One of my favorite parts about visiting a destination is the food. Beaumont, Texas did not disappoint with options ranging from Tex Mex to Cajun fusions.
I’m sharing more about the best restaurants to eat at in Beaumont along with a few breweries to add to your list too.
The Mildred Building, 1495 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX
Katharine and Company resides inside the historic Mildred Building.
The Mildred building was named in honor of the daughter of a wealthy oil tycoon, Miles Frank Yount.
Miles’s fortune was a result of the Second Spindletop Oil Boom in 1925. His daughter was once named by TIME magazine as the richest little girl to give you a perspective of his wealth.
The architectural style of the building is Mediterranean Revival that is now a mixed-use space of retail center, three-story apartment building, and garage.
Serving lunch only, Katharine and Company uses fresh and seasonal ingredients in their salads, sandwiches, soups, and more.
I would definitely recommend trying the Grilled shrimp PO Boy.
The sandwich is made with basil-jalapeno tartar sauce, tomatoes & lettuce on french bread. A cup of tomato basil soup is also a wonderful choice.
For a great salad, try the pecan parmesan-crusted chicken made with tomatoes, green beans, new potatoes, mixed greens, goat cheese toast & honey mustard dressing.
A unique drink to try is the “Janis Joplin” iced tea made with Lemonade and hibiscus sweet tea.
4190 Gladys Ave., Beaumont, Texas
With everything made from scratch, in-house, with the freshest ingredients, J. Wilson’s is self-described as “inappropriately good.”
After you try the “man candy” you’ll understand why.
The “man candy” is made with slow-smoked pork belly tossed in habanero jelly and it is heavenly!
We tried the stuffed chicken breast with a side of creamed spinach. It’s made with artichoke and feta stuffed chicken breast topped with a roasted red pepper sauce.
The shrimp & grits are another great option to try. The dish has seared gulf shrimp served over their homestead gristmill white grits, gumbo-style roux, and is topped with a farm-fresh egg.
Save room for the white chocolate raspberry bread pudding. It’s definitely worth the extra calories!
Sweet stop at Rao’s Bakery
2596 Calder Ave., Beaumont, Texas
With multiple locations around the city, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a local Beaumont favorite that’s the oldest bakery in Southeast Texas.
Rao’s Bakery is the King of King Cakes! They sell 8000-12,000 King Cakes each Mardi Gras season. (Beaumont, Texas is a FUN destination for Mardi Gras.)
They also ship around 1000 King Cakes each season in case you are craving one and can’t make it to the bakery.
You’ll also find plenty of other pastries, cookies, and delicious cakes to choose from.
2005 Calder Ave., Beaumont, Texas
Tacos La Bamba is a wonderful restaurant for flavorful Mexican food surrounded by colorful art at every turn.
During our visit, we got to spend time with super talented local artist, Ines Alvidres.
Ines is pictured above behind her table artwork at the restaurant.
I don’t think that you can go wrong with any of the tacos, tortas, or burritos. Don’t forget the guacamole!
5535 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX
If you enjoy unique and creative pizza, you are in for a treat at Crown Pizza.
Start your visit with the Golden triangle appetizer. It’s made with hand-cut mozzarella and served deep-fried with a side of their house-made marina.
The specialty pizzas at Crown Pizza were combinations that I wouldn’t have thought to dream up. And I loved every bite!
We tried the following speciality pizzas.
Mac Daddy – macaroni and cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, topped with Flamin’ hot Cheetos.
The Shangri La– basil pesto, fresh chopped garlic, shredded mozzarella, fresh cows milk mozzarella, artichoke hearts, pine nuts, and fresh spinach.
Hawaiian Hottie– hand crushed San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, Canadian bacon, pineapple, and jalapeños.
Boogie on the Bayou– seasoned cream cheese, mozzarella, Cajun boudin, slivers of Serrano peppers, green onion. Served with a side of house-made jalapeno ranch dressing.
Cheeseburger Pizza -yellow mustard, American cheese, pepper jack cheese, fresh ground Angus beef, chopped onion, dill pickle slices, topped with an order of crispy french fries.
Of course, you can go with a more traditional option but why would you want to???
The best scenario is going with a group of people so that you have an excuse to sample a little bit of everything.
I should note that the seating area is pretty small so you may need to take your order to go if you have a large group.
5535 Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX
Conveniently located next to Crown Pizza, Willy Burger is a great option if you are craving a great burger and other American classics.
At Willie Burger, they grind their meat every day using USDA Certified Angus Beef in their open concept kitchen. There is a viewing window for guests to see.
They also grill their onions & jalapenos in the bacon grease, which is pretty amazing.
The inside of Willy Burger is a modern take on a classic diner.
There is seating at the counter or at one of the booths.
The most unique seating area at Willy Burger is located inside the Airstream connected to the restaurant.
This is a great spot if you have a larger group.
You will want to add a shake and an order of Parmesan fries to share with your order. Willy’s parmesan fries are made with seasoned thin-cut fries, topped with grated Parmesan and garlic.
We ordered two unique types of burgers and then split them.
Kung Fu Burger– Burger topped with Asian slaw, 3 strips of crispy bacon, fresh chopped onions, sliced jalapeno peppers, 2 slices of pepper jack cheese and their house made sriracha mayo.
Hee Haw Burger – Burger topped with homemade pimento cheese, a fried green tomato, fresh lettuce, 3 strips of crispy bacon, and red pepper jelly.
I’ll also note that Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp is on the other side of Willy’s Burgers. Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp is known for their Mexican and Cajun creole seafood. We ran out of time or we would have tried their grilled boudin quesadillas which were highly recommended.
8600 Dishman Rd., Beaumont, Texas
Amelia Farm and Market is a wonderful brunch stop with seating options inside and out. They pride themselves on offering pasture-raised and finished meats that are fed a diet free of hormones and antibiotics.
The Brisket Hash is a MUST in my opinion. It’s made with an egg prepared to your preference, house smoked brisket, potatoes, bell peppers, onion and a side salad.
I also tried the chicken and biscuit. The chicken reminded me of pork tenderloin and it was served with jalapeno gravy which was a nice twist on traditional gravy.
There is a market if you decide that you want to bring some of the delicious jellies and jams home with you.
3925 Calder Ave., Beaumont, Texas 77706
Mexican food for breakfast? Yes, please! Carmela’s Mexican Restaurant is known for its breakfast tacos and famous queso.
The tables and booths have colorful artwork with scenes inspired by various parts of Mexico.
We started our breakfast with chips and salsa.
…And I’m totally ok with that!
You really can’t go wrong with any combination that offers eggs, refried beans, and cheese on top.
2290 I-10 S Beaumont, Texas
Floyd’s is a popular restaurant offering Cajun seafood menu options along with steak options too.
For appetizers, start with “Floyd’s Bar Trash” made with blackened shrimp and lump crab meat. It’s served with garlic bread and lemon butter.
If you are a fan of oysters, you can enjoy them charbroiled or raw.
They also have boudin balls which I first learned about during a visit to Lake Charles, LA who has a Boudin Trail.
What are boudin balls?
Boudin balls are made with pork sausage, rice, and seasoning rolled into balls then deep-fried.
We tried the crab crusted Mahi Mahi and Bub’s Shrimp Platter with 4 fried shrimp, 4 grilled shrimp, 2 shrimp en brochette, and 2 crab stuffed shrimp.
2140 Calder Ave., Beaumont, Texas
In addition to so many great restaurants, Beaumont has a few breweries worth checking out.
Full disclosure: I’m not a typical beer drinker but I did find that Struggle Street offered some fun flavors that I would drink again.
I tried a flight of beer that included Berry Cream, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Hurricane Tart, and Blueberry Slushie.
I was immediately drawn to the colorful hop shaped light fixtures located throughout the room.
The brewery is cozy with seating at the bar and a few tables inside. There is also an outside patio.
585 Wall St, Beaumont, TX
Another brewery to add to your list is Pour Brothers Brewing.
What makes this brewery unique is its self-pour system that allows you to select and discover your favorite beers.
To start, you’ll need a card that you swipe before each pour. *Pour Brothers Brewery cuts off the card after 32 oz have been poured.
The hardest part is narrowing down all of your options!
This is a very family-friendly brewery with plenty of room to spread out. There is a large outdoor area with picnic tables and giant outdoor games.
For the non-beer lover, there are non-alcoholic options, mixers, and fun “kid tails” for younger patrons.
You can bring in your own food or order from the pub menu from New York Pizza and Pasta located across the street.
I’m also sharing their bathroom sign… just because I appreciate the humor.
Which Beaumont Restaurant do you want to visit first?
And now the hard part, which of these great options do you want to start with first?
Thanks again to Visit Beaumont for hosting my visit.