Dining Guide

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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Separating the delicious hot pizza buffets served daily and the man who owns the business is a difficult thing to do any time of the day or night. Donny Broussard, now 78 years old, can be found behind the Pizza Inn on Magnolia Avenue in Port Neches register five days each week, in the kitchen, visiting with friends, or eating any one of the hundreds of combination pizzas he has been making for the last 45 years.

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A Saturday night dinner date with my husband turned out to be a fun night at El Potrillo Mexican Restaurant in Beaumont. The brightly lit, festive atmosphere was the first thing to draw us into the cheery, comfortable and conveniently located eatery on the Eastex Freeway. Once inside, we found friendly servers and management, and very good food. When the salsa and chips were delivered to our table, we knew we were in good hands.

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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 200 items await you on the largest buffet in the area, 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. There’s also plenty of sushi featuring salmon, tuna, eel and all types of rolls.

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Driving to 1147 Boston Ave. in Nederland provided a surprise like no other encountered on recent assignments. Arriving at my destination, a new restaurant, Finch Hutton, I had no idea what to expect. A gracious welcome to our party by an attentive staff impressed me right off the bat, but when I saw the menu offered at this French-American bistro, shock is a mild word to describe my feelings.

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Whether you call the bakery Ana’s, or Anna’s as many do, the food served there will win you over immediately. Albaro Rafael Reyes, the owner and manager of the shop at 2570 Calder Ave. in Beaumont, says the correct name is Ana’s but that some advertising was done, along with his sign out front, citing the name as “Anna.”

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Ed Grissom is one of the biggest draws for folks returning to the comfortable surroundings of the Logon Café at 3805 Calder in Beaumont. He and his staff know how to treat their customers, and to put icing on the cake, they have a ball doing it. Grissom is a music buff and can tell you at least two stories behind every musical instrument decorating the walls of this charming, family-friendly café.

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Only one place in town serves fried chicken at 6 a.m. It’s Casual Entrees, a southern-style diner that is simply delicious.

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It’s all y’all can eat up at Sanderson’s Restaurant and Bar, a totally Texas-style family eatery.

This spacious, standalone establishment, located at 2095 Highway 69 N. in Nederland just minutes from Southeast Texas Regional Airport, accommodates large parties in the main dining area, plus there’s a banquet room out back that seats up to 70.

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Sit and pick a while or chow down and be on your way. Sartin’s West, the name synonymous in Southeast Texas with fresh quality seafood, offers all-you-can-eat specials for lunch (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), as well as dinner with a wide selection of individual meals.

Located at 1990 Interstate 10 S., this locally owned restaurant is where they stack ’em high – crabs, that is.

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