El Mejicano Mexican Restaurant

Mexican food along the lines of a tacqueria…but with some TexMex and American favorites that gives El Mejicano broad appeal. At $8.99, that’s a little more than I’d generally want to spend for lunch…but that’s a competitive price for a buffet. Overall, you’ll not see this much variety in a buffet outside of a Chinese… Continue reading El Mejicano Mexican Restaurant

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… Continue reading Doc’s Pizza

Salsarita’s

This is a Freebird’s/Chipotle-like “build-’em-as-you-order-’em” kind of place. Southwestern-style Mexican food (meaning black beans and white cheese) with a wide assortment of selections. I went with a Taco Salad and my wife went with the Nachos. Since you’re the one who decides what goes into your meal, it’s pretty much up to you to mix-and-match… Continue reading Salsarita’s

Health Camp (Waco, TX)

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Now that we have a kid a Baylor, Health Camp has become a regular stop on our visits to Waco. We were first introduced to this Waco institution years ago after the Summer Games of Texas swim meet. The same is true today as it was then: if you have designs on going to this place,… Continue reading Health Camp (Waco, TX)

Ken’s Pizza

East Texas has no shortage of buffets and when it comes to pizza, few can rival Ken’s Pizza in Tyler.  It seems most pizza restaurants spend more time trying to come up with “experimental” flavors.  Ken’s, however, does a great job of keeping the traditional favorites coming while inserting something new here-and-there.  Hamburger, Cheese, Pepperoni,… Continue reading Ken’s Pizza

Bodacious BBQ

The folks at Bodacious BBQ have been serving up the good stuff since 1965 and if you’re anywhere close to the Tyler-Longview area, there’s a Bodacious near you. There’s a new location just north of  SSW Loop 323 on Hwy 155.  When you walk in the door, there’s no doubt you’ve walked into a Bodacious… Continue reading Bodacious BBQ

China Chef

No doubt, East Texas has a restaurant to satisfy nearly every palate (except for Egyptian food…still looking for some good schwarma around here).  There’s plenty of BBQ, Southern Cooking, and even Cajun and Seafood offerings.  There’s also a good handful of Chinese food restaurants but few, if any, can rival the simplicity, cleanliness, and comfort… Continue reading China Chef

Bryan’s Cheesecakes

Yeah, that’s exactly what you think it is … BANANA PUDDING CHEESECAKE! Who’s responsible for this marriage of all-things-good-and-right-in-the-world?  Bryan’s Cheesecakes. The longtime staple at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Bryan’s Cheesecakes have made their way to Broad Street in Mineola joining one of the greatest collections of antique shopping and fun dining in… Continue reading Bryan’s Cheesecakes

The Stand

  In East Texas, there are four major food groups:  BBQ, taqueria, hamburgers, and Cajun.  It’s all good, but it’s nice to find something different every now and then and the good folks at The Stand are happy to oblige. The beauty of The Stand is in the simplicity of its menu.  Nothing but hotdogs,… Continue reading The Stand