Hidden in the back of the Thibodaux Country Club neighborhood, Grady V’s feels like a very exclusive restaurant but it couldn’t be more accessible to diners thanks to its eclectic menu. You’d expect some upscale dishes at a place like this and you’d be right to do so, but it might surprise you to learn that Grady V’s also serves some of the best burgers around. The dining room is just dark enough and has a great view of the beautiful golf course out back. You feel like you’re getting away from it all, if just for an hour, when you have a meal at Grady V’s.
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Cuisine: Creole, Italian
Downtown Thibodaux’s perennial upscale restaurant has one of the most sophisticated and eclectic menus around. And while it draws influence from Asian, Italian, Latin, and of course Cajun and Creole cuisines, Fremin’s still manages to deliver consistently delicious food. The building is nearly 150 years old and features an elegant but fun atmosphere. Starting with a drink at the handsome bar or the over-the-top bread service (the best around) and moving onto decadent appetizers, entrees, and specials, Fremin’s is hands down THE restaurant to visit when you want to treat yourself and the people you love to a memorable meal. Just remember to make reservations.
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Cuisine: Sandwiches, Baked Goods
While it’s difficult to resist jumping straight to dessert at the Weeping Willow, do yourself a favor and have lunch. You’ll be glad you did when your sandwich on homemade bread arrives alongside a cup of the best tomato basil soup around. The Weeping Willow has a small menu of sandwiches and salads as well as a soup du jour or two. The tomato basil is offered most days and it’s not to be missed. In fact, the Willow is the kind of place where you can confidently order the same meal every time: Willow sandwich with a cup of the tomato basil. Turkey, ham, swiss, provolone, and Caesar dressed lettuce with a generous dollop of pesto make for the perfect sandwich. Only then, if you still have room, should you treat yourself to the display case of fresh baked goods and a nice cup of coffee.
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Cuisine: Italian, Creole
The sign out front might say “Italian,” but the first half of the Foundry’s menu consists of classic French Creole dishes like escargot and some of New Orleans’ famous oyster preparations. Of course the Italian entrees are also delicious. There’s some pasta and red sauce to be found here, but the Foundry focuses on a rich and savory variety of sophisticated dishes featuring veal, duck, and lamb. The dining room is the height of elegance in the area, but if you’re looking for something a little more casual, the upstairs bar and patio are the perfect hangouts for sharing upscale snacks and cocktails.
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Cuisine: Southern, Creole
Fancy restaurants can be a hard sell in our area, but Cinclare manages to bridge the gap between down home and upscale with its self described “rustic Southern cuisine.” The food, the dining room, the service; everything looks and feels sophisticated but nothing is stuffy or uptight. Cinclare has a small but exciting menu that is constantly changing to reflect what’s fresh and local. While it’s difficult to make specific recommendations because of this, you can order easy knowing the limited options allows the kitchen to focus more on perfecting each dish. The seafood specials are highly recommended, though, as are reservations. Cinclare is still relatively new to the Downtown Thibodaux area, so getting a table can be difficult on short notice. Don’t rule out an impromptu visit altogether, though, as you can still pass a good time with a drink off the excellent cocktail menu in the restaurant’s handsome lounge.
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