Craving a Certain Cuisine?
County Line Magazine readers selected Pietro’s of Longview as a top restaurant for pizza.
Sometimes, you want a specific type of cuisine. We've culled the Best of the Upper East Side of Texas contest winners for entries for the best restaurants to satisfy cravings such as Italian food, Mexican food, vegetarian and even breakfast meals. Enjoy the gastronomical adventure!
The Forge Bar & Grill. Ben Wheeler. The Forge is located in a renovated blacksmith shop in historic downtown Ben Wheeler and serves brunch from 8-11 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday and until 3 p.m. on Sunday. Try their Eggs Florentine, Migas, Breakfast Pizza or The Hippy, a three-egg omelet with mozzarella, cheddar, and ricotta cheese, spinach, mushrooms, sauteed onion, red bell and poblano peppers. They also serve great Bloody Marys, mimosas, coffee, and more. 1610 FM 279. 903.833.5970. www.theforgebenwheeler.com
Honorable Mention: The Cake Lady Bakery Cafe, Mount Vernon
Nardello’s. Mount Pleasant. Nardello’s brings a whole new meaning to wood-fired pizza, with menu items like Summer Fling with Efurd’s peaches, Italian ham, Nardello peppers, fresh basil, and topped with a three-cheese blend; Straight Up, with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and a three-cheese blend; or the Millennial, with roasted garlic cream sauce, baby spinach, roasted mushrooms, Gruyere, ricotta, and garlic oil. They also serve delicious and unique appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and rich desserts. 103 North Madison Ave. (903) 380-6200. www.jimmynardellos.com
Pietro’s. Longview. Pietro’s brings the true, authentic flavor of Italian pizza to the Upper East Side of Texas, with gourmet pizzas like Chicken Alfredo, with season chicken breast, basil, mozzarella, and garlic alfredo sauce; Hawaiian Luau, topped with juicy pineapple and baked ham, covered in mozzarella; Meat lovers, dressed in Canadian bacon, smoked ham, hamburger meat, sausage, and pepperoni; and finally, the Brooklyn Deli, with baked ham, sausage, salami, and green olives. 2418 Gilmer Road. (903) 295-7900. www.pietros.net
Best Mexican Food
Rio Lerma Mexican Restaurant. Forney. Rio Lerma takes pride in serving quality authentic Mexican food. On their menu, they have Tex-Mex, fajitas, tacos, comida casera, seafood, and other house specialties. They also provide vegetarian options, pasta, burritos, and sandwiches. On Saturdays and Sundays, they offer a special brunch menu. Some of their more popular items include enchiladas, Chile Relleno, or tamales. 124 E Hwy 80, Ste 100. (972) 552-2023. www.riolermaforney.com
Auntie Pasta’s. Nacogdoches. Auntie Pasta’s offers guests a large variety of meatless dishes. A few of their bigger dishes include build-your-own-pasta; Stuffed Manicotti, pasta shells stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and layered in marinara sauce and topped with more mozzarella cheese; Vinny’s Skinny Pasta; Eggplant Parmesan, served with spaghetti; or handmade gourmet vegetarian pizza, with tomato sauce, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, black olives and onions, and topped with mozzarella. They also serve soups and salads, and desserts. 211 Old Tyler Road, (936) 569-2171. www.auntiepastas.com
Lil Thai House. Longview. Thai food is a special culinary art, one that takes time and patience, and this restaurant does not stray from the traditional cuisine of the Thai culture. They respectfully provide vegan and vegetarian options in the form of Tofu substitutes and more. They happily serve guests with dishes of fried rice, stir fry entrees, noodles, soup, or curry. They also serve egg roll appetizers, and sides of veggies, brown and red jasmine rice, or white jasmine rice. All of their dishes are carefully prepared with fresh ingredients. 212 N Fredonia St. (903)236-0155. www.lilthaihouse.com