Plate Lunch Experience

Though most visitors to Lafayette, LA might sooner associate the area with our more famed Cajun and Creole culinary fare (jambalaya, crawfish, and gumbo), it is the rice and gravy-centric plate lunch that fuels the people of Louisiana’s Acadiana region. Consisting of meat, a gravy-covered starch, a pair of vegetable sides, and a simple piece of bread — and often all served on a single plate — the plate lunch emphasizes speed, affordability, and caloric heft.

A close cousin to the meat-and-three restaurants found throughout the South, the history of Lafayette, LA’s plate lunch houses is rooted in the marriage of rustic, homestyle cooking with the convenience offered by the buffet line. In the late nineteenth century, cafeteria-style lunchrooms appeared throughout America, introducing patrons to self-service, the steaming lunch counter, and the ubiquitous plastic tray.

In South Louisiana, rural meat markets were likely the first to sling portable plate lunches to a hungry working-class crowd. Instead of disposing of their scraps and other unsold cuts, butchers smothered these meats in a rich, roux-based gravy for tomorrow’s lunch. With the addition of rice — a regional commodity and staple of local tables — and a stewed vegetable or two, the plate lunch was born.

See below for a map and list of plate lunch restaurants in Lafayette Parish and beyond. Don't see one of your favorite plate lunch spots below? Click here and let us know so we can include them.

Plate Lunch Houses in Acadiana

Abacus
530 W Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 232-5300
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Acadian Superette
600 Lamar St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 237-4509
Monday - Thursday 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Alexander's Specialty Meats
111 Hollywood Dr, Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 504-3034
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bayou Bistro
1801 W Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 233-8120
Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 7:00 - 11:00 a.m. & 4:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Breaux's Mart
2600 Moss St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 232-2052
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Burger Best
302 Breaux Bridge Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-4052
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cafe 20.3 on the Bayou
1500 General Mouton
Lafayette, LA  70501
(337) 408-8542
Monday - Thursday 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. -  9 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Cafe 329
329 Dulles Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 534-4986
Monday - Thursday 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cajun Commander Cafe & Catering
206 East Saint Mary Blvd.
Lafayette LA 70503
(337) 889-3846
Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Champagne's Grocery & Deli
716 Souvenir Gate
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 235-6733
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Charlie T’s Specialty Meats
1406 Rees St.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
(337) 332-2426
Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Creole Lunch House
713 12th St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 232-9929
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dax
2832 Verot School Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 233-0329
Sunday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Don's Specialty Meats (Carencro)
104 Hwy 1252
Carencro, LA 70520
(337) 896-6370
Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - all gone

Don's Specialty Meats (Scott)
730 S Frontage Rd.
Scott, LA 70583
(337) 234-2528
Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - all gone

Dwight's Restaurant
4800 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 981-1241
Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dwyer's Cafe
323 Jefferson St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-9364
Monday - Sunday 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Earl's Cajun Market
510 Verot School Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 237-5501
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Fezzo's
720 S Frontage Rd.
Scott, LA 70583
(337) 261-2464
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Gary's
104 Lamar St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-2921
Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Glenda’s Creole Kitchen
3232 Main Hwy.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
(337) 332-0294
Monday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Guidroz Food Center
1301 E Simcoe St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-5757
Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - all gone

Guidry's Produce on Moss
3619 Moss St.
Lafayette, LA 70507
(337) 269-4726
Monday – Sunday 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Hub City Diner
1412 S College Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 235-5683
Monday - Sunday 10:30 a.m. - all gone

Johnson's Boucaniere
1111 St John St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 269-8878
Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

La Cuisine de Maman
300 Fisher Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 205-9899
Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lebouef's Deli & Catering
3450 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 837-9856
Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lagneaux's
445 Ridge Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 984-1415
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Laura's II
1904 W University Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 593-8006
Monday - Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lunch Box
3909 Moss St.
Lafayette, LA 70507
(337) 233-8298
Saturday - Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Thursday & Friday 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Mel's Diner
2956 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 235-6219
Monday - Sunday 24 hours

Mel's Diner
1225 Evangeline Thruway
Broussard, LA 70518

(337) 367-6357
Monday - Sunday 24 hours

M & S Grocery
2720 Louisiana Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-3941
Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Noah's Cafe
2310 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 406-2440
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Norbert Restaurant
521 Avenue C
Broussard, LA 70518
(337) 837-6704
Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

NuNu's
1410 St Mary St.
Scott, LA 70583
(337) 234-4592
Monday - Sunday 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Office Hours
2303 Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 237-4181
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Pat's Downtown
107 E Main St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 289-5270
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Poche's
3015 Main Hwy.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
(337) 332-2108
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rachael's Café
104 Republic Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 504-4625
Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Jambalaya Shoppe
4150 W. Congress
337-534-4140
Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

T-Coon's Restaurant
1900 W Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 233-0422
Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tim's Kitchen
1000 Albertson Parkway
Broussard, Louisiana 70518
(337) 330-2151
Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ton's Drive Inn
101 W Main St.
Broussard, LA 70518
(337) 837-6684
Monday - Friday 5:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Took's
3103 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 988-6657
Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sundays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Veronica's Cafe
302 Hector Connoly Rd.
Carencro, LA 70520
(337) 565-2301
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

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