local eats

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monceaux's photo by Kevin King

For Kevin Smith, bringing back Monceaux’s to Mid-County means more than just bringing back a popular restaurant dating back decades. He’s also keeping his mother’s memory alive, and her treasured recipes.

The late Helen McKinney was the cook at the original Monceaux’s in Port Arthur and brought her recipes with her when she began working there.