Lunch at Cuisine de Maman
Vermilionville, a living history museum and folklife park in Lafayette, LA
October 9, 2013
I've been reading about the food served in this cozy simply designed restaurant at Vermilionville for three years and finally slowed down enough to drive over there and sit down.
The setting is rustic: the floors, walls, tables and chairs all glow of honey hued maple and oak in the main dining room and two smaller spaces, probably added on after the main dining room was built. The glass-enclosed rear dining room features an expansive view of the chocolate brown, rich with silt Vermillion River and grassy patches leading to the historic village.
The daily special for today read -
Wednesday, October 9
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo or Side Salad with Buttermilk Biscuit
Meatball Stew with White Rice
Bread Pudding or Cheesecake
In my naïve way, I thought it was a choice between the first two then dessert. Nope. The special, at a price of $9.95 was for the works. That is one big bang for your buck.
The gumbo had an authentic enough degree of spiciness to make my nose run. The meatballs with gravy over rice were a bit dry, the texture of the carrots and peas was mushy but still had taste to them. Based on this one experience, I would not consider this a food destination but it certainly is a convenience for the visitors and a cash cow for the village. One exception: the bread pudding was scrumptiously sweet with a crusty baked top.
Also on the menu: shrimp or crawfish served fried or etoufeéd, fried catfish with fries and cole slaw. If i return that's my target, plus another helping of bread pudding, of course.
This is a serious amount of food for $9.95, would fuel a visitor for a few hours of touring the historic village a few paces away.
The bread pudding, moist center, crunchy baked top, was a treat for anyone with a sweet tooth