Catfish Cabin's seafood gumbo

Each week in the Weekly Dish, we try to introduce you to restaurants and their menu offerings. Anything from burgers to catfish and barbeque in Southeast Texas — we try to give the reader different options, but we sometimes find that a dish is so good that we tend to find ourselves going back for seconds, sometimes thirds.

Great China

Photo by Kevin King

How well do you perform under pressure? A new real-life adventure game in Beaumont will answer that question by testing your ability to solve puzzles, find clues, and escape the apartment of a serial killer within an hour’s time.

The Experience, a new, fun teambuilding exercise brought to you by the masterminds of horror at The Haunted Hotel, is not a haunted attraction but it is fun as hell.


Funnel cakes, turkey legs, alligator-on-a-stick. Have some pork kabobs, donut burgers, candy apples, popcorn and a plethora of fried snacks. Just about anything you can think of to eat is available from more than 75 food vendors at the 73rd annual South Texas State Fair on the grounds of Ford Park, which begins Thursday, March 24, with the 11-day festival of fun ending Sunday, April 3.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. next Thursday and there is literally something for everyone. Some come for the food. Some come for the games, carnival rides, exhibits, live music and the rodeo.


Thursday, April 28, for the first time since 2004, comedic legend Gallagher is set to perform in the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont with the Joke’s on You Comedy Tour featuring fellow comedians Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson.

James McMurtry

Courville’s welcomes James McMurtry on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes Big Rich’s famous buffet dinner. McMurtry, 53, is the son of the Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment. James, who impressed fellow musician John Cougar Mellencamp during his early years, has released more than a dozen albums with his last, Complicated Game, coming in 2015. It charted in several Billboard Top 10s and received high praise from critics. For tickets, call (409) 860-9811.