Dining Guide

Are your taste buds asking for something different for lunch or dinner? Tired of the same old, same old, day after day, and perhaps really haven’t decided what you’d like to try? Or, maybe you have a special date with someone you’d like to impress? May I suggest that you try Sol Mediterranean Grill at 4230 Calder in Beaumont, owned and managed by long-time food guru Dave Jones.

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Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant offers residents and visitors to Beaumont a taste of authentic Mexican fare without leaving our area. Owner and manager Able Martinez believes that keeping the food true to the old recipes people love and not succumbing to the Tex Mex flair is what makes his customers continue to eat with him. “Everything we make here is made by chefs who are from Mexico and understand the old ways. We are proud of our people and the food they cook and serve,” he said.

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Buddy Wilcox runs a tight ship at Cici’s Pizza in Beaumont. The very busy owner/manager should know the ropes from his more than 10 years working for the company in the Dallas area. He has honed his skills to perfection in the five years he has owned the franchise in Beaumont.

Wilcox is a hands-on manager, busily handling the buffet line, helping answer customer questions, checking on hot pizzas coming out of the kitchen, and taking special orders for various combinations of toppings.

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Have a hankering to try something just a bit different or simply want to hang out with friends and family? You might want to factor Starvin Marvin’s at 2310 N. 11th Street in Beaumont into your thinking. Very casual atmosphere, good food, lots of fun, and a big patio to enjoy live music or sit and visit.

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Eating at one Chinese buffet is like dining at any other, right? Wrong. If you step inside the King Palace Café on Dowlen and stay for a few moments, you will come to know it is not your average Chinese buffet. In fact, the sign at the entrance says that it is Chinese and Japanese food, but with a touch of Western influence.

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Not being a student of German and not certain exactly what a schnitzel is, I was a little apprehensive about eating a meal in a totally German restaurant. I had been told that the restaurant that has been open just about a year was small and not very inviting looking on the outside, but when we arrived, I was a bit dismayed. Knowing I needed to go inside, order the food, and eat a meal to write truthfully, I chided myself for my thinking and went inside. Boy, am I glad I did. Appearances can be deceiving, and I found that to be true once again.

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Forget about hoping for samples when you visit your local grocery store. At Robert’s Meat Market & Steak House, you can have a meal and then do your shopping. And you know the great steak or hamburger you just ate are the same quality that you will be taking home.

Robert Ramirez started his grocery store 32 years ago, according to Tina Myers, store manager, who has worked for Ramirez for the past 32 years. “I wouldn’t have stayed on that long if Robert wasn’t a great guy and the store wasn’t a great place,” she said.

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The only difficult thing about visiting the popular China Garden, located in Beaumont’s Gateway Plaza, is choosing what you will eat first and how long you will stay. More than 150 items await you on the different food bars, beginning with a healthy salad area, a new hibachi grill where you see your food choices cooked, all of the Texas Gulf Coast seafood you can imagine, vegetables, specialty dishes, and tantalizing desserts.

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Whether you are looking for a nice place to eat providing a good atmosphere for you and your special someone, a business meeting, a group of friends out for a night of fun, or just a wonderful relaxing meal for you and the family, put The Grill by Arfeen, Smith and Payne on your must-do list. You will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of food, the upscale surroundings, and a price point in line with many of Beaumont’s better restaurants.

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Southeast Texans, in particular, are noted for loving their fresh, succulent seafood straight from the local waters. If you have a hankering for some really good fried or broiled catfish, head on over to Mike and Terry Hamilton’s Catfish Kitchen, located at 3620 College St. in Beaumont.

Plan on looking for a parking place, as the parking can be full to the brim, forcing a wait for someone to leave. Filled parking spaces usually mean good food is being served inside the restaurant.

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