Dining Guide

If you’re looking for a real taste of Italy, it doesn’t get much more authentic than Frankie’s Italian Grill. The atmosphere alone gives the impression of taking a vacation, with Italian décor, low lighting, a close, intimate setting, and drawn blinds to block the distractions of the outside world.

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Kung Pao Shrimp, General Tso’s, and Mongolian Beef

As far as Chinese food goes, the Golden Triangle has options. However, most restaurants have a set menu, a set style – a set way of preparing their food.

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My Spanish-to-English dictionary defines “antojitos” as snacks or tapas.

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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.

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Barbecue aficionados could be forgiven if they mourned the passing of Caroline’s Quality and Quantity Bar-B-Cue in Kountze. Even Texas Monthly magazine, which listed its barbecue among the best in the state a few years back, refers to it now in the past tense – that is, closed.

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Goat Cheese Burger with applewood-smoked bacon.

When restaurateur Dave Jones founded Novrozsky’s in 1983, he wanted to provide quality burgers beyond what fast food franchises could offer. The concept was wildly successful and there are now nine Novrozsky’s throughout Southeast Texas. His original location at the corner of Calder and Lucas, however, didn’t fare as well with hurricane damage, and a two-year Calder Road construction project limiting access to the site.

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Jeremy Fults, managing partner, stands in front of the LongHorn Steakhouse’s bar

The competition for steak lovers’ hearts just heated up. LongHorn Steakhouse opened its doors Monday, Aug. 10, in Beaumont, bringing a fresh and exciting new option for Southeast Texans to curb their carnivorous cravings.

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Whether you’re after a bottle of Budweiser or a $150 shot of single-malt scotch, Tradewinds is the perfect low-key hideaway for an after-work cocktail or a quiet dinner.

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The Jalapeño Ranch Burger features fried jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, pickles, an
Hostess/server Erica Brown demonstrates one of the unique perks of eating at Mut

For Vidor High School students of decades past, Mutt & Jeff’s – once located where the district is building its new AIM Center east of campus – was where the cool kids hung out, and a popular place to eat. It didn’t have a lengthy menu, and was known mostly for its Frito pies, served in their original chip bags. You couldn’t miss it.

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The Shrimp Lover (top) and Larry Judice

When a Texas-born butcher named Larry Judice planted his Louisiana roots in Groves and bought his father’s French market in 1978, Larry’s French Market was just a Cajun grocery store with a Cajun deli.

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