For additional information, contact:

Shelley Johnson, Executive Director
William Precht, Media Relations Manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Southwest Louisiana’s Sixth Annual
Top 20 Restaurants Contest Results

LAKE CHARLES, La. (July 3, 2018) -The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) held the sixth annual Top 20 Restaurants online voting contest 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 over 250 restaurant nominations made by the public with a record number of 7,425 total votes cast. The restaurant that received the most votes was Luna Bar & Grill. Second place went to Steamboat Bill’s followed by Darrell’s for third place.

Other restaurants that made it to the Top 20, in alphabetical order are 121 Artisan Bistro, Blue Dog Café, Casa Mañana, Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub, Mazen’s Mediterranean Foods, Nina P’s, Pat’s of Henderson, Restaurant Calla, Rikenjaks, Saltgrass Steakhouse, Seafood Palace, Southern Spice Restaurant & Grill, Texas Roadhouse, The Villa, Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp, Tony’s Pizza and Walk-On’s.

“Whenever people travel, especially in Louisiana, they always 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 a variety of culinary experiences, and we would like to extend 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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