Lake Charles, Louisiana
Have to agree with tesserone. Cafe Margaux and La Truffe Sauvage (right across Lake St. from each other) are two of Louisiana's finest dining experiences.
For lunch, head to Pronia's on Kirkman for the best sandwiches (all made on homemade muffaletta bread) in the city.
Leonard's Food Quarters also a good bet for cheap eats....from gumbo to fried pork chops to oyster poboys to red beans and rice....all the La. favorites here.
And for a hidden treat en route from Houston....drop into Brad's in Beaumont, Texas. In a city otherwise pretty devoid of great food, this is a hidden gem. Perched on a corner of 6th Street in an old market, Brad serves up everything from killer burgers, sandwiches and salads to some of the most inventive entrees in Southeast Texas...nothing much is over $12.00, and most items are well under that. BYOB, and no corkage fee!
Lake Charles, LA
re: Melanie Wong
Cafe Margaux is great and offers many good selections that utilize the great fresh fish of the area plus a killer wine celler. Also try La Truffe Sauvage across the street...a true evening of fine dining...inspired menu that changes with the season...souffles to die for and excellent use of totally fresh ingredients. The service at La Truffe is unsurpassed. Bring your winnings from the casinos for this dining experience, but it's an evening (or lunch) to remember.