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McAlister’s Officially Opens In Opelousas

Customers began lining up outside shortly before the doors officially opened Thursday morning at the newly-completed McAlister’s Restaurant located at 685 Creswell Lane in Opelousas. Once inside, diners seated themselves and began ordering and were promptly served items from the McAlister’s traditional menu offerings of soup, salad, sandwiches and potatoes.   Assistant manager George Lewis stepped Read More…

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Remembering Enola Prudhomme Prather

Enola Prudhomme, the daughter of Eli Prudhomme and Hazel Reed Prudhomme, was born in St. Landry Parish on January 1, 1932. The date of her birth was a sign of the things Enola would do during her life. She was a go-getter, and a starter. Just as January 1, 1932 was the beginning of a new year, the birth of Enola Prudhomme on that date was the beginning of a new chapter in the culinary history of Opelousas and St. Landry Parish.

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A Place Called Toby’s

One of the city’s historic landmarks was recently lost when a fire destroyed Toby’s, also known as Toby’s Little Lodge in Opelousas. Toby’s started operating on the Sunset Road to the south of Opelousas as a restaurant in the 1950s. For four decades it had a reputation as being one of the best restaurants in the Opelousas area, serving some of the most delicious foods. But there is so much more to Toby’s story.

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Profile – James Levier

I had the pleasure of sampling a grilled chicken salad at Wednesday’s Opelousas Kiwanis Club weekly meeting. I arrived at the meeting just minutes before James Levier arrived with the plate lunches with all the trimmings. James is one half of Jimmy’s Party Service a catering business started about ten years ago with his brother, Read More…

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Photos from the Past – Amos Daniels’ Bar-B-Que

The famous Bar-B-Que prepared by Amos Daniels was a real treat in Opelousas for many years. Daniels, pictured in this photograph, had lines of cars waiting on Sunday mornings to pick up a plate of his food. He was known throughout the Opelousas area for his great Bar-b-Que. As his customers said, “it was all about the sauce” that he used to baste his famous cooking.  Besides the Bar-B-Que, people raved about the rice dressing, baked beans and potato salad he prepared as sides on the plate.