Dining Guide

Not being a student of German and not certain exactly what a schnitzel is, I was a little apprehensive about eating a meal in a totally German restaurant. I had been told that the restaurant that has been open just about a year was small and not very inviting looking on the outside, but when we arrived, I was a bit dismayed. Knowing I needed to go inside, order the food, and eat a meal to write truthfully, I chided myself for my thinking and went inside. Boy, am I glad I did. Appearances can be deceiving, and I found that to be true once again.

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Forget about hoping for samples when you visit your local grocery store. At Robert’s Meat Market & Steak House, you can have a meal and then do your shopping. And you know the great steak or hamburger you just ate are the same quality that you will be taking home.

Robert Ramirez started his grocery store 32 years ago, according to Tina Myers, store manager, who has worked for Ramirez for the past 32 years. “I wouldn’t have stayed on that long if Robert wasn’t a great guy and the store wasn’t a great place,” she said.

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The only difficult thing about visiting the popular China Garden, located in Beaumont’s Gateway Plaza, is choosing what you will eat first and how long you will stay. More than 150 items await you on the different food bars, beginning with a healthy salad area, a new hibachi grill where you see your food choices cooked, all of the Texas Gulf Coast seafood you can imagine, vegetables, specialty dishes, and tantalizing desserts.

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Whether you are looking for a nice place to eat providing a good atmosphere for you and your special someone, a business meeting, a group of friends out for a night of fun, or just a wonderful relaxing meal for you and the family, put The Grill by Arfeen, Smith and Payne on your must-do list. You will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of food, the upscale surroundings, and a price point in line with many of Beaumont’s better restaurants.

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Southeast Texans, in particular, are noted for loving their fresh, succulent seafood straight from the local waters. If you have a hankering for some really good fried or broiled catfish, head on over to Mike and Terry Hamilton’s Catfish Kitchen, located at 3620 College St. in Beaumont.

Plan on looking for a parking place, as the parking can be full to the brim, forcing a wait for someone to leave. Filled parking spaces usually mean good food is being served inside the restaurant.

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Separating the delicious hot pizza buffets served daily and the man who owns the business is a difficult thing to do any time of the day or night. Donny Broussard, now 78 years old, can be found behind the Pizza Inn on Magnolia Avenue in Port Neches register five days each week, in the kitchen, visiting with friends, or eating any one of the hundreds of combination pizzas he has been making for the last 45 years.

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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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The only difficult thing about visiting the popular China Garden, located in Beaumont’s Gateway Plaza, is choosing what you will eat first and how long you will stay. More than 200 items await you on the largest buffet in the area, beginning with a healthy salad area, a new hibachi grill where you see your food choices cooked, all of the Texas Gulf Coast seafood you can imagine, vegetables, specialty dishes, and tantalizing desserts. There’s also plenty of sushi featuring salmon, tuna, eel and all types of rolls.

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Driving to 1147 Boston Ave. in Nederland provided a surprise like no other encountered on recent assignments. Arriving at my destination, a new restaurant, Finch Hutton, I had no idea what to expect. A gracious welcome to our party by an attentive staff impressed me right off the bat, but when I saw the menu offered at this French-American bistro, shock is a mild word to describe my feelings.

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Whether you call the bakery Ana’s, or Anna’s as many do, the food served there will win you over immediately. Albaro Rafael Reyes, the owner and manager of the shop at 2570 Calder Ave. in Beaumont, says the correct name is Ana’s but that some advertising was done, along with his sign out front, citing the name as “Anna.”

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