On the border between Louisiana and the Lone Star State, Beaumont is the Cajun Capital of Texas, but more than that, it’s a melting pot of cuisines. A palate-pleasing destination for culinary adventure seekers, you’ll find a unique blend of Cajun, Creole, Southern, Tex-Mex, BBQ, and international influences in Texas-sized portions. 

The Gulf provides a smorgasbord of freshly caught seafood while Texas beef is known the world over, raised locally in cattle country. From authentic taquerias and award-winning queso to smoked meat platters, you could easily dine around the world in a weekend. Unexpected fusion finds are also a delight from Cajun egg rolls and churro donuts to Viet-cajun noodle bowls and creamy crab dip. 

Some signature dishes to seek out include barbecued blue crab, fried catfish, blackened redfish, boudin balls, boiled shrimp, and hearty gumbos and stews. Crawfish season kicks off around Mardi Gras and runs through June with some of the most exciting eating experiences the local seafood boils. Follow our A-Z Cajun Eating Guide or let your nose and stomach lead you on a DIY food crawl.

When you’re ready to wash it all down, we have New Orleans-style frozen cocktails, microbreweries (one with a high-tech pour your own tap wall), and local wineries featuring everything from sangria flights to Topo Chico chillers. Grab a seat at one of the swings at Little Woodrow’s, visit the Logon Café, a quirky converted computer repair shop for karaoke and live music, chill out at a local listening room or two-step your way through the day. And with mild winter temperatures, it’s always patio season here.

Our only advice? Come hungry and pack your stretchy pants.