Food and drink are an intricate part of our Southwest Louisiana culture and every occasion is centered around a mouthwatering meal. Expect to find Cajun and Creole influences in traditional Louisiana favorites including jambalaya, gumbo, and etouffee. Indulge in brunch classics and handcrafted cocktails to make every meal. Many of our local restaurants serve up Southern hospitality with an accent of live music most nights of the week. You'll be craving the rich flavors till your next visit! 

Seafood Benedict - Rikenjaks
Erica McCreedy

Are you in search of over-the-top bloody marys, bottomless mimosas, pancakes foster, or eggs benedict with a Cajun twist? We've got it all and more.

Luna Bar & Grill Patio
Lindsey Janies

Tap your toes to the sounds of jazz quartets, blues bands, and rockin' cover bands, all while indulging in the finest Louisiana fair.

Frosty Factory - Daiquiris

Daiquiris are a popular way to beat the heat in Southwest Louisiana. But, what may be surprising is that Louisiana allows for drive-thru daiquiris, offering a quick, delicious way to unwind and relax during your visit!

Crawfish Picnic Table | VisitLakeCharles.org

The south's favorite mudbug season is December - June, when you're sure to find the juicy, delicious delicacy at restaurants across Southwest Louisiana.

Cajun Recipe 2

Bring the rich flavors of Southwest Louisiana cuisine home to family and friends with these classic recipes by local chefs.

Loggerheads boudin | Lake Charles, Louisiana
Jessica Pickett

Visit the many gas station dives and mom and pop run restaurants along the trail to taste Boudin, a blend of cooked pork, rice, onions, peppers and seasonings stuffed into a sausage casing.

beers

Sip your way along the Brews & Spirits trail by visiting Crying Eagle Brewing Company, the Louisiana Spirits Distillery (Home of Bayou Rum), Yellowfin Vodka Distillery and Acadian Coffee Roasters.