Yes, we are from Louisiana!
Owners, Pete and Pam Terrebonne, have been married for over 30 years – “glorious” years as Pete tells it! They each bring a wealth of experience into the restaurant and catering business. For 20 years, Pete and Pam owned and operated Charter Connection Corporation, a private yacht charter company that specialized in fine dining aboard private yachts – in Coronado and San Diego. Their company won numerous awards in the hospitality industry for outstanding service and cuisine, as well as being recognized for being among the best businesses to work for in San Diego.
When deciding what next adventure they wanted to try, Pete directed them back to his deep roots in South Louisiana, in Cajun country. In 2014 Pete bought a brand new, unfinished concession trailer in Georgia and drove it back to San Diego. He then designed and finished out the trailer from the inside out.
Meanwhile, Pam was busy in the kitchen, making volume adjustments to family recipes. She created the signature whiskey butter sauce for her father-in-law (Raleigh Terrebonne’s) famous bread pudding, LouZiana Food’s signature seasoning and Remy T. Remoulade sauce. Let’s not forget the totally unique Black-Strap Molasses and Citrus Vinaigrette for the Mardi Gras Salad.
In January 2015 Pete and Pam “hit the road” with their food truck. Rave reviews and a large, growing, consistent following soon led to the opening of the LouZiana Food casual dining restaurant… just 18 months later.
Pete (class of 1983) and Pam (who is an honorary Alumni By Choice (ABC), along with Jim (Class of 1983) and Anne Rogers Sneed (Class of 1983) were the founding members of the LSU Alumni of San Diego. With an amazingly small, but dedicated and determined amount of San Diego LSU alumni and friends, the San Diego Club became famous for its Annual Crawfish Boil.
Excerpted from the LSU Alumni of San Diego About Us/Chapter History:
“By 1998, more than 2,000 guests attended the Crawfish Boil. In 2012, the group attained a Guinness World Record for the “largest crayfish (sic) party at a single venue.” The official total for that event was 3399 participants. In 2013, we held our 25th Annual Crawfish Boil, chaired by founder Pete Terrebonne, with over 4000 people and 20,000 pounds of crawfish.”
Pete and Pam know a thing or two about Louisiana food and Louisiana cuisine.
People always comment on the friendliness of LouZiana Food’s staff, about their hospitality, and how they are always made to feel welcome. It starts with hiring the best.
Executive Chef Rick Huffman, formerly of Charter Connection Corporation and the Hotel Del Coronado, leads the way. Chef Huffman brings tremendous culinary experience to LouZiana Food. While working at Charter Connection, Chef Huffman had several opportunities to become immersed in the Cajun culture during extended stays in South Louisiana. And most importantly, how to make a roux! Now in addition to his mastery of the mother sauces, Chef Huffman makes a mean roux, too!
Shout out to LouZiana Food’s Original Krewe from “Back in the Day”!
Ricky and Mitzie Angelette
We are proud to have served so many clients and customers. Here's what a few of them have said about us.
Pete and Pam opened their doors to my family so that we could host an intimate private graduation party. From the planning of the menu to the cooked to order meals served to each of our guests, this is Southern hospitality at its best. This is a family owned-and-operated business where they are passionate about bringing their Cajun Creole Home style cooking to San Diego. Their food is flavorful and tasty. My favorite food items are their savory Gumbo (with chicken and andouille sausage) and their yummy Shrimp Po ‘Boys sandwich. For those wanting to kick the spice up, they have bottled their family Cajun seasoning recipe. You can even purchase these to bring home! What a pleasure to do business with!
Mom, Karl and I had an early dinner. Yummiest!! Thank you Pam and Pete. We thoroughly enjoyed eating great food and awesome family atmosphere at your restaurant.
I had my doubts about this prior to coming in today for lunch. I was born in Baton Rouge and I have a passion for Louisiana cuisine. You’ve exceeded my expectations and I hope your business grows here in San Diego. Stopping by for lunch once a week is much more affordable than a plane ticket to Louisiana. Folks, the food is legit and the gumbo is consistent with any bowl I’ve ever had in the French Quarter. Well done. Geaux Tigers!
Just ate at the new restaurant after being in New Orleans a few weeks ago. Had the Gumbo and Creole Shrimp combo. And a bread pudding for desert. Everything was super yummy! Pam is a great host too!
John A. Scott
Today I was headed out for a quick bite to eat at one of the traditional fast food joints and low and behold I noticed this place to my left, as I am driving, with a noticeable hip sign. i had to see and was I pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed a meal- the Chicken Gumbo combo – “Delish…ous”. Well seasoned and the right portion. To top it off I had the beignets, mmm good. Everyone was so nice and hospitable, including the owners Pam and Pete. I’ll be back and recommend this place to those who crave authentic Louisiana grub.
So amazing!!!! My husband and I went there and I got the catfish and he got the gumbo! Wow!!!! We also had an order of the bread pudding and it was the best I’ve ever had! You have to try it!!!