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Brenda's Diner

409 W. Pershing, New Iberia, LA - (337) 367-0868
Posted By Brent Soirez on 10/26/2005 10:02:00 PM
I'm originally from New Iberia, LA, moving to NC in '87. Have been a happy viewer of Roadfood.com for a few years and after doing a web search for LA found that only Brenda's Diner was listed in my hometown. I had never heard of Brenda's Diner until my search at Roadfood.com. My wife, daughter, and I visited Brenda's on Oct. 21st, 2005. I asked the owner, Brenda Placide, how long she'd been open. She said 16 years (and that is why I've never heard of the place, since I moved away 18 years ago).

This diner was not a pretentious place. Very modest, it had a Freedom From Slavery motif, and was clean. The food exploded with flavor once you took your first bite. I had a fish po-boy and it was incredible, with a nice crunchiness. The flavor of the po-boy dressing was a delight. The french fries were old-fashioned, homemade. I also had some smothered cabbage with rice that was out of this world.

My wife and daughter had the shrimp stew. They offered me a taste and it was scrumptious, the stew having the consistency of one cooked for many hours. As a side dish my wife enjoyed some string beans mixed with small potatoes. My daughter had a peach cobbler and loved it. I usually don't like peach cobbler but I had a taste and this was one peach cobbler I can recommend.

Brenda's Diner is the BEST place to get a real good home-cooked meal, and I'd recommend it to ANYONE. If you travel along I-10 in southern Louisiana, take a little side trip south to New Iberia, get directions, find the place and you'll think that you've died and gone to heaven.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Smothered Cabbage
Peach Cobbler
Fish Po-Boy
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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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