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Where to Eat

Where to Eat

Blue Dog Cafe is a famous restaurant serving Cajun cuisine amidst a private collection of artworks by renowned artist George Rodrigue (the creator of the iconic Blue Dog). We serve a wide variety Read More →
A high quality purveyor of hot dogs + sausages coming to the Downtown Lake Charles Area. Botsky's will showcase the highest quality franks + sausages paired with fresh and outlandish toppings. Read More →
Serving plate lunches, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salad bar, sandwich trays large dessert assortment, gift wrapped desert boxes, sweet trays, Lavazza coffee Read More →
Cotten’s Downtown is known as one of the best burger joints in town. Try the Donut Burger (beef patty sandwiched between a sliced cake donut with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, mayo, and mustard Read More →
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm Great food, eclectic atmosphere, live music and local culture. Read More →
MacFarlane's Celtic Pub features appetizers such as a Scotch egg, fried pickles & peppers, a toad in a hole and more classics. Beer battered fish sandwiches, reubens, and ribeye sandwiches Read More →
We're a family-owned restaurant serving the best Southern home cooking this side of the bayou! Call us or stop by! "Giving you the best service!" Twitter: @mamaretakitchen Mon-Fri: 10:30 am - Read More →
Great food and atmosphere that appeals to all ages. Must be 18 or older to enter at all times. Read More →
American, Cajun/Creole, steaks, seafood, pasta, desserts. Dining experience in a New Orleans atmosphere. Read More →
Lunch specials, sandwiches, paninis, salad, soup and gumbo. Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Read More →
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:30am - 9:00pm Friday-Saturday: 10:30am - 10:00pm Great Cajun seafood; listed in USA Today Cajun/Creole, seafood. Serving lunch, dinner & late night. Boiled crawfish Read More →
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10:30am - 9:00pm Friday-Saturday: 10:30am - 10:00pm Cajun/Creole, seafood. Serving lunch, dinner & late night. Boiled crawfish (hot & spicy), crabs, seafood Read More →
Serving organic fair-trade coffees, teas, breakfast and lunch. Free WIFI. Read More →
Mexican Cajun Seafood. Fun and lively with great music and a casual atmosphere. Great Fish tacos and Gumbo...Expanded dinner menu featuring Shrimp and Grits, Ribeye steaks and New Orleans Read More →
Weekly pop up restaurant on Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Southern Vegetarian Fare, with worldy influence and inspiration. Our ever-changing array of dishes include fresh salads, quiche, soups, Read More →
Sloppy's Downtown is the newest locals spot in Downtown Lake Charles - craft food & beer, & entertainment. Breakfast, lunch, & dinner! Read More →
Vicki B’s Café is a great new eatery in Lake Charles, LA that serves good, old-fashioned lunches for people who want something fast but filling. We’re a locally-grown restaurant run by folks who Read More →
Lake Charles finest Italian Cuisine restaurant. From 1986 to 2004, The Italian Villa, was a beloved local restaurant that featured traditional Italian cuisine. The Villa Restaurant opened in 2017 Read More →

Things to Do

Things to Do

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Growing up in a rural part of Central Louisiana, I was spoiled with a full garden – almost year around. Tomatoes, sweet corn, purple hull peas, ford hook lima beans, squash, blueberries Read More →
Two facts that you will learn in this blog post; Southwest Louisiana is home to some uber creative and talented individuals, and that I have a passion for shopping more than most humans (if Read More →
Let’s be honest, our pets are family. Wherever we go, they go. This is especially true for my pup. And just like me, I imagine she enjoys a “vacation” from the day-to-day Read More →
I have some pretty fantastic 4th of July memories from growing up in Southwest Louisiana, and they all involve being outdoors with my family popping fireworks.  Unfortunately, my older Read More →
***Updated June 28, 2017*** When ladies meet up for lunch, it’s about more than good food. Girlfriends seek out establishments with atmospheres conducive to conversation. They Read More →
There is no question – we take food seriously in Southwest Louisiana. If you ask someone “Which is your favorite SWLA restaurant?” or “Where do you like to Read More →
What’s better than unwinding on a Friday evening in the backdrop of the downtown Lake Charles with great music from hot bands drifting into the sunset? How about four Fridays Read More →
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture great pictures. There are so many places around the lake area to help you out through your camera lens journey. Here are Read More →
***Updated 7/27/2017*** Southwest Louisiana loves brunch! This truth is evidenced by the success of several new brunch venues in Downtown Lake Charles. These late morning/early Read More →
The  42nd Annual Palm Sunday Tour of Homes   will feature homes Read More →
An active music scene is nothing new for Lake Charles. Music is in our BLOOD! We have outdoor concerts, concert venues, bars, and restaurants all provided outstanding a Read More →
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I don’t know about you but I love nothing more than something inexpensive to do! The idea of not stressing over cost and being able to unwind, enjoy and of course, soak up the Southwest Read More →
Okay all you beer lovers, I know you didn’t need an excuse to celebrate the awesomeness that is craft brews, but you’re not going to want to miss this one. The 3rd Annual Read More →
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One of my favorite parts of Lake Charles is the downtown area. I adore all of the boutiques, music hotspots, and of course, the a Read More →
If your favorite thing about the holidays is seeing all the twinkling lights, you’re in luck! Southwest Louisiana has some great places to see Christmas lights, and we’ve decided Read More →
I can’t stress this enough – if you plan on attending any Southwest Louisiana festivals, bring your appetite. Chuck Fest is no exception. In just a week or so, the Read More →
Fall is a great time to enjoy a crisp breeze, your toes in the sand (or grass) and a fulfilling picnic with friends and family. Whatever your preference, there are several locations in the Read More →
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#SupportLocal. It’s a hashtag that I run across almost daily as I swipe through my social feeds. But what does it mean? In Southwest Louisiana, we take #SupportLocal pretty seriously. Read More →
Released only A WEEK AGO, Pokémon Go is the hottest app on the Apple and Google Play stores. And guess what, Pokémon Trainers, there are plenty of opportunities to find creatures and Read More →
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I am sure you’ve heard “Louisiana has a flavor all its own.” And has cliché as that sounds, it is 100% true for Southwest Louisiana. Our cultural identity is filled Read More →
Everyone likes to take photos of the area whenever traveling. And, let’s face it, “selfies” are fun too. But I LOVE to hear from people who are experiencing the best of Read More →
Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good, it IS good.” It is definitely ALL GOOD throughout Southwest Louisiana where live music and warmer weather are calling all of us to get Read More →
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What to See

What to See

Downtown Lake Charles has a quaint appeal. Read More →
Downtown Lake Charles, corner of Broad and Ryan Read More →
Downtown Lake Charles, Ryan St. Read More →
Lake Charles Sign in downtown Lake Charles near Chateau du Lac apartment complex Read More →
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Events

Events

Wayne Newton is an American singer and entertainer. One of the best-known entertainers in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is known by the nicknames The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Read More →
Arts & Crabs Fest is a homegrown Southwest Louisiana festival celebrating the ties between our seafood and culture – our region’s greatest national assets. The e vent Read More →
Clint Black is an American country music singer- songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. Signed to RCA Nashville in 1989, Black's debut album Killin' Time Read More →
Keith Sweat is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, radio personality, and an innovator of new jack swing. His hits include "Nobody", "Twisted" and "Right Read More →
Multi-Talented Comedian, actor, singer and writer Rodney Carrington will take to the Delta Event Center stage beginning at 7:00pm on Saturday, August 26. Rodney recorded eight major Read More →
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