Chef Justin Girouard, Stamping the Pages of Culinary Literacy at The French Press
Wedged between a firehouse, a vintage bike shop, and a men’s store as hip as anything in Brooklyn sits The French Press, one of Lafayette’s most acclaimed and unassuming restaurants. High ceilings, concrete floors, and exposed brick provide a backdrop for incredibly thoughtful and very fantastic food.
Chef owner Justin Girouard, a two time James Beard nominee, is the mastermind behind the Cajun and French inspired menu. Girouard began his culinary career as a dish washer at Stella! in New Orleans, eventually working his way up to sous chef, and finally returning to his home town of Lafayette to open a knock-out gem of a restaurant.
The French Press is the kind of restaurant where all the cool kids work, where all the cool people go, and where every person who comes through Lafayette should eat. Actually, every person who comes through Lafayette should eat here twice – once for the clamorous weekend brunch filled with the most perfect little boudin-cane syrup-bacon stuffed biscuits and once for the coveted white tablecloth dinners on Friday and Saturday nights only (reservations recommended).
Chicken And Waffles – Leblanc’s cane jelly fried chicken with cheddar waffles and Steen’s syrup.