Razzoo’s: Cajun-Style Fare Near Orion at the Cascades I & II in Tyler

"Rat toes" might not sound like a very appetizing snack, but the chefs at Razzoo's have a way of making even unusual edibles tasty. Rat toes are actually jalapeno peppers packed with crab and shrimp, and they're a popular starter at Razzoo's. They exemplify the Cajun-inspired menu at this Tyler eatery, which is just a short trip away from Orion at the Cascades I & II.

You'll probably feel more like you're dining in New Orleans at this eatery despite its Texan home; one bite of the shrimp brochette should take care of that. It's the signature entree at Razzoo's, and it consists of eight plump Gulf shrimp swathed in bacon and cooked with fiery jalapenos. It all comes scattered over dirty rice with a side of even hotter dipping sauce. If you'd rather try a classic, order the jambalaya—you might be able to get it with alligator on top if alligator happens to be in season when you visit.

Razzoo's
7011 S. Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 534-2922
www.razzoos.com
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Newk’s Near Orion at the Cascades I & II in Tyler: A New Adventure for Industry Veterans

Chris and Don Newcomb aren't exactly newcomers to the restaurant business. The pair found success long before launching Newk's; they helped establish the extremely popular McAlister's Deli chain. However, when a new adventure called, they felt compelled to answer. That's why they left the McAlister company and opened Newk's in Tyler, not far from Orion at the Cascades I & II.

This restaurant is known for its emphasis on local cuisine, especially when it comes to the toasted sandwiches. Try the Newk's Q, which matches applewood-smoked bacon, grilled chicken, and Swiss cheese with a uniquely zesty white barbecue sauce. The shrimp po'boy pays homage to classic Southern fare with its plump shrimp, pickles and red onion, and cocktail sauce. If you come on a Tuesday, don't miss the soup special that day: lobster bisque. It's a favorite among regular customers. You can also order a California-inspired salad or pizza if you're looking for something lighter than a sandwich.

Newk’s
3985 Old Jacksonville Highway
Tyler, TX 75710
(903) 509-4646
www.newks.com
www.yelp.com/biz/newks-tyler

Razzoo’s Near Orion at the Cascades II in Tyler: Try the Alligator Jambalaya

Inspired by Louisiana and the Cajun cooking native to its best-known metropolis, New Orleans, Razzoo's boasts a menu of unique and often fiery fare. The "rat toes," for instance, taste nothing like their name would suggest. They're actually jalapeno peppers stuffed to brimming with shrimp. Likewise, the bacon-wrapped shrimp en brochette come strewn with spicy jalapenos and scattered over dirty rice, with a dipping sauce on the side that packs some heat.

If you prefer something with a little less spice, try the popular Cajun fried chicken. It's accompanied by smashed red potatoes smothered with Andouille sausage cream gravy. You can also opt for jambalaya and, if the season is right, request alligator meat on top. After all of that savory fare, you might want something sweet to wash it down—try one of the margaritas. Once your meal wraps up, you'll have just a short trip back to Orion at the Cascades II since it's located close to Razzoo's.

Razzoo's
7011 S. Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 534-2922
www.razzoos.com
www.yelp.com/biz/razzoos-tyler

Cork Food and Drink: Euro-Asian Fare Near Orion at the Cascades I in Tyler

Chefs Tyler Toombs and Carl Colter don't care much for tradition. In fact, they all but ignore it at Cork Food and Drink. They describe their eatery as Euro-Asian, a fusion that naturally results in some unique and flavorful creations.

Take, for instance, the Brussels sprouts. Unlike your typical roasted veggies, Chefs Toombs' and Colter's version features Korean bulgogi, which adds some kick to the otherwise basic dish. The house-made spring rolls are noticeably fresh and light, whereas the charcuterie plate features bits of meat and cheese from the top purveyors. Those are just the small plates and appetizers, though. If the noshes aren't enough to tear you away from Orion at the Cascades I at dinnertime, try the moist 24-hour braised short ribs instead. They come with tender and savory fontina cheese scalloped potatoes.

Cork Food and Drink
5201 S. Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 363-9197
www.corktyler.com
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Toasted Sandwiches Stun Taste Buds at Newk’s, a Quick Trip from Orion at Cascades II in Tyler

When it comes to the restaurant business, Chris and Don Newcomb are no newbies. They broke into the biz long ago when they founded the McAlister's Deli chain. In search of a new adventure, they decided to move forward with a fresh endeavor: Newk's.

To say the Newcombs succeeded again would be an understatement. Newk's eateries have popped up all over the country, including in Tyler near Orion at Cascades II. This Newk's matches its sister restaurants in both comfy ambience and eclectic Southern fare with a focus on sandwiches. Customers seem to love the Newk's Q sandwich, stuffed with grilled chicken, bacon, and Swiss cheese all drizzled in a white barbecue sauce. However, the shrimp po' boy is also a favorite. You can also opt for something lighter, like a salad or a California-inspired pizza.

Newk’s
3985 Old Jacksonville Highway
Tyler, TX 75710
(903) 509-4646
www.newks.com
www.yelp.com/biz/newks-tyler

Slow-Smoked Brisket Stands Out at Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que, not far from Orion at Cascades I in Tyler

The brisket at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Que has a long and arduous journey from bone to plate. It smokes for 16 hours before chefs even touch it, turning extremely tender and flavorful in the process. By the time the meat is done, it's a succulent blend of brisket and burnt ends. Stanley's chefs then smother the brisket in a house sauce and serve it to eagerly awaiting customers.

The brisket is just one of your options at Stanley's, however. This eatery near Orion at Cascades I is also known for its bone-in ribs, which are dry-smoked and double-rubbed, as well as its loaded sandwiches. Regardless of what you order, though, Yelp reviewers claim it will be some of the best barbecue you've eaten anywhere in Tyler. Enjoy it to the tunes of live blues for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que
525 S. Beckham Avenue
Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 593-0311
stanleysfamous.com
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Villa Montez near Orion at Cascades II in Tyler: Organic Ingredients Grown Out Back

The summer months are arguably the best time to visit Villa Montez. When the weather is warm, the staff tends to the garden out back where organic herbs and vegetables grow. Then they harvest them for the chefs, who transform the fresh ingredients into Latin fare. For a taste of the fresh stuff, order the chunky salsa, filled with bits of the veggies and seasoned with the just-plucked herbs. However, you can also sample them in ceviche and the fixings that come with chimichurri steak.

What's more, Villa Montez is a feast for the senses. Housed inside a beautiful mansion near Orion at Cascades II, Villa Montez boasts striking decor that's underscored by many antiques. Yet the prices here are reasonable, according to regulars, so don't let the slightly fancy aesthetic of Villa Montez scare you off from a romantic evening.

Villa Montez
3324 Old Henderson Highway
Tyler, TX 75707
(903) 592-9696
www.villamontez.com
www.yelp.com/biz/villa-montez-tyler

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