Dining Guide

ribeye steak cooked-to-order, scrambled eggs, grits and toast

Some of the best places to eat breakfast are ones you might not traditionally think of, and Hemingway’s Café is definitely one of those hidden gems.

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Ana Reyes

When Ana Reyes began baking Mexican pastries in the garage of her Port Arthur home in 2002, she didn’t realize how popular her delicious breads would ultimately become.

“I would put the breads in my car and go out into the streets and sell them,” she said. “I wanted to open a business, but I didn’t have enough money.”

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the Motley Que Sandwich

Las Vegas is know as the entertainment capital of the world. From world-class casinos, sophisticated shows, exotic pool parties, shopping, sights, sounds and some of the best food on the planet.

Of course there are the $1,000 steak rooms on each property like the ones you see on “Life Styles of the Rich and Famous,” yet there are plenty of options to choose from that are affordable yet make for the most incredible tasting experience you have ever had.

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Owner Diane Martin visits with a customer

Family. That’s what you feel like when you go to Hard Bean Coffee in Lumberton. And that’s exactly what owner Diane Martin had in mind when she opened the coffee shop last February.

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photo by Kevin King

Icehouses are a Texas tradition. With origins dating back to the Civil War, they were originally used to store and distribute blocks of ice but began offering beer and other goods that needed to be kept cold, according to the Institute of Texan Cultures. Events were even hosted around massive tables built of ice.

While the open-air icehouse isn’t a new idea, Luke’s Icehouse Mid-County definitely has added a modern twist to an age-old concept.

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Photo by Adam Balla

In less than a year’s time, the Dat Mac food truck has made its mark on Southeast Texas cuisine. Last June, owners/operators Jordan Stringer, Aaron Barnhill and Caleb Lewis made a bold foray into the growing food truck industry. They found a used food truck for sale, and took “Judy” out on the road to see if they could make their mac and cheese vision a reality.

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The Boudain Hut
Boudain Balls

After enduring 31 years of hurricanes, economic boom-and-bust cycles, and most recently an ordinance banning smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces, The Boudain Hut in Port Arthur is still the place to catch live music five nights a week and continues to serve the best boudain around.

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All of this was leading up to the main event — a bacon wrapped, Cajun spiced por

Recently, I was asked to write about the things I barbecue at the house on a weekly basis. Wanting to honor a reader request, and with my wife leaving town for the weekend, I took advantage of the opportunity to have a “Camp Dad” barbecue. “Camp Dad” is any occasion where I get to share some time with my boys, other dads and their kids and do manly activities. My only issue with the request is I don’t usually plan out what I am going to cook in advance. I hit the store looking for inspiration, and I came up with a menu.

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Grilled Dogs are made with 100 percent beef and flame-grilled on the same grill

This is the real world, and dining out isn’t always about white table cloths and candlelight. For some of us, the bulk of our food budget is spent in the drive-through lane. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want it to taste good. Here are some new offerings at area fast-food joints that have drawn our attention.

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If you’re ever in the Orange area, be sure to stop off at a little slice of heaven called Old Orange Cafe. The restaurant, opened in 1990 by Susan Childers, serves everything from Caesar salads and Cajun grilled shrimp to burgers and BLTs.

David Claybar, the current owner of Old Orange Cafe, began cooking in college with his grandmother and mother.

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