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Proud of East Texas: Country Tavern

Lois Mason (Middle) Lois Mason (Middle)

By Joan Hallmark joanhallmark@kltv.com

Toby Pilgrim is the third generation of his family to serve multi-generations of East Texans at the Country Tavern. Located just outside Kilgore on Highway 31, Country Tavern opened in 1939 and immediately became a favorite watering hole for oilfield workers. But it's Country tavern's big sweet meaty pork ribs that have made the establishment famous.

Toby's grandmother, Lois Mason bought the tavern in 1972 and set about turning the tavern into a family friendly eatery. Country Tavern's walls are covered with awards, as well as photos of the many celebrities who have eaten there. Larry Hagman, Robert Duvall, President Bush and Sandy Duncan are just a few of the familiar faces.

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