Cotten’s Downtown had just so many interesting things! We also found the original Mary Ann’s Cafe sign hanging on the wall inside. I remember eating at Mary Ann’s Cafe in the mid-80’s when I was working in the downtown area. I loved their burgers and fries!
Do you remember Mary Ann’s Cafe? Have any special memories there or a favorite menu item? Please comment below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can share your stories!
Looking to try a new dessert? Well have you ever had a tea cake? We hadn’t, so when a patient of mine suggested we try out Sweets & Treats of Lake Charles, we had to oblige!
Located at 411 Ryan Street, Sweets & Treats has a variety of homemade desserts from chocolate covered anything to their famous tea cakes. First time customers get a free tea cake to sample! Once we tried each a one, we had to buy a few to take home! They’re not overly sweet, super soft, and very delicious. At just $4.10 for 3, it’s an affordable and easy treat to pick up and bring home.
This Gator on the Geaux was one of the first we heard about as it was originally the Local Lendigator and stood outside First Federal Savings and Loan on 1135 Lake Shore Drive in Lake Charles, Louisiana. However, time and weather took its toll, so when we went to find him, we only saw the square of concrete where he had stood. But we were not discouraged! It was Sunday, so the bank (now First Federal Bank) was closed, but I snuck a peek through a window and could just make out a Gator on the Geaux head! So we added him back onto our list to visit during business hours.
Originally done by artist Susan Arnold Fuerst, from pictures it looks like this Gator on the Geaux had a mosaic pattern on its back and was a beautiful array of blues. It was redone by Fred Stark in 2015 and now is covered in paper money images with a large First Federal Bank logo on its chest. It also has a nice texture to it that makes it unique!
If you read our post about The Rocket Drive Inn in Jennings, Louisiana, then you know that WE LOVE CHEESEBURGERS!! So, when my husband suggested we check out the newest location of Cotten’s for the blog, we hurried on over.
Cotten’s Famous Hamburgers is known for its location on Oak Park Boulevard, but since November of 2015 they’ve also been providing delicious diner foods at the old Mary Ann’s Café at 110 West Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles.
Called Cotten’s Downtown, this new location has a really cool retro vibe with vintage photographs and newspaper clippings on the wall and even the original Mary Ann’s Café sign. Also, instead of a walk-up and order restaurant, they have a waitstaff to take your orders and bring your food.
You can even watch your food being prepared behind the counter because it’s an open grill with fryers!
The food was delicious (we each had a cheeseburger and shared some onion rings), the staff was fun and friendly, and the environment was interesting and laid back. We will definitely be back!
Have you had a chance to check out Cotten’s Downtown yet? What’s your favorite menu item?
Check out Cotten’s Downtown Facebook page and be sure to use their hashtags #burgersonbroad and #breakfastonbroad if you share some of your grub on social media!
Also be on the lookout for a few Southern Snapshots featuring the art at the diner!