Dining Guide

At Pine Tree Lodge, order the Whole Cat; it comes with a side of culture.

The Miller family has been serving delicious foods, including award winning fried catfish, at their waterfront location since 1984. Rebuilt after Hurricane Ike, Pine Tree Lodge offers Gulf Coast comfort foods in an atmosphere combining Southeast Texas hospitality and Cajun bayou customs.

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Perusing the pavement for palate pleasing portions? Searching the solar system for savory swallows? Why not wander west to Which Wich?, the new casual sandwich shop on the corner of Dowlen at Folsom where all of your decisions are in the bag?

In fact there are so many decisions to be made about which superior sandwich to select at Which Wich? that hostesses are on hand to guide you through the process.

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Among the most payable slots in Louisiana are some winning tastes. Coushatta Casino Resort has six restaurants for hungry gamers.

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Ignite your taste buds at Boomtown BBQ, traditional Texas barbeque with a Tex Mex twist.

At the curve of Old Calder before it empties onto Phelan Boulevard, turn in at the antique Plymouth truck at 5555 Calder, and then follow the smell of smoked meats to a casual eatery with a tin-covered ceiling, order bar and self-serve seating inside or on an expansive enclosed front porch.

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Chaba Thai Bistro – Beaumont

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After hanging out for dinner at Sartin’s Seafood Nederland for a few hours, we made friends with a lovely couple of characters named Jimmy and Snook several times over.

At first they were a little daunting to look at; well dressed, smelling wonderful and backed by a mountainous army of friends, we didn’t really know how to approach them. But finally, we got to know Jimmy and Snook and we will never forget them — they were delicious.

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Chula Vista has been a Tex-Mex destination in Beaumont for nearly 30 years — complete with a radio jingle that local folks may remember from back when the “hit” had constant radio play 10 years ago.

But aside from coining the term “hot sauce head,” Chula Vista does in fact do things a little differently — after all, they continue to please customers who have stuck around since 1980 while earning new ones every day.

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When Freddy Fore and his wife, Susan, were informed in February that they would have to relocate their Groves restaurant, they were devastated. Several folks who worked and lived in Groves were devastated, too — Fast Freddy’s, which had already relocated once after Hurricane Rita in 2005, had been a lunch landmark in the city for 27 years. 

Total Refinery had terminated the restaurant’s lease.

“I just couldn’t believe it — as bad as they wanted us there to start with,” Freddy Fore said. 

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For us, the term “surf and turf” doesn’t quite do justice for the menu at Floyd’s Cajun Seafood and Texas Steakhouse, but we must admit that the crawfish, the stuffed flounder and the seafood fondue have kept us a little occupied so that we nearly overlooked the steaks at the Texas steakhouse.

But after tasting the steak at Floyd’s, we recommend you go on ahead and make your way on to their turf.

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An afternoon drive down to the Beau Rêve house in Port Arthur is reminiscent of the days of Southern belles and their gentlemanly escorts; settled elegantly on four acres of land, the majestic white home on Atlantic Avenue (Sarah Jane Road, to nearby residents) now houses a real Southern belle who enjoys serving Cajun French cuisine of the Deep South.

And yes, you can eat in the big house. All you have to do is ask.

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