Overlooking St. Charles Avenue, Mia's Balcony offers Mardi Gras revelers a central view of grand, glittering floats and shimmering beads. But the restaurant isn’t content to host a party once a year; on the other 364 days, visitors cheer on the college, professional, and sock-puppet football games broadcast over the patio's outdoor televisions, and a banquet room is available for private soirees. While watching a Saints or LSU game or just chatting, guests can share small plates of seared scallops on the half-shell or fish croquettes or dig into substantial entrees such as pepper-jelly lamb chops. On weekend mornings, the chefs prepare brunch dishes including creole omelets and veal grillades over grits.
Local artwork, exposed-brick walls, and fireplaces set an inviting scene indoors. Bartenders fill glasses with craft beers, wine, and potent cocktails such as the French 75, a champagne- and gin-based drink based on a vintage recipe.
The family that founded China Garden Buffet did so with a passion for sharing Chinese home cooking with the community, and to that end they present an all-encompassing scope of Cantonese, Szechwan, Peking, and Hunan cuisines. With that wide spectrum of dishes on hand, the menu bulges with an expansive selection, tempting guests with simple, elegant choices such as roast pork lo mein, egg drop soup, and general tso's chicken glazed in a signature sauce with hot pepper. The chefs add a touch of showmanship to the newly renovated dining room by grilling up Mongolian barbecue dishes right before diners' two eyes, unlike the cooks at fast-food restaurants, who do everything behind a giant scoreboard often called a "menu." For convenience, the staff makes the buffet available during lunch and dinner for sit-down dining or carryout.
At the tender age of 7, Andrea Apuzzo began honing his culinary skills at a bakery in his Italian hometown. "I was spoiled as a kid. We made our own olive oil and wine,” he says in a Gambit article. His breadth of knowledge expanded greatly when, at 14 years old, he embarked on a culinary adventure across Europe and South America. Now at the helm of his own restaurant, Chef Andrea applies the knowledge he learned amid the cream-hued rising loaves and on the chattering South American streets.
The dishes that fill tables at the eatery have been enjoyed by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, President Carter, Sophia Loren, Clint Eastwood, and one dog that figured out how to use a credit card. To share his abilities and experiments, the chef also publishes cookbooks, which detail formulas for the award-winning pastas, fresh seafood, and steaks. Chef Andrea's bistecca pizzaiola earned a place on Esquire's 2008 list of the 20 Best Steaks in America. "Like the best Italian dishes," the article says, "its simple parts add up to an unexpectedly powerful whole."
Fresh fare can be found at Crawfish Town USA, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Calories take a backseat at Crawfish Town USA, where low-fat anything is barred from the menu.
With Crawfish Town USA's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Crawfish Town USA.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Crawfish Town USA's wifi.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Crawfish Town USA.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Crawfish Town USA, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Crawfish Town USA can also cater your next party; call today for details.
At Crawfish Town USA, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
The average check at Crawfish Town USA will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Crawfish Town USA since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Head to Peking Garden Chinese Restaurant in Lake Charles and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Gather the whole family for a trip to Peking Garden Chinese Restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Business casual dress, tasty food and a classic atmosphere makes this a great place for any occasion.
Catering services are also available.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Peking Garden Chinese Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.