Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q
Legendary local restaurant Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q is the oldest, still operating mom and pop-style barbecue joint in Tyler. Guests have been raving about its smoked-to-perfection meats for over 50 years. On Stanley’s menu you’ll find all the classics from brisket and baby back ribs to smoked hot links and pulled pork, alongside plenty of other dishes including breakfast burritos, sandwiches and tacos. Outside, there’s a covered patio featuring live music six nights a week and a full bar serving Texan craft beers and a huge range of American whiskeys.
Perched on a hilltop close to Tyler’s Headache Springs Natural Park, Villa Montez resides in a beautiful mansion dating back to 1935 and specializes in contemporary, authentic Latin American cuisine. Guests at Villa Montez are treated to a range of burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas and quesadillas or can opt for one of the inventive entrees like the flash-seared ahi with roasted pineapple-soy and the Yucatan-style sweet pork salad. Villa Montez itself is as exquisite as its food, with beautiful gardens surrounding the property that include a patio dining area and the restaurant’s own herb and vegetable plot.
Villa Montez, 3324 Old Henderson Highway, Tyler, TX, USA, +1 903 592 9696
Part of the beautiful Kiepersol Estates Winery and Vineyard – one of east Texas’ premier wine destinations – Kiepersol Restaurant specializes in prime steaks and fresh seafood served up in rustically elegant surroundings. Opt for an appetizer of duck ‘cigars’ (fried wraps crammed with shredded duck, chopped jalapeno and cilantro served with a fruit relish-plum sauce) and follow up with a juicy 16 ounce New York strip steak or the tempting black pepper and honey-glazed salmon filet. Naturally, the restaurant’s wine cellar features plenty of Kiepersol Estates wines to complement your meal, alongside a number of hand selected wines from across the globe.
Kiepersol Restaurant, 21508 Merlot Lane, Tyler, TX, USA, +1 903 894 3300