Wining & Dining
Good Food on the Go – new drive-thru businesses pop up in South Lake Charles
5/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Good Food on the Go

Here in Southwest Louisiana, we love the convenience of a mom-and-pop drive-thru, be it for crawfish, po-boys, snowballs, or daiquiris. Recently, several new shops have opened, each with their own unique flair.

Guidry’s Gumbo Shack

Born out of a love for gumbo and a desire to share that love with the community, Guidry's Gumbo Shack at 2735 Country Club Rd. is a simple idea that came from humble beginnings. Local husband and wife team Beau and Tressi Guidry determined to not only build a small, streamlined menu of Cajun food favorites, but to find a location that would reflect their goal of simplistic authenticity. Fortunately, a quaint, Cajun cottage awaited them in South Lake Charles. Nestled behind a quickly developing row of businesses along Country Club Rd, Guidry's Gumbo Drive-Thru is like something from another place and time. Beau says they’ve settled in the perfect, most fitting location from which to share their gumbo with Southwest Louisiana. Despite their central location in a growing, bustling business area, the "Shack” exudes a rural country vibe. Beau says he enjoys sitting on the front porch in the morning with coffee, listening to the birds, or watching the spectacular sunsets in the evening.

By marrying their traditional family recipes and spending years fine-tuning them in the kitchen, the Guidrys have managed to produce a gumbo that is among the best in the city. Along with their signature chicken and sausage gumbo, they also serve red beans and rice, mashed potato salad, boudin gumbo (de-cased boudin smothered in Guidry's Gumbo) and homemade hibiscus tea. They plan to expand the menu this summer to include blueberry lemonade and special desserts.

To find them, Guidry's shares a driveway with the Goodwill Donation Center across from Albertson's on Country Club Rd, or just look them up on Waitr. They offer drive-thru and carry-out service only, and their hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

Virginia’s Variety Foods 

Virginia Sardelli recently opened her drive-thru at 4404 Lake St. She aptly named her shop Variety Foods because she truly can make most any type of food – Mexican, Italian, Chinese . . . she has worked in the restaurant business for over 40 years in many different types of establishments and in various roles – bartender, cocktail waitress, cook, and general manager. For a drive-thru business, her menu is extensive – from beef or fish tacos and tamales to spaghetti and meatballs to Cajun classics like etouffée, jambalaya, fried alligator, boudin balls, and boiled shrimp, to name just a few. She is also open to special requests. But what sets her apart as a drive-thru are her plate lunches and healthy menu options. Virginia is passionate about preparing healthier foods, especially for the elderly. She sells custom-made prepared meals that customers can buy and take home and freeze. Currently, she sells five meals for $35. She makes fresh, low-salt versions of menu favorites and also offers several Keto-friendly options such as grilled fish, chicken, and cauliflower rice. 

Eating nutritious healthy meals is always a wise choice, but here in Southwest Louisiana, we’re also known for our sweet toothes. If yours is craving a treat, Virginia makes a tempting bread pudding, served plain or with fruit topping or chocolate sauce. Open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Kat-Daddy’s Drive-Thru Kitchen

Kat-Daddy’s is a separate but related off-shoot of South Lake Charles’ iconic diner, Big Daddy’s. Co-owned by big daddy himself, Jerry LeBlanc, and manager Thomas Hotard (previously with Thomas Ships), this business will appeal to the Southern cuisine lover in all of us. Popular menu items include fried catfish, fried shrimp, burgers, and chicken fingers, with sought-after sides like fried okra, cole slaw, grilled veggies, fries, and hush puppies. They make their own specially-blended tartar and bang-bang sauces, as well as cocktail sauce and ketchup.

In addition to great food, Kat Daddy’s places a high priority on customer service and they clearly have an excellent employee training program. Satisfied customers rave about the friendly staff as much as they do about the food! Open Monday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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