Best of the Upper East Side of Texas Hall of Fame 2011



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County Line Magazine has established a hall of fame for the places and people who consistently get the most votes in the annual “best-of” balloting; it is, in effect, a place to recognize the best of the best of the Upper East Side of Texas as chosen by readers.

Besides appearing in this issue, Hall of Fame winners receive a permanent place on the County Line Magazine website and additional promotions throughout the years as well as other goodies.

Here is the first batch to be so honored:

Chicken Fried Steaks

Double C Steakhouse in Winnsboro (best-of winner 2010, 2009, 2008): Opened in 2007 in the Bowery section of downtown Winnsboro with a belly-busting, plate-covering chicken-fried steak with salad, baked potato, white gravy, and Texas toast as one of the most popular selections in an extensive menu that includes Angus steaks; barbecue beef, ham, and turkey; chicken; catfish and shrimp; burgers, appetizers; soups, stews, and sides. Family owned restaurant and bar open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. 206 Market, 903.342.3111, www.doublecsteakhouse.com.

Hamburgers

Dairy Palace in Canton (best-of winner 2007, 2006, 2004): Aside from the obvious quality, the selection is tantalizing: bacon, chili, catfish, salmon, bison, and two kinds of vegetarian burgers. The old-fashioned burgers come in six sizes and the main ingredient is fresh (not frozen) ground beef chuck processed on site. The extensive menu – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and Blue Bell – is available 24 hours a day and, thanks to First Monday Trade Days crowds, it’s all world famous. 2301 N. Trade Days, 903.567.6551, www.dairypalace.com.

Malt/Shake

Dairy Palace in Canton (best-of winner 2010-2006, 2004): Thirty-six flavors available, all made as diners watch, with Blue Bell ice cream and real milk: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry along with bubble gum, blackberry cobbler, moo-lennium crunch, chocolate chip cookie dough, caramel pecan fudge, pecan pralines and cream, cotton candy, banana pudding, and more at this consistently popular, self-proclaimed world famous site with a wide-ranging breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2301 N. Trade Days, 903.567.6551, www.dairypalace.com.

Pie

Edom Bakery & Grill (best-of winner 2010, 2008, 2006) and The Shed Cafe in Edom (2009, 2006, 2005, 2004): At Edom Bakery & Grill, the most popular pies include coconut, buttermilk, pumpkin, apple, cherry, sugar-free chocolate and coconut, and more. Monday-Wednesday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 8834 FM 279, 903.852.5552, www.edombakery.com. Right across the street at The Shed Cafe, the traditional home-cooking menu is complemented by a variety of pies including chocolate chip, lemon chess, pecan, caramel, peanut butter, and more, including holiday season pumpkin and sweet potato. Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. -8 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 8337 FM 279, 903.852.7791, www.theshedcafe.com.

Pizza

Cibo Vino Restaurant in Winnsboro (best-of winner 2010, 2009, 2008): Napoli style pizzas from the wood-fired ovens include margherita, Tuscan olive, meatball, white cheese, Quattro formaggi (mozzarella, feta, parmesan, and smoked gouda), balsamic glazed pomodoro (tomatoes, olives, onion, mozzarella, and basil), and chipotle chicken topped with the house salad. Plus an extensive, changing Italian and Mediterranean menu in an upscale setting. Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. 218 N. Main, 903.342.0028. www.cibovinoitalian.com.

Restaurant

Four Winds Steakhouse in Wills Point (best-of winner 2010, 2009, 2007): Elegantly simple modern ranch house where former Del Frisco’s chef Frank Rumoré, with 30 years experience, and his team offer bone-in ribeye with brandy peppercorn sauce, filet mignon, New York strip, Australian cold water lobster tail, sugar-cured pork chops, chicken-fried beef tenderloin, fresh fish of the day, beef tips and noodles, grilled chicken breast, marinated chicken, fried jumbo shrimp, pecan breaded catfish, and more. Reservations encouraged. Tuesday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. 21191 FM 47 just off I-20, 903.873.2225, www.fourwindssteakhouse.com.

Salad

Edom Bakery & Grill (best-of winner 2009, 2008, 2007): Selections begin with traditional favorite strawberry fields: mixed greens, strawberries, pecans, mozzarella, and homemade raspberry dressing with or without grilled chicken. Other choices – made with local produce in season – include chicken taco, chopped, chicken Caesar, quiche Lorraine, smoked chicken salad plate, and more. The house salad is mixed greens: Greek olives, feta, and diced tomatoes with lemon garlic vinaigrette. Monday-Wednesday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 8834 FM 279, 903.852.5552, www.edombakery.com.

Fishing Hole

Lake Fork (best-of winner 2010, 2009, 2008): More than 65% of the Texas top 50 largest bass (including the current state record) have been caught in Lake Fork, which sits on 27,264 acres with a maximum depth of 70 feet. A combination of restrictive harvest regulations, stocking of Florida strain largemouth, and abundant habitat has contributed to Lake Fork’s development as one of the country’s premier trophy bass lakes. Other predominant fish species include crappie, channel cats, and sunfish. On the Sabine River in Hopkins, Rains and Wood counties. 903.878.2262, www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/fork.

Golf Course

Links at Land’s End in Yantis (best-of winner 2010, 2009, 2008): Consistently ranked among the top public golf courses in Texas, the 18-hole, 6,664-yard course is somewhat challenging at par 71. One hole literally ends on a peninsula jutting out into the waters of Lake Fork and half of the holes are along the shore. The other half of the holes meander through the trees and among some nice homes. The PGA member staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Avid Golfer rated it as the #1 Hidden Gem. Restaurant and club. Weekend rates $45 to $95 include green fee, cart fee, range balls, and GPS. 285 Private Road 5980. 903.383.3290, www.golflakefork.com.

Nature Walk
and Birdwatching

Mineola Nature Preserve (best-of winner 2010, 2009, 2008): Nearly 3,000 acres hosts critters that fly, walk, crawl, and slither including more than 193 species of birds and buffalo, longhorn cattle, and a pristine wetlands environment. There are also walking, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife viewing, equestrian trails (more than 20 miles), fishing ponds, picnic areas, primitive camping areas, recreational vehicle utility connections, two pavilions with restrooms, playground, and educational opportunities as part of Mineola’s comprehensive development plan to protect natural wildlife and habitat for future generations. Daily 7 a.m.-sunset. On the Sabine River between Mineola and Lindale on Loop 565 off Hwy 69: 903.569.8228, www.mineola naturepreserve.com.

RV Park

Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton (best-of winner 2010, 2009, 2007): Consistently one of the top rated Good Sam Parks and Woodall’s honorees in North America, the sprawling site has well-designed and appointed RV sites, and landscaped cottages on well kept grounds plus a grand lodge, outdoor pavilion, pools, and gardens to host special events, occasional music festivals, and RV rallies. Accommodates a variety of RVs and pop-ups on concrete leveled pads with full hook-ups for water, sewer, electric, WiFi Internet and cable TV, showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, and daily trash pick-up nestled in the trees with stand up grills, patio table and chairs, and more. Hwy 19 just south of I-20. 903.567.7275, www.millcreekranchresort.com.

Small Town Downtown

Winnsboro (best-of winner 2009, 2008, 2007): Winnsboro: Downtown has one of the busiest Friday night and all day Saturday scenes in the Upper East Side of Texas, filled with fine restaurants, music, theater, visual arts, antiques and other retail – and the civic pride and activism that help keep it vibrant. First settled in the early 1850s, the town of 3,584 – with about 33,000 residents in a 12-mile radius – boasts status as a Main Street City, Certified Retirement Community, and a State Certified Arts District. Annual festivals include the month-long Autumn Trails Festival in October, Winnsboro Arts Market in November, a Classic Car Cruise-In every Labor Day weekend, and more. 903.342.3666, www.winnsboro.com.

Chef

Jackson York, Edom Bakery & Grill (best-of winner 2009, 2007, 2006): The certified executive chef and Texas Chefs Association Chef of the Year joined Edom Bakery & Grill full time after previously hosting the grill’s once-a-month gourmet dinners. Educated in French-Continental cuisine, he now specializes in “country gourmet” featuring fresh, local seasonal produce plus pastas, seafood with light sauces, sautéed vegetables, a fresh organic buffet, a full bakery, and a regular menu. Jackson teaches an annual six-week cooking school and works with students among other community activities. He is also active in the “culinary tourism” concept bringing more food enthusiasts to the region. Monday-Wednesday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 8834 FM 279, 903.852.5552, www.edombakery.com.

Radio DJ

Tom Perryman, KKUS The Ranch in Tyler (best-of winner 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004): Heard playing and talking about the legends of country music 9-11 a.m. Monday-Friday on KKUS-FM 104.1 out of Tyler, Tom celebrated 64 years in radio and 84 years on Earth in 2011. The Disc Jockey Hall of Fame, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and Academy of Western Swing Music’s Hall of Fame member got his start in radio in 1947 at KEBE in Jacksonville, and, with his longtime wife Billie, promoted stars including Jim Ed Brown, Hank Thompson, and Elvis Presley as a DJ at KSIJ in Gladewater. He was the first regular DJ to do an all-night country show at WSM in Nashville. Tom once co-owned KGRI in Henderson with Jim Reeves. 903.534.1041, theranch1041.com.

Small Theatre Company

Quitman Community Theatre (best-of winner 2010, 2009, 2008): Founders Becky and Bob Hibbard have been involved in live, quality theatrical productions in the past in other communities, and brought that love with them when they moved to Quitman in 2004. The group’s goals include providing quality theatrical productions, introducing theater to new fans, helping local actors perform, teach aspiring actors, and providing scholarships to deserving Quitman High School drama students while helping “make the world a better place by the infusion of culture into our society.” Performances are at Carroll Green Civic Center, 602 S McAllister. 903.967.2164, www.qctheatre.org.

 

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