In the hills near Gilmer, northeast of Tyler, Rowdy Creek Ranch offers a respite for the weary, with its acres of piney woods, a lake for fishing, and an award-winning vineyard. If you happen to be hankering for some brisket, RCR is a great place to experience the Texas treat in all kinds of forms: mixed in with macaroni and cheese, tucked into tortillas, layered between soft buns, and combined with sweet potato fries topped with queso (the Texas version of poutine). You can even start your dinner with brisket on a charcuterie board. But be sure to end with the salted caramel cheesecake.