Whether it’s coffee to begin your day or a different kind of drink to help wind down at the end of the day, County Line Magazine readers have chosen some great places to find just what you need. Here are some results from the Best of the Upper East Side of Texas contest.
[For the complete list of winners across all categories, visit countylinemagazine.com/best-of]
Standpipe Coffee House. Lufkin. Start the morning off with an artsy, freshly brewed specialty coffee, such as The Standpipe, Criminal (Creme Brulee), Snowy Lodge, or the Black Spot, best paired with one of their delicious handcrafted pastries. 123 S 1st St, Ste A. (936) 632-7473
Honorable Mentions: Book Club Café, Rockwall; Watermelon Mills, Mount Vernon; and Speakeasy, Quitman.
Kool Beanz. Tyler. Kool Beanz never fails to impress guests with smooth lattes and cappuccinos, complete with various flavors, vanilla, caramel, and mocha, as well as sugar- free options. They also serve breakfast and lunch items, like sandwiches, wraps, and pastries and recently added Pittsburg Hot Links. 11613 Highway 69 North, (903) 881-9505
Backstory Brewery. Sulphur Springs. This brewery specializes in bringing a wide variety of house-made beers to the table like A Slice of Sunshine, Minivan Meltdown, Strawberry Creme Pie, Notta Hazy IPA, Strong Bock, Belgian Style BOSS, Hefty Lefty, and many more. 211 Magnolia. (903) 438-2337. Backstorybrewery.com
True Vine Brewing Company. Tyler. They live up to their motto of "great craft beer, and even greater craft community." True Vine is open six days a week and they have live music every Friday and Saturday. Some of their popular brews include Mermaids & Unicorns, a mythical blonde; Rose City IPA, double dry-hopped IPA; Round Table, an amber pub ale; and Daddy’s Juice Box, a double IPA. Their food partner, Sola Bread, serves salads, pretzels, and wood-fired pizzas and food trucks are on site at times. They are kid and pet friendly with a nice park area for both to run and play. 453 Earl Campbell Parkway. (903) 600-0124. truevinebrewing.com
Grand Oaks Vineyards & Winery. Mineola. Grand Oaks takes their names from the original oak trees that still reside on the property. They host more than 1,800 hand-planted grapevines and are open to the public for tours and wine tastings. They serve a series of dry and semi-sweet red wines; off-dry and semi-sweet white wines; all made from the fresh grapes harvested on the property. Grand Oaks currently grows Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Syrah, Lenoir/ Black Spanish, Chenin Blanc, and Blanc du Bois, all of which derive from both Spanish and French heritages, as well as a few American hybrids. 2455 County Road 2724. (903) 569-2801. www.gowinerymineola.com
Honorable Mentions: Los Pinos, Pittsburg; Green Goat Winery, Edom