The holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends, but you don’t always want to cook a big meal or clean up a big mess. From a fun girls night or a gathering with the in-laws, switch up the traditional holiday meal by checking out the best that Beaumont has to offer!  From brand new to tried and true, here are our top picks for where to take your out of town guests to impress them with Southeast Texas cuisine!

1) J. Wilsons

4190 Gladys
Beaumont, Tx 77706
(409) 899-8686

J. Wilson’s is a restaurant on the corner of Gladys Street and W Lucas. It features made from scratch meals and a full bar stocked with seasonal beer. The restaurant is brand new and has an upscale, relaxed feel. Think Cajun, Southern and Mexican cuisine all wrapped into one. 

J. Wilson's Pork Chops

Here’s a meal they are best know for: Sweet Tea Brined Black hill Meats Pork Chops with Andouille white beans.

They also have a popular brunch menu including mimosas and featuring items like home made biscuits, breakfast sausage, topped with local egg and Andouille cream gravy. Also, the bar area has big screen TV’s if you need to catch a football game. Stay updated by liking J.Wilson's on Facebook.

2) Monica's Restaurant

6385 Calder Ave
Beaumont, Tx 77706
(409) 554-0730

Monica's is a farm-to-table restaurant that offers fresh, creative and unique meal options. Along with their own version of the banh mi Vietnamese sandwich, Monica's serves salads, pork loin, free range chicken, gulf shrimp and weekly lunch specials. 

Banh Mi Sandwich

For first time customers, Monica recommends the Bahn Mon Sandwich, which can be prepared with blackstrap pork loin, free range chicken or gulf shrimp. There is also a vegetarian option.

3) Jerry Nelsons Hill Country: Wood Fired Grill

3871 Stagg Dr
Beaumont, Tx 77701
(409) 212-9650

The newly restored building can be seen right from Interstate 10 near College street. This would be a great place to meet up for dinner and then stay for a little dancing! Jerry Nelson's Hill Country doubles as a restaurant (Wood Fired Grill) and a music hall (Backyard Music Hall). There is a very “Austin” feel once inside. It’s Texas Hill Country cuisine - Southern, barbecue, Cajun and farm-to-table options. 

Menu items include steaks, blackened chicken, and unique dishes like smoked gouda mac and cheese with bacon (you can add jumbo lump crab meat).

They also have St. Arnolds draft root beer on tap, which is amazing! A line-up of live music and entertainment can be found online along with their menu, www.jnhillcountry.com.

4) Amelia Farm and Market

8600 Dishman Road
Beaumont, Tx 77713

Amelia Farm and Market is on a beautiful piece of property off of Dishman Road.  Right now, it’s a food truck with a large patio area on the property where they are building a restaurant. (They're aiming to open the restaurant in early 2016.) There are heaters on the porch area for when it’s cool outside. The menu features items made with fresh, local produce and pasture raised meats. All the seafood is fresh from the Gulf from local purveyors. You can view a menu and order online, www.ameliafarmandmarket.com

Amelia Farm & Market Sandwich

One great menu find: "The Cuban" with a side salad. Delish!

5) Carmelas Mexican Restaurant

3925 Calder Ave, Beaumont Tx 77706
(409) 898-4745

You’ve got to admit, anytime someone comes home for the holidays they want hometown Mexican food at least once. Carmelas will do it for you! Besides amazing salsa and queso, they often has 50 cent margarita specials, which are usually announced on Carmelas Facebook page. On Mondays, Fajitas for two is $15.99. The Tacos Al Pastor is one of the most popular menu items and is served on crispy or soft tacos! 

Of course, there are many more restaurant options in the Beaumont area. And if your guests are up for some shopping, check here for a list of locally owned shops around town!