Throughout the Lake Charles area, diners will find Cajun classics mixed with thoroughly modern options and international flair. To make sure you get the best selection of freshly baked pastries, quiches, sandwiches and more, get to The Bekery shortly after it opens.
Only 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and surrounded by lakes, marshes and rivers, it’s no surprise that Lake Charles serves up some impeccable seafood dishes. For a locals’ favorite, check out Seafood Palace. Mountains of boiled crabs, crawfish and shrimp are surefire crowd-pleasers, and the menu is rounded out with options like po’ boys and rich, comforting gumbo.
A short drive from town, Fire & Oak is known for its modern yet approachable fare. Small plates like the Fried Oysters or Bone Marrow are a solid start to any meal, but be sure to save room for dessert: the Something Chocolate (a spiced chocolate cake with raspberry gelée) is not to be missed.
For a more casual—but no less memorable—dinner experience, Restaurant Calla doesn’t fail to impress. The restaurant offers sharable snacks like rich Blue Crab Beignets and a house-made Hummus Board alongside satisfying entrées such as the Bruléed Compart Pork Chop (which comes with seasoned sweet potatoes and a brandied demi-glace).