Like most folks here in the South, I believe food goes beyond mere ‘fueling the body” and lands more in the realm of “feeding the soul." Less about survival and more about celebration. Seriously, we host countless festivals in honor of our exotic dishes and view the handing down of heirloom recipes as a rite of passage.

So with dining playing such a central role in our lives, it’s only natural that we boast an amazing array of restaurants, microbreweries, and food trucks. And, it’s quite possible that, here in Lake Charles, we eat as much with our eyes as we do our mouths. Thanks to social media, sharing that perfect drool-inducing shot of your Zydeco Brunch Boudin Beignets (see Sloppy’s Downtown) couldn’t be easier. Feast your eyes on some of Lake Charles’ most Instagram-Worthy places to indulge.

Sloppy’s Downtown - Boudin Beignets

 Sloppy's Boudin Beignets

Luna Bar and Grill - Bloody Mary

 Luna Bar & Grill | Bloody Mary

Rikenjaks - Lazy Pistolettes

 Lazy Pistolettes at Rikenjaks

Restaurant Calla - Fried Softshell Crab and Grits

Fried Softshell Crab and Grits | Restaurant Calla 

Paul’s Rib Shack Barbecue - Brisket and Slaw

Paul's Rib Shack | Lake Charles - Brisket & Slaw  

Crying Eagle Brewing - Beer Flight

Crying Eagle Beer Flight | Lake Charles

Jack Daniel’s Bar and Grill - Fresh Catch

Jack Daniel's Fresh Catch

Louisiana Spirits Distillery - Rum Barrels 

Bayou Rum Barrels

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