Dining Guide

Cowboys and cowgirls have known for years that if you want something cooked right, like it was in the older days of the wild, wild West, get out the old iron skillet inherited from grandparents or the old trail cook. Add some really fresh meat and vegetables, and use tested recipes to whip up a good meal, and sit down in a comfortable environment to enjoy it with friendly folks. Southeast Texans and others visiting our part of the country can still do that today, except that they don’t have to stand over the campfire and do the actual cooking.

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One of the best Po’boys in Southeast Texas can be found in one of the most unlikely of places.

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A Saturday night dinner date with my husband turned out to be a fun night at El Potrillo Mexican Restaurant in Beaumont. The brightly lit, festive atmosphere was the first thing to draw us into the cheery, comfortable and conveniently located eatery on the Eastex Freeway. Once inside, we found friendly servers and management, and very good food. When the salsa and chips were delivered to our table, we knew we were in good hands.

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K, I’m officially hooked. I traveled to Lumberton to taste what many have said are the best hamburgers in our area, and we weren’t disappointed. But the thing that won me over was Leah Sligar’s famous homemade “butt rolls” at Dippity’s.

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Don’t know about you, but I have always thought of popcorn as fun. When we make it at home with the grandchildren, it is to spread the fun and good times. When we attend a movie and order buttery popcorn, it is because we associate that taste with watching a good story on the big screen. When we use popcorn to make delightful balls, squares and bags, it is usually for Halloween or Valentine treats to share with those we love. What’s not to love about popcorn? Especially when you have so many choices — 250 to be exact, with more on the way.

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Are your taste buds asking for something different for lunch or dinner? Tired of the same old, same old, day after day, and perhaps really haven’t decided what you’d like to try? Or, maybe you have a special date with someone you’d like to impress? May I suggest that you try Sol Mediterranean Grill at 4230 Calder in Beaumont, owned and managed by long-time food guru Dave Jones.

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Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant offers residents and visitors to Beaumont a taste of authentic Mexican fare without leaving our area. Owner and manager Able Martinez believes that keeping the food true to the old recipes people love and not succumbing to the Tex Mex flair is what makes his customers continue to eat with him. “Everything we make here is made by chefs who are from Mexico and understand the old ways. We are proud of our people and the food they cook and serve,” he said.

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Buddy Wilcox runs a tight ship at Cici’s Pizza in Beaumont. The very busy owner/manager should know the ropes from his more than 10 years working for the company in the Dallas area. He has honed his skills to perfection in the five years he has owned the franchise in Beaumont.

Wilcox is a hands-on manager, busily handling the buffet line, helping answer customer questions, checking on hot pizzas coming out of the kitchen, and taking special orders for various combinations of toppings.

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Have a hankering to try something just a bit different or simply want to hang out with friends and family? You might want to factor Starvin Marvin’s at 2310 N. 11th Street in Beaumont into your thinking. Very casual atmosphere, good food, lots of fun, and a big patio to enjoy live music or sit and visit.

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Eating at one Chinese buffet is like dining at any other, right? Wrong. If you step inside the King Palace Café on Dowlen and stay for a few moments, you will come to know it is not your average Chinese buffet. In fact, the sign at the entrance says that it is Chinese and Japanese food, but with a touch of Western influence.

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