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Tacos La Shula to Reopen as Drive-Through Only Restaurant

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In a Facebook Live event on April 17, 2023, the owners of Tacos La Shula announced they will be reopening as a drive-thru restaurant in a new location, serving only to-go orders.

The new Tacos La Shula will be located at 5602 Highway 87 in Orange, near the Little Cypress-Mauriceville school campuses.

Even though the menu won’t be the same as their previous restaurant, owners Chris Chapman and his wife, Zilpa Plascencia, promise that their classic dishes birria tacos, birria quesadillas, birria burritos, homemade tortillas, and street tacos, will return to the menu.

Tacos La Shula will be open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will offer breakfast tacos, breakfast burritos, coffee, and smoothies.

Plans are to try and reopen within the next three to four weeks.

For more information, follow the restaurant’s official Facebook page to be updated on a grand-opening date.

Entertainment Announced for Flashback Friday Mardi Gras Parade

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Entertainment has been announced after the Flashback Friday Parade that serves as the kickoff for the 2022 Orange Mardi Gras season on Friday, February 18, 2022, at the Riverside Pavilion immediately.

At 7 PM, Chubby Carrier will be featured. Once the accordion-playing virtuoso grabs the mic and takes to the stage with his bandmates, audiences are treated to a show like no other. Chubby Carrier’s sound is infectious – a concoction of blues, 70s funk, rock and roll, and good-ole zydeco flavor – and makes even the timidest individuals get their feet a-movin’. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band are turning heads around the world and bringing Louisiana flavor to the masses. The funky zydeco band’s release, Zydeco Junkie, earned one of the highest musical accolades when it was named Best Zydeco or Cajun Album during the 53rd annual Grammy Awards celebration in February 2011. For more than 20 years, Chubby and the Bayou Swamp Band have toured relentlessly around the world, playing venues such as the Chicago Blues Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Cajun, and Zydeco Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL., and Montreaux Jazz Fest in Switzerland. For his steadfast dedication to zydeco music, Carrier was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on October 16, 2011.

At 9 PM, Corey Ledet Zydeco will step on stage. Corey Ledet was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but spent his summers with family in small-town Parks, Louisiana. The Creole culture has its roots in Louisiana, but spread across the country, including neighboring Texas. Because of this, he was able to be immersed at all times in the Creole culture he loved so much. The summers in the family home molded and shaped Corey’s world in a profound way. By the time he graduated from high school, he was certain that music was the focal point of his future. Corey eventually moved to Louisiana in order to be surrounded by this beautiful culture at all times. He remains true to his roots and earnestly searches for ways to include them in his music. He keeps one foot firmly in the tradition while exploring surrounding influences in order to create the best of both worlds. He is able to infuse old and new styles of Zydeco into his own unique sound from all of the people he studied and was influenced by.

He also appreciates the other traditional sound indigenous to Louisiana in Cajun music and has been able to expand his repertoire to include these influences as well. Corey’s versatile sound enables him to please any audience. Whether he is playing a solo acoustical set or he is backed up by a full band, you as a listener will always be thoroughly entertained. He finds joy in giving his listeners a true dance/music experience in the ways of old-time house parties. So, come and enjoy the music of old presented in a new way but still very tied to tradition.

Food vendors, Free State Winery, and a beer booth will be available at the Riverside Pavilion.

Chalkboards Coffee & Cafe Opens in Bridge City

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Chalkboards Coffee & Cafe Opens in Bridge City

Chalkboards Coffee & Cafe has opened in Bridge City at 1055 Texas Ave. in the location formerly called Elements Cafe and Bakery. Their operating hours are Monday-Friday from 7 am-5 pm and Saturdays from 8 am-2 pm. They are closed on Sundays.

They are open for dine-in, carry-out, or drive-through. Chalkboards Coffee & Cafe has the same owner, location, phone number, and staff as Elements Cafe and Bakery with a great new menu and staff additions.  The biggest change in the reopening is that they are no longer a full bakery. However, they will continue to offer some desserts and a holiday menu but will no longer be taking any custom orders. Their menu is served all day every day and there are no longer rotating specials.

In their “pantry” section, they’ll offer fresh, ready, refrigerated soups by the quart, chicken salad, and some of their most popular salad dressings like raspberry vinaigrette, lemon poppyseed, and cilantro lime, as well as some of their seasoning, blends like everything seasoning, blackening seasoning, jerk seasoning, chili powder in pint jars.

To see their menu, visit their Facebook page or call them at 409-792-0870.

Orange County Health Inspections September – November 2019

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Orange County Health Scores Report

Orange County Health Inspector James Scales released his September – November 2019 health inspection report.

Three food kitchens in Orange were inspected and given no score:

  • Mount Siani Baptist Church at 1113 North 2nd St., Orange
  • First Presbyterian at 902 Green Ave., Orange
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, 912 W.Cherry St, Orange

Pre-opening/post-Imelda inspections were given to:

  • Brewitas, 2785 Texas Avenue, Suite B, Bridge City
  • Panther’s Den Preschool, 5970 White Oak Rd., Mauriceville
  • Gator Cafe, 407 Green Ave., Orange
  • Tacos “La Shula”, 1918 Strickland Dr., Orange

Perfect scores went to Orangefield Elementary, Bridge City Intermediate, Orangefield High School,  Bridge City Elementary, Bridge City Middle School, Orangefield Jr. High, West Orange High School, Red Apron Kitchen, Little Cypress Elementary, North Early Learning Center, West Orange Middle School, Little Cypress Intermediate, Little Cypress Jr. High, Mauriceville School Kitchen, Little Cypress High School,

The scores are, from highest to lowest:

West Orange Elementary, 97

Family Dollar, 3751 16th St, Orange, 95

1B Cheapers, 11365 Highway 12,  Mauriceville, 95

Lom’s Seafood, 2507 Macarthur Dr., Orange, 92

Quick Stop, 4208 Western Ave, Orange, 85

Texas Seafood & Steakhouse, 1835 Texas Ave., Bridge City, 84. Followup visits required.

Brick Oven Pizza Company, 1125 Texas Ave., Bridge City, 84. Followup visits required.












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