On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Abear’s Cafe In Houma, Louisiana

Abear’s Cafe is Cajun country cooking of the highest order. Seated in Houma, Louisiana, the old, wood-frame building that houses the eatery was constructed in 1922 to be the home of S.E Gaidry and his wife Louise.

On The Road To Houma with RL Reeves Jr

On The Road To Houma with RL Reeves Jr

The Gaidry’s went on to run a restaurant out of half of this old house til the death of S.E in 1961.

Enter Curly Hebert and his wife Jane. They opened Abear’s in 1963 and did land-office business with Curly manning the range. He is reputed to have been one of the top hot-plate lunch cooks in the history of South Louisiana.

Abear's Cafe Opened In 1963. RL Reeves Jr

Abear’s Cafe Opened In 1963. RL Reeves Jr

Nowadays, it’s Curly and Jane’s daughter Ginger who’s running the show.

On a recent visit, Ginger was in a talkative mood and regaled me with tales of growing up in the restaurant where she used to ride her little tricycle across the hardwood floors and among the tables filled with eaters.

Inside The Dining Room At Abear's Cafe In Houma, Louisiana

Inside The Dining Room At Abear’s Cafe In Houma, Louisiana

Charming? Annoying? It just depends on the kid. Some can pull it off with aplomb and other kids get hit with the asshole label right quick.

On a recent visit I found the kitchen to be in top form.

Fried Seafood Combination Platter In Terrebonne Parish

Fried Seafood Combination Platter In Terrebonne Parish

I order a fried seafood combo platter and the waitress nearly needs a block and tackle to get the feast hoisted up on the table. Fried catfish, fried oysters and fried shrimp are anchored down with a mammoth side of red beans and rice spiked with plenty hot sausage.

Abear’s fry cook has one of the deftest touches I’ve come across in some time.

McDonald's Is A Lurking Menace. Surprisingly People Were Eating There Instead Of Abear's Cafe

McDonald’s Is A Lurking Menace. Surprisingly People Were Eating There Instead Of Abear’s Cafe

Everything is brought out of the hot fat at just the right moment.

The art of frying food is a skill lost on many young cooks who are more interested in daydreaming of standing under the steady gaze of Tom Colicchio on a far-off TV set.

Abear's Cafe Defines The Cajun Hot Plate Lunch Experience.

Abear’s Cafe Defines The Cajun Hot Plate Lunch Experience.

A cloud-like peanut butter pie finishes off the bacchanal. I briefly envision a pie lady in the kitchen covered in flour giving consecration over an ancient Hobart mixer.

The Pie Lady At Abear's Cafe Is Worth Her Weight In Gold.

The Pie Lady At Abear’s Cafe Is Worth Her Weight In Gold.

This is a blessedly delicious dessert.

The good people of Terrebonne Parish have one of the Deep South’s best meat and three diners. And if you’re into that old timey fiddle music, Abear’s puts on a Cajun dance party on Friday nights when they also host a giant fish fry.

Fried catfish with an old buzz-headed Cajun sawing on a fiddle and playing it hot? There are pure-d good times to be had in Houma, Louisiana.

Gumbo At Abear's Cafe

Gumbo At Abear’s Cafe

Abear’s Cafe
809 Bayou Black Dr
Houma, LA
70360

Hours Of Operation
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday Closed

Cajuns In This Part Of The World Put Potato Salad In Their Gumbo

Cajuns In This Part Of The World Put Potato Salad In Their Gumbo

About RL Reeves Jr

I'm a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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