Weekly Dish

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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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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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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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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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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Benton's Up Front

The Pompano Club is no more. Hurricane Harvey caused nearly a foot of water to flood the establishment and shut it down.

“The Pompano Club was a private dining club. You had to be a member to come eat or you had to be with a member. We had dancing. We had a live band that played. It used to be every night and then we dropped it down to Thursdays and Saturdays and then we dropped it down to Saturdays,” said Sean Schneider, who has worked for the Pompano Club for more than 23 years.

Times change, however, and so does clientele.

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Vautrot's Cajun Cuisine

Martha Vautrot calls her little restaurant “the best kept secret in Texas.” She’s never advertised beyond word-of-mouth since Vautrot’s opened almost 25 years ago, she said.

She follows the advice her grandmother gave her growing up: “No matter how much you advertise, if your food’s not good, they won’t come back.”

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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.

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Photo by Kevin King

Although keeping a healthy diet is important, like we mentioned last week, everyone needs a cheat day. In fact, our brains are hardwired with a desire for sweetness.

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Dorca Gomez, Ashton Miller, Van Choate, Savannah Thompson, Brittany King and Joh
Chicken-fried chicken, seasoned green beans and fried okra

After a five-year hiatus, a long-standing Mauriceville tradition has returned and is receiving an outstanding reception.

Tuffy’s Eatery, best known for its homemade rolls and pies — not to mention its plate-filling chicken-fried steaks — reopened May 16, and Southeast Texans have shown that they appreciate the restaurant’s comeback.

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