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Grandma’s Country Cooking feels, tastes like home

November 28, 2018

When you go to Grandma’s Country Cooking in Port Arthur, you’re part of the family, manager B. W. Chipman said.

“We want to welcome your family to our family,” he said. “Everything here is a family environment. We want people to be able to bring their kids. We will be here to serve you and provide you a good, comfortable environment to enjoy your meal.”

The idea for the family-centered and family-owned restaurant, which opened on Mother’s Day, began after owners Trisha and John Smith felt they could bring something new to the community.

“They saw the need of a home-cooked meal,” Chipman said. “Trisha spent time in the kitchen with her grandmother, and her grandmother taught her how to cook all these meals, so that’s why it’s Grandma’s. She’s using Grandma’s recipes.”

For Chipman, who is cousins with Trisha, the home-style concept holds special meaning to him.

“All of us are family,” he said. “When I first came in here, eating it again, it was a flashback. My grandmother died in ’91, and it was like tasting Grandma’s food again. It was wonderful.”

Extra touches were added to the eatery’s tableware for a sentimental flair.

“We serve on Styrofoam plates with plastic forks because if you went to our grandmother’s house on Sunday, she wasn’t going to wash all those dishes,” Chipman said. “We bring the whole grandma deal here.”

Favorite dishes include the beef tips and rice and gravy as well as the meatloaf and the chicken fried steak, Chipman said.

“I think we have the best chicken fried steak and meatloaf in the area,” he said. “It’s very seldom that you can go into a restaurant, and you can say everything on a menu is good. Every single thing on the menu is done unbelievably well - it’s seasoned well, it tastes good. We give you more food than you need. A lot of people share meals here.”

Grandma’s Country Cooking also boasts of their catfish, Chipman said.

“We have a two-pound catfish - we’re the only place in the area that provides that - the old, fried catfish,” he said. “It’s a true catfish. A lot of restaurants sell something that’s called a swai but this is a true catfish. It comes farm-raised out of Louisiana. We have the real thing. We’re the only one that does a 2-pound. Other people do a filet.”

A new dish offered, and not yet on the official menu, includes 12 fried shrimp with French Fries and hush puppies for $11.95, Chipman said.

After you finish your meal, dessert is a must, with options such as apple and peach cobbler with ice cream.

Chipman said the community’s response to the restaurant has been supportive.

“The reception has been outstanding,” he said. “There are times you can’t even get a seat in here. It’s very, very good. We have a lot of regulars. Everything is going really well. Our business has grown so much. ”

Average wait time is four minutes, Chipman said.

“We know some people only have a 30-minute lunch break to eat, so we’re very cognizant of that.”

Grandma’s Country Cooking is on Waitr and offers catering services.

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