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Old 04-06-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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Default Longview, Texas: Restaurants

Hello everyone,

I will be in Longview, Texas next week and I need to take some people out to eat for lunch and dinner on varying days.

What places are considered nice? I was on business there some years back and there wasn't much, but I was told that the area was growing and had changed. I am not looking for horrible junky chains like Olive Garden (which some people back then though was fancy) :-)

Can anyone name some nice restaurant/cafes/bistros with nice patios for lunches, places also with healthy food, mid-range, but nice, classy.

And for dinners mid-high range, classy and nice but not too much cost, not 50 dollar+ per plate. I would also like nice outside patios, seafood, steak, salads, etc. Nice wine menus, etc.

Also what cocktail bars or wine bars are there for entertaining? Not sports bars or anything, but adult bars with ages more in late 20's 30's 40's 50's. A better place to take clients or adult dates. Thanks

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Old 04-06-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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There are a lot of chain restaurants (Outback, Olive Garden, Texa Roadhouse, etc.) on Loop 281.

I like Johnny Cace's on Highway 80.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:33 PM
 
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So that is it, just chain restaurants with fried and frozen food?
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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, think that Outback and Red Lobster are nice restaurants. Johnny Cace's is family owned, but junk. If you have traveled or come from city and know good food, u will know that there is nothing there.

To you, those places are like McDonalds. I understand. As for bars, zilch. Country bars and barely dressed tacky teens or heavy metal music. Most places will seem very backward. I know his because u asked for cocktail bars and wine bars. That work does not exist, at least in Lview
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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I was just in a similar sized Texas town a few weeks ago for business. THE bar, a "saloon" actually, was nearly empty by 9pm and actually closed around 10:45-11pm. We were literally the only couple of people there. I think you will find the same thing in Longview.

You may be able to find "A" casual sandwich-y lunch place on the Main Street area. I would also imagine there's at least "A" decent steakhouse in town for dinner.....expect to see lots of Kendall-Jackson type/ price wines on the list.

Here's a list of restaurants in the downtown area:
LONGVIEW Restaurants | LONGVIEW Restaurant Guide | LONGVIEW, Texas

Simply put, I think your expectations are WAY too high.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Yeah, bars and high-class restaurants are not Longview's strong points. I don't think there are any cocktail lounges or anything like that. The nicer restaurants are chain restaurants like Red Lobster plus a few Japanese restaurants. New restaurants are popping up in downtown but I don't think any are fine dining. It's too bad Little Italy closed down as it may have halfway met your expectations.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Longview, TX
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You guys need to get out more! I look for non-chain restaurants, esp. when taking visiting friends/family out!

Joe's Italian Restaurant - awesome food, but not a fancy looking restaurant (get a dish with the red and white sauce mixed.... heavenly!)

Cafe Barron's - Excellent food and dressier atmosphere (try the bison steak topped with cheese and caramelized onions, mmmmmmm!)

El Sombrero - my favorite Mexican restaurant! (on Fri. and Sat. nights, there is a man who plays guitar and sings, from table to table.... he's very good!) And there are lots of really good Mexican restaurants here!!!

Osaka - excellent sushi and pretty much any thing else on the menu.... great atmosphere, hip... located in the downtown (great for dinner)

GZ Asian Bistro - also great sushi and pretty much anything on the menu.... contemporary decor (great for lunch or dinner)

Beth's Cafe - located in an old home with a patio.... great place for lunch (try the pot roast)

Unfortunately, the steak choices here suck.... Texas Roadhouse is your best bet (I hate Outback). Unless you don't mind a 45min. scenic drive to the little town of Avinger, TX. They have an awesome steak restaurant there, meat cut from their own cattle.... called 5D Cattle Co. Well worth the drive!

Wish we had a Greek and Indian restaurant here! But you'll have to drive to Shreveport, LA for that... which we've been known to do.

Oh... for BBQ.... Country Tavern is known for their ribs, but I'd go to the one in Kilgore.... more of a country bar type atmosphere.... fun place to eat.

Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions. Hope you enjoy your time here! I've been here for almost 3 yrs and am happy here, and I came from Louisville, KY (1 million population.... so quite a huge change for me!)
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Longview, TX
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Oh... and don't go to Johnny Cace's, went there once and it was one too many times for my hubby and me. It must've been great back in the 70s.... their decor is still from back then too! I am still scratching my head over what makes that place a great place for steaks!
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Ark-La-Tex
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Applebees,chilis,outback,texas road house,red lobster etc
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Oh... and don't go to Johnny Cace's, went there once and it was one too many times for my hubby and me. It must've been great back in the 70s.... their decor is still from back then too! I am still scratching my head over what makes that place a great place for steaks!
Johnny Cace's is known for their fresh seafood & Cajun Food, not steaks...

They are an institution here in East Texas. Lots of famous people have eaten there over the years. We used to have a Cace's in Tyler too for many, many years.
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