My first trip to Louisiana brought me to the city of Lafayette, located in the southwestern part of the state, smack dab in the heart of Cajun country. I was there with my colleague, Keith Pandolfi, who was reporting a story on gumbo for our October 2014 issue. And as SAVEUR's test kitchen director, my role was to collect recipes and cooking tips from the chefs who we visited around town. Two days, and a dozen gumbos, into our trip, Keith, as well as our photographer, Chris Granger, and I were all starting to feel a bit sluggish. Hoping to find a quick beer and a light bite at the end of a long day, we stumbled upon a gem: Bread & Circus Provisions, a bright, decidedly hip restaurant-cum-market that sells smoked meats, pickles, and condiments—all made in-house—with a menu that spans Cajun, Italian, and Japanese cuisines.