Maurice, LA is a small town located just south of Lafayette in south Louisiana with a population of less than 1,000 souls. It was founded in the late 1800s by Maurice Villien, a French business man from Savoy, France and the village used to be called Mauriceville. Despite the fact that Maurice is quite small, its people manage to make it famous for a couple of differents things…
Located on Maurice Ave, Maurice City Bar has been open since 1927 and it is home of the famous Cajun bloody Mary. What helped its reputation, no doubt, is the fact that in Lafayette parish, bars could not stay open past midnight on Sundays while Maurice City Bar, located in Vermilion parish, stayed open until 2am. After midnight on Sundays, this is where the party is happening because Maurice is right across from the Lafayette/Vermilion parish line.
A couple of years ago, another City Bar opened in downtown Lafayette. And wouldn’t you know, this year, it was voted “Best Bar in Acadiana” and it has also been voted #1 for its famous bloody Mary!
You can visit Maurice City Bar online here.
The food: Yes, we love food very much in South Louisiana, that is no secret. As for Maurice, it is well known for Hebert’s Specialty Meats and their famous stuffed deboned chicken and their turducken: a chicken stuffed in a duck stuffed in a turkey and all of it with no bones!
Hebert’s (Ay-bears) also offers stuffed duck, stuffed quail, stuffed rabbit, stuffed crab, stuffed shrimp, stuffed catfish filet, boudin, gumbo, aligator meat, frog legs, and much more. All very yummy!
Once you try Hebert’s products, you, too, will be able to say that you’ve been “Cajuned”!
Hebert’s USDA inspected facility is located in Tulsa, OK and they can ship anywhere in the U.S. Click here to visit Hebert’s Specialty Meats online.
Another place you do not want to miss if you are in the Maurice area is Villager’s Café. That is truly the “Best Kept Secret.” Established in 1997, Villager’s Café is where you can eat the best poor-boys (or Po-boys) in Acadiana. Actually, I would probably argue that they are the best poor-boys anywhere! What is a “poor-boy,” you ask? It’s a sandwich that looks like a sub made with crusty French bread. My favorite at Villager’s is the philly cheese steak poor-boys but she also makes them with roast beef, ham, shrimp, catfish, oysters, and one of the favorites, the Villager, is made with ham & roast beef, pepper cheese, and au jus gravy.
If you are ever in the Maurice area, don’t forget to stop at Villager’s Café and tell Mary Beth I sent you. I promise that you won’t regret it one minute. Click here to visit Villager’s Café online.
One more thing I like about Maurice is the fact that it is not afraid to show its French heritage. In fact, according to the 2000 census, 25% of Maurice’s population speak French at home. On the streets and on Maurice Avenue, signs remind us of this heritage. Makes this little town special, at least to yours truly.
Want to move to Maurice and enjoy some of our great food and Bloody Marys? No problem! I live in Maurice and know its real estate market well. In the past few years, we have seen new subdivisions appear on our landscape: La Premiere, Village Park, and Rue des Cannes, are all located in and around Maurice and offering affordable housing. Let me help you find that special place you can call home and I can assure you that once you’ve tasted what Maurice has to offer, you, too, will never want to leave!