The Spotted Horse Tavern and Dining Parlor Makes an Elevated Debut at Evangeline Downs

Opelousas, La.—Offering an elevated yet casual dining experience, The Spotted Horse Tavern and Dining Parlor has made its debut at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel.

“The Spotted Horse is a dining experience unlike anything else in this region,” said Ted Bogich, Senior Vice President of Operations for Boyd Gaming, owner and operator of Evangeline Downs. “With modern takes on traditional Louisiana flavors, offered in a beautifully designed and whimsical setting, the Spotted Horse gives customers another great reason to visit Evangeline Downs.”

Inspired by an urban legend of a “long-necked spotted horse” (i.e., a giraffe) winning the race by a neck, the restaurant’s flair for the fantastic is reflected throughout the new space. The multi-faceted experience features a tavern on one side, perfect for sipping a local brew and enjoying down-home cuisine; and a full-service restaurant on the other.  

Dining selections range from Southern staples to innovative new dishes. Small plate starters include chicken and sausage gumbo, citrus-glazed pork belly and prawns, and crawfish and corn bisque. The impressive entrée selection includes favorites like fresh Louisiana catfish and country-braised short ribs, as well as dinner-for-two selections like beer can chicken for two and a certified Angus Beef tenderloin for two. Finally, guests can finish the meal with a diverse dessert menu that offers something for every sweet tooth, from the light and cool berries and cream to the rich and decadent warm bread pudding.

The restaurant’s signature whimsy shines in the collection of hot sauces. A menu of nearly 20 hot sauces is available for customers to pair with their dishes, including ghost pepper and blueberry, habanero carrot curry, and serrano ginger lemongrass.

The Spotted Horse is the latest installment in an ongoing effort to enhance amenities at Boyd Gaming properties across the country. For more information on this and other projects, visit

About Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel

Located just off I-49 on Creswell Lane, Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel is the premier racing, dining and casino entertainment destination in the Lafayette area. The state-of-the-art racetrack is nearly 750 acres and features a 7/8-mile turf track and nearly 1,000 stalls. The casino has more than 40,000 square feet of space and more than 1,300 slot machines. Delicious dining options include the brand-new Spotted Horse Tavern and Dining Parlor, as well as the popular Cajun Buffet and Café 24/7. The adjacent Evangeline Downs Hotel has 117 well-appointed rooms and generous amenities. Additional information on Evangeline Downs can be found at, on Facebook ( and Twitter (@evdrch). Evangeline Downs is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in  Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at