L'Auberge Casino Resort
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Gumbo, Gaming And Southern Hospitality
Lake Charles Louisiana is a wonderland of food, outdoor activities and a deep cultural history. Cajun influence rules here in the food and the culture. My stay at L'Auberge Casino and Resort was a food lovers dream. Back in the day casino and food didn't conjure up thoughts of quality, it was more like that infamous buffet. Things have changed in a big way. L'Auberge and the neighboring Golden Nugget casino know this all too well. Between the two casinos there are more than 15 restaurants within a 5 minute walk ranging from casual to fine dining. Choices are the high end steak houses of course, Italian, Asian, southern style comfort food and authentic Cajun. I had a very good dinner at Jack Daniel's Bar & Grill at L'Auberege that's overseen by executive chef Lyle Broussard. Chef is a local guy, and his love of food goes back to watching his grandmother preparing roux for Sunday Gumbo. Chef prepared some and the flavors were rich and deep yet not overpowering in any way. Gumbo is a staple in these parts, kind of a chicken soup of the south, but with more soul. Chef explained how the roux is made, I thought it would be the standard, but this one takes several hours to get it right, and the Gumbo really has that depth because of it. Asia restaurant in L'Auberge is also another winner, serving fresh Gulf seafood in the form of sushi and sashimi, both are excellent, and they use real wasabi here; a rare find. For more pictures and details click on the more information link.
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