- Marcelina Morfin
Located in the southwest region of Louisiana, Lake Charles has much to discover, from arts and culture events to historic districts and delicious restaurants. With a strong Cajun culture, it is the perfect area to sample flavorful Cajun and Creole delicacies alongside other cuisines, including Italian and French. Here’s our guide to some of the best places to eat out in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Botsky’s specializes in gourmet hot dogs and sausages, with a variety of traditional and unique toppings. Must-try options include the intercontinental, which is a Kobe beef frank topped with avocado, feta cheese, Asian slaw and chipotle mayo, and the Dixie dog with a bayou brat topped with Cajunkraut, onion and Creole mustard. Guests can also create their own and choose from a variety of sausages, such as alligator sausage and toppings, including mac ‘n cheese, red beans and pineapple. There are also several beers on tap to go with the delicious franks.
Botsky’s, 104 W. Pujo St., Lake Charles, LA, USA, +1 337 491 1155
Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen
Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen is a multi-award winning venue. Selections from the menu include pork roast and gravy, red beans and sausage, shrimp stew and stuffed bell peppers and many more. A host of side dishes are also available, including corn, mashed potatoes, broccoli with cheese and green beans plus sweet treats like chocolate cake and banana pudding.
Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen, 5614 Highway 14, Lake Charles, LA, USA, +1 337 474 3731
La Truffe Sauvage
Located in the heart of Lake Charles, La Truffe Sauvage — ‘the wild truffle’ — is a fine-dining restaurant featuring French and Mediterranean dishes with Louisianan flair. Procuring the finest, seasonal ingredients, the culinary team creates exquisite fare with fall highlights including pan-sautéed wild red snapper with lump crab, saffron steamed potato, asparagus tips, sun-dried tomatoes, capers and artichoke hearts. With gluten-free options plus a chef who is more than happy to create vegetarian dishes, La Truffe Sauvage will suit many tastes.
Luna Bar & Grill
Luna Bar and Grill is a fun and eclectic space featuring exposed brick walls adorned with framed posters. As for the food, this family-friendly joint has an array of tasty options from appetizers to salads to sandwiches to entrees that will satisfy many tastes. Notable dishes include the crawfish stuffed avocado topped with cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, herbs and spices and then battered and fried and drizzled with sweet chili pepper sauce; grilled red fish topped with crabmeat au gratin sauce, fried shrimp and avocado; and an 8 oz. filet topped with grilled crawfish and Pontchartrain cream sauce.
Luna Bar & Grill, 179 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA, USA, +1 337 494 5862
MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub
Looking for the largest selection of beer, Irish whiskey, and Scotch in southwest Louisiana? Look no further than Lake Charles’ MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub. This cozy pub, complete with rich colors and hardwood floors, offers guests a place where they can go to have some fun while savoring American and Irish-inspired fare, including the award winning Voodoo Bloody Mary. Try the MacFarlane burger with beef, Irish bacon, sausage, fried egg, tomato, cheese, lettuce and roasted garlic-shallot mayo and Irish stew with beef, potatoes, carrots and peas.
MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub, 417 Anne St., Lake Charles, LA, USA, +1 337 433 5992
Mazen’s is a fine-dining establishment specializing in Continental and Mediterranean cuisine. Enticing options to note include kibbies with beef, pine nuts and onion; fish Aladdin – a pan-sauteed filet of fish topped with jumbo lump crabmeat served with lemon butter-saffron sauce – and pan-seared and oven-roasted New Zealand rack of lamb in a basil-mustard cream sauce. A wine list with Californian and international wines is also available.
Mazen’s, 217 W. College St., Lake Charles, LA, USA, +1 337 477 8207
Pint House Pizzeria
Pint House Pizzeria features gourmet pizzas, a tantalizing array of sweet treats, plus craft beer, wine and spirits. Enjoy innovative options such as the spicy napalm duck with ranch dressing, mozzarella, cheddar, duck, fresh jalapeño, banana peppers, chipotle drizzle and sriracha drizzle; and the cochon with BBQ sauce, mozzarella, pulled pork, pineapple, blueberries and bell pepper. As for sweet treats, there is house made gelato in luscious flavors, baked goods, including cakes, hand made sodas, shakes and beer floats.
Pint House Pizzeria, 329 Broad St., Lake Charles, LA, USA, +1 337 419 1931
Restaurant Calla is a fine-dining eatery with a laid-back atmosphere. The ever-changing menus include succulent options such as scallops with parsnip, fennel, turkey fig and chorizo; blue crab beignets with avocado, almond and mint; and filet of beef with marrow butter, French fries and béarnaise. Desserts and a host of drinks, including wine and seasonal cocktails, are also available.
Restaurant Calla, 1400 Market St., Lake Charles, LA, USA, +1 337 419 1980
Steamboat Bill’s is an award-winning venue. Highlights from the menu include the house potato – a baked potato topped with fried shrimp and étouffée – the seasonal crawfish étouffée and the soft shell crab po-boy sandwich with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce.
Street Breads serves breakfast items, salads, soups, pizza and desserts all made with the best ingredients, including organics, sourced from local purveyors when possible. Notable options include the Mexico City chicken and chipotle sandwich with grilled chicken, bacon, asiago cheese, basil pecan pesto, cucumber and chipotle sauce on focaccia; and the NOLA with shrimp, Cajun remoulade, romaine and tomatoes. There are vegetarian options too.
Street Breads, 3475 Nelson Rd., Lake Charles, LA, USA, +1 337 430 4672