Lafayette & Scott, LA
March 23, 2015
We saw our chance to make an early jump for some Cajun food at an exit off I-10 in Beaumont, Texas, at Pappadeaux. It was a lunchy time of day, and we need a break. So, in we went after parking Rocinante across the street at a conveniently empty hotel parking lot.
What a place! Food everywhere, and all of it delicious. We discovered later that the food here is pretty tame relative to the real thing, but even so it was good enough to be notable. Oh, and if you've never eaten at Pappadeaux before (or just say so and look convincing), they'll give you a free dessert. Laissez les bons temps rouler! After a delicious and filling lunch, we hopped back into our rig and headed out for Lafayette.
As we rolled into our campground for the evening, the Lafayette KOA, we found it was a nice relaxing place to stay. It even had it's own lake (or pond), in addition to a pool, a silly little miniature golf course, and plenty of trees. The folks at the front desk were kind and very helpful indeed. There were several open sites, and they gave us our choice. We selected a nice back-in site right on the lake, as this would ensure a view from our dinette. We love it when the campground layout and our floor plan work so well together! Sites were narrow, as is often the case at KOA campgrounds, but they were wide enough, our neighbors were nice, and the camping was pleasant.
Boudin capital of the world!
As we checked in, we discovered to our surprise that we were actually camping in the Scott, LA, the boudin capital of the world. They even have an annual boudin festival, which we sadly missed. Fear not, we sampled the boudin nonetheless. Well, Bill sampled it since boudin isn't exactly vegetarian.
Dinner and Zydeco at Randol's
GIven we arrived on a Sunday night, we had to think fast if we were going to get a genuine Cajun meal. The front desk at our campground suggested Randol's, since the place across the street is closed on Sunday. So, we piled into the truck and drove into Lafayette, bound for Randol's.
Upon arrival we immediately knew it was a genuine Cajun restaurant; the sign said "Crawfish peelers wanted". This was the place. Inside we saw folks lining up for the dance floor, and a Zydeco band in the wings. This was definitely the place.
We went inside, grabbed a table, and prepared to order up. Susan chose the gumbo, and Bill had the Crawfish Etouffee. Both were fantastic...and so much better than Pappadeaux. Sorry, Papa, your chain food is good but it can't hold up against the real thing.
While we waited for and then enjoyed our dinner, the Zydeco band got into full swing and many of the locals were out on the dance floor.
Randol's was a huge success, an experience not to be missed next time you're in Lafayette.