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Taps and Trivia

By Gini Rainey

What could be better than spending an evening with your friends and raising a glass or two?  Well, it would be spending the evening with your friends at Rose City Draft House and Bar, where your choice of beverage is challenged by the 57 craft beers on tap, along with drink specials that are mind boggling and a good wine list.  Speaking of mind boggling, show up on Monday nights and you can test your massive wealth of useless information when Chaz’ Trivia contest gets into full gear at 7:45pm.  Not only is it fun to test your brain power in a room full of folks, but they have some mighty awesome prizes to hand out, too.

Set back from the Broadway/Reick Road intersection behind Racquet and Jog, it won’t take you long to figure out why Rose City has become a great gathering place for those with discriminating tastes in craft beer.  While some of you have already determined your go-to brew, the guys behind the bar are pretty darn helpful when it comes to deciding what to try, and once you do they make sure you have a nice cold glass in front of you in record time.

Now what does this entry have to do with “The Dish of the Week?” I hear you asking.  Here’s the deal – on your way to a great evening at Rose City, you can pick up your favorite pizza, sandwich, wrap, or whatever you would like to eat and bring it along with you or better yet, pick a place that delivers and have it brought to you at the bar.  Now, tell me how can you top that!

With a back bar loaded up with some great ales, great servers, and great fun, it would be a shame to let life pass you by without visiting Rose City this week to find out what adventures are waiting for you at 5393 S. Broadway.  Open Sundays-Fridays 1pm-12am and Saturdays 1pm-1am, you can find out even more about this great pub by visiting https://www.facebook.com/Rose-City-Draft-House-and-Bar-1542558999292848/home or calling (903)561-2739.

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Farmers Markets Around East Texas

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Everything is blooming, growing, and flourishing in East Texas, and it’s time to head to your local favorite farmers market. Be sure to check one of these out for all kinds of goodies.

Rose City Farmers Market, Downtown Tyler

Saturday mornings, 8am-12 noon, the Rose City Farmers Market is a neat, unique experience for the whole family and even your furry four-legged friends. Located just a block from the Square, in the Unclaimed Furniture parking lot in Tyler (236 S. Broadway), the market brings all that’s fresh straight to you: fruits, vegetables, and herbs all grown within 75 miles of Tyler. That includes pasture-raised beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and turkey, free-range/non GMO eggs, and goat cheeses. Every Saturday, the available selections are different featuring treasures from East Texas fields as the crops come in.  Also, there’s fresh bread, flowers, coffee, jams and jellies, baked goods, Texas olive oil, handcrafted art, and Texas fruit wines on hand. Local musicians will be perform every Saturday. Visit them on Facebook, and foodcoalition.org.

Tyler Farmers Market

Tyler Farmers Market has moved to a new location at 2700 WSW Loop 323, Tyler, adjacent to Peltier Chevrolet. The Tyler Farmers Market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 7am-2pm. They feature seasonal items under a big white tent. You can visit them online at tylerfarmersmarket.org.

East Texas State Fair Farmers Market

East Texas State Fair Farmers Market, located at the Fairgrounds, 2112 W. Front Street, Tyler, is held under the large pavilion. They are open Tuesdays and Saturdays 7am-1pm. The East Texas State Fair Farmers Market is sourced from 100% local farmers who grow every last bit of food they sell on their own land. This is a covered/open air market, with locally grown fresh fruits, veggies, and flowers. There are also crafters, homemade baked goods, preserves, and fresh eggs. This farmer’s market is located right behind the Rose Garden.

Lindale Farmers Market

Open through August 31st, this ongoing farmer’s market occurs every Saturday (8am-1pm). Lindale Farmers Market will be held at the Picker’s Pavilion, 205 E. North St., Lindale. Fruits, vegetables, artisan wares, and more are featured each week. Everything is home grown, home made, and hand crafted by artisans, ranchers, and growers. For more info go to www.facebook.com/Lindale-Farmers-Market.

Stillwater Farm Market Store

Located at 109 W. Main St. in Chandler, Stillwater Farm Market Store features locally fresh produce, pecans, local meats, baked goods, lunches, and ice cream! This is a destination for “all things fresh” and a great place to pick up locally grown produce. Stillwater Farm is the name given to their family land that is contiguous to the section of Fitzgerald farmland.  The farm features a pecan, peach, and fig orchard. Approximately 10 acres of irrigated row crop vegetables are also grown including onions, watermelons, tomatoes, peas, squash, okra, peppers, and more. For more info call (903)515-3502. They are open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.

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Foodie Events: June 19th-20th, Royal Feast Vintner’s Dinner

June 3rd (9:30am): Coffee Talk – Join for some coffee talk. GABC’s head barista will talk about different specialty coffees and how they are made. They will have a demonstration and a taste testing session as well as some awesome giveaways! This is held at Connections Cafe, 1607 Troup Hwy, Tyler.

June 19th-20th (7-10pm): Royal Feast Vintner’s Dinner – Vintner’s Dinners are fun events where you get to try wine and eat some of the best food from the Restaurant at Kiepersol! Each dinner event happens at a large table with all the attendees. This dinner includes 4 courses, each course paired with a Kiepersol Wine or Spirit. This a great social event or date night. You will have the opportunity to hear directly from some of the leaders at Kiepersol and dine with some fellow Texas wine lovers. The Royal Feast Vintner’s Dinner menu is a Charcuterie Spread, Fennel Seared Scallops, Steak and Pommes Frites, and Royal Trifle. Tickets are $100 plus tax per person, excluding gratuity. Dinner is served promptly at 7pm. You’re welcome to come early and visit the bar, which is first come, first served or you can visit the Winery and Distillery at Kiepersol. They request that all parties are seated and ready to have fun by 7pm. Sign up at shop.kiepersol.com. Kiepersol is located at 21508 Merlot Lane, Bullard. Future Vintner’s dinners are July 24th-25th, September 18th, and November 20th.

Rescheduled: June 21st (5-9pm) & 22nd (11am-7pm): 2019 Piney Woods Wine Festival – The City of Lindale is hosting the 9th Annual Piney Woods Wine Festival featuring wine tastings by the 20 wineries on the Piney Woods Wine Trail – many of them national award winners. Uncork the fun for musical entertainment, arts, crafts geared for the wine enthusiast, great food, and of course wine! This event is free to attend, however, a wristband ($10) is required per day to enter the wine garden (tastings are not included in the $10 entry fee). If you plan on tasting wine, each tasting will cost $1, a glass of wine will range from $5-$8 per glass, and bottles of wine may be purchased from the individual wineries. Each wristband comes with a wine glass and a six-bottle wine tote. Tickets are available at visitlindale.com and may also be purchased at the event on the northeast corner of Picker’s Pavilion. Picker’s Pavilion is located at 205 E. North Street, Lindale.

July 27th (9am-5pm): Chapel Hill Farmers Market & Trade Days – Please join and celebrate local businesses with a Farmer’s Market & Trade Days event. Businesses and Farmers please email CHBAlliance@gmail.com to sign up as a vendor. The fee is $50 dollars per booth. If you will need something larger than 6×10 ft of space, or electrical equipment, please let them know in advance. You can also bring payment to Wood & Bean, or to Daily Grace Effect. This will be held at Chapel Hill High School, 13172 Hwy. 64E, Tyler. For more info go to facebook.com/events/323409231683759.

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Warm Weather and a Full Stomach…What’s Better? Fav Patios

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Spring and Outdoor Patios Go Hand in Hand:

Where to Eat & Drink Al Fresco This Spring

It’s that time of year – time to celebrate patio season by sitting outside and enjoying a patio. From garden atmospheres to cocktail bars and restaurants with expansive outdoor spaces, these establishments offer al fresco drinking and dining along with the opportunity to soak up some vitamin D.

Whether you are about grabbing a drink or just enjoying a meal and the cool spring atmosphere, Tyler has something for your tastes.

If you are seeking breakfast, brunch, afternoon cocktails, or a nice relaxing dinner, a local patio is a great place to spend the cooler springtime. Before it gets too hot, check out some of our reader’s favorite fun patios in Tyler.

Chuy’s Mexican Eatery (5935 S. Broadway, Tyler (903)509-2489) – Serving “big as yo’ face” burritos and other Tex-Mex dishes, Chuy’s is a great place to unwind after work. The Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken is to die for. Happy hour specials include drinks and food as well as a free chip bar inside in the bar area. The patio is covered by a palapa and has wind windows and fans which makes it nice year round. Also, large groups can easily sit outside on the patio. Inside is a fun, kitschy, Elvis-heavy setting.

The Catch (1714 S. Beckham, Tyler, (903)596-8226) – The cajun-inspired menu at The Catch brings locals and tourist in by droves and the outdoor patio is a great place to stretch out and enjoy a huge pan of boiled crawfish. This no frills, laid-back seafood restaurant’s covered patio has picnic style tables, ceiling fans and will protect you from the wind and sun. The Admiral’s Platter is great to share family-style at the table. All of the dishes come with huge portions with the plates are piled high. The shrimp po’boy rivals New Orleans with large fresh fried shrimp and remoulade sauce all combo’d to make a great sandwich.

Dakota’s Chophouse (4803 Old Bullard Rd., Tyler, (903)581-6700) – Dakota’s offers choice steaks, seafood and global wines served in sophisticated but never stuffy setting inside, but if you are wanting something more casual, we suggest sitting outside on the lovely patio. Live music makes for an overall enjoyable experience. It doesn’t get better than relaxing at Dakota’s on the patio on a Saturday night. Oysters Rockefeller are some of the best we had.

ETX Brewing Co. & The Porch (221 S. Broadway, Downtown Tyler, (903)630-7720) – ETX Brewery has been open for a while offering craft beers, tables inside, picnic tables outside, and a wonderful atmosphere reminiscent of the Austin vibe. When it’s warm outside, they will open the garage doors to combo the two spaces, making it expansive and open. Now, The Porch, located next door to ETX Brewery is open serving food with a unique menu to accompany ETX’s Brewing’s locally-made craft beers. The menu has classics like build-your-own burgers as well as original creations like the Mac ‘n Cheese Fries (add bacon), Fried Cheese Curds, and The Kitchen Sink: a sandwich on a hoagie with a choice of three meats, two cheeses and sides. The on-site brews are often seasonal so try them all with a “Flight.” We love the Brickstreet Blonde (a classic American blonde ale that is light, crisp, and lightly hopped with a mild maltiness), the Downtown Cherry Brown (a brown ale bearing notes of tart cherry), Hitching Post (a mellow amber ale with a faint caramel influence), and the rich Coffee City Stout (a dark beer made with a little locally roasted coffee and Belgian chocolate).

FRESH by Brookshire’s (6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler, freshbybrookshires.com) – FRESH is so much more than an excellent grocery store. Offering a huge patio, live music, an amazing view of the east Texas skyline, plus The FRESH Grill + Patio, FRESH has something for everyone. Live music is every Friday and Saturday starting at 6pm. With the food, drinks, live music, and a great atmosphere, it has become a hangout for foodies and music lovers. It’s a great place to meet friends or bring the family for a relaxing evening. Menu items include gourmet salads, fish tacos, burgers, fries and a kids menu for little Freshies. We love the J’Ville Burger and the Asian Shrimp Tacos. Beer and wine are available for the adults.

The Grove Kitchen & Gardens (3500 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler, (903)939-0209) – “Where all ages can come to play outdoors!” You can dine outside, in the main dining area, or try their barbeque in its own building, The Smoke Shack. Upon entering, you’ll see a large fire pit, lots of trees, and tables of all sizes located all around – some in the shade, some under umbrellas and even some in the sun. There’s comfortable cushioned couch-style seating as well. Most nights there are musicians performing. All of this creates a nice isolated outdoors feeling even though you are still in town. There is also a gated roomy, kid-friendly lawn area for your kids to run off some of that energy.

Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ (525 S. Beckham, Tyler, (903)593-0311) – Where all the cool kids go! This unpretentious barbecue joint and bar offers open outdoor seating, excellent barbecue, live music, and happy hour Monday-Friday and all day on Wednesdays. The menu has beef brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey and sausage, as well as stuffed potatoes and Frito pie. The famous Mother Clucker (smoked chicken thigh meat with spicy mayo, cheddar and fried egg on jalapeno cheese sourdough) as well as the morning specialty, the Breakfast Brother-in-Law (a grilled hot link with cheese and scrambled eggs on a bun) are good choices. There’s live music six days a week, a list of delicious cocktails, and it is best enjoyed at a picnic table outside in the sun. Stanley’s patio is covered with sunshades to help keep things cool.

Strada Caffe – (302 E. Front St., Tyler, (903)944-7744) – This coffee shop has expanded to evening hours and with that, they are now offering small plates, wine, and craft beers. In the mornings, an Espresso plus a breakfast taquito and the outside patio equal a great combo. In the afternoons, the patio is quite roomy and a good place to unwind after a long day of work. Strada offers breakfast, lunch and small plates at dinnertime, live music sometimes, Sunday brunches, and local art in the caffe. Extra parking is available across the street.

Republic Icehouse (3807 University Blvd., Tyler, (903)504-5860) – This bar and restaurant has a large patio which accommodates both small and large groups with picnic tables and quaint small cafe-style tables. Most nights they have live music inside. There are TV’s everywhere if you are wanting to catch a game. Outside is more quiet and intimate. Republic’s pizzas are great, their burgers are on point, and the beer is always cold.

Rick’s on the Square (104 W. Erwin St., Downtown Tyler, (903)531-2415) – Rick’s features southern seafood and steaks in a vintage, brick-walled space with a patio and live music on weekends. Happy hour daily.

Roast Social Kitchen (1125 E. 5th St., Tyler (903)202-0295) – The eclectic atmosphere and the yummy brick-oven pizzas, chef-inspired specials, small plates, and a full bar is always a great time. Inside the atmosphere is industrial-chic with a touch of cool. Happy hour drinks and food are offered. Roast has a brick oven that produces exceptional pizza, the super-thin variety made from handcrafted dough and fresh ingredients roasted on-site. Outside, the sidewalk cafe-style patio atmosphere is a nice place to sit after dark. This is a great way to spend a spring evening with a cocktail in hand. Our favorite pizza, along with thousands of other’s, is the Bee’s Knees, topped with roasted garlic, a variety of cheeses, sopressata, Italian sausage, local spicy honey and fresh thyme. In the bar, find wine, beer and cocktails on tap, including a favorite, Rose’s Night Out, vodka with rose syrup and lemon for a light effect.

Villa Montez (3324 Old Henderson Hwy., Tyler, (903)592-9696) – The Latin-inspired menu offers seafood and meat dishes, plus comfort classics, all presented in the swanky old-world charm atmosphere of a hilltop mansion. The huge deck is a great place to have a casual meal outside among the treetops. You will not have a care in the world when you leave this expansive balcony style outdoor area. The Chimichurri Steak, sea bass, and margarita shrimp are delicious.

Zoe’s Kitchen – (8926 S. Broadway, Tyler, (903)939-0925) – The great Mediterranean salads, shrimp or beef kabobs, chicken salad sandwiches, lentil soup, Mediterranean chicken plate, and the chocolate cake are always perfect at Zoe’s and sitting outside on the patio is quite lovely this time of year. Be sure to try the fried potato salad, too. The food is always freshly prepared. This hip little place has a cool atmosphere and reasonable prices for delicious healthy food. They have a vegan and vegetarian menu.

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