Villa Montez

Feb 20, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Consistently exceptional Latin fare in an elegant thirties-era hilltop mansion.

Specialty Kitchen and Bakery

Jul 25, 2017 By Texas Monthly

We are addicted to the bacon, Gouda, and apple sandwich, though the quiche is coming on strong; we sampled the spinach, ham, and cheddar variety and had to take another slice to go. Don’t miss the spectacular orange scone. This is a true neighborhood spot, and it’s building a solid…

Tavolo Italian Kitchen

Jun 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

As Tyler is lacking in good Italian food, we had high hopes for this spot (which occupies the space recently vacated by Sonoma Grill). But, sadly, it fell short of our expectations. We enjoyed the bruschetta con pesto (the sourdough bread was a nice touch), but the eggplant…


Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Advertising itself as a purveyor of Italian street food, this new outpost of a large national chain is quite good. We found the Diavola piada (sort of like an Italian burrito) to be more angelic than devilish, with it’s not-too-spicy sauce, romaine lettuce, Parmesan, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pancetta. Also craving…

Don Juan on the Square

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Lovingly known as DJ’s, this little cantina stands out among Tyler’s ubiquitous Tex-Mex spots (mainly because the fare is the latter—no “Texican” here). It’s not the place to go when seeking a dark, quiet corner; the decor is fiesta-esque, and one is sure to know at least two other patrons…