Dining Guide

Hola, y’all. There are two restaurants in town that combine traditional Tex Mex and authentic Mexican cuisine in one menu.

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

Head to Port Arthur to Gulfway Drive. Go one block past Ninth Avenue across from the old Sabine bank to Amuny’s Liquor & Deli.

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Tucked into Beaumont’s West End is a restaurant offering the best of two worlds complemented by fine food.

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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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