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Brenda's Diner

409 W. Pershing, New Iberia, LA - (337) 367-0868
Posted By Rachel Crawford on 12/24/2012 3:44:00 PM
Previous reviewers have detailed the charming atmosphere, and the welcoming demeanor of the owner and staff, of Brenda's, so I will skip straight to the food. My family and I went there for the first time today and, I can assure you, we will return.

Between us, we ordered the pork bones, chicken stew, and turkey necks, all true soul food done with excellence. If you are not familiar with these kinds of dishes, do not be intimidated or put off by their seemingly humble descriptions. They are served with rice and gravy, and each one is a plate of slow-cooked, silky, rich deliciousness with just enough seasoning to be perfect in their simplicity. It would be difficult to choose a favorite from among the three, but I might have to say the pork bones were the general winner.

Come prepared to get into your food, not just figuratively, but literally; you will want to use your hands on much of this. My little boy was a pro. My husband and I are new to New Iberia, and my visiting parents from Washington, DC actually found the recommendation for Brenda's on Roadfood. None of us were disappointed.

My only regret is that we did not order the fourth offering of the day, the meatballs and gravy, so that we could have broadened our experience of Brenda's skill. I was not a huge fan of the red beans, but I was probably in the minority. We did get an order of peach cobbler for dessert as well, and it is the kind I make -- a spoonable dumpling-like thing -- but Brenda uses a little nutmeg and cinnamon in hers, and it is delicious. Hubby and I will definitely be returning.

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Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Chicken Stew
Turkey Necks
Pork Bones
Peach Cobbler
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A pork chop ready to spurt juice at first bite.
"A pork chop ready to spurt juice at first bite."
Michael Stern





A south Louisiana classic: red beans with discs of sausage. This version is unique to the pepper country of New Iberia because it is H-O-T!
"A south Louisiana classic: red beans with discs of sausage. This version is unique to the pepper country of New Iberia because it is H-O-T!"
Michael Stern


Looking at this picture, we can practically hear the skin crunch on this four-star chicken. That's rice and gravy on the side.
"Looking at this picture, we can practically hear the skin crunch on this four-star chicken. That's rice and gravy on the side."
Michael Stern


It really doesn't matter if you like cabbage or not; Brenda's version, smothered cabbage, is a whole other kind of food, as savory as sausage.
"It really doesn't matter if you like cabbage or not; Brenda's version, smothered cabbage, is a whole other kind of food, as savory as sausage."
Michael Stern


Brenda Placide pauses a moment for a picture during lunch hour.
"Brenda Placide pauses a moment for a picture during lunch hour. "
Michael Stern


Among the many pictures and mementos on the walls is this image of saying grace. Brenda's is indeed home-like.
"Among the many pictures and mementos on the walls is this image of saying grace. Brenda's is indeed home-like."
Michael Stern


A wall in the dining room depicts Brenda's family and the highlights of their lives.
"A wall in the dining room depicts Brenda's family and the highlights of their lives."
Michael Stern


If you are waiting for an order to go, the front room has this folksy bench for relaxing.
"If you are waiting for an order to go, the front room has this folksy bench for relaxing."
Michael Stern


Notice of Brenda's security system is posted on the front door.
"Notice of Brenda's security system is posted on the front door."
Michael Stern


There is nothing fancy about Brenda's restaurant, outside or in. But this humble diner serves some of the best soul food in Cajun country.
"There is nothing fancy about Brenda's restaurant, outside or in. But this humble diner serves some of the best soul food in Cajun country."
Michael Stern



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