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Catfish Cabin's seafood gumbo

Each week in the Weekly Dish, we try to introduce you to restaurants and their menu offerings. Anything from burgers to catfish and barbeque in Southeast Texas — we try to give the reader different options, but we sometimes find that a dish is so good that we tend to find ourselves going back for seconds, sometimes thirds.

Great China

It’s a weekly thing — and sometimes more often — that we are in a booth sitting at our favorite Chinese restaurant in Beaumont — Great China. Since 1979, Mike Mak has been serving large portions of both traditional Mandarin-style and Cantonese Chinese food for reasonable prices at the same location (3135 Calder Ave.) near Christus-St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Two things we really enjoy are the Mongolian Beef and the Seafood Bird Nest from the House Dinner menu.

We’ve tried Mongolian Beef dishes from the casinos in Las Vegas, Lake Charles and many fancy restaurants in between, and without a doubt, Great China’s version ($6.35) is by far the best we have ever had. The fried rice and egg drop soup are also amazing.

And if you are looking to try something a little more creative, give the Seafood Bird Nest ($12.95) a shot. A mix of crab, shrimp, scallops, baby corn, snow peas, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli and other veggies is sautéed and served on a deep fried noodle in the form of — yep, you guessed it — a bird nest.

Wood Fired Grill

If you’re looking for a cozy feel, high quality food, and a little taste of the Texas Hill Country, Wood Fired Grill inside Jerry Nelson’s Hill Country (3871 Stagg Drive) is your place. Lunch, dinner or late night — they have it, Beaumont.

We highly recommend the burnt ends ($5). These flavorful pieces of meat are cut from the pointed half of a smoked brisket and are considered a delicacy in barbecue cooking. You’ll understand why when you taste them. They come with the restaurant’s house barbecue sauce, which is honestly the best barbecue sauce we’ve ever tasted!

Without giving too much of the secret away, the sauce is made with honey molasses, brown sugar, ketchup and mustard. Trust us on this one: It’s a must-try.

Many customers make a meal out of these alone.

What makes them so good? The burnt ends, as well as every beef item on the menu, is certified Angus.

We love the burgers too, especially the Hill Country Burger. It’s a perfect size (1/3 pound Angus) and price ($9) and is cooked to perfection along with steak taters that definitely deserve a plate of their own.

Wings To Go

As we are in the middle of March Madness and on the verge of baseball season, how about some wings? Wings To Go made the move to Port Arthur in November 2015 and is now located at 7849 N. Twin City Highway.

With both traditional and boneless on the menu, Wings To Go offer 19 flavors ranging from mild to the infamous homicide.

“The main thing is the quality of the food,” said owner Danny Partin. “Our wings are always fresh. We don’t buy frozen products. It makes it a little tougher on us, but the quality of the wings is so much better when they’re fresh than frozen, and we think our sauces are better than anybody’s.”

You can also watch your favorite sporting events on the nine flatscreen HD televisions. From the Final Four, NBA, NASCAR, Major League Baseball Season Pass and NFL Sunday Ticket, you can watch them all.

Feeling adventurous? Try the Homicide Challenge. It’s $20 and you have 10 minutes to consume 20 traditional wings in the homicide sauce. You can’t eat or drink anything else while doing the challenge. Only 50 people have completed the challenge in 13 years and if you do, you get a T-shirt, photo on the wall and free wings for a year.

Laredo Taco Company

The Laredo Taco Company has been sizzling with business since we took a trip there in early February. The LTC is located inside Stripes convenience store at 2300 Highway 365 in Port Arthur.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch or midday dinner. Whiles tacos are a specialty, the LTC allows you to choose from delicious lunch plates of authentic Mexican favorites like beef enchiladas and beef fajitas with your choice of two sides. So whether you’re in the mood for charro beans or refried beans, Laredo has it all!

And the tortillas are some of the best we’ve ever tasted. They are made fresh every day and are larger than your run-of-the-mill flour tortilla. These perfectly complement the juicy fajitas, chorizo, chicken or other meat you choose to fill them with.

While you might feel a little overwhelmed by all the menu choices, the friendly staff at LTC will be there to make your food experience a perfect 10.

After you make your selection, stop by the salsa bar and doctor it up. The salsa bar has everything you need for your meal — fresh vegetables like tomatoes, jalapeños, tomatillos, onions, cilantro, and don’t forget the pico de gallo, which is hand-chopped and prepared fresh. Spice up all of your favorites and be on your way.

Catfish Cabin

It’s never a bad time for gumbo, so head to Lumberton for a delicious bowl at Catfish Cabin (192 S LHS Drive).

With succulent chunks of crab meat, seafood and a whole lot of goodness, it is a great selection your first visit, especially with the temperature dropping outside. “It’s authentic,” said owner Tim James. “It’s not out of a jar. … It takes us about an hour and a half to two hours to make it. Everything we do here, we make ourselves. That’s another unique aspect of us that you can’t go next door and get the same thing.