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Restaurant des Familles Restaurant Review: Drive just 17 miles into the Louisiana countryside to a picturesque building overlooking an aged bayou: Restaurant des Familles offers a tour of Louisiana seafood dishes as well as a view of the verdant Bayou des Familles just outside. Through the wide 12-foot-tall windows you'll see alligators and small animals dozing or scurrying in their natural habitat. Soon you'll be partaking of zippy crawfish etouffée or more-than-decent versions of shrimp rémoulade, turtle soup, catfish almandine and pecan pie. Not cutting-edge cooking, this is tried-and-true traditional fare. Many dishes are fried, but may also be ordered grilled. The mostly California wine list is predictably limited for a restaurant of this type, but still hits some respectable high notes, from such dependable choices as Estancia Pinot Grigio to Robert Foley Claret (which pairs nicely with the sizeable T-bone steak or a spicy Cajun rib-eye). Plan to stay a while, because the pastoral setting atmosphere is intoxicating. Restaurant des Familles closes for Mardi Gras and for ten days in July for vacation.