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A "Texan" restaurant in East Texas

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We are making a one day wine jaunt to East Texas. Any suggestions for lunch in or near Athens or Tyler. Nothing too expensive please.

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  1. Plan on Tyler, not much in Athens. Will you pass through Lufkin or Nacogdoches?

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    1. re: Veggo

      Any recommendations near Lufkin?

    2. Hi randyjl, In Athens itself, there is a really good cafe, Athen's Cafe. I love their Camorones a la diabla (spicey hot shrimp). My husband loves their pot roast and meatloaf. The meatloaf is a Tuesday special, so if we are there on a Tuesday, that's what he gets. They also swear to having the best chicken fried steak. I can't judge that, as it's not something I eat.

      Tyler does offer more choices. But these days, you have to look pretty hard to find something that is not a chain. Gilbert's El Charro has great Mexican food and is family owned. I used to prefer the old one downtown, but the management has changed (the brother that ran that was retired, and his sister took over), so if we go, it will be to the one on 5th street. There are a number of really great authentic Mexican restaurants in Tyler.

      1. If you're not shy about driving, half way between Tyler and Kilgore is Country Tavern. Vey, very good ribs.