For travelers who like Cajun food, or think they might, Houma is a great place to strap on the feedbag. Around town you’ll find a nice mix of classic crawfish joints, Cajun/southern cafés, and even upscale bistro fare if Cajun is not your thing.
From the outside, A-bear’s Café looks a bit like a rundown bayou shack. But once you are inside, the clapboard walls and genteel southern décor are reminiscent of your Aunt Emmy Lou’s parlor. But regardless of the decor, the food at Abears is fantastic. From gumbo and cornbread to fried chicken, greens, and pecan pie, you'll find all of the classics represented here and done very well.
809 Bayou Black Dr.; 504-872-6306
Boudreau & Thibodeau’s
For fans of the “throw down some newspaper and toss out some shellfish" school of feasting, Boudreau & Thibodeau’s’ Cajun Cookin’ is the place to go. And while they do have other items on the menu, Boudreau & Thibodeau’s is know for their colossal crawfish boils. As expected, the table is layered with newspaper just before a tub of perfectly prepared crawfish is heaped in the center of things. It’s a peel and eat feast like no other, and sides of corn, sausage, and bread compliment the mudbugs (crawfish) perfectly.
5602 W. Main St.; 985-872-4711
Across town Café Dominque serves upscale “new American” cooking in a white tablecloth atmosphere. Though somewhat less piquant than Houma’s Cajun kitchens, Café Dominque features exellent Gulf seafood, beef, poultry and vegetarian dishes. The cafe is ideal for a romantic dinner, or for anyone looking for something other than Cajun fare.
8013 Main St.; 985-223-7540