Coushatta: One casino, six dining options

Coushatta: One casino, six dining options

Among the most payable slots in Louisiana are some winning tastes. Coushatta Casino Resort has six restaurants for hungry gamers.

Follow the red carpet that winds the perimeter of the casino to discover whatever tastes you crave like spices from the sea at Gumbeaux’s Oyster and Sports Bar. This adults-only eatery features all things Cajun including gumbo, crawfish, oysters and other Gulf Coast delicacies plus what’s needed to wash it down and cleanse your palate – domestic beers, longnecks, delicious house margaritas and frozen daiquiris. Stop by for snacks between slot play and to catch a sporting event on one of 40 big screens.

Looking for something quick but light and perhaps a little sweet? Step inside the Terrace Café, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers food for dining in or for taking out. The café features soups, salads and sandwiches. Signature sandwiches are made with a delicious chipotle mayo that adds a tangy spice to turkey and cheese. Sandwich breads, including a scrumptious cheese bread, and pastries at the café, as well as throughout the casino restaurants, are all homemade, perfectly pleasing for sweet eaters, fresh and worth the calories.

For hearty fare just a few steps past the Terrace Café is the Café Grande, where you’ll find burgers, foot-long chili dogs, chicken and dumplings and a tasty Asiago roast beef on a freshly baked Havarti cheese baguette. For a hot sandwich, try out the ham and Swiss on freshly baked rye smothered in dill mayonnaise, or a freshly made chicken salad on a soft croissant. The same satisfying sweets as found at the Terrace Cafe, only more of them, are available at the Café Grande including New York style cheesecake and raspberry Chambord cake. This is a great stop for an afternoon coffee or a 2 a.m. latte because Café Grande never closes.

Perfect for big groups and lots of mouths to feed and please is the Seven Clans Buffet, located center casino. The variety is huge including Asian, Mexican, Italian, American, Cajun and a fresh soup and salad bar. There is a dessert bar, ice cream and pastry section as well as sugar-free offerings.Feeling snacky and want food on the go? Just stop by the Corner Bar & Deli that offers nachos, hot dogs and deli burgers as well as frozen novelties and other to-go snacks.

Toward the back of the casino between smoking and non-smoking sections is one of the premier steakhouses in all of southwest Louisiana, Big Sky Steakhouse. Sit, relax and stay awhile. The ambience is comforting, the wine soothing, the bread homemade fresh and warm, and the steaks will melt in your mouth. Start your dining experience with crab cakes or sweet and spicy barbeque shrimp followed by a Caesar or house salad and choice of dressings. Then order your steak just the way you like it from rare to well-done, no matter your preference, you won’t need a steak knife. Just cut a New York strip or filet mignon with your butter knife and savor the flavor. For those who prefer seafood, Big Sky is accommodating. Alaskan king crab legs are large and served with dipping butter. Ask the friendly wait staff about the chef’s catch of day, but complement any meal with a side like a loaded baked potato or sweet potato. Asparagus with hollandaise sauce is scrumptious.

Of all of the fresh, homemade desserts found in the casino, Big Sky Steakhouse offers the most amazing layered chocolate cake. Between the chocolate icing and caramel-drizzled topping is vanilla custard with a touch of cherry flavor. It’s a massive mound of divine goodness to share one per table.