Second-to-none food, craft beer on tap in the West End

Owner John Wilson visits with guests at his new restaurant on the corner of Glad
The Corned Beef Hash at J. Wilson’s is made with succulent chunks of Cajun corne

On the corner of Gladys and Lucas in Beaumont’s West End is a new restaurant unlike any other in the area with an inviting atmosphere and food that is quickly becoming the talk of the town. J. Wilson’s has only been open for a few weeks but is already drawing brunch and dinner crowds many chain restaurants don’t see. The idea is homegrown from one of Beaumont’s own.

“I really want to cater to this area,” said owner John Wilson, who operated three Zoe’s Kitchen locations in Houston for seven years before selling them. “We want our customers to be comfortable. I think I can bring them something that’s missing around here: a quality restaurant right in their backyard.”

The rustic-looking restaurant definitely has a suburban feel that’s reminiscent of a cozy and classy restaurant you might find in Houston Heights.

Wilson said he worked with a designer to create a theme that is upscale and comfortable, and they offer fresh, made-from-scratch reasonably priced menu items prepared by Lumberton chef Evan Catlett.

The brunch and dinner menus consist of steaks, burgers, seafood and other inter-coastal cuisine served on cast iron skillets.

“What you do is see what your key components are,” Wilson said. “We’re making our breads, we’re curing our meats, and we’re grinding our corned beef. And you’ll see the corned beef on a couple of different items.”

What we ate

Corned Beef Hash – This dish is made with succulent chunks of Cajun corned beef, crispy potatoes, and roasted poblano peppers that are not too spicy but pack a bite edgy enough to keep you coming back for more. It’s topped off with a fried egg, a nice, flavorful touch. Dishes are served with potato wedges, seasonal fruit or cheesy grits.

Pecan Waffle – Incredible. Not only did it look phenomenal, it was the best waffle we have ever eaten. The dish consists of a Belgian waffle, roasted pecans topped with pulled pork and cane syrup topped with a local fried egg. As a side dish, your choices are fresh fruit or roasted potatoes. It was literally something you would see on Top Chef.

Homegrown brews

With 16 craft beers on tap, J. Wilson’s is a great place to meet up with friends after work and unwind.

“We’re not offering any domestics on tap,” Wilson said. “We’re offering those in bottle only. I really wanted to focus on craft beers. We’re offering beers from local breweries that a lot of places around here don’t have.”

The bar also offers an extensive list of wines and bourbons.

“We have an amazing wine selection,” Wilson said. “I have new selections all the time.”

With plenty of parking in the ideal location, J. Wilson’s is definitely a breath of fresh air to the over-saturation of chain restaurants throughout the area. Wilson and staff have done a tremendous job perfecting not only the menu, but also the look of the place. Beaumont should be proud of J. Wilson’s. Finally, something that we can call our own.