Houston is known to be a huge foodie city, but what we didn’t know is that just one and a half hours outside of Houston is another foodie destination that makes the perfect getaway for a food-filled weekend.
We spent a weekend exploring Beaumont and all it has to offer - nature, history, and most importantly of course, the food and drinks! Thinking of taking a quick trip? Here’s how to experience Beaumont in less than 48 hours.
Start off your trip with a relaxing evening at a fig tree farm turned pecan tree farm, Amelia Farm & Market. While this venue boasts a beautiful indoor restaurant and bar, the real highlight is the stunning open view of the sky. Order the Market Nachos and Fried Veggies, and enjoy your meal while watching the sunset.
After dinner, enjoy some unique hand-crafted beers at Struggle Street Brewery. Here you’ll find a wide selection ranging from Caramel Apple to Blueberry Muffin, but don’t fret, you can order a flight to try multiple because you’re going to want more than one here.
Begin the morning bright and early at the oldest Italian bakery in Texas, Raos. Be sure to visit the original location on Calder Street! Grab a cup of coffee and a Jalapeno Cheese Kolache or Cinnamon Roll to fuel up for the long day ahead.
Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands and Boardwalk
Now that you’ve had your morning java and breakfast, head over to Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands and Boardwalk, an expansive wetland preserve that serves as a wildlife refuge for over 250 different species of birds. The nature center offers a panoramic view of the marsh, which you can check out before hitting the boardwalk for some bird watching!
Continue exploring the area's scenic views right down the road at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens. Here you’ll find an array of flowers and plant life. Take a seat and relax or stroll through the different exhibits to see the Japanese Garden, Modern Rose Garden, and 9/11 Memorial Garden.
After a full morning of sightseeing, it’s about time to throw down some delicious Mexican food. Head to Carmela’s for a sizzling plate of fajitas. They are also home to one of the top 10 queso’s in Texas, so do not leave without trying their perfectly creamy and chunky cheese dip.
Spend the afternoon at Beaumont’s newest brewery, Pour Brothers Brewery. Instead of traditional bartenders, you get to be your own bartender! You’ll be given a glass and a card, and as you fill up with any of the pours from the tap wall, the card will track how much you drink and how much you owe! Ask for a tour of the brewery and enjoy the expansive patio with plenty of seating and yard games.
Because you can’t really complete a food adventure without dessert, make a quick stop at La Real Michoachana. Yes, dessert before dinner! Order one of their Instagrammable creations to share. All the ice cream, popsicles, and drinks are made in-house, and everything is as flavorful as they are colorful.
You can't leave Beaumont without having dinner at the traditional “sit-on-the-floor” style Thai restaurant, Chaba. A local favorite, the food is incredibly authentic and delicious. You will want to try the Red Curry Chicken and the Pad Kee Mao, a house speciality you can't find anywhere else.
If you’re still able to walk at this point, take a quick stroll across the street to cap off the night at one of the newest Little Woodrow’s in Texas. If you’ve been to other locations, the one in Beaumont is by far the nicest. It is fully equipped with outdoor games, firepits, and swings!
Plan to sleep in on Sunday. After all, you just had a long day (and possibly a late night at Little Woodrow’s). The best recovery meal is a nice hearty brunch at J. Wilson’s. Here you’ll find elevated versions of all your favorite brunch dishes. We highly recommend the Oyster Nachos, Man Candy, and J Dub’s Chicken & Waffle.
Before you say goodbye, take a self-guided walking tour of downtown Beaumont. Start at the historic Jefferson Theater, and walk towards the Art, Energy, and Fire Museums, which all cost $5 or less. As you make your way towards the Fire Museum, you will definitely want to take a photo with the largest working fire hydrant in the world that was donated by Walt Disney in honor of the re-release of the “101 Dalmatians.” The last must-see is the restored Crockett Street, an infamous street from the early 20th century.
About the Author: Marissa Ha
Dallas native turned Houstonian, Marissa is an absolute food fanatic and shares her passion for food through one of Houston's top food blogs, Houston Hotspots. When she's not chowing down queso or slurping up pasta noodles, she loves to travel the world with her husband or binge watch Netflix with her two cats.