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March 15, 2008
New Iberia, Louisiana
November 7, 2007
From journal Best Cajun Food & Atmosphere
by Amber Autumn
March 6, 2006
"Great eaters and great sleepers are incapable of anything else that is great." ~Henry IV of France
Prejean's Restaurant is an award-winning Cajun restaurant. Designed to feel like a nautical lover's paradise, lunch is a minimum of like $20, and dinner is $30. There is Tee Al, a cute live alligator in the restaurant from Intercoastal City; and Big Al, a fake alligator that guards the trophies and awards won by the "Commander's Palace of Lafayette".
The nautical design is very charming, especially the stained glass windows of a ship. There is also a book store with cookbooks, magnets, and the Boudreaux and Thibodeaux jokes. The tables have crayfish designs on the striped red and white tablecloths, and paper towels are in Bruce's canned yams bin.
There was an array of salads, poultry meals, sandwiches, seafood meals, and oysters. The whimsical food exceptionally topped the quaint atmosphere.
From journal Louisiana's Cajun Country - Lafayette
District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
October 10, 2004
Ranking in a tie for first place with Café Vermilionville as my favorite Lafayette restaurant is Prejean’s. This large restaurant on the north side of town near Evangeline Downs takes traditional Cajun cooking to new heights. Most of the restaurant’s menu is focused on local seafood, including crawfish, Gulf shrimp, crabs, oysters, catfish, and red snapper. You’ll also find regional delicacies such as alligator and frog legs, and wild game selections including Colorado elk, deer, and buffalo. Everything is freshly prepared and almost sinfully delicious. In fact, the food here is so good that I know people in my hometown in southeast Texas who have made the 3-hour drive to Lafayette on a Saturday afternoon just to eat dinner at Prejean’s and then turn around and drive home! You know a restaurant has to be great for people to be willing to spend six hours in the car roundtrip just to go eat dinner.
My favorite entrée at Prejean’s is the Alligator Grand Chenier, a tender white meat filet of alligator tail meat wrapped around a stuffing of shrimp and crabmeat. The whole thing is seasoned, grilled to perfection, and then topped with a generous serving of Prejean’s renowned crawfish etouffee. As with most other entrées, the dish is served with a baked potato, dirty rice, and corn macque choux, a mixture of corn, jalapeno, tomatoes, and seasonings. If you’ve never tried alligator before, this is by far the best alligator dish I’ve ever had anywhere. Alligator meat can be on the tough side, but not at Prejean’s, where it is extremely tender, juicy, and full of flavor. Other favorites of mine on the menu include the seafood platters, good if you’re very hungry and won’t to try a sample of a variety of dishes; Catfish Catahoula, catfish stuffed with shrimp, crab, and crawfish; Red Snapper Pontchartrain (a filet of Gulf red snapper topped with a crawfish sauce); and the Crawfish Half and Half, a combination of crawfish etouffee and fried crawfish tails. Due to seasonal availability, some menu items are occasionally not available; I’ve particularly found this to be true with crawfish dishes in late July and early August when crawfish are not in season and supplies from the previous season are running low. And, if you’re not full from the large portions of delicious food, a nice selection of desserts is available, including regional favorites like Acadian bread pudding; bourbon pecan pie; and Gateau Sirop, a Cajun spice cake.
Complimenting the outstanding food at Prejean’s is the fun and lively atmosphere. Diners are greeted at the front door by a huge stuffed alligator with his jaws wide open, and the walls are adorned with other game. A live band plays Cajun and Zydeco music nightly, and there is a dance floor if you want to get up and work off some of the calories you’ve just consumed. A large bar area with a full selection is also available.
From journal Lafayette, the Capital of Cajun Country