Cork is moving! They are expected to be open mid-October in the old SEOUL Garden location at 109 E. Grande Blvd. in Tyler. A favorite place with modern Euro-Asian food, from their famous shrimp Mezcal and lamb chops to the market-fresh sushi and seafood. Cork Food & Drink is a unique casual-dining restaurant with an extensive wine list, live music, hand-crafted cocktails and fabulous dining! Open for dinner, brunch on Sundays, and closed on Mondays for private chef/wine dinners.
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 on 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.
Waitr App is now connecting quite a few Tyler restaurants to delivery services. To use Waitr, simply download the app, set up an account, and order. The delivery charge is a $5 flat fee “whether you order one small item or are feeding a party of 20,” the company says. A number of Tyler restaurants have already signed on to Waitr, including Roost, Chick-fil-A, Mercado’s, Happy Fish House, Strada Caffe, Daniel Boone’s, Firehouse Subs, Potpourri House, Shogun Sushi & Hibachi Grill, The Catch, Jersey Mike’s, Jucy’s Hamburgers, Posado’s, Burger Grind, Great American Cookies, Dakota’s, Janie Cakes, Newk’s, Aspen Creek Grill, Where’s Rufus, Jack Ryan’s, Mercado’s, Palio Pizza, Coyote Sam’s Bar & Grille, Chiangmai Thai Kitchen, and Rotolo’s Pizzeria.
Chopstix Asian Fusion Fast opens and with its opening, this restaurant boasts a list of 12 sauces for its build-your-own Asian bowls and burritos. The “east meets west with a kick” features Asiarittos, along with soba noodle bowls, rice bowls, and salad bowls. Customers can build their own or choose from suggested builds such as the Bahn-Mitto, the Shanghai-Ritto, the Seoul Bowl, and even the Southwest Salad. Chopstix is located at 1400 W. Southwest Loop 323 (near Kinsey Dr.).
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has added a second location on Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is a fast-casual restaurant serving Baja-style Mexican food in a fun, energetic atmosphere. For more info find Fuzzy’s Tyler South on Facebook.
Smoothie King – Matt McKinney, of Tyler, is opening his third Smoothie King location later this year at 6445 Old Jacksonville Hwy. “I’m very into fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle, but after my workouts, I craved a healthy snack. There was a huge market for Smoothie King in Tyler, and we have tapped into that and seen huge success,” McKinney said. McKinney has been operating Smoothie Kings across Texas and has plans to continue to expand throughout East Texas.
It’s All About Coffee, Tea, & Me is now open, located at 2251 Three Lakes Pkwy. in Tyler. It has a drive-through window, a lounge, and a second, more private area. Space is available for after-hours parties and meetings. Their walls are lined with dozens of jars containing colorful blends of tea leaves, fruits, and aromatics. For more info go to the Facebook page, or call (903)363-9187.
Jucy’s Hamburgers was listed as the best place to get burger in Texas by Texas Highways magazine. Also on the list was Burger Grind.
Pie Five Pizza Co. is officially open for business. Pie Five makes their dough fresh every morning, chops garden-fresh veggies by hand, and mixes up their own marinara sauce with fresh packed tomatoes. Not only that, but they give you unlimited toppings! They also offer hand-tossed, custom wings, and of course a stellar craft beer selection. We’re talking about good ingredients and handmade quality food. And, just because it’s handcrafted doesn’t mean it should take a long time…5 minutes to be exact. Pie Five is located at 6995 S. Broadway Ave., Ste. 10. For more info go to piefivepizza.com.
U&T Donuts and Tacos is located across the street from UT Tyler at 3905 University Blvd. Its menu is basic: tacos, donuts, breakfast burritos, as well as seafood dishes – with college students in mind. The tacos come in chicken fajita and beef fajita varieties, and U&T Donuts and Tacos keeps the prices low: $2 per taco with corn tortilla, $2.50 with flour tortilla. They are also serving coffee and cappuccino. The tacos and the catfish are the most popular dishes by far.
Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar is now open, right in time for football season. But it’s not all about sports here; Walk-Ons extensive menu offers Cajun Queseaux, Pasta Alfredeaux, Fried Oysters, and more added to their already extensive menu of burgers, wraps, salads, Bistreaux pasta creations, po’ boys, seafood, Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and tons more. Based in Baton Rouge, La., Walk-On’s Enterprises is the creator of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & BarSM – voted ESPN’s “#1 Sports Bar in North America” in 2012. There’s not a seat in the house that you can’t see a TV from!