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Taste of the Trail: Lasyone’s Home Cooking Reminds Me of Mom’s

If you are looking for an authentic Creole and Cajun cooking experience, look no further than Lasyone’s, located in the heart of Natchitoches. The restaurant was established in 1967 by James Lasyone who started the restaurant with $50 and a pot. Now owned by Angela and Tina Lasyone, the tradition is still going with more than 40 years of business under their belt. All of the recipes served at Lasyone’s are homemade, the right way. People come from all over the world to try a world famous meat pie, but stay for the warm hospitality of the family. Other than the meat pies, everything that I tasted at Lasyone’s was just like mom’s cooking. The chicken and dumplings came out piping hot with a bowl big enough to feed the whole family. The beef stew, served over rice or mashed potatoes, was 10 out of 10 for flavor and spice. The meat pies were golden brown and crispy. The family sitting next to me during lunch was raving about the fried green beans. I asked our waitress what made the green beans so special. She smiled at us and gave a small laugh before saying it was the love that the kitchen puts into them. I would agree that there is love but it’s so much more. The batter was just thin enough that you get the crunch of the fresh, whole green bean but thick enough to taste the spices that are distinctly known in Creole and Cajun home cooking while getting a crispy crunch. Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant is located at 622 Second Street in Natchitoches, La. Lasyone’s is open Monday through Saturday from 7a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here

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