Dining News for week of November 12th
The holidays are here! It’s hard to think about but next week is Thanksgiving. This week, I will share some of my holiday favorites as well as a few events coming up.
Every Monday (7:30-10:30pm) – Geeks who Drink Pub Trivia – Geeks Who Drink Pub Quizzes is a homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK. These quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television. Each quiz has two audio rounds: a “Name that Tune” style round and another round comprised of soundbites from movies and TV. Play in teams of up to six or by yourself. Winning teams get street cred, bar cash, and other prizes depending on the venue. Bonus Questions for free pints are sprinkled throughout the quiz. You don’t have to be a trivia God to enjoy the quiz. Since you’re playing on a team, the collective knowledge base makes for more fun, less pressure. It’s not final friggin’ Jeopardy. This weekly trivia game will be held at Roast Kitchen, 1125 Beckham St., Tyler.
Every Tuesday – “Keep It Local Tuesdays” supports local restaurants by meeting and eating at different locally owned restaurants every Tuesday evening, usually around 7pm. This gathering is open to anyone. Check their Facebook page for where they are meeting each week at facebook.com/KeepItLocalTuesdays.
Saturdays through November 18th – Rose City Farmer’s Market (7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler, continues every Saturday through November 18th) – Shop for locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers, pastured beef, lamb, chicken, and pork, yard eggs, goat cheeses, freshly baked breads and pastries, honey, jams, and jellies. Enjoy a cup of locally roasted coffee while you stroll the market listening to local musicians. This kid-friendly and pet-friendly market.
Good JuJu Cookie Decorating Workshops
Come out and learn how to decorate those holiday cookies! You will be guided on how to decorate themed cookies using a special blend of Royal-Glaze icing. These will be White-Almond and Vanilla-Brown Sugar cookies that you can take home to enjoy. Each person will receive several cookies and access to multiple colors of icing bags and tools to work with. Additional gourmet cookies will be available for purchase after the workshop. The cost is $35 for adults (13 and up), $32 for seniors (55+) and $30 for kids (7 to 12) which includes all supplies and instruction. Snacks and wine are available for purchase. Pre-registration is required by going to goodjujucookies.com/workshops, (903)574-9096 or email email@example.com. Workshops are:
- November 14th (6-8pm) – “Sunflowers” at Salt Kitchen at Kiepersol Winery Tasting Room, 3944 FM 344, Bullard
- November 21st (6:30-8:30pm) – “Gobble Gobble” at Potpourri House, 3320 Troup Hwy., Tyler
- November 25th (6:30-8:30pm) – “Ornaments” at Centaur Arabian Farms, 10271 FM 2813, Flint
- November 29th (6:30-8:30pm) – “Lit Snowmen” at Leo’s Asian Bistro, 2808 S. Main St.,, Lindale
- December 19th (6-8pm) – “Christmas Fun” at Kiepersol Winery Tasting Room, 3944 FM 344, Bullard
November 24th (7-9pm) – Cajun Ribeye Vintner’s Dinner will be held at Kiepersol, 3933 FM 344E, Tyler on Black Friday. Tickets are $100. Seating is limited. For reservations call (903)894-3300.
Food Trucks are getting more popular! A few new food trucks have popped up on the East Texas scene. Head to the City of Tyler any day of the week, and you’re more than twice as likely to see a food truck than you were last year. Since NET Health eased restrictions on food truck construction, the number of food trucks in Tyler has gone from 14 to 30.
Say Cheese! – Featuring, well, you guessed it cheese goodness galore, Say Cheese offers yummy gooey sandwiches that are so much more than just bread and cheese. A favorite is the “Roll Tide:” a secret special sauce, Muenster cheese, pulled pork, grilled jalapeños, grilled onions, grilled red and green bell peppers. We simply can not get enough of the “The Glazed Decker:” glazed donut and cheddar cheese sandwich. Yes, really! Find them at saycheesegiveback.com. They publish their location schedule on their Facebook page weekly. Hands down, this is best-grilled cheese sandwiches we have ever had!
Cafe 1948 – Decked out in a refurbished silver bucket trailer, Cafe 1948 hits the spot for all coffee, tea, and shaved ice needs. Their nitro cold brew is so smooth; they are quite knowledgeable and know a lot about choosing the right beans. We tried them out recently at the Off Square Block Party outside El Guapo Records, 903 Handmade, Moss-”Where Flowers are Fair,” and ETX Brewery, and they were a huge hit. We can’t recommend them enough! Try their salted caramel latte; it’s the best. For locations, check them out at facebook.com/cafe1948.
Wienerland, and their Wiener Wagon! Small in size, huge on taste – the Wiener Wagon pops up all over town. Wienerland has been a staple of the Tyler landscape for 45 years. Tyler mourned the loss of this iconic hot dog stand, but in May of 2017, they reopened with new owners. Now they have expanded into the food truck world and have been seen all over town, serving everything from Wrangler dogs to their famous chili cheese dogs. To find out where they are, find Wienerland on Facebook. At the restaurant on Fifth St., they also sell shaved ice sno cones!
Super SNO – Whatever flavor you crave for the inside, the cool, soft, fluffy, goodness in a cup SNO, make it ‘Sno-delicious’ by adding a topping of the world’s best gummie bears, marshmallow fluff, sweet cream, sour, pickle juice, chopped pickles, or Super Chile Spice. Super SNO is located at 506 E. Rusk (Greenhouse Mall Parking Lot) in Jacksonville. Super SNO’s ice is so soft that it just melts in your mouth!
Pokey O’s Cookies & Ice Cream is made-to-order ice cream sandwiches individually customized for you on the Pokey O’s Dessert Truck! We tried them out when they were at True Vine Brewing company for the first time. Just pick a cookie, then pick an ice cream. The possibilities are limitless. Snickerdoodle and sea salt caramel is heaven on earth! White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Rocky Road is a close second. See where they will be at facebook.com/pokeyostyler.