Today, this subtle, rebellious spirit of her residents still lies under the surface as young families forsake the ubiquitous surroundings of large, suburban cities for a slower pace of life. Never has it been more evident with the majority of growth realized by self-made, multi generational companies and world-class corporations who call Jones County home.
Inspired by New Orleans culture, Cafe la Fleur’s unique dining experience offers signature style and taste to downtown Laurel. Owners Matt and Amy Flowers have served their homemade menu items including gumbo, bisque and bread pudding in downtown Laurel since 1997.
The menu is mixed with cajun style taste, Southern flair and classic Americana. Homemade specialties include a traditional Gulf Coast recipe gumbo. This dark roux gumbo was passed down from Matt’s grandfather, Claiborne Netto Koch, who cooked the gumbo for his family while Matt was growing up. After receiving a simple handwritten copy for himself years ago, Matt continues to share this special Gulf Coast recipe with visitors of the restaurant. Matt’s gumbo and his signature Cafe la Fleur Po-Boys have been featured in Southern Living Magazine.