Have You Eaten at These Best Restaurant Winners?

The participants of a winetasting at Villa Montez restaurant, Tyler, send up a cheer.

County Line Magazine celebrates its 15th year of conducting the annual Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey. Among the more than 3,500 nominations and some 60 ultimate recognitions were numerous restaurants, drinking establishments and places to get food -- prepared or for cooking. This blog will feature the food and drink winners in various groupings over the next several weeks. 

Some of the categories’ winners are divided by size of the town, 50,000 and under and 50,000 and over. The winners represent a great selection of what visitors and residents alike enjoy in the way of "Food, glorious food!" in the Upper East Side of Texas.

This week's focus is on the Best Restaurants. [For the complete list of winners across all categories, visit http://www.goo.gl/5aExZj.

Best Restaurant (under 50,000 population)


The Marina at Lake Cypress Springs. Mount Vernon. The Marina hosts a large and varied menu. Among these interesting foods, some of the more eye-catching items include Fried Jalapeño Bottle Caps; fresh and savory Grilled Atlantic Salmon; their signature homemade chicken salad sandwich; the famous Raspberry Chipotle Brie Burger; or the build-your-own hand-rolled pizzas. Besides good food, the ambience is inviting for people of all ages. There’s a full bar and guests can enjoy indoor or outdoor dining. They have live music on a regular basis and the outdoor seating holds a view of the lake, a kids’ play area, and beach volleyball and other regularly scheduled activities. Pets welcome. The serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and are open Thursday through Sunday. Nearby lodging on Lake Cypress Springs can make for a nice weekend getaway at this dining destination. 4445 N FM 2723. (903) 860-2198. www.themarinalcs.com.

Honorable Mentions: The Chophouse on Bankhead, Mount Vernon; and The Barrel House, Winnsboro.

Best Restaurant (over 50,000 population)

Villa Montez. Tyler. This family-owned restaurant serves fine Latin cuisine, with a local source to grass-fed cattle and an herb garden on this renovated mansion on a hill. Their menu is comprised of original family recipes fused and created by their mother. They serve a series of appetizers, chicken dishes, pastas, seafood, soups, quesadillas, steak, pork, enchilada dinners, burritos, and chimichangas. 3324 Old Henderson Highway. (903) 592-9696. www.villamontez.com

Honorable Mention: Lil Thai House, Longview.

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