|Inside Liefie li Vine Restaurant in Winnsboro, Texas|
Over the last seven years, I have written of “things to do” in Paris, Mt. Pleasant, Sulphur Springs, Greenville and other close-by communities. A few eating suggestions were included but now I have discovered some new eateries of note – all within driving distance for lunch or dinner.
|Exterior of Thai Lanna's|
|Inside Thai Lanna's in Mt. Pleasant|
Downtown Sulphur Springs continues to improve with a completed square renovation and updated, landscaped side streets. As so often happens, restaurants follow improvements. In addition to previously recommended Lou Viney’s Restaurant and Pub and the Pioneer Café, Cajun food is now available at Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill on the square. Their gumbo was authentic and shrimp salad satisfying. The lunch crowd of working men seemed to appreciate the portions. Save dessert for the Idzi Bitsy Bakery around the corner.
|Lobby of Texan Theater in Greenville, Tx|
|Inside Texan Theater in Greenville, Tx.|
Dipping south a bit to Winnsboro is Liefie li Vine, a South African themed restaurant owned by the Styrdom family. Few know what to expect on first visit but waiters and owners are ready with explanations of anything on the menu. Many American favorites such as prime rib are offered but it’s the ethnic offerings that are most intriguing. Flat iron steak comes with a splash of traditional monkey sauce . I leave that to you to get an explanation. A covered patio in the back makes for a relaxed evening. My favorite part was the opportunity to sign up for a safari as you entered as well as the African gift shop. This place is very popular. Try going early and visiting downtown Winnsboro before dinner.
|Shannon Mitchell's Grateful Head T-Shirt|
I don’t want to forget recent additions to the Paris scene, especially downtown. Perry’s Off the Square describes its offerings as “elevated comfort food” - translated as favorites with a twist. The decor is lovely and hopefully, we can dine outside soon if the weather would stay cleared. 107 wishes the same thing. On nice evenings, this open air bar is wonderful for a cold beer and light dinner. According to friends, nearby Phat Phil’s serves up good BBQ, coleslaw and potato salad from a trailer near Market Square. And, Paris finally has its own Louisiana fare with Cajun Moon Grill and Bar on the west side of town – a welcome addition to an area with few food offerings. Families, couples, and singles like this lively restaurant. It works for lunch or a Friday night celebration.