Here in southwest Louisiana, we get pretty excited when there’s a new place to eat. I’ve tried two new restaurants recently.
First, there’s a new wiener shop in town on South Pujo St. called Botsky’s.
If you live in Lake Charles, you’ve probably already been there. I’ve never been a big fan of hot dogs, but seriously, everyone has been raving about this place. They offer all types of crazy dogs (buffalo, alligator?) and even more unique and exciting toppings to choose from. Like Subway for gourmet hot dogs.
This guy was very patient while we placed our order. With a menu like that, it’s hard to decide!
I am often an adventurous eater, but on my recent visit (probably my one and only, not because it wasn't good, but because I generally don't eat hot dogs) I went the safe route and ordered a kid-sized turkey dog with olive salad and mustard. Bob had some sort of brat with Cajun kraut (very spicy, naturally). And the fries were very good.
They also have a good selection of beers on tap.
AND, I am thrilled to announce, after waiting six long years (since I’ve lived here), Lake Charles finally has a Panera Bread!
They plunked it down on Nelson Rd right beside the 210 Highway. I can’t believe such a perfect spot was still available. The place has been a madhouse since it opened close to a week ago. (I’ve been there twice already.)
In Pittsburgh, Panera is all over the city. Every neighborhood has one. And I got rather used to them when I lived there. It’s the place all the moms would meet after dropping the kids on the first day of school. My writer friends and I would meet there for coffee and critiques. I could go there and kill time with a good book or the newspaper. It’s comfortable, they play nice music, and the food is good. I love their bagels, soups, sandwiches, and salads. Love the hazelnut coffee. So, yeah, I’m pretty excited that we finally have one in Lake Charles.