Best Meat and Seafood Choices Worth Adding to Dining Schedule

Seth’s Lake Fork Creek of Quitman wins the Best Seafood (for pop. under 50K).

The Best of the Upper East Side of Texas contest winners have been announced by County Line Magazine - and they include various restaurants to feed those meat and seafood cravings.

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 Upper East Side of Texas.

[For the complete list of winners across all categories, visit]

Best Barbecue

Cowburners BBQ & Taproom. Mineola. With mouth-watering, flavorful, fall-off-the-bone barbecue, Cowburners offers brisket, turkey, sausage and “rib candy” by the pound; half and full rack ribs; Yankee, Diablo, and Texan sandwiches; and sides including the Gut Bomb baked potato, pork rind nachos, fries, okra, and more. They also have numerous draught beers and a kid-friendly menu. 109 North Johnson Street. (903) 638-8668.

Honorable Mentions: Judge Hunt’s BBQ & Catering, Quitman; Texas Bar-B-Que Corral, Mount Vernon; Big Smith’s BBQ, Sulphur Springs; and Slaughter’s BBQ Oasis, Sulphur Springs

Hall of Fame: Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, Tyler

Best Catfish

Catfish Plantation. Waxahachie. A gem of a restaurant, the converted haunted Victorian home invites diners to enjoy fresh deep-fried, Cajun-battered catfish, best paired with homestyle fried okra and coleslaw, and the menu also includes juicy grilled steaks, shrimp, tilapia, and more. 814 Water Street. (972) 937-9468.

Honorable Mentions: Seth’s Lake Fork Creek, Quitman, and The Marina at Lake Cypress Springs, Mount Vernon

Best Chicken Fried Steak

Tracks Restaurant. Sherman. Tracks Restaurant brings classic Southern dishes to Sherman since 1988, and their most popular menu item is their chicken fried steak. It is hand battered and deep-fried to crisp perfection and sided with the diner’s choice of baked or mashed potatoes, fries, onion rings, or a veggie. They also have a hefty menu of burgers, sandwiches, and Tex-Mex. 109 North Woods Street. (903) 870-2034.

Honorable Mention: Buttermilks, Canton; Tony B’s Texas Kitchen, Quitman; and Southern Fried Chef, Mineola

Best Hamburger

Under 50k

Big Mouth Burger Company. Emory. This burger joint brings quality food and quality service to the public with their juicy certified Angus burgers, signature bread, and savory baked buns. They also pride themselves in their gourmet salads and homemade potato chips. 124 North Planters Street. (903) 473-3904

Over 50k

The One and Only Burgers and Fries. McKinney. At One and Only Burgers and Fries, the owners — Gabriel and Chrys Pineda — live by two ideas, “Keep it simple and always strive to be the best we can be.” Here, guests can chow down on simple, delicious, customizable burgers, fresh hand-cut fries, and top it all of with a classic shake. They also serve hotdogs, specialty sandwiches, and draft beers or wine. 1330 North McDonald Street. (469) 678-5002.

Honorable Mentions: County Seat Cafe, Linden, and The Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches

Hall of Fame: Dairy Palace, Canton

Best Seafood

Under 50k

Seth’s Lake Fork Creek. Quitman. The choices at Seth’s are not scarce, with a large menu and all kinds of seafood to choose from. The appetizers range from boudin, fish, jalapeno poppers, and more; to burgers, sandwiches, Poboys, salads, steaks, shrimp, catfish, alligator, and so much more. All made with authentic Cajun seasonings and fresh seafood. 1667 South State Highway 37. (903) 763-0320

Over 50k

Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill. Plano. Sea Breeze invites guests for in-house dining or take out. A fresh fish market is open to the public and provides seafood from scallops and mussels, to seasonal halibut, tuna, swordfish, and more. The restaurant menu includes Sesame Crusted Yellowfin Tuna Nachos with Avocado Wasabi; Sweet Thai Chili and Lemon Zest; Fried Calamari; Sautéed Snow Crab Claws; Lobster Bisque; Sea Breeze Seafood Salad to name a few. They also serve sandwiches, like the New England Style Lobster Roll; House Smoked Salmon Club, and other items including Crawfish Etouffee; Lobster Mac n’ Cheese; Rainbow Trout; and Atlantic Salmon. 4017 Preston Road #530. (972) 473-2722.

Best Steak

Under 50k

Redneck Bar & Grill. Sulphur Springs. Settle down for a juicy steak, seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper and topped with garlic butter and cooked to the diner’s preference. Steaks vary from sirloins, rib-eyes, New York strips, and hamburger steaks; sided with the guests’ choices of one of two sides, including Smashed Tators, Carrots, Pinto Beans, Mac & Cheese, Fried Squash, Fried Okra, Fried Corn on the Cob, broccoli, side salad, Baked Tator, or Baked Sweet Tator. They also serve appetizers, wings, sandwiches, seafood, a chicken menu, salads, and a kids’ menu. 400 Shannon Road. (903) 885-1600

Hall of Fame: Four Winds Steakhouse, Wills Point; Five D Cattle Company, Avinger

Over 50k

Kiepersol. Tyler. Kiepersol prides themselves in utilizing their Texas fresh ingredients with a steak menu that includes filet mignon, rib-eye, New York strip, and even Colorado lamb chops. All steaks are served with the diner’s choice of Lyonnaise potatoes, baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, or white rice. From their on-site vineyard come perfect wines to accompany any meal. 21508 Merlot Lane. (903) 894-3300.

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