Dining Guide

Raising Cane’s is known for delicious, freshly cooked, never frozen chicken fingers that make you think you’re back home in Mama’s kitchen or on Grandmama’s front porch in the summertime with your cousins.

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Good reporters know if the interview is going to go well and if they will like the people, the service or, in this case, the food when they walk in the door of a business or a home. I wasn’t disappointed when I met the charming Chris and Emily Swanson, learned about their business and the relocation of the company, and then I ate lunch. There wasn’t anything not to like about the friendly people and the delicious food I sampled. I now understand why everyone is raving about what this young Beaumont couple has created.

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Driving to 1147 Boston Ave. in Nederland provided a surprise like no other encountered on recent assignments. Arriving at my destination, a new restaurant, Finch Hutton, I had no idea what to expect. A gracious welcome to our party by an attentive staff impressed me right off the bat, but when I saw the menu offered at this French-American bistro, shock is a mild word to describe my feelings.

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When personable Shannon Wilson went to work for The West Bar and Grill a decade and a half ago, he had no idea that he would one day own the place or that he would make such good lifetime friends from among the customers he came to know well. At that time, Allen and Debbie Peltier owned the bar and grill, and when they decided to sell, Shannon was given the first opportunity to buy the established business on Beaumont’s west side.

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PK’s Grill enlivens the Orange dining scene with quality

 

My husband and I had the usual Friday or Saturday night conversation: “Would you like to get something to eat?” “Sure, where would you like to go?” And then the stall happens when neither knows the answer for sure. Each has a taste for something, but what?

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Cowboys and cowgirls have known for years that if you want something cooked right, like it was in the older days of the wild, wild West, get out the old iron skillet inherited from grandparents or the old trail cook. Add some really fresh meat and vegetables, and use tested recipes to whip up a good meal, and sit down in a comfortable environment to enjoy it with friendly folks. Southeast Texans and others visiting our part of the country can still do that today, except that they don’t have to stand over the campfire and do the actual cooking.

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One of the best Po’boys in Southeast Texas can be found in one of the most unlikely of places.

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A Saturday night dinner date with my husband turned out to be a fun night at El Potrillo Mexican Restaurant in Beaumont. The brightly lit, festive atmosphere was the first thing to draw us into the cheery, comfortable and conveniently located eatery on the Eastex Freeway. Once inside, we found friendly servers and management, and very good food. When the salsa and chips were delivered to our table, we knew we were in good hands.

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K, I’m officially hooked. I traveled to Lumberton to taste what many have said are the best hamburgers in our area, and we weren’t disappointed. But the thing that won me over was Leah Sligar’s famous homemade “butt rolls” at Dippity’s.

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Don’t know about you, but I have always thought of popcorn as fun. When we make it at home with the grandchildren, it is to spread the fun and good times. When we attend a movie and order buttery popcorn, it is because we associate that taste with watching a good story on the big screen. When we use popcorn to make delightful balls, squares and bags, it is usually for Halloween or Valentine treats to share with those we love. What’s not to love about popcorn? Especially when you have so many choices — 250 to be exact, with more on the way.

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