The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) held the third annual Top 20 Restaurants online voting contest in honor of culinary arts and foodies who love to travel. Culinary tourism is a large part of Louisiana’s cultural charm, and this contests helps celebrate the best places to eat according to local residents.

There were 205 restaurant nominations made by the public with 3,858 votes cast throughout the month of June. The restaurant that received the most votes is Steamboat Bill’s on the Lake. Second place went to Luna Bar & Grill followed by Pat’s of Henderson for third place.

The votes were extremely close, and there was a four-way tie in the Top 20 results, so this year, there are 23 restaurants who are in the Top 20 in the hearts and minds of local residents.

“Culinary tourism is a huge part of why visitors love to visit Louisiana, and the Top 20 Restaurants contests helps visitors know where locals like to eat. The tie in the results emphasizes that there are many restaurants that are contenders to be honored through popular vote,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the CVB.

Other restaurants that made it to the Top 20, in alphabetical order are 121 Artisan Bistro, Botsky’s, Casa Mañana, Chastain’s, Cousin’s Lebanese, Darrell’s, Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, Hollier’s Cajun Kitchen, LeBleu’s Landing, Leonard’s Food Quarters, Mazen’s Mediterranean Foods, Nina P’s, O’Charley’s, Pitt Grill, Restaurant Calla, Saltgrass Steakhouse at Golden Nugget, Seafood Palace, Southern Spice Restaurant & Grill, Texas Roadhouse and Tony’s Pizza.

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For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, Executive Director
Angie Manning, Communications Director
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952