Dining Guide

Last summer, the new 5,000-square-foot Rodair Roadhouse opened at 6701 Jade Ave.
The Combo Platter includes grilled, blackened or fried catfish, five jumbo shrim

For decades, there was a Cajun hangout in Port Acres that was a great retreat for Southeast Texans who enjoyed good music, dancing and spirits after a long workweek. After establishing itself as a staple in the Cajun community for 39 years, the fun ended when it closed in 2004, and Hurricane Rita finished off the famous Rodair Club.

Last summer, the Rodair Roadhouse, which named its restaurant and bar in tribute to Joe Thibodeaux’s famous club, revived his legend and added its own special touch — a great menu of Cajun dishes.

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Since we didn’t have much of a winter in Southeast Texas, what better time than now for some ice cream. How about a new flavor from Blue Bell?

Feb. 24, Blue Bell announces it’s newest flavor — Ice Cream Cone. The tasty treat is vanilla ice cream loaded with dark chocolate-coated cone pieces, chopped roasted peanuts and surrounded by a chocolate sundae sauce swirl.

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The Beaumont Club has undergone many changes throughout its near century of existence and continues to evolve with the times. The private club, founded in 1921 by the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce as a networking place for professional businesspeople, was originally located in the Hotel Beaumont in the 1920s and ’30s. It moved to the Edson Hotel in the ’40s, then to the First City Bank building in the ’60s, and finally to its current location at 590 Orleans St. in Beaumont in the 1990s. And now the Beaumont Club is changing with the times once again.

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Hamburger steak, mashed potatoes and brown gravy, green beans and roll
Chicken-fried steak and cream gravy, white rice with cream gravy, corn and cornb

Butch Arsement has been rockin’ the taste buds of Southeast Texans for more than 15 years with his country cookin’ with a Cajun flare.

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John Swift will tell you he might not know how to cook, but he knows good food. Swift has been all over the world and has found some great spots. His friends will call him up and tell him what country they are in and he will tell them where to go eat.

Swift, from the Dallas area, officially landed in Beaumont in 2003 with his wife, Suzanne. He’s worked for oil and gas companies, and bought meat and futures contracts for national restaurant chains. Now, he’s a first time restaurateur with Republic Chicken.

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In party-loving New Orleans, the first week of January begins the king cake season, a traditional prelude to the city’s Mardi Gras celebrations.

Between Jan. 6, Three King’s Day, and Feb. 28, Fat Tuesday, New Orleans bakers produce thousands of king cakes, decorated in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold.

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The No. 28 is three fish and three shrimp and comes with two sides & a roll for

When it comes to offering quantity without sacrificing quality, Sam’s Southern Eatery has figured out the formula.

“It’s both,” said Moe Ghazawenh, manager of Sam’s Southern Eatery in Beaumont. “If you order six shrimp, we usually give you seven or eight. So you get extra food, and everything’s fresh.”

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As the weather grows cooler to kick off the New Year, the thought of hot pizza is even that much more enticing. But if you’re growing tired of the same old mainstream pizza places, give Brick Oven Pizza in Lumberton a try.

What sets this pizzeria apart from its competitors?

“The way the pizza is cooked on bricks just makes it taste amazing,” said Cristi Pickering, manager at Brick Oven Pizza. “It gives it a nice, crispy crust. It’s not too fluffy.”

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Pop’s Place is at 4795 N. Main St., right across the street from Pine Forest Bap
Although we couldn’t get Pop’s Place employee Virginia Dyson to give away the se

Sometimes the best food is in the places you’ve never heard of, and in our quest to find the best food in Southeast Texas, we found a gem of a catfish restaurant in Vidor.

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Taking a cheese lover’s favorite like creamy mac and cheese and adding slow-smok
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Nederland owner Raju Ali slices jalapeño cheddar kielbas

Texans take their barbecue very seriously. Just take a look at the numbers. According to CHD Expert, a firm that collects data and restaurant information for more than 14,000 barbecue restaurants across the U.S., in terms of total barbecue places, Texas leads the nation with 2,238 total restaurant locations and 1,931 independent locations. In fact, when considering the number of barbecue restaurants per capita, Texas has one for roughly every 12,000 people.

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