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A Guide to Great Steaks throughout Louisiana

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Landry's Steaks and Seafood

Landry’s Steaks and Seafood is, its website is quick to tell you, “not the chain.” The New Iberia restaurant is a family operation that’s been serving good steaks and good food generally in the area for years. Not too long ago New Iberia-born chef Alex Patout left New Orleans and his namesake restaurant to return home and take over executive chef duties at Landry’s. Patout brings a professional approach to food that was already good. You can tell from the restaurant’s name that steaks are  not the only option on the menu, but the beef is among the best in Acadiana and the fact that you can also get great seafood at Landry’s is lagniappe. The restaurant is located on Hwy. 90 at Jefferson Island Road in New Iberia; if that address isn’t precise enough, call (337) 369-3772 for directions.

The Cypress Bayou Casino, in Charenton, is located on land owned by the Chitimacha tribe, and though the surroundings are what you’d expect from a casino, Mr. Lester’s Steakhouse is far more than a buffet catering to folks playing slots. Insulated from the noise and action on the casino floor, the dining rooms are spacious and the staff is well-trained. The open kitchen puts out some fantastic food, and while steaks are the main attraction, this is South Louisiana, so you won’t go wrong with seafood either. Charenton is not far from New Iberia, but if you’re not from the area, a GPS might be a good idea. Enter 832 Martin Luther King Road, Charenton, into your device to find Mr. Lester’s, or call (337) 923-7408 if you get lost.  

The Harlequin Steakhouse is an institution. The Lake Charles restaurant opened in 1956 and is still managed by the Hunter family. Though it moved to its current location at 501 West College St. in 2004, there’s still a sense of tradition at the Harlequin that’s reflected in a menu that hasn’t changed much over the years. The beef at the Harlequin is choice, with the exception of the strip “elite,” which is prime. The porterhouse may be the best deal on the menu; it’s designed for two, and comes with two salads and two sides to share. Call the Harlequin at (337) 310-0077 to find out the daily specials.   

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