The Palace Café

On an early morning in downtown Opelousas, you’ll find the locals sipping coffee or reading the paper at the old Palace Café. In 1927 Greek immigrants, Mama and Papa Doucas, opened what was then known as The Palace Sandwich Shop. They specialized in Creole and Cajun dishes, such as their famous crawfish bisque and fried chicken salad. Today you can still indulge eating these same classic dishes at old-school dinner. Try the plate lunch special or order off the menu. However, every local will agree that the café favorite is the chicken and sausage gumbo.