Beneath the soft glow of a giant neon green cactus sits one of Lufkin’s favorite Tex-Mex restaurants, Café del Rio. Out front, you’ll find giant metal art like a multicolored cat and her kittens, a bobblehead dog and his pups, old mining carts and even the mariachi band from the restaurant’s original location on South First Street. Walk through the large wooden doors (or, if you prefer, the smaller door “para los niños”) and you’re immediately transported a world away.

The best thing about summer? Hands down, it’s the perfect excuse to sample all the cold, yummy treats. There are plenty of choices in Deep East Texas that can easily satisfy your taste buds, so we set out to try a few. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it, right?

Great, quality brews in Deep East Texas are hard enough to find and only a few breweries have found real love from locals.

    You can make homemade frozen yogurt anytime with two simple ingredients – frozen fruit and fat-free condensed milk. Get the kiddos involved in mixing up this easy-to-make, low-calorie treat for a fun and yummy way to get in a daily serving of fruit.

    Sitting 10 miles outside of Nacogdoches on state Highway 21, there’s a new destination in Douglass that seamlessly ties tasty barbecue, a bakery, chocolate factory and farmers market together.

    Chad Wadley’s love for Fuzzy’s is pit-of-his-stomach deep — it’s an affair that began years ago and nagged him until he opened his own stores in East Texas.

    Three months after J.C. Ray purchased the building that was to become Ray’s Drive-In, he tried to give it back to David Boles.

    If you think starting a new business would be difficult, just consider how tough building two competing, and successful, restaurants and bars in the same town would be.

    Nestled next to the Red House Winery in Nacogdoches lies Brendyn’s BBQ, a locally owned and operated food truck run by Brendyn Todd. The red food truck with fresh meat made every day has become a staple for many in the community, and even some beyond.