theme or snack on the carb-friendly Grocery Flowers n Cheese, made with cauliflower and pancetta.

Jane's French Cuisine

Dish from Jane's French Cuisine in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/JanesFrenchCuisine

618 E University Ave., Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 534-0442
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
https://janesfrenchcuisine.com/

Can't travel to Paris this year? A visit to Jane's may cure your French craving. They serve contemporary Parisian cuisine right in Lafayette. The menu uses high-quality, seasonal ingredients that focus on French classics with a modern twist. Perfect for a romantic dinner.

Taqueria El Mexicano

Tacos from Taqueria El Mexicano in Lafayette, LA.
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110 Mimosa Pl Ste A Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 400-3117
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
https://www.facebook.com/Taqueria-El-mexicano

Another new brick and mortar, Taqueria El Mexicano, started as a local food truck and has recently expanded. They serve up traditional street tacos, tortas, and tostadas. Cool off in the summer heat with a Michelada or margarita.

2020

It seems like every week something new is opening its doors and giving South Louisiana residents an additional option to wine and dine. Whether you’re looking to expand your palate or find a new haunt to add to your regular list of splurges, here’s a list of all the recent restaurant openings.

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Please note this is an ongoing list. Check back regularly for new additions!

GL’s Mongolian Grill

Asian food from GL’s Mongolian Grill in in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/GLs-Mongolian-Grill

5741 Johnston St
(337) 443-9988
http://www.glsmongolianla.com
Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

After a long line of restaurant closures surrounding the Acadiana Mall, diners are finally starting to get new options popping up. GL’s Mongolian Grill offers fresh sushi and grilled options fit for diets from all walks of life. Their goal is to stay away from anything fried, giving diners a place to taste traditional Japanese dishes without the guilt.

Trapp’s

Seafood platter from Trapp's in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Trappsbroussard/

209 N. Morgan Ave (Broussard)
(337) 330-8443
Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Just in time for primetime crawfish season, the Trappey family (of hot sauce and canned vegetable fame) has opened its doors on a brand new Cajun restaurant and boilhouse in the heart of Broussard. From piping hot mudbugs straight from a seasoned water bath to Cajun staples such as fried seafood, red beans and rice, and gumbo, Trapp’s offers diners dishes steeped in a famous Cajun family’s legacy with a relaxing atmosphere perfect for introducing visitors to Cajun country or relaxing with friends in their large, spacious outdoor dining area.

Royal Curry Indian Cuisine

Curry dish from Royal Indian Curry in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/RoyalCurryLA/

4510 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy Suite J
(337) 534-8520
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | 5 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | 5 – 10 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 8 p.m.

Royal Curry is the latest in a line of Indian restaurants that have popped up over the last few years. The restaurant brings an extensive, diverse menu that caters to diners from all walks of life and dietary beliefs. Not sure what to get? Visit during the lunch buffet and sample multiple dishes. They also offer both local and Indian brews to quench your thirst.

Hawaii Grill

Hawaiian dish from Hawaii Grill in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/Hawaii.Lafayette/

4510 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy Suite E
Monday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Another recent addition to the Caffery Center, Hawaii Grill opened up and is serving up lunch and dinner influenced by Japanese and Hawaiian cuisine. From soups and salads to rice dishes and kid-friendly plates, Hawaii Grill offers an approachable and affordable place to grab a quick bite.

Mimi’s Asian Cuisine & Thai Buffet

Thai dish at Mimi's Fresh Asian Cuisine Thai Buffet in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/MimisFreshAsianCuisine/

607 Kaliste Saloom Rd
Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Mimi’s offers Asian cuisine and regular specials as well as a Thai buffet that lunch-goers can rely on to get them through the workweek.

Tula Tacos + Amigos

An assortment of tacos from Tula Tacos & Amigos in Lafayette, LA.
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/TulaTacos/

427 Jefferson St
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

The newest venture by chef Colin Cormier and restaurateur Gus Rezende, Tula offers diners made-from-scratch-daily tortillas, and inventive takes on traditional tacos and sides. Their bar and outdoor areas are also great places to catch a football game and sip on a couple of craft cocktails that perfectly pair with the restaurant’s menu.

The Brown Skillet

Traditional American food from The Brown Skillet in Lafayette, LA.
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1011 E University Ave
Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Offering diners a new place to grab a good plate of bacon and eggs, The Brown Skillet serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a side of Southern hospitality. From po-boys and plate lunches to weekly specials and a killer breakfast sandwich, it’s the perfect place for nursing your hangover or grabbing a quick lunch during work or before class.