Restaurants

Top Choice Barbecue in Jefferson

Joseph's Riverport Barbecue

Texas barbecue done right. Order at the counter and retreat to the long wooden tables with your groaning plate of brisket, turkey breast, fried okra, plus sweet iced tea – if you can grab a space from the locals. Th…
Top Choice Barbecue in Tyler

Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue

Your one-stop shop for good food and drink in Tyler. Superb barbecue in all forms is served in sandwiches, on plates, in tacos and more. Top regional country, blues and rock groups plus vocalists perform on Friday a…
Top Choice American in Caddo Lake

Shady Glade Cafe

Right on the lake near the docks, this wooden restaurant is always busy with gossiping locals, many lounging around on battered chairs out front. The menu carries the usual catfish and fried pickles. Daily specials …
Top Choice American in Jefferson

Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Bar

Old-fashioned chicken and dumplings is the savory star at this family-run cafe. But be sure to save room for the pie. All 15 varieties are tasty, but the buttermilk pie is just 'that' much better. Oh, and as you'd s…
Top Choice Barbecue in Kilgore

Country Tavern

The Country Tavern, 5 miles west of Kilgore on Hwy 31, is known statewide for its wonderfully tender barbecued ribs and other wood-smoked meats. The nearly windowless metal building has a lot less charm than the sam…
Top Choice American in Canton

Buttermilk’s

Far above average country fare is on offer at this tidy corner brick cafe in the heart of town. The burgers are actually famous and the rest of the dishes are prepared fresh and with care (fried green beans and frie…
Pizza in Edom & Ben Wheeler

Forge

The Forge serves pizza (plus salads, tacos and sandwiches), and offers singer-songwriter folk music Thursday through Saturday. Wednesday is open-mike night. The cafe has a big wraparound porch. Special events throug…
Steak in Jefferson

Five D Cattle Co

Reasonable steaks and the friendly, down-home atmosphere are worth the drive 15 miles west to Avinger. Everybody knows everybody eating in here in these converted old wooden store buildings; you soon will too.
American in Nacogdoches

Butcher Boy's

Join the crowds queuing at the counter to place your order for great burgers, chicken-fried steak or barbecue. Options are many, try the fried okra. It's always busy and is a short walk from the center.
American in Tyler

Rick's on the Square

In Tyler’s somnolent old downtown, Rick’s is in an old brick building and offers an upscale option for a night out. The menu is straightforward American comfort (steaks, burgers, seafood); the bar serves top-end coc…