The decoration of Hamburger Depot is nothing special. Its just an average style restaurant with a front counter where you walk up to order. You take a number and the food is delivered to you.
What does stand out about the place is that despite its location outside of the city center, it is always packed with people. And the mix of people is quite surprising. There will be young and old, white collar and blue collar, white and black and everything in between. It simply is the best burger in a few hundred miles and all the locals know it.
Open Monday ~ Saturday, 10:30am to 8:00pm
Favorite Dish: The burgers are large and over flowing. The smallest patty is 1/2lb. They are juicy and topped with anything you want. If you're a glutton you can try to tackle the "sissy" which is a triple 1/2lb burger.
There are two locations of Roa's Bakery. The first one which opened in 1941 is on 2596 Calder Avenue. It's opening hours are more limited (6am ~ 6pm Mon/Fri, until 3pm Sat, closed Sunday). Its menu is also slightly smaller.
The newer location (address listed below), is much larger and caters to more diverse taste buds. There's coffee, cakes, a full bakery and fantastic gelatos.
Open 6am ~ 9:30pm Mon/Thurs ; until 11pm Fri/Sat ; until 8:30 on Sunday
Favorite Dish: The gelatos are great! I have an insatiable sweet tooth and have tried a few of the flavors. They are rich in taste and smooth in texture. The apple pie, raspberry and mint were great. But there are about 15 other flavors I have yet to try.
Willy Ray's BBQ is nothing more than a roadside BBQ joint. But the quality is fantastic. They are open until 9pm, so better eat early. They offer dine-in, carry-out and even drive through!
There are several meat choices to choose from, and you can get anything you want as an individual serving. However, if you opt for the "meal", you get two sides and a drink included. They also offer all-you-can-eat choices too.
Favorite Dish: The back ribs are good, as are roasts and the sausages. They also have some more local options, like deer if its available.
The sides are anything from rice to steamed vegetables, southern dirty rice, french fries, etc.
This place is often overlooked, which is good news for you! From my experience of living in different parts of Texas, I can say that the Beaumont area is more of a seafood town than a barbecue town. Texas Brotha's BBQ is the best there is, hands down. The restaurant is family-run and only takes up half of a convenience store the family also runs. There's very little seating, but what this restaurant lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up with its food, cooked fresh every day.
There's a bit of a catch--Texas Brotha's BBQ is only open weekdays during lunchtime hours. It's a GREAT stopping point if you're traveling through Beaumont. On your way back to Interstate 10, you might as well take a quick look at the Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Museum which is next door.
Favorite Dish: My favorite meal here is the two-meat combination plate. I usually get a porkchop and barbecued ribs, with sides of baked beans and rice, yams and cornbread. Other meat choices usually include brisket and fried chicken and other sides include green beans, pinto beans, mashed potatoes with gravy and corn.
Drinks? It's a convenience store, so there's everything from water to sodas to beer.
This is a small Mexican market/restaurant near the section of Beaumont called Old Town. While the market sells many interesting items, the focus of this place is the restaurant. It works sort of short-order style: order when you walk in at the counter in front of the kitchen (menus are in English and Spanish) and grab a seat. There are free copies of the region's Spanish newspapers and schedules for upcoming tejano and reggaeton concerts going on around Southeast Texas and in the Houston area.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the burrito asado. Their burritos are priced lower than what you'd find at other Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants around the area but are at least three or four times as large. Actually, they're HUGE! There are several different combinations for their burritos including seafood varieties. Whatever you end up eating, wash it down with a large glass of tamarindo (tamarind) juice.
The City of Beaumont is in the process of revitalizing its downtown area, and a few businesses have already taken advantage of the location. One is the Barking Dog Coffee Lounge, a coffee and sandwich shop that has converted one of historic old buildings along Park Street downtown. The Barking Dog has tons of old books and magazines to peruse while you're sipping coffee, eating one of their excellent desserts or paninis or taking advantage of their free WiFi. The café frequently hosts events such as live bands and fashion shows and art showings profiling the area's artists. Check their website for a schedule of events.
Favorite Dish: The cranberry chicken panini is a must-have, as well as the dessert panini, which is strawberries and chocolate sandwiched between two layers of angel food cake and styled to look like a panini. They also have standard and specialized coffees.
If you've got a taste for Vietnamese food, Pho Four Season is the place. I've spent countless dollars here since I moved to town on various noodle and rice dishes. The wooden interior decor provides the right kind of mood for any gathering, whether it be with friends, family or a date.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dishes are the spring rolls, the broiled beef cubes served over rice and the lemon grass chicken served on rice. They also have various teas. My favorite tea is the coconut milk tea with tapioca.
Great food all around. And, if you're not into Vietnamese they have good Chinese food as well. Also, if you're around during lunch time, there's a great buffet. Kinda small, but still great. It looks run down from the outside, but it's really very nice on the inside.
Favorite Dish: I don't know how to spell it. But it's Beef with quiche and rice. It's like Bo Bun or something. Also, the iced tea is amazing.
It's right on Interstate 10. It's a small family-owned place with great service and great food. If you want Italian, this is the only place you should go.
Favorite Dish: Chicken parmigana. But that's my favorite food period. :)
It's a small family-owned place with a nice outdoor eating area. The English isn't that good there, but everybody is still friendly.
Favorite Dish: Sour cream enchiladas are my favorite. It's the same basic Tex-Mex menu as every other place, but it's the best in the whole city.