local eats

The Diamond S Bacon Cheeseburger

By Kyle Swearingen

Staff Writer

You enter the building greeted by 25-cent gumball machines and a sign that reads “If you like our food, tell your friends. If you don’t, tell us.” The warm environment surrounding you is peppered with patrons chatting, sharing stories and laughs. You just stepped into Diamond S Diner, a small country diner in the heart of China right off of Highway 90. The building that is now the eatery, first built in 1985, is now owned by Sandra Sherman, a 50th wedding anniversary present to her from her late husband, J.E. Sherman.

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The Southwest sandwich at Honey-B-Ham

They say when something is handmade, you can tell the difference. Well the saying is proved true at Honey B Ham in the West End of Beaumont. Honey B Ham’s approach to fresh, handmade dishes is the crux of its success, as well as its southern charm and focus on customer satisfaction.

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The Preacher's Cake at Hard Bean Lumberton

In a world of Starbucks franchises and energy drink startups, there stands a coffee shop in Lumberton that is changing up the rulebook for coffee in Southeast Texas. That coffee shop is Hard Bean Coffee, a much-needed respite for the area and a great alternative to big chain coffee shops.

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Stevie Edwards with fresh salmon

America is home to many of the world’s top seafood markets such as Pike Place Market in Seattle, Browne Trading Company in Maine, Empire Fish in Milwaukee, Lexington Market in Baltimore and Sun Fat Seafood Co. in San Francisco. These markets have several things in common, including fresh product and customer service.

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The Banzai Special

Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” No establishment proves this more than Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar. 

The Japanese eatery in Beaumont, which first opened its doors on Dowlen Road in 1996, has proved in its more than 20 years of business that excellence takes time and commitment. Tokyo’s offering of delicious food and unique experiences to Southeast Texas has been a staple to the area, and for good reason.

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Tito's Tacos' Tacos Plate

Texas — the home of the cowboy boot, Bluebell Ice Cream and, of course, the best tacos in the United States. Case in point: Tito’s Tacos of Beaumont. 

Tito’s Tacos was born from the family of Norman and Ashley Pitman, who took the expertise and recipes of Norman’s family and brought them to Southeast Texas, while also adding their own flair to the family recipes.

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Ike Chile appetizer

Soft pop music plays in the background, light fixtures leisurely transition from color to color while you relax on a love seat that has become dining room seating. You are in Koi Japanese Sushi Bar & Lounge on Dowlen Road in Beaumont.

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Taste of the Triangle

What is synonymous in Southeast Texas with Fat Tuesday? Of course it’s the long-standing tradition of Taste of the Triangle, which will celebrate 35 years on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Southeast Texas’ premier foodie fest will have everything your belly desires as more than 40 area restaurants serve up everything from Italian, Cajun and Thai, to country classics and soul food, in a festive Mardi Gras atmosphere.

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Cattle Company

Big portions and even bigger flavors have kept Cattle Company a relevant restaurant in Beaumont for the past 20 years.

Mouth-watering sirloins, homemade meatloaf and chopped steak from Mom’s Corner, a variety of hearty sides and big buttery rolls have kept customers coming back again and again.

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Mucho Bueno's carne asada fries with a Ballast Point Commodore

Foodies from around the area showed up for the “Food Trucks Invade” event at the Logon Cafe on Nov. 11. Dat Mac, Blue Dave’s Barbecue and Pops and Rockets ice pops sold a variety of delicious dinners and desserts. Mucho Bueno served some Tex-Mex favorites like the carne asada fries and spicy shrimp taco pictured. The carne asada fries with an ample amount of carne asada, lots of cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salsa were out of this world and well worth the 15-minute wait. It paired great with the Ballast Point Commodore.

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