LAKE CHARLES, La. (May 1, 2013)-In celebration of National Tourism Week, May 4-12, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors is showcasing culinary delights that make our destination downright delicious. The bureau is inviting the public to vote on their top three favorite restaurants now through May 12. The winning restaurants will be announced at the conclusion of National Tourism Week.

"Our culinary heritage is one of the main reasons that leisure travelers, groups and media enjoy visiting Louisiana as a whole. The top 20 list is a perfect way to highlight some of the local favorites, and we can't wait to see who rises to the top since all our restaurants have something unique to offer," said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The top three restaurants will be ranked and awarded plaques to hang in their place of business. All winning restaurants will receive window clings indicating they were voted as a top 20 restaurant, and the restaurants will also be listed on the bureau's website on a page dedicated to the top 20 restaurant promotion.

During National Tourism Week, the bureau is featuring a "Take Your Taste Buds on Tour" promotion which also includes discounts to local restaurants as well as an opportunity for people to submit recipes online in order to be included in a virtual cookbook on the bureau's website. These promotions will take place instead of Restaurant Day.

To vote on your top restaurants, view discount promotions or submit your recipe, log onto For more information or for restaurant owners to submit discount offers, contact Amos Orr, online content manager at 337-436-9588 or