Local Cheap Eats for ULL Students in Lafayette, Louisiana


College students are always on the lookout for cheap food. Students at UL Lafayette do not need to look far from campus to find both inexpensive food and also fantastic local food. Stay away from the national fast food chains and go local – Lafayette is the epicenter of Cajun culture with food being a major component. Students can find a variety of food types in local eateries within 3 miles of campus. There is something on these menus to fit just about any budget and taste.

Borden's Ice Cream Store

Yes, they have ice cream and more. The more is hot dogs, chili and nachos. The entire menu has items under $10 with the non-ice cream items under $5. Splurge on the ice cream especially the banana split. What a lunch meal.

Carpe Diem

Live in the present – in this case, eat well now. While this is mainly a gelato and espresso bar, snacks are available for under $10. Croissants and Ciabatta sandwiches are offered. Homemade soup is on the menu except May to August. In addition coffee and gelato are always available.

Johnson's Boucaniere

Breakfast is available at this smokehouse beginning at 7 a.m. for under $5. For the remainder of the day, sandwiches, salads, gumbo and sides are offered. ULL students receive discounts, ask about it.

Judice Inn

The go to hamburger joint since 1947. The menu consists of burgers, sandwiches, fountain drinks, malts and shakes. One addition not usually found in fast food burger places – cold ones. Longneck beer, as well as drafts, are available. Although breakfast is not available, burgers can be had until 10 p.m.

Olde Tyme Grocery

Poboys or as Olde Tyme says, Poor Boys, are the main feature. Offering a selection of meat and seafood items as well as nightly specials Monday to Thursday, it is just around the corner from campus. The hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with nightly specials beginning at 5 p.m. If you are more on the healthy side try their sister store, Sandra's Café & Health Food Store. Plate lunches are offered Monday through Friday. In addition salads and sandwiches are available.

Taco Sisters

Here you find tacos and burritos with meat, fish, shrimp and veggies. Along with this, they offer salads and a variety of sides. Breakfast is also available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Offerings include breakfast tacos, biscuits, bowls and several other items. Their entire menu is loaded with items under $10.



John & Laurie Rials are full-time RVers with Cajun heritage from South Louisiana who now consider the Lafayette area to be home base. You can read their blogs at rvcajuncooking.com and travel.cajunville.com.