Restaurant and Culinary Experiences Near Lake Charles
The Lake Charles culinary scene is known for its fresh seafood, crawfish, freshly distilled rum, hand-crafted beers and more.
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.
Markets, Dining Experiences and Top Restaurants in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana
Shop for the best fresh, local produce and delicious homemade treats while you enjoy live local music every Tuesday evening from 4 - 6 p.m. at Cash & Carry Farmers’ Market. This unique shopping and dining experience is located in the beautifully restored historic Cash & Carry Building in downtown Lake Charles. The only way to get closer to Follow them on Facebook to learn more about special events and pop-up markets
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 taproom. The brewery also offers tours and has live band performances.
When we think about our favorite meal in Lake Charles, two words come to mind—Darrell's Special. This Lake Charles institution has been serving po' boys and libations since 1985. Everyone knows that you can get good po' boys in every town in Louisiana, so you might be wondering why just a mention of Darrell's makes us drool. They make all of their bread, gravies, sauces and mayonnaise fresh in-house daily, making their sandwiches next-level great. The Darrell's Special combines ham, turkey, roast beef and roast beef gravy for an unforgettable experience. You'll also find BBQ brisket and plenty of fresh Louisiana seafood on the menu. Take note, they're closed on Sundays, so plan accordingly.
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.
If you prefer your confections cold, go immediately to Boombox! Located in downtown Lake Charles, they serve hand-made gourmet pops and ice cream named after ’80s songs and bands. Step into the “pop lab” and you'll feel like you turned the clock back to the '80s. Test your skills at Pac Man, Frogger and other classic arcade games while listening to epic ’80s tunes.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
A Jennings institution open for 40 years, "The Rocket" is a local hangout and favorite among young and old. Indulge yourself with a cheeseburger, crinkle-cut fries and a chocolate milkshake. Road trip calories don't count, right?
Restaurants and Dining Experiences in Abbeville Area, Vermilion Parish
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.
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.
Abbeville-based RiverFront is known for its perfectly flame-grilled steaks and Louisiana seafood dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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