In New Orleans we call them hotplates; in Alabama they’re called meat and threes; out in Acadiana they’re simply known as plate lunches.

The formula is simple. Take a melamine plate or a styrofoam or pasteboard box, cram it full of pork chops, meatloaf, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, mashed potatoes or stewed okra-then sell it for a pittance so the working man can wolf it down and get back to work at the refinery or insurance agency where he earns his living.

This past weekend in Youngsville, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, Plate Lunch A Palooza saw its debut. 16 regional restaurants competed to see who puts out the best plate lunch in Acadiana.

When the dust had settled, Sean Suire’s Cajun Table emerged victorious with their country style pork ribs, fresh sausage, rice and gravy, smothered cabbage and black eyed peas. The plate sold for $5.

Cajun Table
4510 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy
Lafayette, Louisiana

(337) 806-9565

A Recipe For Crawfish Étouffée With The Holy Trinity

The World Championship Crawfish Étouffée Cook-Off was started in 1986 in Eunice, the ‘Prairie Cajun Capitol of Louisiana’. That first year none other than Dewey Balfa provided entertainment to the 107 cooking teams, and hungry assembled Cajuns.

Then-mayor Curtis Joubert courted controversy by banning electric rice cookers stating: “…rice cookers are not Cajun, and only black pots are in.” Continue Reading

L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant

The old L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant is being torn down today (August 3rd 2017). The complex has a track hoe sitting on top of it and a crew of workmen are busy deconstructing the former concern.

L.A. Frey & Sons Meat Packing Plant was constructed in 1921 at a cost of $10k. The dimensions are enormous: a 52,500 sf building adjacent to a 15,000 sf empty parcel, plus a 14,000 sf office building with an 8,100 sf parking lot.

New Orleanians of a certain age (really old) will remember Frey’s ad campaign featuring the slogan “Demand The Brand” Frey’s frankfurters were banded together in the fashion of machine gun cartridges with paper bands connecting the links.

Frey Meats was founded in 1865 by Alsatian Andreas Frey when he was 58 years old. At one point Frey Meats employed 450 people.

We’re always digging for sandwiches to add to our 500 Po Boys research/eating project.

It’s been a solid coon’s age since we ventured into Willie Mae’s Scotch House up in Treme, and we could not recollect whether they had po boys on their menu or not.

They do not.

What they do offer is fried chicken and plenty of it. It may or may not be the best in New Orleans, and there are plenty warring factions who will sit around arguing about it til the resurrection of D.H Holmes.

In a switch on the hoary meat and three concept Willie Mae’s offers three pieces of fried chicken with one side for $15.

If you go please report back.

2401 St Ann St
New Orleans, Louisiana

Hours of operation

Sunday Closed
Monday 10AM–5PM
Tuesday 10AM–5PM
Wednesday 10AM–5PM
Thursday 10AM–5PM
Friday 10AM–5PM
Saturday 10AM–5PM

Adams Fruit Market In Lafourche Parish Louisiana

Are you a Louisiana resident who would like to hunt alligators but lacks access to private lands where the animals flourish?

Do you have $5 and feel lucky?

325 lucky alligator tag lottery winners will set out across nearly 40 public lands this Fall to take down an estimated 850 magnificent (and delicious) gators. Continue Reading