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Lea's Lunch House

1810 U.S. Highway 71, Lecompte, LA - (318) 776-5178
Posted By Bob Carriker on 11/26/2010 6:47:00 PM
Lea’s (pronounced Lee’s) is a true Southern classic. Alternately known as “Lea’s Lunch House” or just “Lea’s Pies,” they are renowned for their pies—of course—and their “dough baked” hams. Baking the hams in dough adds to their succulance and the salty and sweet meat they cut off the bones makes its way into various dishes at the lunch house. With a definative coffe-shop appeal, Lea’s is the type of community hang-out such that one table even commemorates the spot where a local couple became engaged.

The ham sandwich, in particular, is a standout and folks are known to pack them back arcoss the state (even though they don’t seem like an item that would travel very well). The cut of ham between the buns is liable to change from visit to visit ( chopped, sliced, chunked, or any combo of the three). No matter how they cut it, the meat is tender and flavorful : complimented with just enough mayo, chopped lettuce, tomato, and a pickle.

The pies, all made on the premises by Lea’s special bakers, harken back to a time when simplicity and hand-made goodness were taken for granted. Central Louisiana produces its fair share of pecans, so it is no surprise that the sweetly sweet and expertly crafted pecan pie stands as their most popular seller. However, when I asked the young lady behind the counter which pie she’d recommend if I could only eat one, she unflinchingly suggested the coconut. Good advice. Stacked with nearly four inches of the lightest merangue I’ve ever eaten, the pie’s filling is a smooth and rich pudding-like concoction of coconutty goodness. An otherwise good pie can be done in by a dry crust, but Lea’s flaky pastry is a perfect compliment.

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Bigger than usual sweet blueberries in a soft flaky crust make this a memorable pie.
"Bigger than usual sweet blueberries in a soft flaky crust make this a memorable pie."
Cliff Strutz





The chocolate pie is highlighted by the airy, white meringue.
"The chocolate pie is highlighted by the airy, white meringue."
Cliff Strutz


All of the entrees, including the flavorful baked ham, automatically come with all the sides, including lima beans, fried okra and rice w/gravy.
"All of the entrees, including the flavorful baked ham, automatically come with all the sides, including lima beans, fried okra and rice w/gravy."
Cliff Strutz


The meringue is as tall and as fluffy as any we’ve encountered.  The coconut filling is smooth and velvety.
"The meringue is as tall and as fluffy as any we’ve encountered. The coconut filling is smooth and velvety."
Bob Carriker


The warm sandwich is perfect combo of creamy mayo with large slabs of the house-made dough baked ham on a toasted bun.  It is satisfying and homey.
"The warm sandwich is perfect combo of creamy mayo with large slabs of the house-made dough baked ham on a toasted bun. It is satisfying and homey."
Bob Carriker


You’re in Louisiana's pecan country so it is no surprise that the sweet and sticky pecan pie is the number one seller.
"You’re in Louisiana's pecan country so it is no surprise that the sweet and sticky pecan pie is the number one seller."
Bob Carriker


Coconut meringue pie from Lea's in Lecompte, LA. Delicious and giant slice of heaven for $3.85.
"Coconut meringue pie from Lea's in Lecompte, LA. Delicious and giant slice of heaven for $3.85."
Bethany Mueller


A beautiful case filled with pecan pies!
"A beautiful case filled with pecan pies!"
Cliff Strutz


Lecompte really is the pie capital of Louisiana, thanks to Lea's.
"Lecompte really is the pie capital of Louisiana, thanks to Lea's."
Cliff Strutz


Selling over 65,000 pies a year; i t is a good bet that the pie case will be well stocked when you arrive.
"Selling over 65,000 pies a year; i t is a good bet that the pie case will be well stocked when you arrive."
Bob Carriker


The daily specials 7/26/14.
"The daily specials 7/26/14."
Cliff Strutz


The walls are covered with attractive pie art.  This is actually in the hallway leading the restrooms.
"The walls are covered with attractive pie art. This is actually in the hallway leading the restrooms."
Cliff Strutz


The interior is spacious, with plenty of room between tables.
"The interior is spacious, with plenty of room between tables."
Cliff Strutz


Lea’s has been located along the highway in Lecompte since 1928.
"Lea’s has been located along the highway in Lecompte since 1928."
Bob Carriker


You have to love a sign that shows a man with a pie in one hand a pig under his other arm.
"You have to love a sign that shows a man with a pie in one hand a pig under his other arm."
Cliff Strutz


This billboard is just a short distance down the street.
"This billboard is just a short distance down the street."
Cliff Strutz



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