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Visiting Friends in Port Arthur and Houston, TX and a trip to Goodson’s Cafe

Yesterday (Thursday), we arrived in Port Arthur, TX to visit with our Heartland friends, Bill and Ornell S. This is the 3rd time I’ve stopped to visit. Like past years, I backed the RV down their driveway and camped right there on their property. Power and water baby – we aren’t roughing it here 🙂 Sorry, no pictures this year.

Bill decided to cook instead of the 4 of us going out to dinner. He made a large pot of beef stew and some corn bread. A great meal to accompany a great visit with our friends.

This morning, I made Aretha Frankenstein pancakes and I added pecans to the batter (recipe link). Yum! Bill fried up 2 pounds of bacon. Great food, great friends and a really nice, though too short visit. We were back on the road around 11:30 am.

We pushed into Westlake RV Resort off I-10 on the west side of Houston at the border with Katy, TX around 2 pm.

Around 5 pm, we set out for Tomball, TX for two reasons. One was to experience the Chicken Fried Steak from Goodson’s Cafe – as seen on TV! The other was to visit with our Heartland friends, Buddy and Maureen R. The Chicken Fried Steak was enormous. We knew this going in, so Nancy and I split that meal. The steak was “just okay” – not amazing. The surprise was their dinner rolls. Huge and very good. Think Lambert’s Cafe rolls, but twice the size and a bit denser.

The best part of the evening was just being able to visit with Buddy and Maureen and catch up.

The Chicken Fried Steak at Goodson's Cafe in Tomball, TX
The Chicken Fried Steak at Goodson’s Cafe in Tomball, TX
Buddy and Maureen R and us at Goodson's Cafe in Tomball, TX
Buddy and Maureen R and us at Goodson’s Cafe in Tomball, TX
Goodson's Cafe in Tomball, TX
Goodson’s Cafe in Tomball, TX

Braving the weather to visit NOLA

After a morning of work and doing expense reports, we decided to call a cab to pick us up at the campground and take us downtown so we could make a FedEx drop-off, have some lunch and do some window-shopping.

After making our FedEx drop, we had the cab drop us off at Cafe Beignet in the French Quarter on Royal Street. We chose this of their two locations as they have indoor seating here.

Cafe Beignet - the one on Royal Street.
Cafe Beignet – the one on Royal Street.
Cafe Beignet Inside 1Nancy Ordering at Cafe BigneitMenu for Cafe Beignet

I ordered a Muffuletta sandwich and Nancy had a bowl of Jambalaya. The food was decent.MuffulettaNancy's LunchCafe Beignet - Jim and Nancy

We even had a few non-human visitors “inside” the restaurant…Birds Inside RestaurantThe waitress told us the birds get really brave and go a bit nuts after they eat a bunch of powdered sugar from the floors 🙂

And of course, what visit to Cafe Beignet would be complete without beignets themselves? Oh so good too!

Well, I lost the picture I took.  But ours looked just like these and oh so good :)
Well, I lost the picture I took. But ours (much smaller order) looked just like these and were oh so good 🙂

After lunch, we strolled (swiftly… in the rain) down Royal Street, stopping in a few shops to look around.

Shops on Royal Street
Shops on Royal Street

We bought some spices, hot sauce and a food gift. Nice time, weather considered. Looking forward to returning in better weather in a year or two.

Magnolia Sugar and Spice Store
Magnolia Sugar and Spice Store
Magnolia Sugar and Spice Store - Inside 2Magnolia Sugar and Spice Store - Inside 1
You have to sign a waiver to try this hit sauce!
You have to sign a waiver to try this hot sauce!