On the Road Eats: Beaumont, Texas

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I was flying to Beaumont for a meeting and had some time to grab a great lunch before and a quick “snack” on the way out.  I googled best dining in Beaumont and one restaurant won Best Restaurant, Best New Restaurant, Best Bar and Best Brunch which meant I had to go try it!

J. Wilson’s
Best (New)Restaurant, Best Bar, Best Brunch….was this really the best restaurant in Beaumont?  If so, I was going there for lunch.  I arrived on the early side and got comfortable. I ordered a lazy tamales, essentially a deconstructed tamale topped with gulf shrimp, lump crab, avocado and a fried egg.  Then it was time to check email and do a little prep for my meeting prior to my meal.  The food? It was very enjoyable, served in a cast iron skillet and took no time at all.  Plus the atmosphere was very laid back and I had excellent service. If only I was there at night, I would have had a drink at the bar!

Floyd’s Cajun Seafood Company
I visited Floyd’s years ago during my first trip to Beaumont.  I was there with a colleague and he ordered gumbo and I ordered bisque.  We both thought it was pretty good.  My second time to Beaumont also included a stop to Floyd’s for a quick cup of bisque and this trip, my third, was no different.  I made a quick stop on my way to the airport to grab a bowl of crab bisque.  I sat at the bar, checked email and enjoyed my garlic bread, rice and bisque.  I left for the airport with plenty of time to spare and a full belly!

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And I ask…why not Texas?

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I miss my raspberry danish twist for breakfast. I miss my crumb coffee cake on weekends with coffee and fruit. I miss the mini chocolate chip cookies with milk for a snack in the afternoon. And I miss having a donut at night before bed, sometimes chocolate frosted, sometimes crumb.

No, this is not what I eat on a daily basis.  But I was thinking back to some of my favorite foods as a child, teenager and even young adult while I lived in the Northeast.  Have you guessed what I am talking about yet?

I live in Texas and for a very good reason, my suitcase comes home a few pounds heavier when I travel for business.  Here is the reason why.

My Happy Place at the new Kroger in Austin Landing(Dayton,OH)
My Happy Place at the new Kroger in Austin Landing(Dayton,OH)

My suitcase is filled with Entenmann’s treats.  When I pack I make sure to leave room for a box of donuts and a box of crumb cakes.  Sometimes cookies make it home too.  I bring them home with me from various cities since I could not imagine my five year old daughter not ever trying my favorite childhood treats.  Plus I score points with my husband since the chocolate frosted donuts are his absolute favorite.

So I ask again- why not Texas?  When I travel for work, my five year old doesn’t ask for a t-shirt, a magnet or even a new stuffed animal.  She requests that I bring home her favorite white box.  Please Entenmann’s- help me make my suitcase lighter and bring a smile to my daughter’s face!