Bon Temps Grill Express, Oil Center

This Friday my husband, myself and baby girl were looking for a place to have a quick lunch together. We decided to search near the Oil Center. The Oil Center has grown a lot in the past few years. New shops, new restaurants, new Doctors offices, etc. 

We stumbled over Bon Temps Grill. Bon Temps Grill is known for their Cajun and Creole Cuisine with an Urban Cajun Atmosphere. The Express location is a quick serve counter style restaurant that serves many of Bon Temps popular dishes. 

Upon entrance it's a small space with a lot of character and warmth. We were greeted by two friendly workers. They made us feel right at home. Very similar to that of a neighborhood restaurant. There is a section with the beverages, salads and sandwiches. The sandwiches can be heated as a panini sandwiches.

If you would prefer a home cooked meal there is a list of items thats available each day. The restaurant also offers Personal Appetizers. This day it was Shrimp and Grits, stuffed Mushrooms and Sausage and Boudin Samplings. We didn't purchase any appetizers, but they sure sounded delicious. 
The Express Shop also serves Soups and Salads as an option. A few of the salad options were Kale, Spinach or Garden Salad with Shrimp, Tuna, Chicken.  

 Entrees for the day was Seafood Creole, Grilled Meatloaf, Crawfish Pot Pie, Apple and Tasso Stuffed Pork Loins and Sweet Chili Chicken and More. The entrees looked amazing. Picture perfect.

The sides were Braised Brussell Sprouts, Jalapeño Corn Grits, Fried Sage Sweet Potato Hash, Red Beans, Crawfish Soup, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and Red Hot Potatoes. So many good options to choose from. 

Baby Girl decided on the Shrimp Pasta, Crawfish Rice and French Fries. The portion size was hefty. She said that the pasta and the Crawfish rice was delicious. The fries were just ok. I tried the pasta and it was very good. Well seasoned and the sauce was so good.  

My Husband decided on the Steak, Crawfish Rice and Corn Grits. I didn't try any of his food, but he said that the food was Superb. The Steak looked amazing. It was very moist he said. The Steak was also served with a Herb Butter. His plate was wiped cleaned. So that's usually a good sign. 


For my Dining Choice, I ordered the Pork Loin with Red Hot Potatoes and Crawfish Soup. The food was absolutely delicious. The entire plate was incredible. The Pork Loin was delicious, but very spicy. I like spice but it was a little hot for me. The smothered potatoes was the best I have ever had. Wow. So good. The Crawfish soup was packed with flavor. OMG. I can't wait till the Fall season I will definitely attempt my hand at a Crawfish soup. Amazing! 


Overall our Dining Experience at Bon Temps Grill Express was exceptional! The servers were awesome and accommodating. They made us feel right at home. I definitely would love to have a Bon Temps Grill near our home. Bon Temps Grill Express gives off the Neighborhood feel. 

We have dined at the Bon Temps Grill on Verot School Road. Our experience there was incredible. So I will say that the Express location did not disappoint at all. The new location is at 317 Heymann Blvd. They are only open for lunch from 10:30-2:30. So if you are in the Oil Center location be sure to visit the new location. 

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Fat Pat's, Local Favorite

Fat Pat's is a Bar and Grill located off of Verot School Road. I have been hearing people rant and rave about how incredible the food was at Fat Pat's. It took me a long time to finally go, because every time we decided to go eat, I would never remember Fat Pat's. Simply because it is not on the end of town that I live on. 

My husband and I do lunch dates often, so this particular Friday we decided to go to Fat Pat's. But my husband was adamant that I needed to be there before 11:30 because the place fills up fast. This made we want to try this place more. I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. 

Upon entrance into the restaurant, it was the view of a simple restaurant with a laid back feel. The restaurant was decorated with sport themed items. The owners are supporters of our Louisiana teams. Which I love. It gave me a family like environment. 

There was a bar area with Televisions, a few booths and high chair style tables and chairs. Personally I am not a fan of High Chair style Tables and Chairs. But I wasn't there for long term so it was ok. 

Fat Pat's also has an outdoor area with tables and chairs. Which is perfect for Louisiana area. The area is covered as well. 

The lady who waited on us was very nice. We ordered very quickly because we knew exactly what we felt like eating. My husband decided on the Fried Catfish Sandwich which was served on a delicious toasted bun with lettuce, tomato and a special sauce with crinkled fries. 

He gave me a bite of his sandwich. The sandwich was pretty good. Fish was fried perfectly and the sandwich was dressed nicely. 

I decided on the Mile High burger. The burger is a seasoned patty topped with pepper jack cheese, grilled yellow, red and green peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayo, mustard and ketchup. The burger was very good. Not overcooked, seasoned well. It was definitely worth the visit there.

The topping were perfect for the sandwich. The bun was also toasted. I am not sure if they make their buns in house or not, but the buns were delicious on the burgers. Very yummy. 

We didn't try anything else, because he had to go back to work and I wasn't going home. I didn't want to buy too much and waste it. But we are definitely going to go back and try a few things on the menu. 

The menu at Fat Pat's offers a large variety of items. Everything from your traditional appetizers like wings, fried pickles, nachos, etc. Entrees range from Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches, Wraps, etc. There is something for everyone in the family. 

Fat Pat's also serves desserts, but the only desserts I saw was Cheesecake. They definitely could expand their desserts menu a bit. In addition, for the little ones there is a kids menu that reasonably priced. 

Overall the service was good for Fat Pat's. The environment was nice as well. It would be cool to go back and watch a game at Fat Pat's. I definitely recommend Fat Pat's. Everything was delicious. See you soon! 

Fat Pat's has two locations. We dined in at the one on Verot.  Conveniently located at 626 Verot School Road in Lafayette, LA. 

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Pizza Artista

Last week was Spring Break and we had a week full of fun events. Thursday was our errands day, so we decided to have a late lunch at Pizza Artista. Pizza Artista has been open for a few weeks now. As we walked up to the restaurant, I was very impressed with the appearance of the restaurant on the outside. 

The outdoor area was nice. There were a few tables under the covered entrance as well as some tables that were in the open spaces. 

One thing that caught my eye was the Logo. I love the Logo Design. The Logo appears to be a Pizza with a Hand on it. Very cool. Before entering the building we were already drawn into the Pizza Artista Experience. 

Pizza Artista has a board that is nicely decorated with a list of the Chef Specials or suggested Pizzas for the day. The day we dined, The Swamp Daddy and the Kung Pao Chicken were the Chef Specials. Baby Girl and I decided to Create our Own. 

The Color Scheme on the inside was very eye catching. The Owners definitely cared about every detail and design for their new restaurant. Everything from the light fixtures to tables and chairs, the kids area, the finishing station. So nice!

As we approached the counter, I noticed that there were so many choices. I will be honest, initially I was a bit overwhelmed because I hate choosing anything quickly. Lots of pressure. But for the person that feels like me, don't worry. There was a list of Speciality Pizzas that you can choose from.

As you can see from the pictures above the there is over 25 topping options. Pizza Artista guarantees that their products consist of the freshest ingredients.

There was everything from Andouille sausage, Pepperoni,  Salami, Tasso, Cajun Sausage, just to name a few of the meat options. For the Cheeses, Cheddar, America, Ricotta, Feta and a Vegan Cheese. So many options to choose from, there is no reason everyone can't build a pizza that fits there Dining needs. 

There was over 10 Veggies to choose from. Anything from Mushrooms, Onions, Roasted Garlic, Olives Artichokes, Chives, Carrots, the list goes on and on. One thing that I love about all the options was there is something for everyone. The veggies are Farm Approved on Crop Maintenance. 

We were greeted by a Young man who was very knowledgeable about everything I asked. As  a food blogger, I usually ask a lot of questions. But he was patient and very polite. He was very engaging with our daughter as she chose her pizza topping options.

As we know a good pizza starts with the freshest dough. Pizza Artista dough is made fresh daily with unbleached flour for a Neapolitan style crust. Baby Girl decided on Pepperoni and Italian sausage on white dough with traditional red sauce and Cheddar and American cheese. 

The Pizza is placed in the Wood Burning Oven and fully cooked in 1.5 minutes - 3 minutes.  I love that we can see our pizza going to the oven. What a great visual. Baby Girl loved it. 

The pizza looked great. My daughter kept raving on and on about how delicious the pizza was. The cheese was gooey as she pulled it apart. Definitely a winner with her! I took a bite of her pizza and I must say, though it was a simple pizza, it was so good. 

The kids pizza's are 8". Regular pizza's are about 10.5". This is the only sizes that they have for now.  

I decided on a Wheat Crust. He removed the dough from the sealed container and placed it in a machine that basically formed the pizza dough shape. I loved being able to see my pizza built right in front. All the ingredients was a great visual to see as you choose toppings.

My pizza was on wheat, with Alfredo sauce, Andouille sausage, smoked sausage, red onions, jalapeño peppers, cilantro, spinach, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese. The pizza looked amazing! 

After my pizza was taken out of the Wood burning oven, I was offered the option to complete my pizza with Finishes. The finishes that were available were Sea Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil Drizzle, Basil, Parsley, Cilantro,  Pesto Drizzle, Himalayan Pink Salt and BBQ Sauce Drizzle. I choose Sea Salt and Pepper, Olive Oil and Cilantro.

My pizza was absolutely delicious. I was very impressed with the pizza and the fresh ingredients. So good. Our dining experience as a whole was awesome. As we entered, until we left. The staff was friendly and answered any questions I had willingly. 

There was a limited amount of Desserts available. The dessert options were a Cherry Pie pictured to the left. I didn't try it, but a staff member was warming the pie for someone else. I asked for a picture. It looked really good.

My daughter tried the chocolate cake pop. But it wasn't good. The cake pop was crumbling and falling all over. That's the only disappointed during our visit. But I know it's a starting point for them. I asked about the Desserts. They are not made in house. But there are plans to eventually have a dessert pizza once Pizza Artista is well established. I would suggest a apple pie or cinnamon strudel or cinnamon roll. Simple desserts, but delicious.

The Tips container was super cute as well.
I loved all the details.

There is a hand washing station on the floor for you to wash your hands while you wait on your pizza. The hand washing machine is pretty cool.

The kids station consisted of a brown sheet with different types of activities for the children to complete. There are also colors near the station for the kids. I love this idea.

Overall we were thoroughly impressed with Pizza Artista. I have been back since we first went and I was equally impressed the second time. The staff even recognized me. So that let's me know that they value their customers and we are not just a dollar to them.

I would recommend possibly having a bigger pizza option for the families that are larger and want to share a pizza.

The outdoor area is very nice, but the lack of cover will limit how many people dine with them during the summer. I would suggest umbrellas for the tables that are not under the small covered area. 

Pizza Artista also has Gluten free options. Which is a great plus, because so many people are looking for Gluten Free Options. For Vegans there are many choices for you guys as well. There are salads as well. You can choose 8 toppings for their create your own salad menu. 

Pizza Artista is definitely a Family-Friendly Restaurant that is reasonable priced. I definitely recommend that you try this place. 

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