The abundance of fantastic food to be found throughout Louisiana can be a little overwhelming for some visitors, particularly if they haven’t sampled our fabulous indigenous cuisine before. How will you decide where to go and what to eat? To help you manage the choices, we suggest using Louisiana's Culinary Trails as guideposts. The Louisiana Office of Tourism and the makers of TABASCO® hot pepper sauce have laid out seven regional “trails” that traverse byways, prairies, marshlands and waterways that are great sources of some of the finest food you’ll ever enjoy. Discover some of the chefs and restaurants who are keeping the tradition of great food alive and thriving in Louisiana.
Bordering Lake Charles is Westlake which was originally named “Rio Hondo,” and from Westlake up the Sabine River was also known as “No Man’s Land” to pirates and renegades since it officially belonged to no one before the 19th Century. Today, Westlake is a quiet town with beautiful scenery at Sam Houston Jones State Park where RVers can camp, or you can go for the day, hiking, feeding the geese or watching your kids or grandkids at the playground. On the shores of Lake Charles in Westlake, sits the Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel, where you can melt into island time and lounge near an outdoor pool area, complete with a hot tub and rock slide. Entertainment options such as fun karaoke nights, concerts, an arcade, gaming action and restaurants. Westlake is also home to the National Golf Club of Louisiana and the Westlake Family Fun & Food Festival.