Back up the road from Lafitte is Crown Point, a small community whose main attractions are swamp tours and the Restaurant des Familles
. This waterfront restaurant is more reminiscent of restaurants from the Lafayette or Lake Charles area than it is of those in New Orleans, and the food is excellent. Although the menu includes steaks, the obvious draw here is fried seafood, and the fried shrimp dinner I had was truly great, the breading perfectly seasoned. The menu also features desserts such as bread pudding and coffee. Prices are reasonable, and Restaurant des Familles is worth the drive from New Orleans. The only disappointment? Perhaps due to the rain, I caught no glimpse of the two alligators that my waitress said usually appear in the swamp behind the restaurant!