The Weekly Dish

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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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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Diets are absolutely no fun. Whether it’s forced upon you or it’s your New Year’s Resolution — no fun. And the older you get, the harder it is to drop some weight. But as a living testimony, I’m here to tell you it can be done, and to the tune of 51 pounds in 5 months.

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Smart phones and home gaming consoles seem to have all but killed off the old arcades that Gen Xers fondly remember as favorite hangouts after school. And while you still have a few big mega arcades in Houston like Dave & Buster’s and Main Event that cater as much if not more to adults than kids, and the chain arcade Tilt in Beaumont, the mom-and-pop style arcades that you used to see on almost every street corner in the ’80s and ’90s seem to have faded away.

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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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Las Vegas continues to dazzle me, no matter how many times a year I get to visit the entertainment mecca of the world. Whether it’s a week stay, a short weekend, or two-day mid-week trip, there’s something for everyone on any day. Though my recent trip was supposed to be three full days, it turned into just two because of flight cancellation due to weather. We made the best of the situation and spent nearly all 48 hours outside the room.

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Although he’s still a young 31 years of age, Tan “Ro” Phung is no stranger to the restaurant business. Phung, originally from Vietnam, came to the States as a baby. He opened Ro’s Seafood in 2008 with his sister Nhi Phung before opening Noah’s Seafood Kitchen in Vidor in 2012.

Phung named the restaurant after his nephew, Noah. Also, Phung’s relatives own Bruce’s Seafood Deli and Gulf Coast Seafood in Port Arthur.

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