Popular Restaurants in Tyler, TX

By Kate Parham on November 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST
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Don’t underestimate the Rose Capital of America: There’s much more to Tyler than barbecue and steaks … although those are world-class, too!

Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

You’re not truly in Texas until you’ve eaten at a local barbecue joint, and there’s nothing better than Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, named one of the 50 best barbecue restaurants in the state by Texas Monthly magazine. “It’s a Tyler tradition,” says Kim Morris, assistant VP of marketing and communications at the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau. With a patio, coupled with live music, and interesting menu items like the Brother-In-Law (grilled hot link, chopped beef and cheese), no trip to Tyler is complete without a stop in at Stanley’s.

Loggins Restaurant

This family-owned, buffet-style establishment has been in Tyler for more than 40 years. Only open for lunch, Loggins is good ol’ Southern-style cooking, renowned for its fried chicken, pies and puddings. “It’s the best buffet you’ll ever go to,” Morris says. “You’ll leave and feel like you just hurt yourself, because you’ll want to try everything on there.”

Fat Catz Louisiana Kitchen

Another locally-owned restaurant, Fat Catz specializes in Cajun food. “They’ve got anything and everything Cajun-style, like awesome crawfish etouffée, fantastic fried ‘any creature,’ good salads, great drinks, live music in the bar on the weekends…it’s really relaxed and fun,” Morris says.

Julian's Asian Diner

One of Tyler’s most beloved upscale restaurants, Julian’s Asian Diner is known as much for its chicken lettuce wraps and teriyaki bowls as its martinis. And every Monday, those dangerously strong martinis (think Mint Chocolate Chip and Sparkling White Grape) are only $6.

Mario's Italian

Since 1997, Mario’s has been serving up some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in Tyler. “The lasagna is fantastic, and they’ve got a great atmosphere with lots of cool pictures of famous people who’ve eaten there,” Morris says. Don’t miss the bread!

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Tyler has “pizzazz “ and we felt at home right away. I tell people we have found a 'Leave It to Beaver’ street. We definitely made the right move

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