June 13, 2024


The Food community

From casual to fancy, local to on a budget

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COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to relax, and many people are looking for new places to dine out.

Whether you find yourself searching for the best restaurants in Lafayette or looking up new recipes to try at home, we have the perfect article for you.

Here are some of our top stories on dining in Lafayette.

Mel’s Diner

Mel's Diner is pictured in this Advertiser file photo.

In April 2020, Mel’s Diner planned to re-open for to-go orders in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the restaurant caught fire that same day, Mel’s Diner had to shift plans.

Now, Mel’s Diner is planning to reopen in August. The 50’s-style diner, located on Johnson Street, will be open 24 hours a day.

The menu includes 24-hour breakfast, crawfish fettuccini, and “the best biscuits in the world.”

Mel’s Diner reopens:Mel’s Diner planning to reopen in August after fire

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre is an annual fundraiser benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana. This year it is Golden Girls Christmas Party Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in July.

If you’re looking for a dinner filled with secrets and ugly sweaters, consider the Golden Girls Christmas in July fundraiser dinner, held to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Acadiana.

Scheduled to be July 7 and 8, the dinner will include a three course meal, and two mystery cocktails.

The event will be at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Get tickets here. 

Murder mystery dinner:‘Golden Girls’-themed murder mystery dinner theatre coming to AcA

Shop local

Gene and Lisa Josey of Duson pick and preserve Louisiana-grown produce and sell them as Josey's Goods at local farmer's markets and through their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Hear more about their story on the Homestyle podcast on your favorite platform or at www.theadvertiser.com.

Many towns are seeing the rise of Farmer’s Markets, and Lafayette is no exception.

The Lafayette Farmer’s Market can be a great way to find fresh food while supporting local vendors.

Josey’s Goods is just one of the many vendors participating in the market; to hear about the rest, you’ll have to check out the Farmer’s Market for yourself!

Josey’s Goods:Josey’s Goods brings culture, quality back to local foods

Summer snack time

Pre-sliceing and dicing fruits and vegetables to have on hand for after school snacks makes a healthy choice an easy choice. TNS Photo

As summer approaches, those who plan on spending most of their time at home may be interested in finding their own recipes and snacks to prepare.

Especially for families with a lot of kids, finding a snack that suits everyone can be a struggle.

From organizing your pantry to setting a “snack schedule,” this podcast has some of the best tips on feeding your family this summer.

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