What we liked
Chaba Thai Bistro – Beaumont
We were certainly overwhelmed by the lavish new location at 6434 Phelan; the dramatic sheer tapestries and the authentic kantoke dining room—complete with handmade Thai seating cushions—all enhance the experience of tasting the spicy flavors of Thailand. If you’re new to Thai cuisine, we recommend Chaba Pad Thai or Pad Kee Mao—rice noodle dishes, each with their own unique flavor. The tastiest treat by far: Thai iced tea.
Carlito’s Mexican Restaurant – Beaumont
Did you know they open at 7 a.m.? That’s right, six days a week you can have Mexican food for breakfast! Lunch and dinner is great too for ‘those who like it hot;’ plus foosball, great drink specials and a great, cozy atmosphere make Carlito’s—you guessed it—a great place to eat.
Sartin’s Seafood – Nederland
You may remember Sartin’s Seafood in Sabine Pass in the ’70s for their all you can eat barbecue crabs — 40 years later, they still got the crabs! Folks now flock to Sartin’s in Nederland for the legendary barbecued crustacean and traditional platter service. And when you sit down to eat your crabs, check and see if you’ve got a Jimmy or a Snook.
Amuny’s Liquor and Deli – Port Arthur
The Messina family has a reputation for providing the best service and product knowledge in their liquor stores, but at Amuny’s it’s not the gin that keeps the regular customers regular. The deli in the back of the store has incredible sandwiches, po’boys, deviled eggs and stuffed jalapenos that make for a great lunch or an even better party tray.
Doug Nelson’s Café – Beaumont
Now through the end of crawfish season, Nelson invites you to eat come out to his place with your pals and eat some crawdads for dinner every Saturday from 4-9 p.m. You don’t need to wear your fancy clothes to Doug Nelson’s Café. Of course, you can if you want.
Boomtown BBQ – Beaumont
Have you been bombed yet? Taco Bombed, we mean. If not, head over to Boomtown BBQ and try one of our favorite lunches in town — the Taco bomb, featuring pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, onions, jalapenos and your choice of one of Boomtown’s signature sauces: queso blanco, chipotle mayo, salsa verde or orange jalapeno mustard. Grab the giant Jack Daniels bottle at your table and lay on several shots of that delicious Boomtown BBQ sauce.
Guadalajara – Beaumont
A lunch buffet served daily from makes popping in for a bite fast and filling, with chicken and beef fajita meat, cheese enchiladas, chile con queso, chalupas, charro bean soup, rice, beans and taquitos. For dessert, fresh made sopapillas are on the buffet as well — a unique Mexican treat featuring a puff of sweet bread traditionally dressed with honey, cinnamon and sugar. Ole!
Floyd’s Cajun Seafood and Texas Steakhouse – Beaumont
Even if you don’t do seafood, Floyd’s serves one heck of a steak for the land dwellers. Those who love Cajun seafood in particular ought to know Floyd’s boasts one of the best bowls of seafood gumbo in Beaumont, and it’s the perfect atmosphere for some great crawfish. That seafood fondue isn’t too bad, either.
Larry’s French Market and Cajun Restaurant – Groves
The king of Cajun has it all — music, dancing, a mouthwatering seafood buffet, and big, yummy crawfish. Seasoned just right and served with corn, potatoes and dip. And if you overdo it on the buffet (it’s been known to happen) just hop on the dance floor for and join a complimentary Cajun aerobics session.
Novrozsky’s – Beaumont, Port Arthur
Well, what do you like? Cheese fries? Burgers? Mahi mahi? Their diverse menu is only one of the major draws for families. As if offering one of the most legendary burgers in town wasn’t enough, baseball legend Nolan Ryan stepped in with his all-natural beef as part of the restaurant’s storewide initiative to use premium quality ingredients in their recipes that are trans-fat and hormone free. And if you’re not concerned with that part, it’s just great food.
Pine Tree Lodge – Labelle
Just another one of Southeast Texas’ picturesque destination restaurants with down home Southern cooking, this summer hotspot is the jewel of Taylor’s Bayou with a newly enclosed deck overlooking the water while keeping out the skeeters. Live music every Sunday and neatest of all — gator sightings! Just don’t let a gator sight YOU enjoying some of the restaurants famed gator bites — they’re delicious.