County Line Magazine's annual Best of the Upper East Side of Texas readers survey this year set a record with 4,591 nominations for a growing list of gems in the region across 56 categories. Among these nominations and ultimate recognitions were numerous restaurants, drinking establishments and places to get food - prepared or for cooking. This blog will feature the food and drink winners in various groupings over the next few weeks.
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 way of great food in the Upper East Side of Texas.
This week's focus is on the Best Restaurants. For the complete list of winners across all categories, visit http://www.countylinemagazine.com/January-February-2020/Best-of-the-Upper-East-Side-of-Texas/
The Ginocchio, Marshall.
The Ginocchio presents steaks, seafood, pasta, and appetizers in the historic Ginocchio Hotel across the tracks from the Marshall Depot. They have a full bar with an extensive list of specialty cocktails, wine, and beer. People love this place not only for the food, but the ambience. The building was originally constructed in 1896 by Italian immigrant Charles Ginocchio. It began as a hotel and restaurant for passengers traveling along the Texas and Pacific Railroad and eventually fell into disrepair until new owners began renovating it in 2015. They kept much of the original building materials to maintain its character. The Ginocchio is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and dinner 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The bar is open from 4-11 p.m. 707 N. Washington Ave. (903) 927-1400. www.theginocchio.com
Hall of Fame: Four Winds Steakhouse, Wills Point
Best New Restaurant
Stefano’s Greek Kouzina & Pastry Shop, Emory.
This tiny treasure popped up in downtown Emory at the end of 2018 serving homemade Greek salads, gyros, dolmas, spanakopita, pastitsio, baklava, and more. Opa! The Greek music on the patio helps create a destination experience. Guests are raving about the Greek fries and baklava cheesecake. BYOB. They open at 11 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, open until 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 2 p.m. on Sunday. 234 E. Quitman St. (903) 953-0111.