I’d been dying to try out the new Genghis Grill ever since I heard they were coming to Tyler this February. They finally opened their doors in May, and it was clear I was not the only one with a hankering for a Mongolian stir fry bowl. Crowds at Oliveto had just started to thin from their grand opening hype, but throw Genghis into the mix and it’s every man for himself in that parking lot.
I knew and understood the risks associated with eating at the newest lunch spot in Tyler opening week at prime lunch time, but I didn’t care. The create your own bowls were just too tempting to pass up. When you walk in Genghis, presumably after a mile long hike from the closest available parking spot, you’re greeted at the door and shown to a table. Servers come as you would expect, but then when it’s time to order the server leads you to another area of the restaurant where it’s up to you to decide precisely what you want to eat. I chose scallops, shrimp, calamari, peapods, pineapple, broccoli, onion, and baby carrots, I sprinkled on some dragon salt seasoning, and I picked the honey soy for my sauce. You then take your creation to the cooks and tell them what starch (rice, noodles, tortilla, etc.) you want and take a seat and wait for the magic to happen as they cook it on the big Mongolian grill. When my bowl arrived, nearly 40 minutes later, it was delicious and worth the wait. I don’t think I’ll be coming back for lunch for a few more weeks, but I’m going to hit it up during off-peak hours to do a little experimenting with my bowl selections.
I’m not going to try to list all the foods they have to select from, but here are a few: chicken, beef, sausage, turkey, marinated white fish, shrimp, scallops, calamari, broccoli, onions, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, pineapple, spinach, tomato, cilantro, egg, etc, etc. The list goes on and on. I was also pretty impressed by their drink menu, though since it was a work day I just had water.
So now I am curious to know what everyone else has been getting in their Genghis bowls. Please comment with your best bowl creations!
3709 Troup Highway
Ste. 700, Tyler, TX 75073