Plate Lunch Experience

 
Though most visitors to Lafayette 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’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 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.
 

1895 Cajun Pub & Cusine
1895 W Pinhook Rd. 
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 534-8955
Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
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Guidroz Food Center
1301 E Simcoe St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-5757
Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - all gone
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A B Henderson Bar-B-Q Lodge
2601 SE Evangeline Thruway.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 264-1373
Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Guidry's Produce on Moss
3619 Moss St, Lafayette, LA 70507
(337) 269-4726

Abacus
530 W Pinhook Rd. 
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 232-5300
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Hub City Diner
1412 S College Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 235-5683 
Monday - Sunday 10:30 a.m. - all gone
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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.
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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.
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Antlers
555 Jefferson St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 234-8877 
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Burger Best
302 Breaux Bridge Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-4052 
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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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.
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Cajun Cro Café
114B S Church St.
Carencro, Louisiana 70520
(337) 896-2303 
Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Landry's Cafe
3701 Cameron St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 261-0581 
Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Cajun's Cafe
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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Laura's II
1904 W University Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 593-8006 
Monday - Sunday 10:30 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.
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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.
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Charlie T’s Specialty Meats
530 Berard 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.
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Mel's Diner
2956 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503 
(337) 235-6219 
Monday - Sunday 24 hours
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Country Cuisine
709 N University Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 269-1653 
Monday - Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Nimbeaux's
2011 W Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 233-3131 
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Creole Lunch House
713 12th St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 232-9929 
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Noah's Cafe
2310 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 406-2440 
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Dax
2832 Verot School Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 233-0329 
Sunday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Norbert Restaurant
521 Avenue C
Broussard, LA 70518
(337) 837-6704 
Monday - Friday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Don's Specialty Meats (Carencro)
104 Hwy 1252
Carencro, LA 70520

(337) 896-6370 
Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - all gone
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Office Hours
2303 Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 237-4181 
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Don's Specialty Meats (Scott)
730 S Frontage Rd.
Scott, LA 70583
(337) 234-2528
Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - all gone
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Pat's Downtown
107 E Main St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 289-5270 
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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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.
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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.
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Dwyer's Cafe
323 Jefferson St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-9364 
Monday - Sunday 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Rachael's Café
104 Republic Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 504-4625 
Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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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.
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Romero's Grocery & Deli
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Fezzo's
720 S Frontage Rd.
Scott, LA 70583
(337) 261-2464 
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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T-Coon's Restaurant
1900 W Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 233-0422 
Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Fricassee Café
3823 N University Ave.
Carencro, LA 70520
(337) 886-6124 
Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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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.
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Gary's
104 Lamar St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 235-2921 
Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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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.
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Glenda’s Creole Kitchen
3232 Main Hwy.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
(337) 332-0294 
Monday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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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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