Cajun Country boasts a lot of great restaurants and I just found another one. This one happens to be in Jeff Davis Parish, on the lake in Lake Arthur. The Regatta LA Seafood & Steakhouse is approximately eight miles off of Interstate 10 due south, but is a world away. You will see what I mean from the photos. Before or after you enjoy a great lunch, make sure you stop by the Visitors Center and hold a baby alligator and head west to Lacassine to tour and taste some of the best rum around at Bayou Rum.
Now let’s get to the Regatta. There are several ways to get to the here: by boat, with several docking points, by seaplane, where you can tie up and spend a few hours, or by car (I arrived by car). The Regatta LA Seafood & Steakhouse has two gumbos to choose from. They are a Louisiana Duck and Andouille Gumbo (cup @ $5.95/bowl @ $12.95) and a Louisiana Shrimp and Okra Gumbo (cup @ $6.95/bowl @ $13.95). On this visit, I had the Duck and Andouille Gumbo. This was a medium to dark roux gumbo that had a fantastic gumboroma. It also had lots of big pieces of duck and smaller pieces of Andouille and was served at the perfect temperature. After the first spoonful, you will experience a wonderful after burn. As you get to the bottom of the cup, it’s even better. The only minor negative was the rice didn’t do much and was on the cool side. I also tasted their fried catfish and their corn grits, which were both perfect.
Dine inside the Regatta or outside on the patio, but don’t miss an opportunity to experience this great restaurant.
Regatta’s Duck and Andouille Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 4 Spoon Rating”
Serving Temperature: Excellent (except for the rice which rated just okay)
Presentation: Very Good
Price: Very Good
Regatta LA Seafood & Steakhouse
508 Hawkeye Ave
Lake Arthur, LA 70549