Eating downhome Cajun/Creole Goodness in Louisiana's Playground

The Secret is in the Sausage!

From seafood platters to po-boys and bread pudding, you can enjoy delicious downhome cooking in Southwest Louisiana. If you'd like a fine dining experience, we have that too! Check out fine dining in the Lake Area. 

Seafood Palace 

A seafood lovers dream, Seafood Palace is indeed a palace of seafood! But, don’t let the name fool you, you can wear your casual clothes to this palace so that you can crack open crabs or eat crawfish without worrying about messing up your Sunday best! Red & white checkered table cloths are in order, and you’ll be greeted and seated with a smile! One of the top, downhome seafood restaurants in Lake Charles, you’ll indulge to your heart’s content!

Steamboat Bill’s

Located right off Interstate 10, Steamboat Bill’s actually has parking attendants during the height of crawfish season. The story goes, Kathy Vidrine, started selling shrimp on the side of the road, and eventually grew her own following and restaurant to be the number one restaurant as voted by the locals for several years as well as notoriety in the media. If you’re craving pistolettes, crawfish etouffee, an alligator po-boy or are wondering what in the world any of that is – you need to check out Steamboat Bill’s!


People from miles around (literally) drive to Lake Charles for a coveted bite of the “Darrell’s Special.” It’s like a tourist attraction unto itself. For years, we've been satisfying the appetites of Louisiana folks with po-boys, chips and libations. Let Darrell's put a smile on your face and give you delicious food you'll love – serving up finger-licking food for 3 decades!

LeBleu’s Landing Restaurant & Oyster Bar

With deep roots in Southwest Louisiana’s history involving founders and tales of pirate folklore, LeBleu’s Landing is as Southwest Louisiana – “No Man’s Land” as you can get! (Read the story!) Along with that history comes centuries of recipes and deliciousness that everyone can enjoy from Cajun gumbo and bisque selections to signature boudin, seafood dishes and … oysters!

Buffi’s Peaux Boys 

One of the best places to get a po-boy in downtown Lake Charles, Buffi’s is located on the corner of Broad and Bilbo Streets. From gourmet potatoes to pulled pork, fried shrimp or crawfish po-boys, your mouth will water for more! This great location allows for a quick bite while shopping for fashion items or souvenirs from mom & pop shops. 

Leonard’s Food Quarters

With a Creole/New Orleans twist, Leonard’ Food Quarters is a taste of Southwest Louisiana’s Creole soul food! If you’re in the mood for red beans & rice, smothered steak with rice and gravy or chicken & sausage gumbo, you can bet that the authentic Cajun Creole flavors will satisfy your appetite.  


A family-owned tradition, Hollier’s has been a household name in Southwest Louisiana since 1995 with 1980 being the origins with the Hollier family inspecting and wholesaling boudin, sausage, jambalaya, seasoning and more. In fact, many hunters bring their fresh bounty to Hollier’s for processing. From Big Meat Wednesday plate lunches to “red gold” during crawfish season, Hollier’s aims to please.

Big Daddy’s

Sports fans will love Big Daddy’s for its colorful memorabilia that lines the walls and the straight-shooting sports talk undeniably heard at the tables throughout the restaurant during football season! Serving Cajun accented pub grub is the name of the game, and you can get breakfast, lunch or dinner and probably meet a local or two. Serving Cajun comfort foods, it's your “neighborhood location” with foods to make you feel at home. 

In-Laws Cajun Specialties 

Catering to the “Cajun-on-the-geaux,” In-Laws provides a wide variety of Cajun specialties cooked fresh to take with you to a park or picnic spot – or packaged for cooking at home. Whether you are interested in boudin, cracklins, sausage, barbecue or specialty meats – or all of the above, In-Laws has you covered!

Rabideaux’s Sausage Kitchen

In the quaint town of Iowa, you can find Rabideaux's Sausage Kitchen, filled with specialty meat products and, you guessed it – boudin! Dine in or take-out, Rabideaux’s is a Cajun deli with meats, sausage, boudin, cracklins, hamburgers, poboys and more. Rabideaux’s ships boudin out of town if you need more once you return home. 

Insane Sausages

Home to award-winning boudin, Insane Sausages in Vinton, has what you need to fill up when you need a boost – especially when you’re starving. From pork sausage poboys to chili cheese dog po-boys to boudin sliders, no one is going hungry. In addition to sausage products, they also serve up seafood platters and traditional desserts like bread pudding. They also have kids’ meals for the little Cajuns in your group.


Plate lunches and live music? BeauxDines’ Seafood & Specialty Meat Market sounds like a winning combination. Right on the main route of Ryan Street, you can find burgers, oysters, baked potatoes and seafood dinners. Appetizers hit the spot too with jacked up fries, stuffed postolettes, boudin and sausage. Not to mention, BeauxDines’ is a hot spot during crawfish season, so make plans to dig in!