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Tacos: The New Cool Food and There are Lots of Options

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Tacos are the new “cool thing” and east Texas has an abundance of options for every appetite. Below is a guide to some of the best in the area – both traditional and out of the ordinary.

juls-2Juls

7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, (903)581-5857, juls903.com

Juls’ offers two options of tacos, both labeled as street tacos.

Oaxacan Braised Brisket Tacos are marinated for 24 hours in Juls’ signature Oaxacan rub, then the brisket is slow roasted and soaked in a tequila tomato based sauce. These tacos come garnished with salsa verde, onion, and cilantro, and are served with pork belly black beans over jasmine rice. These are an excellent choice and boast a nice taste.

Chicken Tinga Tacos (pictured) features a slowly-braised chicken breast, marinated in a smoky and spicy chipotle adobo sauce, and served with caramelized onion and smoked Chili de Arbol. These are served in locally handmade corn tortillas and comes with jasmine rice topped with pork belly black beans, and Pico de Gallo.

Get a side of Jul’s famous Guacamole with Charred Salsa which is made fresh daily, or their Tobacco Onion Rings for a perfect meal.

villa-montez-lobster-tacosVilla Montez Latin Kitchen

3324 Old Henderson Hwy., Tyler, (903)592-9696, villamontez.com

From their website, “Villa Montez is a unique casual family dining restaurant that offers the best of the ‘Cocina Latina’ (Latin Kitchen).” We feel that their unique creation of Lobster Tacos fits the description perfectly.

Yes, you read that right – lobster tacos! Lobster Tacos come with a lobster tail and is served with a side of avocado cream, black bean puree, chile de arbol, mango salsa, and tortillas. They are served with rice and black beans. The combination of flavors is delicious.

Rosarito Fish Tacos are a classic dish but at Villa Montez they come with a little flair. The hand-battered fried fish filet is topped with mango salsa and Mexican coleslaw, and comes served on a corn tortilla. It is served with rice and black beans.

Villa Montez’s menu is a mix of Tex-Mex and Mexican favorites with a definite South American influence. There are some unique appetizers also, including the Queso Fondido, ceviche, Chino Latino rolls, Mazatlan Aji Azado (seared tuna), and tableside-made guacamole.

Villa Montez grows their own fresh herbs as well as some of their vegetables when in season.

curbside-tacosCurbside Taco

Have you been missing Curbside Taco around Tyler? Well, you can find them regularly in Jacksonville at east Texas’ only food court, Charcoal Alley, 217 South Main St., Jacksonville, 11am-2pm or until they sell out.

Their menu is simple with only three options – beef, pork, or chicken tacos. Our favorite is the Carne Asada, which is seared and grilled beef ribeye served with cilantro, onion, and a lime wedge. The pork option, Al Pastor taco, is served diced and marinated and cooked in their homemade adobo sauce using chipotle peppers. They come garnished with cilantro and onions.

The last menu item is the Mexico City Chicken tacos (pictured) which are chicken fajita-style meat loaded with all the standard toppings.

All tacos are delicious and served on warm corn tortillas freshly made to order. The best part though is the price – Curbside’s tacos are $2.25 each or three for $6. Sodas and water are available.

Curbside Taco accepts cash only. Curbside does still move around so check their calendar at curbsidetaco.com for locations. Also, check their Facebook page (facebook.com/curbsidetaco) where they announce daily if they are open by saying, “windows up” or “windows down,” depending on the weather. Charcoal Alley offers a ton of picnic tables, umbrellas and often, live music.

Catering is always an option by calling (903)316-9967.

ricks-steak-tacos-tyler-txRick’s on the Square

104 W. Erwin St., Tyler, (903)531-2415, rix.com

Rick’s Big Street Tacos have gotten our attention lately. Rick’s menu is always changing and we find the variety that is offered refreshing. From their famous Bread Pudding to oysters, Rick’s has something for every appetite.

On the taco front, you can choose from juicy grilled-to-perfection tenderloin, smoked pork, or Voodoo Chicken tacos. These are good-sized tacos, served one per order, and come served with tobacco onions, cheddar, cilantro, and jalapeno honey sauce. The tenderloin variety is tender, flavorful, and simply put, delicious -and our favorite. Trust us, two are a full meal.

Also, Rick’s offers Redfish Tacos if you are wanting a more traditional fish taco. Grilled shrimp tacos have recently been added to the menu and come with shredded cabbage, and sriracha-tarter sauce.

The appetizer, Voodoo Nachos, is a great accompaniment, served with a spicy-sweet mango pico.

Rick’s is located in historic downtown Tyler and offers fresh food, live bands every Friday and Saturday evenings and soon, The Black Pearl Oyster Bar.

el-charrosEl Charro’s on the Ridge

 6899 Oak Hill Blvd., Tyler, (903)617-6022, elcharroontheridge.com

If you are missing El Charro’s famous Old Fashioned Tacos, you are in luck because El Charro’s on the Ridge offers this long-time favorite menu item. Mr. Gilbert, the founder of the original El Charro’s, created the recipe and since then, these handmade tacos have become legend. They are built using beef, refried beans, and a few secret ingredients, then fried – making a taco-pocket of goodness. These are served loaded with lettuce and cheese.

Tony’s Tacos (pictured) have also been a long time favorite. These soft corn tortillas are filled with chopped fajita beef or grilled chicken and served with your choice of lettuce and tomato, or cabbage and cilantro, with a side of guacamole and pico de gallo. You can get a half (2)or full order (4). You can add grilled onions and bell peppers for a little extra. Lunch and dinner portions are available.

Pechuga Tacos are quite yummy, served with sliced marinated chicken in a soft flour tortilla. These are available in a half or full order.

If the weather is pretty, El Charro’s on the Ridge offers a wonderful patio with a breathtaking view of east Texas slow sloping hills and treetops.

Fuzzys-Argyle-meal-2Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

1871 Troup Hwy., Tyler, (903)597-3899, fuzzytacoshop.com

If variety is what you are seeking, Fuzzy’s offers over 30 varieties of crispy and soft tacos, including our favorite, their California Heat Taco (grilled or tempura fried) with shrimp, bacon, avocado, feta, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and sriracha-lime sauce served on a soft corn tortilla.

Classic tacos are available and include the Beef Fajita Taco and Tempura Fish Taco with lightly battered and fried fish, served on a soft corn tortilla, and topped with garlic sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, and feta.

The Vegetarian Taco is very good, hosting a mix of shredded zucchini, squash, and carrots, served on a soft corn tortilla and topped with garlic sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, and feta. The Cilantro-Lime rice is a great side.

Breakfast Tacos are a huge hit, with combination options that include bacon, chorizo, egg, cheese, potato, and even shrimp. You can also make your own with Fuzzy’s delicious Migas or Chilaquiles. Fuzzy’s Breakfast Taco plate (pictured) comes with your choice of two breakfast tacos, served with Latin-fried potatoes and refried beans.

Download their free “Fuzzy’s Friends with Benefits” app to make ordering easy and earn points towards free food and merchandise.

breakersBreakers – A Seafood Joint

5106 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler, (903)534-0161, breakerstyler.com

“From oysters on the half shell to our world famous ceviche, Breakers brings top quality seafood with a fun, west coast twist.” But have you tried their Baja Tacos? During lunch, you can choose from fried fish, shrimp, or grilled or crispy chicken. These tacos come cooked and seasoned to perfection, topped with fresh pico, avocado, lettuce, and cheese in a crunchy or soft corn tortilla. There are two to an order so feel free to try two different kinds.

Get a side of Robin Hood Brian’s World Famous Seafood Gumbo, a secret recipe given to Breakers by Robin Hood Studios in Tyler. This wonderful gumbo is a great addition to any meal.

Breakers has a large menu full of variety for seafood lovers as well as those who are not huge fans, including steaks, lobster, oysters, shrimp, burgers, and tons more.

Live music is offered on most weekends 8-10pm.

Torchy’s TacosTorchy’s Tacos

426 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, (903)581-3716, torchystacos.com

A newcomer on the taco scene for Tyler is Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos. Known for variety and their creative menu item titles, we have found their breakfast tacos to be outstanding. The Monk Special, eggs, bacon, green chilis, and cheese comes atop either a corn or flour tortilla. The Wrangler, another stand out on the breakfast menu, is scrambled eggs and potatoes topped with smoked beef brisket and jack cheese with a side of tomatillo sauce.

On the lunch and dinner side, the Green Chili Pork Taco is most awesome, as well as The Republican, grilled jalapeno sausage, shredded cheese, and pico, served with poblano sauce. Spicy goodness in taco form, life doesn’t get much better!

For something a little different, try the Mr. Orange, which is blackened salmon topped with grilled corn and black bean relish, queso fresco, cilantro, all drizzled with avocado salsa, served on a corn tortilla. The Mr. Pink fits the “something a little different” bill as well, with “guajillo (pronounced gua-hee-yo) seared Ahi tuna, cabbage, cilantro, and queso fresco.

Classic-style tacos are available in ground beef, beef or chicken fajita options.

Heat up your holiday shopping with Torchy’s Tacos through December 24th. Purchase a $25 Torchy’s Tacos Gift Card, and you can receive a bottle of Torchy’s Diablo Hot Sauce at no additional cost. “Get sauced today!”

stanleys-texas-tacoStanley’s Famous Bar-B-Q

525 S. Beckham, Tyler, (903)593-0311, stanleysfamous.com

“Stanley’s is the oldest operating Mom & Pop BBQ Joint in Tyler, Texas serving up true, pit smoked BBQ for over 50 years. Come try our perfect brisket, baby back ribs, turkey, chicken, fresh made sausage, and even pulled pork.”

Stanley’s is legendary for this, but we bet you didn’t realize that Stanley’s has some of the best vegetarian tacos in the city. Filled with guacamole, cheddar, cabbage, organic greens, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro – all piled high on a warm grilled flour tortilla. Ask for the jalapenos on the side if you don’t like spicy.

Stanley’s famous Mother Clucker sandwich comes in a taco version, the Cluckin’ Taco, which is almost as good as the sandwich. We say ‘almost’ because it is super hard to top the “most-perfect sandwich” but the taco version comes as close as it gets. The Cluckin’ Taco comes with the same stuff as the sandwich – smoked chicken thigh, cheddar, guacamole, cabbage, pico, cilantro, and spicy bbq mayo, but it is served on a flour tortilla (and no egg). You can upgrade it with candied bacon – thick cut bacon dredged in Stanley’s rib rub and then smoked until it caramelizes.

One last stand-out on the taco menu is the Texas Taco, hosting Stanley’s delicious tender chopped brisket (pictured), plus cheddar, beans, cabbage, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and bbq sauce served on a flour tortilla.

Whether you are craving a “classic-style” taco or something a little different, Tyler has something for everyone’s appetite. We hope you enjoy a taco or four this holiday season.

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Romance is in the Air (& Stomach) Again

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Make Some Different Plans for a Day of Love

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and that means – wait, let’s guess, cards, flowers, and candy. There’s nothing wrong with that, I mean who doesn’t love roses and chocolate. But if you are thinking about spending the day doing something a little different, we’d like to make a few suggestions for dialing up the romance, sizzle, and sweetness that this holiday is all about.

The Fancy

A night on the town sometimes involves a fancy dinner. Tyler has an abundance of excellent restaurants offering everything from seafood to steaks. Reservations are highly recommended.

Texas de Brazil – 2376 Dueling Oaks, Ste. 100, Tyler

For the love of meat! Be sure to try the newest fine dining in town. Texas de Brazil is a Brazilian Steak House located just off of Old Jacksonville in Tyler. For one set price, they’ve got an endless amount of food to serve. To start, there is a wide selection salad bar – included in the price of the meal – and an all you can eat main course. The best part is, you never have to leave your seat, for the main course that is. If you are interested in this new fine dining experience, be sure to check it out.

Dakota’s – 4803 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler

Dakota’s is an intimate restaurant with a nice patio for more casual dining and drinks with an exceptional menu. From oysters Rockefeller to the steak and prime rib, and seafood main courses, the options on their menu are endless. Open for lunch and dinner, Dakota’s has little alcoves for some roomy tables which are romantically cozy and private. Susan Dent said, “Dakotas is our ‘go to’ place for any special occasion. We go for every Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, most birthdays, and sometimes ‘just because.’ The food is consistently delicious. Service is always great. It’s pretty and it’s quiet and intimate and such a nice change from so many other restaurants. It’s a perfect place for a romantic evening.”

Kiepersol Restaurant – 1508 Merlot Ln., Bullard

It is always first class food and service at Kiepersol. I have no doubt that you and your Valentine will enjoy dinner at this quaint, quiet, and overall incredible restaurant. From Duck cigars with crunchy relish and plum sauce to heavenly lobster bisque, steaks, and crab crusted Sea Bass, their menu features a wonderful selection. Wines, of course, are from Kiepersol’s on-site vineyard; they are a highlight. Bananas Foster and Cherries Jubilee are prepared tableside and is a show to behold.

Bernard’s Mediterranean Restaurant – 212 Old Grande Blvd., Tyler

Bernard’s has long been a go-to spot for people with special occasions. The intimate setting creates a very romantic and special dinner. Mediterranean-themed cuisine features everything from stuffed trout to rack of lamb and everything in between. What they have available sometimes varies, and they have daily specials. The Blanc De Poulet Campagnard, Sea Bass, and Lamb Chops are fantastic. There’s nothing not to love about this quiet upscale restaurant with excellent food, good wine, and perfect service.

Jack Ryan’s Steak & Chophouse – 102 N. College Ave., Tyler

The 1930’s Deco bank building is beyond beautiful. You step back in time when you enter, and the exceptional food is simply icing on the cake. When you first enter the foyer and see the grandeur of the staircase that leads up to the restaurant, you begin to realize you are in for a special experience. You are greeted at the grand front desk and with reservations made weeks in advance, immediately taken to your table. From an excellent wine list to a Tenderloin that will melt in your mouth, Jack Ryan’s will not disappoint. The Lobster Mac-N-Cheese appetizer is divine. The Chicago/San Francisco/Dallas and Cordon Bleu-trained chefs serve up brilliant sous vide meat perfectly seared and plated.

The Grove – 3500 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler

If you have been to The Grove for lunch or to the Smoke Shack, this Cupid’s Day, try out the inside dining room for dinner. The menu hosts crab claws, Center Cut Filet, Center Cut Ribeye, Prime Bone In Ribeye, Jidori Chicken, Chilean Sea Bass, Beef Wellington, Pecan Crusted Salmon, Maple Roasted Duck, and much more. Lamb Lollipops and the famous Cap’n Crunch Shrimp are great starters. The Grove Kitchen and Gardens is a unique property and features chef-crafted menus set on a sprawling, beautiful piece of land in the heart of Tyler. The main restaurant is a beautiful indoor dining area, a covered patio dining as well as an open patio. All dining areas all look on to a beautiful courtyard area that has music performers most weekends. The Grove is a great place to take a date – it’s the perfect choice for treating special people on special occasions!

Something Different

If you want to do something a little different this year, here are a few suggestions:

Roast Social Kitchen – 1125 E. 5th St., Tyler

Roast is a unique restaurant located in midtown Tyler. It is an eclectic restaurant with an industrial-chic vibe offering uniquely-created dishes by their excellent new Chef Thomas Mattson. There are different specials each week and depending on popularity, these new dishes will be added to the menu. The Shrimp & Grits (pictured) are to die for – amazingly fresh wild caught shrimp straight out of the Gulf into a savory Lone Star “beer blanc” sauce atop a roasted poblano and aged cheddar grit cake. Watch their Facebook page for daily creations. We love the Warmed Olive Bowl for a starter, the Grilled Hangar Steak is Texas Akaushi beef, Argentinian Chimichurri, roasted carrots. It’s hard to beat the famous Bee’s Knees pizza with roasted garlic, 4-cheese blend, soppressata, Italian sausage, Mike’s Hot Honey, thyme, and fresh orange. Roast has a great bar menu with the best Barrel Aged Old Fashioned around. Roast is where the truly cool go to hang out, whether for lunch, cocktails or dinner!

Daniel Boone’s Grill & Tavern – 1920 E SE Loop 323, Tyler

Come out and get your spurs on for hearty American eats amid Western decor and a menu full of fun slang and humor! Boone’s offers reliable fast, friendly service, big portions, tasty comfort food, and neat decor, plus free beans, chili beans, and ice cream with your meal. They also have an amazing bar with good drink prices. The Bucket of Bird is a favorite as well as the huge Chicken Fried “Stake.” The Big Boonie Burger is always freshly made, and the “Basskit, Bakin Lettice&Mator” sandwich served on Texas toast is excellent. This is a very casual restaurant, sure to make you laugh and enjoy the meal.

Villa Montez – 3324 Old Henderson Hwy., Tyler

From their website, “Villa Montez offers Latin-style seafood and meat dishes, plus comfort classics, presented in a swanky hilltop mansion.” Yes, you read that right – hilltop mansion! Villa Montez has awesome food and an old world rustic charm atmosphere. It has been consistently decorated with art and furniture that create a unique “Mediterranean Mexican” atmosphere. There is a downstairs cellar, two upper rooms for private gatherings, three dining rooms, and an expansive patio. Overall, the menu has very interesting dishes with a South American twist. We love the sea bass and the margarita shrimp, they’re both delicious. Kristi Arms said, “Villa Montez never disappoints. This is a go-to for special occasions or just a delicious meal in a beautiful setting. My favorite is the Chimichurri Steak and the salad with the chimichurri steak on it. I can never seem to get out of there without getting a huge slice of their fabulous chocolate cake! They say it is for sharing…which I will usually do if I am asked nicely.”

A Lively Night Out

Stanley’s Famous BBQ – 525 S. Beckham, Tyler

If you are in the mood to do something fun this Valentine’s Day, Stanley’s is the place to be. This place is lauded for several reasons, best known for its award-winning barbecue, but also for their heated and enclosed patio this time of year. It is a wonderfully, casually comfortable place to eat with family, friends, or your special someone. We think it would be romantic to split their famous Mother Clucker – Cadillac edition with candied bacon and avocado – seriously, what says “I love you” better than sharing this delicious creation? Ok, maybe sharing the ribs would be even better! Stanley’s will satisfy both your romantic side and a desire to have some fun. Stanley’s offers a nice selection of craft beers and bourbons, too.

El Charro’s on the Ridge – 6899 Oak Hill Blvd, Tyler

I remember eating at the old El Charros as a kid in the 1970’s. This El Charros has preserved a number of the old recipes from the original restaurant and has added a few new favorites. Our favorites are the famous house margaritas, the Combination Plate, and Tony’s Tacos. The lively atmosphere creates a fun environment, full of tradition and memories. Ask for the “special hot sauce” – it is yummy and definitely very special. The orange sauce…what can we say. We love the stuff. We went thru three baskets of chips, it was so good!

Mario’s Italian Restaurant – 7916 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler

Diner Jack Wilson said, “We love the ambiance of Mario’s. It’s our favorite Italian restaurant. We love the classic old style of the place. When you walk in, you are greeted like family. The main dining room is so charming. Mo and his incredible staff make sure you leave with a happy heart and a full belly. The food is always impeccable and being serenaded while you dine is delightful. You can even dance! I highly recommend this treasure.”

We couldn’t agree more. 

Mario’s atmosphere is very romantic in itself, and the entertainer playing big band music on weekend evenings really sets the stage for the fun Rat-Pack style atmosphere with the walls packed full of iconic movie posters and photos of famous stars from Hollywood’s golden years. The menu offers classic Italian favorites including lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, veal picatta, Roman Platter, Veal Parmigiana, and shrimp scampi. The cannoli is definitely worth saving room for. “Mario’s is one of my husband’s and my favorite date night restaurants. Mario’s oozes romance!”

Kawa’s Hibachi Grill & Lounge – 1024 WSW Loop 323, Tyler

This is a perfect restaurant to show off – from everything including the modern designed décor and ambiance which is both beautiful and appealing, to impressive Japanese favorites, sashimi, and sushi, Kawa’s offers a date-worthy evening of entertainment and food. You will love the hibachi show cooked right in front of you, and you will absolutely adore the food. Lauren Brooks said, “We ordered Rainbow Rolls to start, then scallops (that were cooked to perfection), steak (melts in your mouth) and Chicken/Shrimp with Fried Rice and then sat back to watch the chef do his thing – which was not only an exhibition of skill at the grill but also entertaining. The food was so good! It was a very impressive evening.” Overall, Kawa’s would be a wonderful experience for Valentine’s Day date. There is the option of general seating or hibachi.

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Foodie Events: Feb. 11th: 2018 Spring Open House

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Heads up True Viners! It’s a new year and True Vine’s next chapter has begun. Make plans to attend their grand opening on March 31st at their new location at 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway in Tyler. This party will celebrate the 4 Year Anniversary and the Grand Reopening. There will be of course, lots of your favorite beers, a food truck, live music and the annual True Vine Beer Run, 10am-2pm. Make plans now to attend this great day of fun!

February 11th (3-5pm) – 2018 Spring Open House will be held at Lake Tyler Petroleum Club. Come see what’s trendy and tasty at this running venue. Grab a glass of wine and a bite to eat while exploring some of Tyler’s elite vendors. There will be door prizes, a cash bar, live music, and more. RSVP by calling (903)566-4444 or email events@ulaketylerpetroleumclub.com.

March 3rd-4th (all day) – Rose City 37th Chili Cook Off – Think you can make the best chili in the world? They will be registering cooks on Friday, March 2nd, at the cook off location. There are several categories to compete in: Beans, CASI Chili, Junior Chili (age 5-17), and People’s Choice Chili where the public votes for the best through a ballot method. Registration is $25 per team. For more info, find them on Facebook. The chili cook off benefits Ragan’s Hope.

February 4th (2pm and 5pm) – Valentine Cookie Class will be held at M6 Winery in Bullard. Chelsea Presley will host three classes to help prepare us all for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or Italian Soda during the class and feel free to bring snacks. Chelsea will teach you how to decorate sugar cookies by using “pipe and flood” techniques. Beginners are welcome. You will leave with six Valentine’s cookies. To register, contact (903)360-0369, joe@m6winery.com, or m6winery.com.

Every Sunday (11am) – Brunch at High Hill Farms – Every Sunday, come out to the farm for a delightful brunch of hearty breakfast creations at Côte. This contemporary, art filed restaurant will delight you with fresh farm to table creations (some from their garden when in season just steps from the kitchen) designed to both entertain your palette and satisfy your hunger. High Hill Farm is located at 12626 CR 217, Arp. For reservations contact (903)730-5055 or info@highhillfarm.com.

Poke In Da Eye – World Championship Barbeque & Catering, located in Chapel Hill at 11811 Hwy 64 E. is now open – finally! After a long tear-down, rebuild, re-create of a piece of land, this World Championship Barbeque team is open to the public.

Every Saturday & Sunday (10:30am-2pm) – Brunch & Booze will be at Coyote Sam’s, 5424 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. This is a wonderful brunch of eggs Benedict, Sam’s Smoked Ham Omelet, Blueberry Pancakes, Amaretto French Toast, biscuits and gravy, and mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s.

Mikoto Ramen Bar is now open and is absolutely fabulous! Located at 6611 S. Broadway, Mikoto offers Tonkotsu-based ramen that are masterfully crafted by boiling pork bones for over 10 hours. If you are not sure what real authentic ramen is, it is in no way like what you survived on in college. This ramen is rich and hearty, full of heavenly spices and seasoned perfectly. We recommend the Black Garlic Ramen bowl, Spicy Curry Ramen, and the Lobster Crunch sushi. Ramen comes with ingredients of egg, nori, bamboo shoots, green onions and beef. Pork potstickers and the soft crab on a cha shu pork bun are excellent too. Contact Mikoto at (903)944-7962 or mikotoramentyler.com.

TJ Sushi Asian Fusion is now open at 5875 Old Bullard Rd. TJ Sushi brings fresh sushi Asian fusion, offering unique creations as well as your favorite traditional ones. We recommend the Las Vegas Roll Special – a crispy, deep fried sushi roll with smoked salmon, cream cheese and jalapeno inside. Several kinds of Pho noodle soup is always available as well as fried rice, Udon (wheat pasta in thick strips) dishes, traditional dishes like Broccoli Chicken, Chow Mein, Kung Pao Chicken. Contact TJ Sushi at (903)630-9201 or tjsushityler.com.

Go Go Sushi & Stir Fry opened in January at 7922 S. Broadway in the old Boiling Catch building. Simply decorated, Go Go Sushi offers anything but simple food. The menu offers a lot of Sushi, traditional favorites like sesame chicken, kung pao chicken, Thai basil beef, Thai curries, and fried rice combos. Samantha Meave said, “Everything we tried was very flavorful. We had the Thai fried rice, pineapple fried rice and lo mein. They all tasted great.” Contact them at (903)630-6592.

SportsZone, located at 115 E. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler, is now open for lunch. Offering sandwiches, pizza, burgers and wings, SportsZone has got some awesome food. Whether it’s lunch, Happy Hour or late night, SportsZone has got you covered. Our favorite: the Lunch Special – a slice of pizza, salad and drink for $8. Contact them at (903)266-9132 or at SportsZoneTyler.com.

Burger Warehouse in Green Acres Shopping Center at 1839 Troup Hwy., in Tyler, is getting a lot of attention for their freshly ground burgers. “I had the 5150 Burger and man, was it good. The unique bacon mayo was excellent and really tied the flavor of the burger together. I added pepper jack cheese on top for the extra kick. Burger Warehouse’s french fries were delicious and crispy. The service was great from entrance to exit, would definitely recommend,” said Ben Tyler recently. Favorites for us are the green chili burger, Southwest burger, and handmade shakes. Burger Warehouse also offers an ice cream bar! This is a great family friendly restaurant.

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TJC Continuing Education Classes

Did you know that anyone can take cooking classes through TJC’s Continuing Education Classes? Offered this spring are:

February 27th (6:30-8:30pm) – Wine and Dine at Kawa’s – Come experience a one of kind wine class hosted at the gorgeous Kawa’s Hibachi Grill & Lounge. This class is a treat for the palate and the eyes. Class will include five different wine pairings and a four course meal. Course #CULN-2048. This class costs $85.

March 6th (6:30-8:30pm) – Southwest Seafood Cooking Class – Celebrate the taste of the Southwest with instructors Jack Lewis and Danny Case. With easy to follow steps, they will show you how to make Cozumel Shrimp Cocktails, Tortilla Crusted Mahi, salads, sides, and desserts. This will be held at the TISD Career Training Center in Tyler. This class is $55. Course #CULN-2047_001.

If have questions call (903)510-2900 or sign up at live-tjc-continuing-education.pantheonsite.io.

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