What are the best foods to eat in Lake Charles, Louisiana? That was the question swirling in my head as my tiny plane gently landed at the equally tiny airport. Since I was visiting with the explicit goal of eating local food, I hoped that the dishes would be dominated by Cajun flavors and seafood.

Lake Charles is located in Southwest Louisiana – close to the Gulf of Mexico and dotted with rice fields, piney woods and prairie lands. The location provides easy access to fresh fish and seafood along with the usual array of Louisiana pork products . Even better, the city benefits from Southwest Louisiana’s melting pot of Cajuns and Cajun food. Spicy favorites like jambalaya and gumbo are readily available in Lake Charles.

Here are some foods and places that should be included in your culinary tour of Lake Charles:

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