to those thrilling blogs of yesterday. Or something like that.
Today’s blog features three of our favorite Lafayette-area restaurants. And since I have written about all three before—some on multiple occasions—I don’t really have much original to say. So, instead of wracking my brain, I plan to augment my new writing with quotes from blogs past.
We start with Sunny’s Fried Chicken in Church Point, LA, which we agree is the finest purveyor of fried chicken anywhere. (Yes, I did have a momentary flirtation with Gus’s in Memphis last summer, but that romance was of short duration.)
We discovered Sunny’s in Spring, 2011, and I described our initial encounter on April 14th. “…then it hit us. The smell of fried chicken. Not fast food chain fried chicken. Mom’s fried chicken. As if being reeled by an invisible fishing line, the truck was dragged into Sunny’s very full parking lot.
“This is basic dining at its best. You review the menu posted on the wall, you go to the counter and order and pay, you self-serve your drinks, you find an empty table, you wait for your number to be called, and you (or should I say Chuck) go to the counter to retrieve your food.”
On this visit Chuck ordered the three-piece white, while I ordered three wings. As sides we added both a medium fries and medium onion rings.
And the chicken. Again from our April 14, 2011 blog: “This was perfect fried chicken. I thought that it had to have been broasted to stay that juicy. But no, I was told. This is deep fat fried. And the crust was totally greaseless and crackled when bitten into. Anyone have earplugs? And that is why I like to order wings. With a breast, you are quickly out of crust. With wings, the crust lasts though every bite.”
Next stop—Frosto’s in Crowley, LA.
I start by repeating this story from our March 2, 2012 blog just because I like it.
“’Originally opened by Ralph Roseland in 1950 as part of the national chain Zesto*, the business served hotdogs, ice cream and soft drinks. After a few years as Zesto, the business encountered financial hardship. In 1955, Roseland suggested…that Zesto's manager, Helen Larive Lafosse, take over Zesto and assume the debt for the one year of back rent.
While Frosto’s serves items other than burgers, I always gravitate toward the Cajun Burger with cheese, sautéed onions, and to waken the taste buds, Cajun spices. I did have to persuade Chuck not to order the triple burger and he had to make do with just a double.
And on to Scott, LA, where we revisit Cajan’s Eatery.
I began our April 20, 2011, entry by asking: Can A Professional Soccer Player from Louisiana find love with a Columbian from Florida? Can they successfully open a small eatery in Scott, LA? Can they serve a very good hamburger? The answer to all of these questions is ‘Yes.’”
We always manage to arrive at Cajan’s during the height of the lunch hour (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and this visit was no exception. The parking lot was full and the café was full. Folks around here know where to find a good lunch at a reasonable price.
A brief look of panic crossed his face, and I could hear his inner voice saying “Why did she put me on the spot like this?” “I’d go with the Sloppy Jan,” was his ultimate response. And I am glad I followed his recommendation.
This is a hand formed patty (I guess a third of a pound) cooked medium well and topped with chile, pepper jack cheese, raw onions, and Creole dressing. It was indeed sloppy. It was indeed delicious.
One other thing has changed—the fries. Last year Jan was serving crinkle fries. This year we found a more traditional fry and this is a change much for the better.
All three of these small restaurants provide great value for the money. I don’t think that our bill topped $20.00 at any one of the three. And all three remain on our “must revisit” list.