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Known for its Cajun flavored menu that features depth and variety as well as classics and standards, Reel Cajun has moved beyond its Port Arthur location and expanded into Lumberton.

Because its current location is so close to a school, Real Cajun Lumberton is BYOB, which allows customers to bring their own beer and wine. However, liquor is prohibited, as are personal coolers, though the Reel Cajun team is happy to provide ice buckets for any diners that need to keep their drinks cold.

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The Weekly Dish is a place to spotlight the best things to eat around Southeast Texas, and 2018 did not disappoint. The delicious eats showcased every week have included tried-and-true standards, totally new concepts and fun takes on classic plates. While all dishes featured are outstanding among Southeast Texas grub, these five dishes are some of our favorites that were featured in 2018.

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Beaumont is no stranger to Cajun cuisine. From Sabine Pass to Newton, Southeast Texans are sure to find at least one Cajun eatery available near them. However, in an area where Cajun flavors are so accessible, there are bound to be restaurants that stand above the rest. One of these is Bayou Café. Nestled on Major Drive in Beaumont, this café straight from the bayou, is filled with flavor and personality. From seafood specialties to offbeat offerings this Cajun café is sure to impress. 

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The smell of Barbecue wafts across the parking lot and as you walk up to the door a cadence of yellows and blues meets your eyes. You walk in and you are greeted with a handshake and hello. You are in Charlie’s Bar-B-Que & Catering located on College Street in Beaumont. 

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In Port Arthur stands Grandma’s Country Cooking, a southern eatery that serves up an amalgam of country classics that Southeast Texans love. The eatery cooks southern standards such as chicken fried steak, grilled pork chops and even whole fried catfish. These dishes come with a choice of two sides and can allow customers to customize their plates with various sides, including pinto beans, mustard greens and fried cabbage.

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