Quality Café spaghetti makes a comeback at J. Wilson’s

Quality Café spaghetti makes a comeback at J. Wilson’s

Many who enjoyed dining in downtown Beaumont at the Quality Café were more than sad when it officially closed for the last time in 2014. Some went every day to 730 Liberty St., and those who still talk about the tasty meals always mention the Thursday special — spaghetti and meatballs.

Get those taste buds ready because on Tuesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at J. Wilson’s will be the return of the Café’s spaghetti and meatballs cooked by Cheri Parigi herself, who last owned the restaurant in 2014.

This was a no-brainer for J. Wilson’s owner John Wilson, who first did this back on Nov. 29, 2016, and sold 700 spaghetti dinners.

“I grew up going to the Quality Café,” said Wilson. “I’m very good friends with the family, and me being in the neighborhood and a part of the community, it just made sense. I think it’s a good way to bring something like that back, and I have the ability to do it.”

Wilson said the recipe from the Café goes way back and has a “little bit of sweetness, garlic, some secrets” and is one of his favorite things to eat.

“We are expecting a big crowd, so we will have a limited menu,” said Wilson. “We are also going to turn the Waitr App off as well.”

J. Wilson’s is at 4190 Gladys Ave. in Beaumont.

K-Bob’s now open

Now officially open and serving lunch and dinner is K-Bob’s American Kitchen at 6455 Phelan Blvd. in the location where Black-eyed Pea Restaurant sat for many years.

K-Bob’s original location was built in 1966 in Clovis, New Mexico, and they’ve adopted the slogan “Serving the Food America Loves, Good Steak at an Honest Price.”

Burgers, steaks, deserts and the made-from-scratch Salad Wagon is what they’re known for.

“The food was delicious, worth the wait! I had them create two skewers, which were amazing, and my husband had pork ribs, very juicy and not dry. Service was great too; food was quick. Overall great experience. We will be back!” said Veronica Garza on Facebook.

Henry LaRocca also gave K-Bob’s a 5-star Facebook review: “Great choice for lunch and supper. ... The Salad Wagon is loaded with plenty of fresh ingredients. Steaks* Chicken* Fish* Shrimp ... it’s all fabulous. The staff is very well trained and familiar with the menu. So glad that we have this new restaurant in Beaumont.”

Hours of operation are seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Hamilton’s Restaurant and Bar

Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton has become quite the restaurateur. Hamilton, who once owned Tuffy’s in Mauriceville, then purchased Beaumont food spots Catfish Kitchen on College Street and The West, and has now ventured to Port Arthur and opened Hamilton’s Restaurant and Bar at 8460 Central Mall Drive.

Those who drive up to Hamilton’s will notice it’s in the same location where Bayou Café No. 2 once was, so several of the same seafood menu items were kept, but Hamilton has added the chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, rolls and deserts that he offered in Mauriceville.

This weekend, Hamilton’s will celebrate a grand opening with live music from local artists Spencer Marks on Thursday, July 20, High Street Band on Friday, July 21, and The Mudflats on Saturday, July 22.

Hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Woogies in Mid-County

Woogies started in Vidor and has grown to downtown Beaumont and now a third location in Mid-County — Woogies Sandwich Shop. Candie and Thomas Rutledge’s new joint is serving their unique style sandwiches at 401 S. Memorial Freeway in Nederland Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Their menu includes mainstay sandwiches such as The Beast (loaded with turkey, roast beef, ham and topped with jalapeño mayo, mustard, lettuce, and American, Swiss and provolone cheeses) and The Swamp Thing (roast beef with Woogie’s crawfish pistolette mix, jalapeño mayo, mustard, lettuce and American, swiss and Provolone cheeses), a muffaletta and more.

Paula Goody Haynes could not contain her excitement about the new location and took to Facebook for a 5-star review: “Best muffaletta in the area! Love this place! Swamp Thing is amazing. Great service and friendly staff! So glad this location opened! Definitely going to have to make it to Woogie Wednesday in the Jeep!”

Hometown Huddle

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 28, as the United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County hosts a new fundraiser titled “Hometown Huddle” with a Celebrity Chef Chili Cook-Off at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont from 5:30-8 p.m.

Several chefs and caterers from Southeast Texas will each put their own spin on chili while guests have the opportunity to vote on their favorites throughout the evening.

Those competing include Cutter Brewer from Season 5 of Master Chef, Green Light Kitchen, iCreole Bistro, J. Wilson’s, Katharine & Co., Monica’s and Two Magnolias.

There will also be live music, silent auction and much more.

 

For more information, call (409) 835-4575.

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