Best of the Upper East Side of Texas 2012 Winners Announced:
The annual Best of the Upper East Side of Texas highlights food, entertainment, enlightenment, attractions, and more as identified by County Line Magazine readers.
Here's a list of the winners and runners up, by location:
HALL OF FAME
Certain businesses and places in the Upper East Side of Texas consistently win buckets of votes for excellence, so County Line Magazine, to pay tribute to the best of the best, established a Hall of Fame. The criteria are simple: win the same category three times, and be recognized.
The two 2012 additions are Tyler State Park, which was named best camping spot in 2011, 2010, and 2008, and Crossroads Music Company in Winnsboro, which was named best live music venue in 2011, 2008, and 2007.
These two join the first class of 2011 inductees that show off some of the best of the Upper East Side of Texas, listed by location:
Canton: Best Hamburgers and Best Malt/Shake, Dairy Palace; Best RV Park, Mill Creek Ranch RV & Cottage Resort.
Edom: Best Pie and Best Waitstaff, The Shed Cafe.
Lake Fork: Best Fishing Hole; Best Golf Course, The Links at Land's End
Mineola: Best Nature Walk and Birdwatching, Mineola Nature Preserve.
Quitman: Best Small Theatre Company, Quitman Community Theatre.
Tyler: Best Radio DJ, Tom Perryman at KKUS The Ranch.
Wills Point: Best Restaurant, Four Winds Steakhouse.
Winnsboro: Best Chicken Fried Steaks, Double C Steakhouse; Best Pizza, Cibo Vino, and Best Small Town Downtown.
BEST OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE OF TEXAS 2012
Athens: best artist, Bruce Peil.
Avinger, Hughes Springs, Linden: best scenic drive, Wildflower Trails of Texas.
Ben Wheeler: best small downtown; best sign, RC/Moon Pie mural; best restaurant, The Forge; best catfish (tie), Moore's Store; best chicken-fried steak, Moore's Store; best salad, The Forge; best pizza, The Forge; best annual event, Hog Fest; best live music venue, Moore's Store; best art gallery, Flying Fish Gallery.
Canton: best attraction, First Monday Trade Days; best local band, Wesley Pruitt Band.
Cypress Springs: best RV park, Walleye Park.
Gilmer: best chef, Chef Debbie the Traveling Chef.
Harleton: best winery, Enoch's Stomp Vineyard and Winery.
Hideaway Lake: best lakeside community.
Jacksonville: best slogan, Home of the World's Largest Bowl of Salsa.
Jefferson: best barbecue. Joseph's Riverport; best salsa and tortilla chips, Don Juan's; best malt/shake, Jefferson General Store.
Lindale: best breakfast, Simply Berties; best small theater company, Lindale Community Theater; best local singer-songwriter, Heather Little.
Longview: best museum, Longview Museum of Fine Arts.
Marshall: best county courthouse, Old Harrison County Courthouse.
Miller's Grove: best catfish (tie), Stacy's Fish Fry.
Mineola: best hamburger, East Texas Burger Company; best sweets, The Luscious Crumb; best hotel/motel, Best Western.
Palestine: best fishing hole, Lost Prairie Lake; best nature walk, Davey Dogwood Park.
Pittsburg: best camping spot, Lake Bob Sandlin State Park.
Quitman: best play, Hats! The Musical by Quitman Community Theatre.
Rockwall: Best Tex-Mex, Gloria's; best afternoon stroll, The Harbor.
Sulphur Springs: most improved small town; best park, Coleman Park.
Tyler: best seafood, Fish City Grill; best produce, Brookshire's FRESH; best golf course, Cascades Country Club; best bookstore, Barnes & Noble.
Wills Point: best steak, Four Winds Steakhouse.
Winnsboro: best coffee, Art & Espresso; best sandwich, Liefie Li Vine; best pie, Ganny's; best bed & breakfast, Thee Hubbell House Bed and Breakfast Resort; best theater actor/actress, Thomas Hulme.