Dining Guide

General Tso’s Chicken is served on a bed of broccoli.

When Mike Mak’s father, S.K., and mother, Nancy, emigrated from Hong Kong to the United States, the couple was looking for the perfect city to start a new restaurant. After living in Chicago for a short time, S.K. hoped to find some place with a little more temperate climate.

“He didn’t like the cold weather,” Mike says.

shadow
Beef fajitas

In Southeast Texas, there is no shortage of options to satisfy a salsa craving if you have a hankering for Mexican food. Carlito’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 890 Amarillo St. and facing College Street, is one of Beaumont’s best options for a quick, filling lunch at a great price — and has been for two decades.

shadow
Remy Martin (cognac), Blanton’s (bourbon), Blue Chair Bay (rum) and Fireball.

For those who want to bring in 2016 in the friendly confines of their own home or set sail to a house party, there are plenty of drink options available at your local liquor store.

What has been most popular are the flavored liquors. 

shadow
Seafood Gumbo

When I was a boy, my dad used to take me fishing at my grandma and grandpa’s farm in Lufkin. They had two fishing holes on about 50 acres of land that were stocked with perch and catfish.

shadow
BG sliders

Located in an historic building in Beaumont’s Old Town, The Fig Pig is a unique establishment that experiments with menu items to create savory dishes designed to satisfy your palate while remaining as local, seasonal and gluten-free as possible.

shadow
Montana Ortega, Woogies manager; Montana’s daughter, Madelyn Ortega, 4; and Woog
A crawfish pistollete and The Swamp Thing

Woogies is not your average sandwich shop.

shadow

The Texas Monthly BBQ Festival is to meat aficionados what Jazz Fest is to music lovers. It was a cool Sunday morning in Austin and smoke was in the air — as was the anticipation of eating some of the best barbecue on the planet. Those lucky enough to get VIP passes were let in an hour early to sample from their choice of the 24 joints that were serving up small portions of their award winning que.

shadow

Veteran Beaumont firefighter James Gillard said he never had any intention of running his own restaurant. After all, James, who has been a fireman with Beaumont Fire and Rescue for more than 23 years, says working as an engineer for Station 14 keeps him busy enough. That all changed, however, the first time he tasted a Firehouse Sub.

shadow

Food-truck culture is sweeping the country, from Los Angeles to Austin, and Southeast Texas may be next if the would-be entrepreneurs at Boss Burger have anything to say about it.

shadow

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.

shadow