Monterey House: Keep coming back for Tex-Mex cuisine

The Monterey Sampler, Monterey Dinner and Margartia

Since 1963, Monterey House on South 11th Street has been the place to get some of the best Tex-Mex cuisine money can buy. 

The family owned business is now in its second generation of operators and the quality of tradition in this place cannot be matched. Even some of the wait staff has been there for more than 30 years.

What originally started out as a franchise opportunity that originated as a taco truck, quickly grew into a one-of-a-kind hotspot for Tex-Mex in Beaumont. 

“We are still known as Monterey House No. 21,” said Connie LeJeune “Even though we are the only one left.”

LeJeune said that during late ‘70s, Monterey House Corporation decided to buy back all of their locations accept for the Beaumont location, and made several changes to the menu and the overall style of the restaurant and eventually went bust after patrons moved on. The family took over their location, and set things right again by using the traditional recipes and great food their customers had grown to love.

“They tried to change the company and it didn’t work,” LeJeune said. “The customers know what they want and it just goes to show because we are still here.”

The restaurant is large enough to host several parties while also catering to regulars, and is a great place for family and friends to get together while enjoying great food and a fun atmosphere. The staff is beyond knowledgeable and will help you with anything you may need.

The Menu

The menu items are the same items, with the same flavors as the original selections from the ‘60s. A few additions have been made from inspirations throughout the years such as the Supa Chalupa for 2, a large crisp flour tortilla covered with meat & bean, lettuce, tomato and cheese, and severed with a choice of guacamole or sour cream. 

What we ate

We started with queso and hot sauce and moved our way to the Monterey sampler and dinner. If it had been after 5, we would have stayed for the margaritas! 

Chili Con Queso - Possibly the best queso this side of the border. The thick, creamy goodness tasted amazing and fresh. We tried to make this a topping, and cover everything with it!

Monterey Sampler- A sampling of appetizers that is large enough for two. Bean nachos, beef nachos, chicken flautas and beef flautas. Served with lettuce tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream.

When this came to our table, our mouths dropped open. The plate was huge! Two types of nachos and hot, flakey flautas would certainly get any party off to a great start. 

Monterey Dinner - Guacamole, bean chalupa, beef taco, two cheese enchiladas, tamale and chili, refried beans, rice and chili con queso on tortilla.

This was a dish to behold! The meal is actually served on two plates with two enchiladas, tamale, and beans and rice on one, and the taco, chalupa, and tortilla presented on another. The whole thing was incredibly delicious and very filling. If you are interested in a lighter version, the Summer Dinner is half the food at a great price. 

A great time

Monterey House now has their famous margaritas back on the shelf and house specials throughout the week. The business has returned their focus back to their original 11th Street location and is open Monday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

LeJeune says the family participates in local events, and is proud to call Beaumont home.

So come out and try a bite or two. We know you will like it. After all, Monterey House has been a local staple of great food and fun times for over 50 years; they must be doing something right!

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Monterey House 

1090 S. 11th St., Beaumont

(409) 832-0310

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 11  a.m. – 10 p.m.

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