For additional information, contact:

Will Precht, Sr. Manager of Media/Public Relations
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Southwest Louisiana’s Seventh Annual
Top 20 “Local Favorites” Restaurant Competition


LAKE CHARLES, La. (June 27, 2019)—The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) held the seventh annual Top 20 “Local Favorites” Restaurant Competition where individuals could nominate and vote online for their favorite places to eat in Southwest Louisiana. Culinary tourism is on the rise, and people generally want to know where the locals like to eat. This competition highlights the best of the best in Southwest Louisiana according to popular vote.  

There were 250 restaurant nominations made by the public with nearly 8,500 votes cast, the highest number of votes ever. The restaurant that received the most votes was Luna Bar & Grill. Second place went to Steamboat Bill’s 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, Brown Bag Café, Buffi’s Peaux Boys, Casa Mañana, Darrell’s, Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, Mazen’s Mediterranean Foods, Nina P’s, Restaurant Calla, Saltgrass Steakhouse at Golden Nugget, Seafood Palace, Southern Spice Restaurant & Grill, Texas Roadhouse, The Villa, Toga Grill, Tony’s Pizza and Walk-On’s.

“Whenever people travel, especially in Louisiana, they want to experience the destination like a local and soak in the flavors of the rich culinary traditions that make Louisiana world-famous. We are truly blessed with an abundance of tasty restaurants that bring out the unique qualities of Louisiana’s cuisine and help our visitors and local citizens to “feed their soul.”  A heartfelt congratulations is in order for all of the restaurants who made it into the Top 20 as the competition is tough in Southwest Louisiana,” said Kyle Edmiston, president/CEO.

The contest was promoted through social media, on the CVB’s website, and public relations efforts. 

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