The French Press | Lafayette, LA | Chef Justin Girouard

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.

Delicious Croque Madame

Croque Madame

exterior of The French Press, Lafayette LA Cajun Benedict with gumbo

 

Seafood at the French Press Lafayette LA table setting at The French Press Lafayette LA

 

Shellfish at The French Press

Fried soft shell with citrus slaw and spicy beurre Blanc.

James Beard nominated Justin Girouard

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.

diners at the French Press, Lafayette, LA prepping a brussel sprout salad

Salad at the French Press Decor at the French Press

drizzle on syrup

Sweet Baby Breesus – Buttermilk biscuit sliders with bacon, fried boudin balls and Steen’s cane syrup.

filet mignon Serving a hamburger at The French Press

The French Press-Lafayette-crawfish-and-snails

Crawfish and escargot bruschetta

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.

Chicken and Waffles drizzle syrup on waffles

Justin and Margaret Girouard

The French Press owners, Justin and Margaret Girouard

Smoked duck breast with sweet potato spaetzle, roasted Brussels sprouts, foie gras and berry meurette

Smoked duck breast with sweet potato spaetzle, roasted Brussels sprouts, foie gras and berry meurette

Seared scallops with shrimp, curried cauliflower, grilled bok choy and chili-garlic beurre blanc.

Seared scallops with shrimp, curried cauliflower, grilled bok choy and chili-garlic beurre blanc.

Waffles with caramelized figs and port.

Waffles with caramelized figs and port.

The French Press

214 E. Vermilion

Lafayette, LA 70501

337-233-9449

thefrenchpress.com

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