Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue: Live Music and Fresh Food

Fresh food and fresh music are both on the menu at Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue. This high-energy restaurant and music venue hosts local bands on a nightly basis. The performers run the gamut from hard rockers to soulful blues trios. Some bands even perform every week, so there's sure to be something you'll enjoy here.

While you enjoy the live music, sink your teeth into some of the freshly smoked food. Get here early if you want to order some red-skinned potato salad, fresh coleslaw, or cowboy beans on the side of your meal because the house-crafted extras tend to sell out by the end of the night. Any of them pairs well with one of the "famous plates" like the giant, smoked, brisket-stuffed potato or the giant Frito pie. Traditional dishes include the pulled pork sandwich, the massive slabs of ribs, and the brisket or sausage by the pound at Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue. Will you be stopping by soon?

Piada Italian Street Food: Inventive Italian Fare Debuts in Tyler

Street food is having a moment right now. Whether it's Korean street fare fresh from a food truck or French crepes served hot from the griddle, there's something about eating these simple, delicious snacks that is so enticing and enjoyable. At Piada Italian Street Food, you can taste the same cuisine that residents of Italy enjoy daily.

Piada just debuted a branch near Orion at the Cascades a few months ago, so you're ahead of the curve if you've already dined here. If not, it's time to come check out some of the signature items. The piadas, of course, are the main event. They're essentially wraps swathed in thin Italian dough that's baked to golden-brown on the grill and then hand-rolled around fresh ingredients. Try the Chef's Favorite piada, filled with romaine, sweet and spicy peppers, mozzarella, creamy Parmesan dressing, and spicy diavolo sauce for the quintessential Piada Italian Street Food experience.

Don’t Miss the Gourmet Pizzas at Roast Social Kitchen

Roast Social Kitchen recognizes that its patrons do the best they can to buy healthy food, often organic and locally cultivated. That's why the staff at Roast does they same. They source their ingredients from Tyler-area farmers whenever possible and opt for organic, seasonal food when it's available. This is all in an effort to create a space where customers can feel good about digging into dinner among friends and family.

It seems as though the kitchen team has done a good job given the abundance of praise for Roast Social Kitchen, especially for the pizzas. The Bee's Knees is a popular pie topped with a four-cheese blend plus roasted garlic, Italian sausage, soppressata, thyme, and surprisingly sweet accents like fresh orange. The Smoke Stack pizza also earns praise thanks to the Stanley's Famous pecan-smoked chopped brisket and barbecue sauce layered on top. If you want to sample one of these inventive pies, be sure to stop by Roast Social Kitchen!

La Madeleine Country French Cafe: For a Different Kind of French Dining

French restaurants tend to have the reputation for being expensive, however, you can find top-notch French-inspired cuisine near you for a great price. La Madeleine Country French Cafe on West SW Loop 323 in Tyler is probably your best bet in the area for doing just that.

Though this location of La Madeleine has only recently opened for business, it's already receiving rave reviews for its cozy and casual atmosphere as well as its food, which is a departure from other restaurants in the area. One of the biggest draws is the breakfast menu, which has both richer and lighter options for whatever appetite you have that day. Try the quiche with a rich crust or a flaky and savory croissant. And what would a French cafe be without crepes: check out the crepe Romanoff, which comes topped with strawberries Romanoff. La Madeleine is an excellent place to enjoy French-style food without spending a fortune, so be sure to check it out!

The Catch Serves Top-Notch Seafood Every Day of the Week

Seafood is the focal point at The Catch, a popular eatery in Tyler. The Catch specializes in Cajun-inspired seafood that keeps its loyal diners coming back. Many love the local spot for its super-fresh seafood, friendly waitstaff, and generous portions. As far as the food goes, you'll want to indulge in one of the popular fish dishes, but for the non-seafood eater, burgers, salads, and more are available for purchase. Drinks of all sorts are available for purchase from the full bar too.

The restaurant isn't far from Orion at the Cascades, which makes it an easy spot to visit for your next meal. The Catch is open daily for both lunch and dinner. Note that this casual eatery does not take reservations. Will you be visiting The Catch soon?

Enjoy Fresh, Healthy Fare at Honey Tree

What began simply as a vitamin shop in 1974 has flourished into Honey Tree, a full-fledged restaurant and catering business with a focus on balanced eating and good health. Honey Tree's dining room is as sweet as its name suggests, a mixture of natural stone and soothing gray tones. It's the perfect place to dig into a salad from the salad bar or indulge in a tostada topped with guacamole, chicken, or even spicy shrimp.

After your meal, find something sweet to take home in Ev's Bakery. The in-house bakery offers organic baked goods crafted in small batches, so you can always expect exceptional quality. You can grab a single organic rolled oat cookie, which is available in an array of flavors, or even order a customized gluten-free wedding cake. Many of the items are dairy-free too, which make them perfect for eaters with dietary restrictions. Stop by to enjoy something savory or sweet at Honey Tree!

Sample a Specialty Pizza at Villaggio Del Vino

Pistachio pesto, spicy sausage, house-made mozzarella cheese, and extra virgin olive oil. These are the components that make up the popular Pistachio e Salsiccia pizza at Villaggio Del Vino, a popular wine bare and pizzeria in Tyler. The pies here are creative and beautiful—and that they tend to pair perfectly with a glass of wine or an artisan cocktail.

The pistachio pizza may be the most popular, but it's far from your only option. Share some slices of the meat-free Giardino, which features caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, basil, hand-smashed San Marzano tomatoes, and more of the house-crafted mozzarella cheese. On the other end of the spectrum, there's the Della Carne pie, loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, hot soppressata, and tomatoes and cheese. You can also opt for a classic Italian entree (think shrimp scampi and chicken marsala) or simply do a few appetizers with your vino at this beloved local eatery and bar.

Don’t Miss the Coconut-Chicken Soup at Three Z Azian Cuisine

Coconut milk, tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, and tender chunks of chicken converge in each cup of coconut-chicken soup, the most popular dish at Three Z Azian Cuisine. It comes with some crispy wonton strips for added crunch, culminating in a light appetizer to kick off your meal.

After whetting your appetite with some soup, move on to one of the larger dishes like the Azian tacos—try the Korean fried chicken variety, which comes with a steamed bao bun, veggies, spicy mayo, and wonton chips on the side. You can also dig into a classic Korean banh mi sandwich on a fresh baguette with house-pickled daikon and carrots. Pick a protein such as shrimp, meatballs, barbecue pork, or tofu. Save some room for green tea ice cream, house-crafted cheesecake spring rolls, or the decadent s'mores tacos with milk chocolate, graham crackers, and whipped marshmallow in steamed bao buns. You don't want to miss out on the inventive cuisine at Three Z Azian Cuisine!

El Charro on the Ridge: Don’t Miss Happy Hour

One of the best spots in town for happy hour is El Charro on the Ridge, which is conveniently located not far from Orion at the Cascades. From 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, the bar and restaurant offers deals on both food and drink menu items. For drinks, the happy hour promises $1 off of margaritas and draft beers. For food, the deals include discounts on full orders of cheese nachos, queso, guacamole, and more. Many flock to El Charro on the Ridge to take full advantage of the food and drink deals that are offered throughout the workweek.

Beyond happy hour, El Charro serves Mexican-inspired fare and classic American bites too. The restaurant’s most popular dishes include the classic taco salad, the tortilla soup, and the enchilada platters. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, so be sure to check it out this week!

Chez Bazan French Bakery & Cafe: Sweet and Savory Eats

Whether you're in the mood for something sweet or savory, the kitchen team at Chez Bazan can help. Pulling from traditional French cuisine, the chefs at Chez Bazan craft contemporary desserts and entrees that work for a midday meal or a special occasion.

Chez Bazan's customized cakes might be their most prized creations, crafted to your exact specifications in order to make a day all the more special. But even on a typical workday, you can grab a French pastry, a slice of cream pie, or one of the other sugary treats on display at Chez Bazan. The cafe portion of Chez Bazan, meanwhile, churns out savory dishes such as fresh salads, quiche, crepes stuffed with chicken and spinach, and sandwiches. Pick from bases such as croissants or baguettes and build your sandwich using the fresh ingredients available here.

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