Dining Around Lake Charles
Known for its top notch Cajun food, and fresh seafood, dining around Lake Charles ranges from small casual local kitchens, to upscale chophouses, and even a bit of Asian fusion. The Lake Charles area also figures prominently in the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, a loose confederation of restaurants, stores, and sausage shacks that sell this Louisiana staple.
Asia (at L’Auberge du Lac)
Located at the L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, this intimate (seating just 36 customers) )contemporary dining spot delivers Asian-fusion cuisine, sushi, and authentic Vietnamese dishes. It’s worth checking out for a sit down meal, or for a quick snack from the handy “to-go” menu.
777 Avenue L'Auberge; 337-395-7777
Aucoins Cajun Restaurant
This authentic Cajun restaurant offers live Cajun music every Friday and Saturday night. Aucoins’ menu includes catfish, gumbo, po boys, steaks, salads, and something called a Ribeye Riche (a ribeye steak covered in shrimp creole).
7591 Highway 14 E in Hayes; 337- 622-3582
Billedeaux’s Cajun Kitchen
Known for its boudin, Billedeaux’s also serves up all manner of Cajun specialties, and plate lunches that hit the spot.
2633 Fruge St.; 337-439-9944
Blue Duck Café
Blue Duck is a “New Orleans” style Creole restaurant offering the look, feel, and flavors of the "Big Easy". They serve Louisiana style dishes using authentic Louisiana products. In 2008 Blue Duck was praised by New Orleans CityBusiness magazine as a "Best Neighborhood Restaurant”.
345 Broad St.; 337- 721-1967
Pujo St. Cafe
With it's richly textured brick walls, lavish bar and wrought iron flourishes, Pujo St. Cafe is nothing like your average cafe.
Located downtown, this intimate New Orleans-style eatery offers, everything from chicken satay, a grits and spinach cake, and coconut shrimp, to a crawfish salad, pasta, and seafood entrees.
Pujo St. Cafe also offers an excellent wine cellar, as well as live music, and a terrific banquet space.
901 Ryan St.; 337-439-2054
When you're in Lake Charles, Louisiana, this is the place to go for fantastic Cajun, Creole, and traditional seafood.
Feeling hungry? Order your crawfish by the pound. Five pounds ought to do ya.
The boudin balls (battered and fried boudin sausage), and the fried rolls are out of this world. The boudin has a little kick, and the rolls are light and buttery and just the thing for sopping up the bottom of a gumbo bowl.
Hot Tip: Steamboat Bill's pistolettes are out of this world. They are made using a buttery fried roll that is then stuffed with crawfish or shrimp and sauce. It's like a gumbo or etouffee hot pocket. Ummm Umm, that's good.
1004 N. Lakeshore Dr.; 337- 494-1070
This is a coffee shop and a good bit more. In addition to the classic coffee bar drinks, they’ve got beignets, funnel cake sticks, light breakfast nosh (biscuits, bagels), and sandwiches/salads for lunch and light dinner. There’s also live music in the evenings from Mon.-Sat.
319 Broad St.; 337-564-5739
Lake Charles Feature Stories
Travel Along the Boudin Trail- A Guide to Southwest Louisiana's signature sausage
The Royal Gala- Lake Charles' Annual Mardi Gras Royal Regalia Fashion Show
Mardi Gras Museum- World's Largest Collection of Mardi Gras Costumes