Must-Try Restaurants Near Our Senior Apartments In Lake Charles, LA

Indulge in Southwest Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun Cuisine


Louisiana is known for many things, from Mardi Gras to rhythmic jazz music. But one of our favorite parts about Louisiana is its delectable Cajun and Creole cuisine, with flavors that will leave your taste buds dancing! Some of the must-try Louisiana staples include Po’ boys, beignets, jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish boils, étouffée, boudin sausage, alligator, and more! Luckily, there are endless delicious restaurants you can visit to explore Southwest Lousisana’s cuisine near The Verandah, our Lake Charles 55+ retirement living. Keep reading to learn about some of the must-try spots!

Steamboat Bill’s on the Lake

If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere with delicious cajun and creole food, then you’ve got to see what all the rave is about at Steamboat Bill’s on the Lake! Here, you can enjoy lunch, dinner or late-night meals from its menus, which feature boiled crawfish, crabs, gumbo, stuffed potatoes and more. Here are a few of its most popular menu items:

  • Swamp fries: crispy cheese fries smothered in shrimp étouffée, garnished with chives and served with sour cream
  • Jumbo Butterfly Gulf Shrimp: Fresh-from-the-gulf shrimp that is hand-breaded and fried to a golden brown, served with coleslaw, french fries and Louisiana roll
  • Atchafalaya Dinner: Fried fish filet on a bed of rice, smothered with shrimp étouffée, garnished with chives and served with a roll
  • Chicken & sausage gumbo: Gumbo soup on a bed of rice served with Louisiana roll and crackers

Darrell’s Famous Poboys

If you’re someone who loves a good po’ boy and a cold brew, then Darrell’s is the place for you! Stop by and enjoy during happy hour from 4-7 pm. At Darrell’s, all of the sandwiches consist of white or wheat buns served with lettuce and cheese as well as mustard, mayo, or jalapeno mayo. Here’s a peek at specialty items:

  • Darrell’s Special: the restaurant’s signature sandwich made with ham, turkey, and roast beef served with roast beef gravy
  • Surf & Turf Sandwich: sliced roast beef and sauteed shrimp cooked in roast beef gravy and a homemade butter sauce

Luna Bar and Grill

If you’re looking for a lively eatery with a diverse menu, be sure to check out Luna Bar & Grill. If you’re in the mood for some extra fun, why not join them for Sunday Jazz Brunch with live music? Here are a few of the delicious offerings at Luna Bar and Grill’s Jazz Brunch:

  • Omelet Evangeline: a cheddar cheese omelet topped with fried shrimp, avocado and cajun hollandaise
  • Galactic Crab Crepe: crepes stuffed with Luna Bar and Grill’s special galactic crab dip, topped with lump crab, bacon bits and apollo sauce
  • Decatur Burger: over easy egg, cheddar, bacdon, hash browns with seasoned fries served with your choice of sourdough wheat, brioche, or jalapeño cheese sourdough bread
  • Spiked Coffee: bananas foster coffee and bumbu rum topped with whipped cream

At The Verandah, we love to celebrate the culture of Louisiana–especially the food. While these restaurants primarily specialize in cajun and creole cuisine, there are plenty of other cuisines as well to explore in the area. The diversity of options is one of the reasons we love the Lake Charles area! We are happy to provide residents with transportation to the many delicious restaurants nearby the community, and we even incorporate Louisiana flair into our community meals if residents prefer to stay in.

To learn more about The Verandah or schedule a tour of our Lake Charles active 55+ retirement community, contact our friendly team today!

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