T-Coon’s


1900 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 233-0422

Growing up in his Cajun family’s grocery and butchery, started by his great-grandfather Marshall Billeaud, in Broussard, Louisiana, David Billeaud started working with food at a young age. He remembers deboning and prepping pork chops and steaks to sale as soon as he was tall enough to “reach the meat block.” David opened up T-Coon’s in 1993, naming the restaurant after his father’s childhood nickname; he was “mischievous as a coon” (‘T’ is used as a diminutive in Cajun French). David serves what he’s deemed Zydeco cooking. For breakfast there’s brisket, pork roast, and crawfish omelets; all of the breads are homemade and freshly baked. The Plate Lunch special changes daily: smothered rabbit on Monday, short rib fricassé on Tuesday, Wednesday’s stuffed pork chops and smothered chicken and okra, Thursday’s smothered turkey wings, and catfish courtbouillon to end the workweek. The catfish in the courtbouillon is, in season, hyper-local, caught daily on David’s bamboo lines in the surrounding Vermilion Bay. A virtuoso hunter and fisherman, David lines the walls of T-Coon’s with trophies and photographs (and a stuffed raccoon’s behind) from his and his customers’ adventures in the “Sportman’s Paradise” that is Louisiana.

Date of interview:

March 16, 2011

Interviewer:

Rien T. Fertel

Photographer:

Denny Culbert

T-Coon's - David Billeaud - Lunch Houses of Acadiana
Oh, I’m nothing but a plate lunch. I’m not a chef. I’m a cook. Cooks work hard.

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