Dining Guide

Pickett House dinner

When I think of my MawMaw, I think of fried chicken. I have lots of memories of her, but the best have always been of when I was young and Sunday dinner after church. She had seven children and every one of them, along with their families, came to Sunday dinner.

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Charles Brewer

When Asian takeout is reduced to its basic elements, quality food comes from a guy (or gal) with a wok. By the same token, excellence in barbecue often comes down to a guy with a pit.

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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5219, setting aside an entire month for celebration of his favorite treat and designating an official day in honor of what he described as “the perfect dessert.”

July has been National Ice Cream Month ever since, and on the third Sunday of July, folks all over the country celebrate National Ice Cream Day. It’s July 19 this year.

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Mike Dougay

Mike and Milly Dougay, or as their grandchildren affectionately call them, Boogie and Tootsie, have a reputation for bringing delicious cuisine and signature recipes to Southeast Texas. As the former owners of the Tamale Company and Willy Ray’s BBQ, these two know a little something about good food and fast service.

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Jose Guzman holds a gordita

Friends, family and good food make for a fantastic dining experience, and Elena’s Mexican Restaurant in Beaumont offers diners a great venue in which to enjoy all three, and a fabulous menu of tasty meals served hot and fresh to order.

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Mofo burger, chicken strip basket, philly cheesesteak
Jeff Moreland prepares the ‘1-foot pancake.’

From its Mofo burger and sidewinder fries to its ginormous pancakes,

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The Wright family in Vidor has been grilling meat the right way for generations, slow-smoking their brisket and ribs for hours to infuse the maximum flavor from the family’s special recipe sauce and seasonings into the delicious smoked chicken, ribs,

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Pat Bell and Louis Mueller

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Houston BBQ Festival at NRG Park. I bought VIP tickets the day they were released and waited anxiously the morning of the event to set off on I-10 in search of Houston’s best barbecue. There were roughly two dozen restaurants providing a wide variety of smoky goodness. 

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If you’re looking for fast food that isn’t “fast food,” pass up the chain restaurants and cruise on over to Beaumont’s White Horse Bar & Grill for a dining experience unlike any other. Open daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., White Horse is conveniently situated close to Parkdale Mall on the city’s north end, but nestled away from mall traffic on the opposite side of the freeway.

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Chocoholic Cupcakes

When Autumn and Aaron West found that store-bought cakes and cookies weren’t up to their family’s standards, they decided to whip out the mixer and start making their own goodies for parties. As word got around about their sinfully delicious desserts, the Wests began to cook up an idea to start their own bakery.

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