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Brenda's Diner

409 W. Pershing, New Iberia, LA - (337) 367-0868
Posted By Brian on 3/5/2011 1:57:00 PM
The small converted house in a rundown neighborhood was deceiving as I drove up. Inside, Brenda's is quaint and charming, and I was greeted with warm smiles from Brenda and her daughter.

I ordered the fried chicken for lunch, which was as good as any I’ve had, including my own. The surprise was when Brenda brought my lunch out, which included a small portion of every entree and side dish she offered for the day. “I wanted you to try all of my food, I hope you like it.” The food and hospitality, it’s all good.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Fried Chicken
Red Beans
Peach Cobbler
Smothered Cabbage
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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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