Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen is just south of the Lake Charles limits at 5614 La. 14. (Michael Cooper / American Press)
Hackett’s steak and gravy with spinach, yams and cornbread. (Michael Cooper / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:00 PM
We are three guys with a reputation in the newsroom.
We can eat. Big.
And, no, we weren’t looking for anything fancy for lunch last week, just hot and good and lots.
We found it at Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen, just south of the Lake Charles limits at 5614 La. 14.
Hackett’s serves plate lunches in a clean and brightly lit restaurant short minutes south of the Power Center. Seating is limited — eight tables — but a healthy portion of the long lunch line was there for take-out. We found a seat in the lunch rush hour without trouble.
On this day, the plate lunch options were marinated pork, steak and gravy and red beans and sausage. I opted for the steak and gravy. The steak was a winner — moist, ample and tasty. On this day, the sides, spinach and yams, were salty for my taste, but good nonetheless. Mike also found the sides salty, but raved about the marinated pork. Johnathan selected the red beans, and was well satisfied with his meal. The cornbread was moist and pleasing. Our total bill, including big drinks and dessert, came to $28.78.
Plate lunch selections change daily, but readers can find the Hackett’s menu in advance each week at www.hackettscajunkitchen.com. Selections vary but include chicken stew, sausage and brown gravy, meatloaf and tomato gravy, fried catfish and courtbouillon gravy. Food is simple; surroundings pleasant; service swift and friendly.
Hackett’s also sells a variety of meats, including boudin (“world famous,” they say); smoked sausage (including alligator); and smoked meats. Johnathan, who lives in the neighborhood, swears by the meats.
This was a pleasant stop. Despite the long line, we ordered, collected our meals and ate within 30 minutes. Hackett’s knows how to handle a crowd.
The restaurant was decorated with a country flair, with antiques and humorous signs in abundance.
One sign read, “Dinner choices: 1. Take it. 2. Leave it.”
Our recommendation: Take it.
• Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen is at 5614 La. 14.
• Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Contact: 337-474-3731 or www.hackettscajunkitchen.com.