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THE FISH in Uptown: Sushi simplified – At affordable prices

Walking into a sushi bar is intimidating enough when you know what you’re doing. The options and combinations are endless, as are the sauces, condiments and preparation methods. Staff can be a little snobbish, too, when a no-nothing guest sits down at the bar.


Tyler’s Villa Monetz Latin Kitchen - Lovely venue, vistas, service – ceviche needs work

When leaving Tyler's Cowan Center after the Lyle Lovett show recently, I made a wrong turn and headed out the Old Henderson Highway. Realizing my mistake, I turned around in a driveway that led up to Villa Montez, the stately home that was once The Mansion on the Hill. The place was beautifully lit and the aromas so enticing, I decided to take my mom there on her birthday.


Daughter’s suggestion results in dream come true - South African natives build life, thriving business in Winnsboro

Northeast Texas foodies have 18-year-old Inge Strydom to thank for a unique South African-influenced dining opportunity. Inge's parents, Phillip and Jackie, are the owners of Liefie le Vine, a unique shop and restaurant at 302 North Main Street in Winnsboro, but it was Inge's idea to move from the Metroplex to Wood County.


At the back end of nowhere: ‘Sleepy little winery’ outside Pittsburg making great gains in Texas retail markets

In the five years since Duncanville native Gerald Jones hitched his wagon to the Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards as director of sales and marketing, the sleepy little winery at the back end of nowhere has experienced phenomenal growth.


City Bistro: Pleasing to every palate

    “Something for everyone” is the motto for Greenville’s City Bistro, located inside Landon’s Winery in the former Kress building in historic downtown Greenville. On the day I visited the restaurant with the Bright Star Literary Society, the bistro’s motto was flying high.

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