The Upper East Side of Texas is home to many of "the bests" in the state, but when a business or place consistently receives the most nominations in the annual County Line Magazine BEST they are inducted into a category of home to the greats.
The criteria are simple: win the same category three times, and make the hall of fame.
Entering the Hall of Fame this year is Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, East Texas Burger Company, Five D Cattle Company, and Chef Frank Rumore.
Stanley’s barbecue is known far and wide winning awards across the state of Texas and even in New York. Located in the hospital district in Tyler, they are known for their fall-off-the bone baby back ribs, brisket, sausage, and pulled pork. The restaurant also serves a side of excellent entertainment to the Upper East Side of Texas, with local and state-wide musicians rocking the Stanley’s stage every Monday-Saturday during most of the year. 525 South Beckham Avenue. 903.593.0311. StanleysFamous.com.
East Texas Burger Company in Mineola wins the hearts (and bellies) of East Texans and visitors alike with their home-style burgers. Burgers come in quarter pound and half–pound sizes and fresh fries are cut one potato at time. If they have any room left in them, guests can indulge in the restaurant’s homemade baked and fried pies. 126 E. Broad St. 903.569.3140. EastTexasBurger.com.
Five D Cattle Company in Avinger is well worth the wait to dinner time to enjoy their savory steaks. The selections of high-quality seasoned steaks range from a flat iron to rib eye and T-bone. After your steak, save room for their apple, peach, or blackberry cobbler. The perfect combination of friendly staff and mouth-watering steaks is what makes this steakhouse stand out in Northeast Texas. It’s BYOB if you need a good red wine to go with your steak. #8 Main St. 903.562.1291. FiveDCattle.com.
A three-time and well-deserved winner, it’s clear to see that Frank Rumore is a favorite throughout the state of Texas and beyond. Chef Rumore spent 25 years with Del Frisco, 15 of those as executive chef at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Dallas before moving to the former ranch house of Dallas Cowboy’s legend Lee Roy Jordan, now the rustic chic Four Winds Steakhouse located amongst 1100 acres of old oaks and a small pond. Four Winds made the list of top OpenTable’s 100 Steakhouses throughout the nation. Rumore’s specialties range from 26-ounce rib eyes with a brandy peppercorn sauce, pecan-breaded catfish, fried shrimp, and marinated grilled chicken breast served with fresh vegetables. 21191 FM 47. 903.873.2225. FourWindsSteakhouse.com.