Restaurant review

Southeast Texas is special place in the Lone Star State. Combining the culture of Texas with the roots of a Cajun population, Southeast Texas is truly unique and Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp reflects that unique identity. Mixing Tex-Mex and Cajun food to create Mexi-Cajun food. Tia Juanita’s offers three locations all consistently offering its unique take on taste, starting in Beaumont with a second location in Lumberton and third location in Jasper. Its Lumberton location is truly something very special for their community. 

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Crawfish and Shrimp Platter with Rajun Cajun Sauce

“Welcome to Crustaceans Boil House. What can we get for ya?” These words are what you hear as you enter the building of an unassuming Chevron Gas Station. The reason is that the gas station shares its space with a restaurant that’s is changing how seafood is served. 

Aldrick Henry aimed to open a restaurant that was a little different from anything around Beaumont — a pick your crustacean and sauce concept — and he did just that.

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He walks into the restaurant with an unmatched swagger, greeting diners as he passes, speaking to each one individually. His hat (turned backwards) reads “Boss” in bold white letters. He checks in with the kitchen and wait staff, joking and helping where he can. This man is Joe Oates, owner of Boss Burger in Nederland.

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An example salad at Salata

Eating healthy is always a challenge. A restaurant needs to not only offer a wide choice of healthy options, but also make it appetizing. Fortunately for the Golden Triangle, Salata, a newly opened salad-focused restaurant in Beaumont, does just that.

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La Suprema photo courtesy Eleanor Skelton

La Suprema, a local staple in Mid County, has been in one family for three generations.

It started as a tortilla bakery in the late ’60s selling to local grocery stores, and later branched out into tamales before becoming a small restaurant in 1970, owner Remi Bryan said. Her grandmother Amelia Martinez and two of her friends were the original owners.

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Brian Landry’s experience epitomizes mom-and-pop. He grew up working in his father’s grocery store in Port Neches — Rodney’s Hello Grocery Store. Father and son ventured into the restaurant business together with Landry’s Cajun Eatery, but his father retired in 2001 and later passed away in 2012.

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Many who enjoyed dining in downtown Beaumont at the Quality Café were more than sad when it officially closed for the last time in 2014. Some went every day to 730 Liberty St., and those who still talk about the tasty meals always mention the Thursday special — spaghetti and meatballs.

Get those taste buds ready because on Tuesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at J. Wilson’s will be the return of the Café’s spaghetti and meatballs cooked by Cheri Parigi herself, who last owned the restaurant in 2014.

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Since we didn’t have much of a winter in Southeast Texas, what better time than now for some ice cream. How about a new flavor from Blue Bell?

Feb. 24, Blue Bell announces it’s newest flavor — Ice Cream Cone. The tasty treat is vanilla ice cream loaded with dark chocolate-coated cone pieces, chopped roasted peanuts and surrounded by a chocolate sundae sauce swirl.

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The Beaumont Club has undergone many changes throughout its near century of existence and continues to evolve with the times. The private club, founded in 1921 by the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce as a networking place for professional businesspeople, was originally located in the Hotel Beaumont in the 1920s and ’30s. It moved to the Edson Hotel in the ’40s, then to the First City Bank building in the ’60s, and finally to its current location at 590 Orleans St. in Beaumont in the 1990s. And now the Beaumont Club is changing with the times once again.

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photo by Kevin King

Icehouses are a Texas tradition. With origins dating back to the Civil War, they were originally used to store and distribute blocks of ice but began offering beer and other goods that needed to be kept cold, according to the Institute of Texan Cultures. Events were even hosted around massive tables built of ice.

While the open-air icehouse isn’t a new idea, Luke’s Icehouse Mid-County definitely has added a modern twist to an age-old concept.

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