Restaurant and Culinary Experiences Near Lake Charles

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The Lake Charles culinary scene is known for its fresh seafood, crawfish, freshly distilled rum, hand-crafted beers and more.
By LouisianaTravel.com Staff
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Get your seafood fix in Lake Charles area - start with a fried oyster po'boy.
Get your seafood fix in Lake Charles area - start with a fried oyster po'boy.

Culinary treasures and seafood galore await hungry travelers to southwest Louisiana. Anchored by the region’s largest city, Lake Charles, you’re sure to enjoy seafood that comes from a stretch of the Gulf Coast that forms the whole southern portion of the Seafood Sensation trail. Fish is not all that’s on the menu, though — local beers and liquors, down-home Southern cooking and a few Cajun surprises are in store for those looking for authentic Louisiana cuisine.

Dining Experiences and Top Restaurants in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana

Cash & Carry Farmers’ Market

Cash & Carry Farmers’ Market is a unique shopping experience located in the beautifully restored historic Cash & Carry Building, open in downtown Lake Charles every Tuesday evening. This year-round market boasts fresh produce, delicious homemade goods and the area's best local musicians. To better serve the community, a second outdoor farmers’ market has been added at breathtaking Prien Lake Park, on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.

Crying Eagle Brewing Co.

This outstanding Lake Charles brewery features a 15,000-square-foot facility producing Louisiana craft beer. With indoor and outdoor stages, a private events space and a landscaped outdoor beer garden, you'll definitely want to raise a toast here. Crying Eagle serves seasonal hand-crafted beers and features a two-story tap room. The brewery also offers tours and has live band performances.

Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail

The best way to find your favorite boudin (Cajun spiced sausage with rice) is to sample it. In southwest Louisiana, that means traveling the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail along U.S. Interstate 10 and visiting any mom and pop food establishment, specialty meat shop or grocery store that has boudin fresh or packaged. We have compiled a convenient list of more than 30 stops that provide boudin. You may pick up a brochure at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau’s visitors’ center.

Pops and Rockets

Located in downtown Lake Charles, you can find hand-made gourmet pops and ice cream named after ’80s songs and bands. The “pop lab” also features classic arcade games and epic ’80s tunes.

Sloppy’s Downtown

Sloppy's Downtown has a mission to provide Southwest Louisiana with a unique dining, drinking and entertainment experience. Enjoy globally inspired street foods, craft cocktails in a restored downtown venue. You don’t want to miss the Zydeco Brunch, held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Rikenjaks Brewing Company

Originally founded in 1992, Rikenjaks offers patrons “Louisiana Comfort Food,” live entertainment, outdoor patio dining, a full bar and a great tasting selection of Louisiana craft beers.

Dining Experiences Near Jennings and Lake Arthur

Crawfish Farm Tours

Crawfish field tours in Jeff Davis Parish run from March to May, the crawfish harvest season. Tour takes place pond side at a working Crawfish Farm, then on to I-10 Crawfish Co-Op Exchange. Book your crawfish farm tour through the Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission. 

Regatta LA Seafood & Steakhouse

A mouth-watering experience like no other. Located on the edge of beautiful Lake Arthur, Louisiana, Regatta is just a 20-minute drive from Interstate 10 and is accessible by boat or even seaplane for captains and crew alike!

Bayou Rum Distillery

Bayou Rum is a world-class rum handmade from Louisiana sugar cane, in the largest privately owned rum distillery in the USA. Set on 22 acres featuring a 109-year-old farmhouse, natural ponds, and a sugar cane field, Bayou Rum Distillery, in Lacassine, offers free distillery tours to see firsthand how Bayou Rum is pasteurized, fermented, distilled, aged in their barrel storage, bottled up, and served at their in-house tasting bar.

Cajun Jam at Green’s Café

Cajun Jam sessions are held every other Saturday at Green’s Café in Jennings, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come jam and order some of Green’s famous homemade hamburgers or shrimp po-boys at this free event! This is to promote the youth in preserving our Cajun culture for the future generations.

Mike’s Seafood and Steakhouse

Mike’s is a hometown favorite in Jennings, serving seafood specialties as well as a daily lunch buffet with live, local music on the weekends. 

Rocket Drive-In

A Jennings institution open for 40 years, The Rocket is a local hangout and favorite among young and old. 

Restaurants and Dining Experiences in Abbeville Area, Vermilion Parish

SHUCKS!, the Louisiana Seafood House

Abbeville-based SHUCKS!’s recipes are handed down from generation to generation, and they have been using only the freshest of ingredients since they opened their doors. Specialties include charbroiled oysters, pan-broiled dishes and their homemade bread pudding.

Dupuy’s Oyster Shop

Depuy’s Oyster Shop in Abbeville was established by Joseph Dupuy in 1869, when he would harvest his own oysters and sell them for 5 cents a dozen. Dupuy’s has enjoyed over 130 years of success in its original location, and is a world-famous restaurant for its oysters on the half-shell.

Riverfront, a Louisiana Grill

Abbeville-based RiverFront is known for its perfectly flame-grilled steaks and Louisiana seafood dishes. 

Giant Omelette Celebration  

The first full weekend of each November, the Giant Omelette Celebration is held in downtown Abbeville and features Cajun music and cuisine, arts and crafts, a French mass, procession of the chefs and the cooking of the over 5,000 egg omelette to feed the celebration participants.

Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose’s Bed & Breakfast

This Kaplan business is the only bed and breakfast in Vermilion Parish that offers crawfish excursions. Experience firsthand how these amazing crustaceans come to appear on our tables. A guide will assist you in a unique boat ride allowing you to catch your own crawfish. Later, you can end the evening with your own crawfish boil in true Cajun style.

Bayou Carlin Cove

Located in the heart of Delcambre, Bayou Carlin Cove is a family-friendly getaway perfect for great fishing, fresh seafood off the boat and lots of family fun.

Latanier Cookers 

Join the Latanier Cookers for a Dutch Oven Gathering in Palmetto Island State Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, where amateur cooks demonstrate to how to cook while camping using Dutch Ovens.

Learn more about offerings, culinary experience and restaurants in the Louisiana Seafood Sensation culinary trail.