Enjoy the best in zydeco music and dancing at the world famous Zydeco Breakfast in Breaux Bridge. It’s a great way to start your weekend by immersing yourself in Louisiana’s zydeco culture.
For couples who like dancing to live zydeco music, this is a breakfast worth getting up early for on Saturdays in the town of Breaux Bridge. You will find the world famous Zydeco Breakfast at Buck and Johnny’s, an automobile dealership turned Cajun café.
The local Chevy dealership moved out of this large building in the 1960’s. The car showroom is now the dance floor, and the service station portion is a bar known as the Filling Station.
As the uptempo live music plays and customers alternate between eating and dancing, plates of etouffee pour out of the kitchen. Co-owner Coatney Raymond works the crowd, “I like to visit with everybody. Anyone that walks in that door I will touch”.
On the day of my visit, popular Zydeco band leader Geno Delafose pumps his accordion and keeps up the steady zydeco beat. The band draws an early crowd, Raymond explains, “like today we’re having Geno Delafose so you need to be in line for seven o’clock”.
Buck and Johnny’s is the second Breaux Bridge restaurant to host a zydeco breakfast. The first place, Café des Amis, closed a few years earlier. That’s when Buck and Johnny’s stepped up to fill the void. “I didn’t want to lose this to another surrounding city”, Raymond said. “I felt that this was Breaux Bridge. I felt this was the Cajun culture and it represented us better than any other city that could do that.” And Coatney Raymond is dedicated to making sure her customers have a great time, “I want them to make their day. It pumps me up when I see them have that much fun”.
In addition to the Saturday morning Zydeco Breakfast, Buck and Johnny’s also features music and dancing lessons several nights a week.