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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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First opened in 1960 by Albert and Cora Ramirez, the taco stand that once sold 6 tacos for a dollar still stands 48 years later. Now with an expanded menu, electronic tablets for taking orders and delivery through Waitr, the restaurant has new ways to serve their customers while staying true to their family recipes and interesting décor— two sided car included. 

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Looking for a place to grab a bite to eat in Kountze? Well, look no further than Mama Jacks. Mama Jacks is a restaurant that is big on flavor, variety and hospitality. The two-story eatery is a great spot to sit back, relax and enjoy dishes that will make you feel right at home. 

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The morning light guides you to the water, dressed in gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and tall rubber boots. You make this trek with a sieve extended by a long pole in hand as you collect snails, ranging in size from half-an-inch to an inch long, being careful to not expose yourself to parasitic flatworms that infest the waters. This is just another morning of summer vacation for Lamar University junior biology major Emily McCall of Orangfield, who spent two weeks performing field research in Kenya. 

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