The Best Things We Ate in Baton Rouge and Lafayette | Food/Restaurants

Pho Cafe Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I have a feeling this Pho Café dish is going to be my next binge meal. While searching for spring rolls in Baton Rouge, I came across Pho Cafe, a restaurant in South Sherwood Forest. I knew I would need something beyond the spring rolls, so I absentmindedly ordered the chicken lettuce wraps.

He was the star of the show.

With a generous helping of cilantro, the DIY lettuce wraps were full of flavor and veggies. The lettuce was crisp and the chicken seasoned to perfection. I can’t wait to order them again.

Pho Cafe, 3851 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge (Lauren Cheramie, screenwriter)

Classic Breakfast at Dwyer’s Cafe

Turns out Dwyer’s, a longtime downtown Lafayette institution, is the perfect choice for a Father’s Day breakfast. Simple, unpretentious, quality: the hallmarks of a great father — and a great breakfast. The classic breakfast with bacon, hash browns, oatmeal, biscuits and a made-to-order egg is super comforting and the perfect meal to share with a dad.

At Dwyer’s, they know how to deliver a breakfast institution. The cookie was perfectly soft (and soaked in butter), and the same goes for the oatmeal. Bacon fresh off the griddle is hard to beat. The hash browns were peppery and flavorful, and the egg, of course, brings it all together. For less than $10, it’s a meal that lasts all day, but with the right company, the memories will last even longer.

Dwyer’s Café, 323 Jefferson St., Lafayette (Joanna Brown, editor)

Tallulah Grilled Chicken Sandwich

When I was a kid, I loved dill pickles. Over the years, my love for them has diminished. However, every once in a while a sandwich comes along and the dill pickles, hidden in all sorts of goodness, shine through.

Certainly, there’s more to Tallulah’s grilled chicken sandwich than just pickles. There’s marinated grilled chicken thigh, Monterey Jack, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, arugula, chipotle mayonnaise on a focaccia roll. Given my hesitation between fries and homemade chips, I opted for the chips because I had a feeling the crunch might be a good complement to the sandwich. (I was right.)

When the sandwich and fries arrived, my first thought was, “I can’t eat all of this.” » I even took a piece of the sandwich with me in a takeaway box. Once I got in the car and headed to the office, I started thinking about this incredible blend of flavors. The rest of this sandwich didn’t arrive until my ride to the newspaper.

Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar, at the Renaissance Hotel at 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge. (Jan Risher, Features Editor)

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