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You Know You’re From Lafayette If… [UPDATED]

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Gotta love Lafayette (and the surrounding Acadiana area). Its those little insiders-only things that make us who we are. The rest of the country may not understand this list, but if you’re from here, ya know. Here’s just a sampling of what makes us unique in Lafayette.


***UPDATES*** Since the original posting of this story:

  • Olde Tyme Grocery has put in a system to use credit cards at their store. Now, it’s even easier to get some of the best po-boys in town without having to stop and get cash first
  • The Mall of Acadiana has reverted back to the original Acadiana Mall

  • You “pass by” and “get down” at a store or friends house.
  • You “save” the groceries/dishes/toys.
  • You have at least 5 favorites of places that serve plate lunches
  • You “put a crack” in the door/window.
  • You don’t need subtitles when watching ‘Swamp People’ on the History Channel
  • You were there when the Cajuns beat Texas A&M (and you still have the bumper sticker to prove it.)
  • You know how to spell and pronounce Kaliste Saloom, Feu Follet, Atchafalaya , Authement, Caillier, Verot, Breaux, DeRouen and Hebert.
  • You still crave hamburgers from Burger Tyme and Mr. Cook (and remember where the stores were).
  • You know what comes after ‘Hello Acadiana,….’
  • You can identify people not from here by the way they pronounce “Lafayette”.
  • You know never to try to order fries at Judice Inn.
  • You recognize ‘Roughnecks’, ‘Wildcatters’, and ‘Swampcats’
  • Your idea of adding onto your house is to wall-in your carport.
  • You know the days of the week by what plate lunch you are eating.
  • Three words – Drive Through Daiquiris
  • For the older people… ‘I Believe in Lafayette’ (motto during oil bust)
  • You question the authenticity of food labeled as “Cajun” outside of the area.
  • You can drive through town during Mardi Gras and not get stuck by barricades
  • You follow drivers that speed and hit the breaks right before the red-light cameras catch em.
  • You can successfully make left turns through the Johnston/Camellia intersection without having an aneurysm trying to figure out which lane to get in to cross.
  • You can navigate through the Mall of Acadiana without using the maps.
  • You know that you can’t use credit cards at Old Tyme Grocery, but that it’s worth it.
  • You noticed that nearly half of this list dealt with food, and now you’re hungry again.
  • You noticed that Southeast and Southwest Evangeline Thruway roads are parallel

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