The Weekly Dish

Known for its Cajun flavored menu that features depth and variety as well as classics and standards, Reel Cajun has moved beyond its Port Arthur location and expanded into Lumberton.

Because its current location is so close to a school, Real Cajun Lumberton is BYOB, which allows customers to bring their own beer and wine. However, liquor is prohibited, as are personal coolers, though the Reel Cajun team is happy to provide ice buckets for any diners that need to keep their drinks cold.

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Beaumont is no stranger to Cajun cuisine. From Sabine Pass to Newton, Southeast Texans are sure to find at least one Cajun eatery available near them. However, in an area where Cajun flavors are so accessible, there are bound to be restaurants that stand above the rest. One of these is Bayou Café. Nestled on Major Drive in Beaumont, this café straight from the bayou, is filled with flavor and personality. From seafood specialties to offbeat offerings this Cajun café is sure to impress. 

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The Weekly Dish is a place to spotlight the best things to eat around Southeast Texas, and 2018 did not disappoint. The delicious eats showcased every week have included tried-and-true standards, totally new concepts and fun takes on classic plates. While all dishes featured are outstanding among Southeast Texas grub, these five dishes are some of our favorites that were featured in 2018.

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The smell of Barbecue wafts across the parking lot and as you walk up to the door a cadence of yellows and blues meets your eyes. You walk in and you are greeted with a handshake and hello. You are in Charlie’s Bar-B-Que & Catering located on College Street in Beaumont. 

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First opened in 1960 by Albert and Cora Ramirez, the taco stand that once sold 6 tacos for a dollar still stands 48 years later. Now with an expanded menu, electronic tablets for taking orders and delivery through Waitr, the restaurant has new ways to serve their customers while staying true to their family recipes and interesting décor— two sided car included. 

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Looking for a place to grab a bite to eat in Kountze? Well, look no further than Mama Jacks. Mama Jacks is a restaurant that is big on flavor, variety and hospitality. The two-story eatery is a great spot to sit back, relax and enjoy dishes that will make you feel right at home. 

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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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If you are tired of your same dinner routine or worn out on warming up leftovers, here’s a perfect chance for you to discover the great foods of the Mediterranean by attending the 10th annual St. Michael Mediterranean Festival on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church (690 N. 15th St) in Beaumont.

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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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Greenlight Americana, open now in the West End

After running a successful catering business for the past seven years and opening what has arguably become one of the most popular downtown eating destinations in Beaumont, what more could Green Light Kitchen owners Scott and Kayla Fisher have left on their plate? How about opening a nighttime destination on the West End the likes of none other in town?

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