Sitting on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, Morgan City is renowned for its fresh and saltwater fishing and epic Cajun cuisine. Visitors to this charming town will find numerous options to whet their appetites, and a wide selection of dining options, where fresh shellfish and Louisiana comfort foods take center stage.
If there’s a single event that encapsulates the cuisine and culture of Morgan City, it’s the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, which takes place every Labor Day weekend. The festival, now in its 84th year, celebrates the two industries that helped make Morgan City what it is today. The celebration takes place at 305 Everett Street, in the heart of downtown, and features five days of unbeatable food, arts and crafts, music, carnival games and more.
Rest assured, there are plenty of dining options in St. Mary Parish. Here are some of the most popular and well-loved restaurants and eateries in Morgan City.
Morgan’s Restaurant, situated on Roderick Street, is a favorite haunt when it comes to down-home Louisiana cuisine. The menu is extensive and features tasty dishes like Creole gumbo, Louisiana crab cakes, fresh oysters, fish and drunken shrimp. The restaurant is also notable for its juicy porterhouse steaks, grilled redfish and baby back ribs. Save room for dessert! The crème brulée cheesecake is amazing, as is their bourbon pecan pie and bananas foster cheesecake.
Rita Mae’s Kitchen
It doesn’t get much better than the étouffée at Rita Mae’s Kitchen, but their smoked sausage with red beans and rice is a close runner-up! Located at 711 Federal Avenue, this cozy spot is one of Morgan City’s most beloved eateries for good reason. Stop in for lunch or dinner, where you can dine on a crab po’boy with homemade onion rings for less than $13. The seafood is always cooked to perfection and the gumbo (packed with shrimp, sausage and chicken) is out of this world. We recommend their peach cobbler or buttery bread pudding for dessert.
If you only get one shot at some authentic Cajun food, cross the river to Bayou Lagniappe, where the shrimp, crawdads and catfish are sublime. This family-owned restaurant is always packed with locals who know where to find the best crab cakes, royal reds and boudin balls. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and the po’boy sandwiches can’t be beat. Fill up your belly with a lunch of shrimp stew, potato salad, peas and French bread!
This café is always crowded and is consistently rated among the top 5 restaurants in Morgan City. Enjoy a true taste of the Bayou, great views and friendly service. The menu is eclectic and features everything from chicken fried steak with white gravy and Cajun-fried oysters to alligator bites and giant burgers. The portions are generous, the salads are fresh, and the po’boys (filled with your choice of catfish, roast beef, or shrimp) are unbelievably delectable.
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