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One grand thing found in abundance in the Upper East Side of Texas is fresh, locally-grown food. 

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This year’s Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey set a record with 4,591 nominations for a growing list of gems in the region featuring delicious food, wonderful attractions, beautiful backdrops, one-of-a-kind shops, exciting entertainment, and many talented individuals. We lo…

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In honor of our 200th issue falling during the holiday season, we’ve gathered 200 thoughtful gift ideas from around the Upper East Side of Texas. Some you can find online but for a true experience, plan a getaway around shopping, then dining at area restaurants, and staying over in one of th…

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The late Townes Van Zandt is often referred to as the most influential Texas songwriter of the 20th century. Musician Steve Earle says he was "the best songwriter in the world."

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Love wine? Love to shop? Kristi McDonald has come up with an exciting way to enjoy both pastimes – East Texas Sip & Shop. Her 15-passenger van takes guests on guided tours to select wineries, breweries, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques, promising discounts and a good time along …

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The Pegasus Project presents the Fifth Annual Wings Over Pegasus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 in Murchison. The event features airshows, airplane rides, skydivers, pony rides, kids’ games, arts and crafts, an Easter egg hunt, and much more in a fun, casual carnival-filled day for the whol…

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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!

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Taking a bite of The Dancing Pig sandwich at Moore’s Store in historic downtown Ben Wheeler is a deliciously messy roller coaster of flavor. The hammed up concoction is loaded about four inches high with pulled pork, sliced ham, house-rubbed candied-pepper bacon, and caramelized red onions.

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Taking a bite of The Dancing Pig sandwich at Moore’s Store in historic downtown Ben Wheeler is a deliciously messy roller coaster of flavor. The hammed up concoction is loaded about four inches high with pulled pork, sliced ham, house-rubbed candied-pepper bacon, and caramelized red onions.

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Door Controls USA in Ben Wheeler, Texas, sends out thousands of Christmas cards every year to customers and friends all over the world. Owned by the Gilchrist family, the company began featuring colorful artwork of matriarch Sharon Gilchrist on the cover of their cards in 2002.

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Rose Ellen and Pearl are East Texas gals. Born and raised here, they walk the walk and talk the talk. The two women are now in their sixties, and prefer to be called boomer/seniors rather than "seniors," which designates someone older, like their friend Peggy, who celebrated her 90th birthda…

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An annual ceremony honoring Cherokee Chief Bowles and the many others killed by Texas Militia in 1839 takes place on July 14 at the historic Battle of the Neches site on Van Zandt County Road 4923 off State Highwy 64 between Ben Wheeler and Tyler. The American Indian Cultural Society maintai…