Free of the chain's fixed menu, Bingham and his co-owners traffic in excellent experimentation and well-smoked meat with their Longview barbecue trailer.
With newly perfected sliced brisket, porkstrami, and a chopped brisket and pimento cheese sandwich, East Texas joint Wright On Taco is worthy of the "& BBQ" it just added to its name.
To survive the pandemic, the beloved Longview restaurant had to evolve. As a waiter there, I did too.
The Hill Country offers fast-flowing streams and some nice bass. But for solitude and diversity of species, the creeks and bayous east of I-45 can’t be beat.
In Jacksonville, Palestine, and Tyler, local entrepreneurs cater to tourists looking for luxury (and a very fine slice of pie) amid the Piney Woods farms and fields.
I cycled nearly 400 miles across East Texas this week, enjoying the kindness of strangers along the way.
Contrary to what a viral video suggests, it’s unrelated to the pandemic.
For Years, an East Texas Carpenter Has Been Building a Gothic Contraption of Decks and Spikes in a Historic Square
Not everyone in San Augustine is on board for local artist Gary Brewer's perplexing project, which is three stories high and counting.
But for decades the town where it was created had no idea.
Brian and Julie Wright’s restaurant and coffee shop is giving the community of Harleton a smoked meat education.
Ray Gene, proprietor of Longview’s singular It’ll Do Tavern, passed away last weekend.
The care that pitmaster Craig Wood takes with this Smith County joint’s high-quality smoked meats and sides makes it a worthy destination.
Plus, a hip-hop powerhouse from Houston, an immersive history exhibit in Austin, and a fictional boy genius in East Texas.
Over the years, Texas Monthly’s most celebrated voices have written about the places that shaped them, from the Panhandle to the border. We revisit some of the classics.
The documentary, premiering on PBS December 17, looks to the elderly minister's hometown of Grand Saline to uncover why he set himself alight.
A Dallas man who grew up in East Texas isn't sure his home region actually exists.
Instagramming my way around East Texas.
How long it will take the dreaded emerald ash borers to fully establish themselves in Texas? And how many native ash trees will they decimate?
Two decades after killing Marjorie Nugent, Bernie Tiede was sentenced this spring for her murder—again. So what do we make of him now?
How the kindest, gentlest family man in Nacogdoches began writing some of the creepiest, grisliest fiction in the country.
The Instagram accounts that’ll have you itching to take a Texas road trip.
In search of the mysterious, absurdist, and lyrical East Texas writer William Goyen.
Vandals leave racist messages and a Nazi symbol after breaking into a house, and the media fails to mention it. When can we talk about racism?
This is how “religious freedom” actually works.
The existential threat to football comes from parents who are terrified of their children suffering from CTE in their thirties and forties. In the East Texas small city of Marshall, a coach is trying to mitigate that concern.
East Texas Bait Shop that Slurred Gay Customers Now the “#1 Gay Hangout in Texas,” According to Yelp
Petty, childish, and oh-so-satisfying.
I pore over my old cookbooks not for the recipes but for the stories they conjure.
The practice of "patent trolls" filing suit in prestigious tech hubs like, er, Lufkin, Longview, and Marshall has been going on for years. After another victory and facing the prospect of a big loss, will the practice survive?
Spring is here, and with it another entry for the Texas To-Do List: meet one of Texas's oldest living things, a 1,230 year-old cypress tree growing in Orange.
Why members of the Huntsville city council sicced the Texas Rangers on a group of lightly-followed Twitter parody accounts.
Linden junior high school chemistry teacher William Duncan is arrested for dealing meth, inspiring inevitable Breaking Bad comparisons.
In a New Yorker profile of Paul, the congressman forgot why he wanted to impeach Judge William Wayne Justice.
Even after I moved to Los Angeles, there was no question that I’d always be a Texan at heart. But what about my daughter?
In sleepy Carthage a rich, haughty widow disappears, and nobody seems to notice. When she turns up dead, everybody seems to feel sympathy for the nice young man who killed her.
Nearly fifteen years after Richard Linklater and I started talking about turning a Texas Monthly story into a major motion picture, it’s finally hitting the big screen, with a little help from Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine—and a seventy-year-old retired hairdresser from Rusk named Kay Baby Epperson.
Joe R. Lansdale has made a career out of a hard-boiled vision of East Texas.
A new collection of Keith Carter’s photographs captures the magical mojo of East Texas.
It happened in twelve steps, which is not surprising, given the legendary Lufkin lawmaker’s history with booze, broads, and bad behavior. For now, at least, it's taking.
The short, slight, mentally disabled black man was found on the side of a road in Linden, huddled in a fetal position. He was bloody and unconscious—the victim of a violent crime. But another tragedy was how residents of the East Texas town reacted.
A lemur named Keanu attacked a postal worker named Marla Reeves as she drove her rural route outside of Grapeland.
A man camping in Shelby County thinks he saw the hairy monster in the Piney Woods.
Inside the darkly humorous world of the Lufkin Daily News police blotter.
Gilmer High School Principal released a statement to parents cautioning against use of digital drugs as a danger to East Texas teens.
The first column I wrote for Texas Monthly appeared in the March 2000 issue. The article was titled “Voting Rites,” and I argued that the Voting Rights Act, which Lyndon Johnson had proposed to a joint session of Congress 35 years earlier, was the greatest accomplishment of his presidency. The truth
Constables in Trinity and Smith counties have both busted home distilleries this month. Did reality TV inspire these alleged home hoochmakers?
A Louisianan couple and their four Capuchin monkeys are on the lam in East Texas, avoiding authorities who may want to take away the animals.
My hometown of Cleveland has become the most disgraced community in America because of a brutal, unspeakable crime that has set everyone against one another.
One more trip—would it be the last?—to Toledo Bend Reservoir with my dad.
Eat and antique your way along the brick-paved streets of this charming East Texas town.
Location:: East TexasWhat You’ll Need: Full tank of gas, love of graniteSo you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to plan your weekends. You don’t want to worry about reservations. And you absolutely, positively don’t want to fool with timetables. Then I’ve got two words for