For additional information, contact:

Shelley Johnson, Executive Director


Angie Manning, communications director

Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952



Southwest Louisiana’s Fifth Annual
Top 20 Restaurants – Local Favorites –  Contest Results


LAKE CHARLES, La. (May 16, 2017)—The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) held the fifth annual Top 20 Restaurants online voting contest in honor of National Tourism Week where individuals could nominate and vote for their favorite places to eat in Calcasieu Parish. Culinary delights are a major draw for tourism, and people are passionate about food.


There were 202 restaurant nominations made by the public with nearly 5,000 votes cast. The restaurant that received the most votes was Steamboat Bill’s by the Lake. Second place went to Luna Bar and Grill followed by Pat’s of Henderson for third place.


Other restaurants that made it to the Top 20, in alphabetical order are 121 Artisan Bistro, Blue Dog Café, Buffi’s Peaux Boys, Casa Mañana, Darrell’s, Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, Hollier’s Cajun Kitchen, Landry’s Seafood, Nina P’s, Pitt Grill,  Restaurant Calla, Saltgrass Steakhouse, Seafood Palace, Southern Spice Restaurant & Grill, Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp, Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse and Walk-On’s.


“Whenever people travel, especially in Louisiana, they want to know where the locals eat. We are blessed with an abundance of flavorful restaurants that truly bring out the unique qualities of Louisiana cuisine or have a twist all their own. This contest helps visitors know where locals love to frequent for culinary experiences, and we would like to extend a congratulations to the Top 20 Local Favorites winners,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the CVB.


The contest was promoted through social media, on the CVB’s website, as well as through National Tourism Week marketing including print, radio and public relations efforts. 


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