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Best ‘Hole in the Wall’ Joints In East Texas — Our Top 6

Every town has its restaurants that make it famous. Between all the chain restaurants lie family owned staples of our neck of the woods that we couldn't live without. Not only is the food incredible, you're helping out local owners in our community. Check out this list of local gems.


Basil Thai Cafe

1700 South Southeast Loop 323 #102, Tyler, TX 75701



For those who like to go off the beaten path and try new things, Basil Thai is a great place to start. From Pad Thai to other great offerings, it's one of the best gems in the area.


The Butcher Shop, Facebook
The Butcher Shop, Facebook


The Butcher Shop

102 LeHigh Street, Longview, TX 75601



Always an argument-inducer when discussing the best hamburger in East Texas. The Butcher Shop or Jucy's? We'll leave that decision up to you.


Half Moon Grill & Saloon, Facebook
Half Moon Grill & Saloon, Facebook


Half Moon Grill & Saloon

16884 FM 2493, Tyler TX 75703



A hot spot for bar-goers, food-eaters and live music, Half Moon has evolved into a great location for East Texans since it opened. Formerly a small pizza shop, Half Moon is now open all day and into the night with great food, drink specials and plenty of live music.


Bruno’s Pizza and Pasta

Tyler and Gresham (two locations)



A family staple since 1976, the Rumbelow family at Bruno's have been running one of the area's best restaurants. Easily the best pizza around, but Bruno's has a growing menu that offers plenty of Italian favorites. But trust us … start with the pizza.


Taqueria El Lugar

Tyler, Bullard (Four locations)



Great, authentic Mexican food. If you don't know what the No. 7 is, that means it's time for a trip. Tyler is full of taquerias, but El Lugar sets the standard. Tyler has three locations and one in Bullard, and they're all great.


Stanley's, Facebook
Stanley's, Facebook


Stanley’s Famous Pitt BBQ

525 S. Beckham Ave., Tyler, TX 75702



From the Brother-In-Law to the Best Pork Ribs in Texas, Stanley's is without a doubt the best barbecue joint in East Texas. After you try the ribs the first time, you'll be a regular. Just ask the people at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest — they named the ribs the Best in Texas … twice.


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