De Happy Cajun offers a traditional Louisiana fare, and Texas Barbecue. Their menu changes weekly, so it is definitely a place to visit more than once. You can see their weekly specials on their website. During the spring months, they offer a crawfish boil! The dish is very popular with locals and visitors of the nearby resort. In addition to traditional Louisiana meals, they also offer a selection of barbeque items including brisket. They have 903 beer on tap from the local 903 brewery, and patio seating complete with a stage for weekend performers.
This is a great place for groups, but call ahead so they are prepared to accommodate your needs. They also have a happy hour from 4 pm to 7 pm on weeknights. It's easy to spend a fair to moderate amount here trying different foods, so remember to bring your appetite or be prepared to bring home leftovers! They really do give you your money's worth. Be sure to check out their lobby as they frequently have postings about other local happenings that may not be advertised in newspapers, or other media.
While there are several Italian places in the region, Napoli's quickly became my favorite. It is a family owned and operated restaurant. Their bread is made and baked fresh nearly every day. Their sauces are flavorful without being overly seasoned or too watery. They offer many traditional Italian dishes including a variety of pastas, chicken, beef, veal, seafood, and of course pizza!
Pizza seems to be a popular item for locals to order. The crust is the same recipe as their bread; which you will get to try with a bowl of their home made marinara sauce as you await your meal. Their pizzas are good, but I personally prefer to order off of their dinner menu. There are many combinations of Spaghetti with sauce and other traditional pasta dishes. Their seafood and pasta menu is more diverse than other chain restaurants. Their chicken dishes include both Italian style and American styles.