Tyler

Sake Sushi

Jan 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

We were excited that a sister restaurant of one of our favorite Shreveport sushi spots was slated to open in Tyler, but our excitement morphed into disenchantment with our first visit. Though the service was congenial and prompt, we found the food to be just ho-hum. The ahi tuna was…

Angela’s Kitchen

Dec 6, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Tyler is fortunate that celebrated Dallas caterer Angela Gordon decided to expand her enterprise ninety miles south to the La Piazza shopping center. The care that goes into her food was evident in every bite of our sandwich of thinly sliced beef tenderloin, Brie, caramelized onions, and burgundy mayo. Soups,…

Black Pearl

Oct 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

We were convinced that we had been transported to our favorite Boston oyster bar until we remembered that we were gazing out on Tyler’s downtown square rather than the Nantucket harbor. The aura of this spot is not at all lacking, and it’s as intimate as the square footage would…

Bernard

Sep 11, 2016 By Texas Monthly

A mainstay for special occasions for nearly two decades, Bernard evokes Tuscan ristorantes of vacations past. We started with delicately seasoned escargots maison, with the usual garlic butter sauce and herbes de Provence. Continuing the shell theme, we chose pasta aux fruits de mer, a lovely concoction of shrimp, scallops,…

Bruno’s Pizza & Pasta

Apr 1, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Bruno’s is well-known (since 1976) among the locals as the pizza place; we have even heard that the south location is popular for wedding receptions. We enjoyed our regular order, a half veggie and half Robinhood pizza (ham, hamburger, mushroom, and olive). The calzones and Italian sandwiches are nice options…

FD’s Grill House

Mar 24, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This new spot is the perfect place for post-massage or post-yoga dining; the atmosphere is tranquil despite the publike vibe. The paradoxical theme continues with the menu, which offers dishes both a bit creative (“spinach dip chicken pasta”) and traditional (Southern sweet potato casserole). We chose the slow-smoked baby back…

The Catch

Feb 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Though Tyler is awash in restaurants (mostly Tex-Mex and burger joints), it is sorely lacking in the seafood arena, so we couldn’t resist the fury of Facebook chatter about this new medical district spot. The warm and genuine welcome at the door was heartening on a cold Monday. You order…

The Burger Grind

Jan 21, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What the Burger Grind lacks in humility (it humbly boasts the best burgers ever) it makes up for in quality and creativity, which come together to produce the likes of an excellent Mushroom Melt or Bleu Burger. We were happy to see that veggie burgers are on the menu, as…

Mariscos DJ’s

Nov 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The latest adventure of the locally famous Don Juan family, Mariscos is one of our favorite Tyler haunts. We’ve always adored the fajitas with tilapia, shrimp, and octopus, and our new favorite is the shredded shrimp ceviche tostada. The guacamole rivals any in town. Don’t pass up the Big Steve…