If you haven’t been to Beaumont, prepare to have your taste buds dazzled by the freshest seafood, variety of Mexican and Tex-Mex eateries, and the cajun & creole influence from nearby Louisiana. The food scene never ceases to amaze and impress me, yet it still seems a big secret to those who haven’t experienced the Southeast Texas food scene. Here are 7 great restaurants in Beaumont you’ll want to add to your travel itinerary.
1. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood
Floyd’s Cajun Seafood & Texas Steakhouse is another tasty option and was our favorite meal in Beaumont. Try the palate-pleasing Gulf Coast-style cajun/creole specialties such as Fried Alligator and Red Beans & Rice. Make sure to order Floyd’s Bar Trash appetizer. This tasty plate of blackened shrimp and lump crab meat is served with garlic toast and lemon butter and is so addicting! Floyd’s sweet tea is on point, too.
My husband was a fan of the Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, which was literally a big enough portion to eat for days. Dang, it was delicious.
2. Daddio’s Burger
Head to Daddio’s Burger for gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, and exceptional side items in Beaumont. The restaurant is small, but the tables turn pretty quickly. If weather permits, enjoy the roomy patio. Pair your delicious burger with a creamy, thick milkshake or malt and hand-cut fries are a must.
I can vouch for how tasty the juicy Avocado & Swiss Burger is. The burger itself was perfectly cooked to temperature and the ingredients were so fresh. I went with the Parmesan Truffle Fries, which were tremendous. Other suggestions are the Diablo (jalapeños and a jalapeño cheese bun), Groovy Green Chile (chilies, devil sauce, pepper jack cheese), and the Chili Burger (homemade chili, purple onions, cheddar). Oh, and bring the Tums.
3. Bruno’s Italian Kitchen
Another really tasty lunch or dinner spot is Bruno’s Italian Kitchen. The restaurant is sophisticated but not stuffy and has excellent Italian food. We found the prices to be reasonable, as well.
For starters, Bruno’s complimentary bread is finger-licking good. We feasted on the Fried Mozzarella, served with a flavorful marinara sauce. My daughter had the Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, which you could tell was made with quality ingredients, and I had the Chicken Bruno, which you can have served over pasta or risotto. I had pasta. The dish came with a beurre blanc cream sauce that was dynamite!
4. Tia Juanita’s
Eating at Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp is a must! After sinking my teeth into the tasty Mexican, Cajun, and seafood cuisine, it is no wonder that the eclectic restaurant is continually in the top 5 on TripAdvisor’s Beaumont options. Tia Juanita’s has live music on the porch and outdoor dining. They certainly have a way with nachos, so be prepared to have some of the best if you are craving them.
My Spicy Beef Nachos were drenched in ground beef, refried beans, creamy queso, melted cheddar-jack cheese, and jalapeños. Still, the dish that stole the show was the Creamy Shrimp and Crab Bread Bowl, which was covered in a velvety, luscious pepper-jack cream sauce with plenty of blackened lump crab. Oh, blessed day, it was spectacular!
If you need suggestions for appetizers, we love the pistolettes, a fried cajun roll with shrimp étouffée inside. The hushpuppies with Mexican butter are pretty good, too.
5. Lupe Tortilla
We saw Lupe Tortilla from the highway and were drawn to the funky decor and neon signs. Inside, we were greeted by a friendly host and bartender. Lupe Tortilla has all your Tex-Mex favorites, and the chips & salsa are yummy. We added a side of Chili Con Queso to go with them.
You can’t go wrong with the fajita choices at Lupe Tortilla. You can pretty much name the meats you want as the options include barbacoa, chicken, shrimp, beef, and filet mignon, plus a few bonus choice like jalapeño bacon-wrapped quail and spicy chipotle smoked ribs. My favorite thing was the house recipe for Pina Coladas that uses condensed milk. Freaking nom!
6. Rao’s Bakery
Visit Rao’s Bakery for breakfast, a long-running institution for Beaumont’s foodies and coffee lovers. Try the delicious selection of gourmet muffins (super moist and flavorful), donuts, cinnamon rolls, or pastries and your favorite java, tea, juice, or soda to go with it. If you are more for traditional breakfast items, they have wraps, croissant sandwiches, and paninis. You may also want to take a few iced sugar cookie cutouts with you to enjoy later.
Oh, and let’s not forget that Rao’s has the best King Cake in Texas. If you haven’t tried one, I highly recommend it.
7. Toasted Yolk Cafe
We lucked into another great restaurant in Beaumont after reading reviews of Toasted Yolk Cafe online. In this case, the reviews were spot on—excellent food, impressive menu selections, and a bright and cheery atmosphere.
I loved that the Toasted Yolk Cafe menu listed all sorts of Benedicts, which they call Arnolds. That is usually my breakfast dish of choice, but I ventured into new territory here. The Cowboy Scramble, with bacon, ham, and sausage, plus scrambled eggs, was served over biscuits and topped with country gravy. While I didn’t love the gravy, the dish was very filling, and the hash brown casserole side dish choice was spot on. My husband chose the 2-Egg Deluxe Breakfast, which came with a pancake. We would gladly eat here again.
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