Pop’s Honey Fried Chicken

Pop’s Honey Fried Chicken is known for southern-style home cooking.  Fried Chicken, Livers, Meatloaf, Fried Catfish, Hamburgers, Mashed Potatoes, Hush Puppies, Cole Slaw, you get the idea.  And while all of that makes for some good eatin’ after church on Sunday, it’s the owner’s personal addition to the menu that sets this place apart from any other joint in town.

I’ve driven by Pop’s Honey Fried Chicken a zillion times while making the trek to Lindale’s Faulkner Park for baseball, soccer, etc., but had never made the time to check it out.  But, my wife was privvy to a conversation about the awesome tacos…..wait, tacos? Yes, the friendly folks that run the Lindale location have added taqueria tacos to their menu.  AND THEY ARE AWESOME!  I went for two-each of the chicken and beef tacos (“#16” on the menu).  The tortillas are perfectly toasted so that they hold their shape and the huge load of fixin’s within.  I’ve probably eaten at a dozen taquerias in the Tyler area over the years.  Each tends to be slightly different from the other and Pop’s follows that formula, too.

The beef tacos, for example, are ground beef instead of grilled beef as you commonly find in a taqueria.  And the chicken is cubed and grilled rather than shredded or pulled.  Nonetheless, the meats are well-seasoned and very tasty.  Each of the #16 tacos are topped off with the familiar cabbage, onions, cilantro, and avocado additions that you’d find elsewhere.

Between the two of us, 6 tacos, two drinks, a slice of Coconut Pie and a bowl of Banana Pudding was about $20.  We liked it so much we took the family a few days later.  The boys and I had HUGE baskets of shrimp, catfish, hushpuppies, french fries and cole slaw, our daughter got the chicken finger basket with fries, and my wife got the fried chicken basket with french fries.  Toss 5 drinks into the mix and it was about $38.  Before you balk at the price, however, consider that the same number of combo meals from a fast food chain will set you back about $35 and the food won’t be as good nor as plentiful.  In my book, Pop’s is a winner!

…and don’t forget to try the TACOS!  Seriously!


Doc’s Pizza

Pizza shouldn’t be complicated….and Doc’s keeps it simple. Great assortment of traditional pizzas. I’m a thin-crust guy (unless I can get my hands on a good Chicago-style pizza) and Doc’s pizzas have a nice, almost cracker-like crust. Toppings are generous and evenly distributed over the entire pie.

Our first visit to Doc’s was after church one Sunday and they’d apparently just opened because the (very tiny!) seating area was cold. We ordered salads while we waited and they were nothing more than a few leaves of lettuce and a dollop of salad dressing in a styrofoam bowl. Overall, the “dine-in” experience wasn’t worth the overall investment.

But if you want some pretty good takeout, Doc’s is a great option…..especially if you can get your hands on a coupon from their website.


Automobile Registration – Smith County Tax Office

So, you’ve waited until the last minute to register your car?  Good news!  There’s no need to rush down to the county seat in Tyler and wait in line during your lunch break.  There’s a Smith County Tax Office right in Lindale.

Physical address:

2616 S. Main Street – Lindale, TX 75771

It’s a bit tricky to find, however, so here’s a few landmarks:

From HWY 69, turn east on the road that runs alongside Cinco de Mayo’s and follow it to the very end of the road.  There, you’ll see a red metal building.  Part of it is occupied by the Smith County Constable’s office, while the other part serves as the Smith County substation.  There’s a couple of folks working the Auto Registration desk, so you’ll be in and out of there in no time.


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Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary

Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary has a Tyler, Texas, address but is tucked away in the piney woods just north of Tyler near the towns of Red Springs and Lindale.

Tiger Creek is home to dozens of rescued “big cats” and other endangered species and the organization is dedicated to providing a natural habitat for each animal while still making them accessible to the viewing public.

Tiger Creek is family-friendly with plenty of parking, a cafe, and a gift shop. It’s also very close to Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines RV & Cabin Resort.



Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary

17552 Farm To Market 14

Tyler, TX 75706



Collin Street Bakery – Lindale

Collin Street Bakery, Lindale, Texas
Collin Street Bakery, Lindale, Texas

Hey, did you know the world-famous Collin Street Bakery has made it to Lindale!

For the uninitiated, CSB rose to prominence as a purveyor of fine fruit cakes  <insert fruitcake jokes here>.  But over the years, the company has expanded its offerings to include cakes, pies, and cookies.  Similar to locations in Corsicana and Waco, the Lindale store also offers soups, sandwiches, and other light fare.

And, if you’re an early riser, come by for breakfast at 7 a.m.

A coworker tipped me off to the Jalapeno Bread.  I’ve also had their Cinnamon Bread, Cheese Rolls, and their White Chocolate Chip cookies.  All of it is good stuff!  On colder days, you can’t beat their Potato Soup.

If you have designs on hitting this place after Sunday church, you’d better hope for no more than a standard three-point sermon out of Parson Brown.  But take-out is available and the store has plenty of room for browsing all the goodies.

A true Texas treasure, we’re proud to have Collin Street Bakery right here in our own East Texas backyard.

Full disclosure, is compensated by Collin Street Bakery anytime someone clicks on one of these tasty treats and places an order.

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Deep Dish Pecan Pie DeLuxe® Fruitcake
Deep Dish Fudge Pecan Pie DeLuxe® Fruitcake
Collin Street Bakery, Lindale, Texas

Interstate 20 & FM 849, Hideaway Lake exit 552
17044 I-20 W
Lindale, Texas 75771