Genghis Grill The Mongolian Stir Fry

Genghis GrillI’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.

Genghis GrillI’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!

Genghis Grill
3709 Troup Highway
Ste. 700, Tyler, TX 75073
(903) 920-0783

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  1. this is so cool i went to Altanat,Ga a few week’s a go and we eat at this places called por-boy. it was just like this places here. anyway we love it there and now im looking forward to go to this one.

  2. I LOVE Genghis Grill! I have been many times to locations in the Dallas area and have been hoping someone would open a location in Tyler!

    Some people like to stick to the menu cards for help in what to add to their bowls, but not me! I like to add a litte something different every time. One thing to always remember…fill your bowl! You can fit a lot more in that little bowl than you think you can!

  3. This place is all “10’s”. So glad they are here. Will be on our family favorites to frequent. (Say that fast!) haha!
    Everything about this place we love…encourage anyone to try it if you haven’t.

  4. i love this places. i would say not to go their on sunday. we went last sunday and we was their for 2 hur’s. not good when have smell kids. but still 2 hur’s. yes i know that we could of left but it’s that good.

  5. This place is too much work! I want the professionals to do all the prep work, and not make me decide what ingredients and portions work best together. If I wanted to do this, I would eat at home. What I would really like in Tyler is a Mongolian Hot Pot place.

  6. the seating is too tight! it was like we were having dinner with a bunch of strangers! but the food is very good!

  7. I eat at this chain weekly in DFW. The location in Tyler needs better management. Service is poor, Place isn’t kept up as good as the ones in DFW, food is the same as anywhere (until it takes 5 mins to get from the grill to you because of the bad service)
    Love it in DFW, but in Tyler I’ll pass. (It’s been the same the half dozen times I’ve tried.)


  9. I am almost at my free meal stage and it had been awhile since I had gone to lunch at GG. One of the servers, (not mine) whom I’ll refer to as “slick” kept scratching his arm/elbow like he had a problem. Other times he would pinch an area of skin. All over the women, touching and acting like he was kung fu. “Slick” was pretty gross and any food service management needs to remind their staff that touching your face, nose, scratching your butt, etc. is very off limits and they would not care for it if observed by them as a customer. I said nothing because I can do it here. My co-workers of course know of this problem too!

  10. I love the Place but I have a problem now..I had Gastric Sleeve in nov. so now to go i would only be able to eat a few bites and be full a waist of all that fun….

  11. We were really disappointed with Genghis Grill when we went this week. The food was decent, though it all depended on what ingredients and spices you chose – to be expected when you’re in charge of your own fate. The trouble was the service. We went on a Monday night, so it wasn’t terribly busy. There were three cooks and about 3 servers. We waited a full 40 minutes for our food and never saw the waitress again until she brought the check. I would have liked more rice, but there was no one to ask.

    I also felt like the metal bowls they gave were too small for a $10 meal. All in all, I can’t say I’m a fan.

  12. Even though GG has been open for over a year now, this is my first opportunity to eat there. Our waiter was very helpful and explained the process to us. It was moderately busy for a Thursday luncheon but it seemed as if people were seated quickly and their lunch was cooked and served promptly. We waited only about 15 minutes for my wife’s bowl to be prepared and served. She did an excellent job with the combination of meats, vegetables and spices. My bowl apparently became MIA. 5 minutes later, we asked our server to check on it and a bowl was promptly served, unfortunately it was the wrong food. Watching the preparation/serving area I noted it was completely full of cooked bowls-but no servers picking them up and presenting to the customers. There was one man who looked really nervous, trying to determine what food goes to what table. Apparently some of the numbers were mixed up. I did finally get my food a full 10 minutes after my wife got hers. The table next to ours was seated after us. They were served, ate their meal and paid the check before we got our food. I am certain this is only a fluke but still it makes me wonder.
    GG is a good concept. If you like to experiment, the sky’s the limit. If you have a favorite dish, there are “recipes” you can follow. Ingredients are fresh and there is a great selection.
    I will certainly try GG again. Even though the price is a bit steep at $9/bowl, everything is fresh and the staff were friendly. I just hope I get the correct bowl next time.

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