Antlers, one of the oldest bars still operating in Lafayette, has existed in its Downtown location since 1921. While there have been many changes over the years the original bar and most if its décor have stayed the same.
Originally Antlers was called the Antlers Billiard Parlor and was located across the street from the present day location. In the late 30s Joe Walters purchased the business, relocated it across the street in the old La Acadienne Lounge and changed the name to Antlers. Walters owned the business through the 40s until the late 50s where it changed ownership before being repurchased by his son Raymond who began serving home style food and offering live music. Antlers remains in the Walter’s family to this day with Raymond’s son Johnny continuing the tradition his grandfather started so many years ago.
To this day patrons know the day of the week by what Antlers is serving for their plate lunch: Monday is round steak, Tuesday and Wednesday is pork chops or stuffed pork chops, Thursday is smothered chicken and Friday varies, but is usually a seafood dish like shrimp stew. Each plate lunch comes with two sides and varies between smothered cabbage, field peas, yams, black eyed peas, corn maque choux or sweet peas. Aside from the plate lunch Antlers also offers a full menu complete with salads, po’boys, burgers and more.
At Antlers you can expect authentically cooked home style food in a family friendly atmosphere. One thing Antlers prides itself on is the consistency week in and week out, which is in large part due to the seasoning they use. The flavor of the food is so popular they offer their own seasoning for purchase so diners can try and capture the home style flavor in their own kitchen.
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