Seafood Sensation

The bounty of Southwest Louisiana’s coasts and wetlands makes this the ultimate road trip for seafood lovers.

The southwest corner of Louisiana, sometimes called the "Outback," beckons sportsmen. There’s great fishing, oystering, shrimping and crabbing. The bounty from the waters finds its way onto the menus of local restaurants such as Steamboat Bill's in Lake Charles, best known for seasoned crawfish and fried seafood platters.

Find the perfect po'boy at Darrell's in Lake Charles. We've heard plenty of folks say that ordering a Darrell's Special with jalapeno mayo changed their lives—it's that good! The area also has a boudin trail. Pick up a trail guide at the Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

As you drive through the region you'll see it is strongly connected to rice farming and dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée and dirty rice incorporate the crop. When area farmers realized their flooded rice fields attracted a supply of crawfish, they began rotating the two Louisiana icons. During your trip, take time to tour a crawfish farm (the season runs from around December through June). 

Once you have your fill of crawfish, treat your taste buds to some Louisiana oysters in Abbeville.Your two best bets are SHUCKS! and Dupuy's Oyster Shop, whose roots run back to 1869.

For a meal with a view, Lake Arthur's Regatta Restaurant delivers. Built over Lake Arthur, it has a dock for boats and seaplanes.

As you travel along the Seafood Sensation Trail, take a respite from taste testing for a little sightseeing along the Creole Nature Trail, a 180-mile scenic All-American Road through Louisiana’s picturesque wetlands.

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    City: Kaplan
    13923 Hwy. 35 Kaplan, LA 70548
    Stop by for old-fashioned homestyle cooking, homemade baked goods, plate lunches and prepackaged Cajun food items such as Turtle Sauce Piquant and Fettuccine. Grocery items also available. ...
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    335 E. Prien Lake Rd. Lake Charles, LA 70601
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    City: Lake Charles
    1004 N. Lakeshore Dr. Lake Charles, LA 70601
    "Where the locals eat!" Voted #1 in Southwest Louisiana Reader's Choice Award. Selected by USA Today "As one of the great places to eat in the USA".Serving lunch and dinner only the best boiled...
    City: Sulphur
    2400 E. Napoleon Dr. Sulphur, LA 70663
    Boudin, sausage, seafood, burgers, steaks, salads, jerky, cracklins, fresh meats
    City: Abbeville
    105 Jacqulyn St. Abbeville, LA 70510
    Gourmet pizzas, great pastas, specialty calzones and the best Ceasar salad you ever had! All of our pizza crusts and sauces are made from scratch and we only use the freshest ingredients.
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    1737 W. Sale Rd., Ste. 101 Lake Charles, LA 70605
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    8400 Maurice Ave. Maurice, LA 70555
    The best kept secret in Acadiana! We specialize in the best poor boys and salads around. Stop in for a wonderful meal and experience the quaint, unique atmosphere.
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