All day, all night served right at the White Horse

All day, all night served right at the White Horse
All day, all night served right at the White Horse

If you’re looking for fast food that isn’t “fast food,” pass up the chain restaurants and cruise on over to Beaumont’s White Horse Bar & Grill for a dining experience unlike any other. Open daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., White Horse is conveniently situated close to Parkdale Mall on the city’s north end, but nestled away from mall traffic on the opposite side of the freeway.

Franchise manager Lucky Ott said Beaumont’s White Horse is the second of its kind, with a third set to open soon in Eagle Pass as momentum is spurred by the public’s warm reception to the business model. Generated with a focus on comfort, White Horse is spacious enough to entertain very large groups but intimate enough that a party doesn’t have to feel as if they’re singled out or on display.

Lunch at White Horse is not only unbelievably delicious, but it’s also reasonably priced. On the menu for mid-day dining is an array of soups, salads, sandwiches and dips, all reasonably priced and pleasantly presented – a soup and Caesar salad is only $11. For those wanting to eat sans utensils, White Horse’s “forkless” Pony Burger and Tacos Pollo hit the spot.

And be sure to leave room for dessert. One of the few places in Texas to get Blue Bell ice cream, White Horse serves a scoop of the good stuff along with its famous bread pudding.

Munchies at midnight? Starting at 10 p.m., White Horse offers a menu sure to satisfy those late-night cravings including Armadillo Legs (baked jalapenos stuffed with cheese and bacon), Super Macho Nachos, burgers, sliders, a prime rib sandwich, and much more.

In addition to a menu full of scrumptious offerings and specials, White Horse also hosts Karaoke Wednesdays from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. with drink specials; late night specials after 10 p.m. daily; happy hour 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Monday-Friday with $2.50 beer and $3 well; a live DJ on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 22 big screen TVs, and live music on the weekends.

What we ate

The BEST nachos ever! Piled high with meat, beans, cheesy yumminess, jalapenos, and more fixin’s than you can shake a fork at, these Super Macho Nachos are not for the faint of heart – or the petite eater. If you’re not ready to put away a few pounds of nachos, it’s recommended sharing this goodness with a fried – or two.

And the White Horse Burger? Makes you want to kiss the cook! Stuffed with jalapenos and cheese, the White Horse signature burger is a hearty one-pound helping of choice beef patty bursting at the seams with the succulent filling. A burger this good can’t be relegated to a run-of-the-mill sesame seed bun, though, and is instead presented on buns baked fresh daily at the restaurant. This burger of kings is served with fresh-cut french fries and with a steak knife.

The Chicken Monterrey featured a breast so succulent that the fork effortlessly cut through. The meat was moist and flavorful. The gumbo had a roux that was thick enough to tickle our Cajun taste buds, but it wasn’t so spicy that you needed milk to wash it down. Also right on the money was the tomato bisque, which was thick and tangy, with a touch of sweet thrown in for an added kick you don’t expect from such an innocuous-sounding soup.

Washing down our feast, we sampled White Horse’s famous sweet tea – served for just $1 during lunch, the perfect complement to the Southern feel-good food. Another great option was the mango smoothie, which tasted like a little drop of heaven – or a Dreamsicle – but really, it was more a mixture of both.

After the main course, we were treated to warm, mouth-melting bread pudding served with Blue Bell ice cream, and a key lime pie that served well to top off such a feast.