This weekend I had the best idea ever. It was Sunday afternoon, the weather was nothing short of gorgeous, yet I was faced with the same dilemma I’ve been facing all spring… Where to spend a day like today? Tyler certainly has a decent selection of patio drinking and dining establishments, but for whatever reason none of those places sounded good. That’s when I remembered there was a restaurant on Lake Tyler. I was off to claim my table in the sun!
When we arrived at South Lake Grill I was pleasantly surprised that there were plenty of empty tables on the patio. I ordered some chicken quesadillas and a margarita and plopped myself down in the warm sun and thus began my new love affair with the South Lake Grill. My chicken quesadillas were pretty good, my margarita was awesome, and my sister’s huge South Lake burger looked really good too. (YES, we just ate at SmashBurger a couple of days before – don’t judge!) We stayed and relaxed for awhile and I even got a mild sunburn.
Too soon it was time to go home and start preparing myself for the reality that is Monday morning. Despite my sadness at leaving, I am still thrilled about this discovery and seriously can’t believe I haven’t been taking advantage of this place! It’s got everything I like in a restaurant – casual atmosphere, good variety of menu options, bar, and a totally awesome patio with a fab view of Lake Tyler. I am already daydreaming of the next weekend when I can go back and do it all over again.
South Lake Grill
18183 Concession Road
Whitehouse, TX 75791-5224
I finally got on board the SmashBurger train and decided to brave the crowd Friday night to see what all the fuss is about. The line wasn’t going out the door when we got there, but it was close. I’d heard stories about the line going out the door and wrapping around the entire building.
The process at SmashBurger is such where you wait in line to order at the counter, then you are given a number and the SmashBurger staff brings your food to you when it’s ready. We were given menus to look over while we were in line, and I think I changed my mind about six or seven times before I reached the counter and had to commit. Burger or chicken, which should I choose? In the midst of the mental anguish brought on by this monumental decision, a table next to where we were in line received their food… During this moment I was able to grasp mental clarity as I stared at the diners and weighed each option. I reached a conclusion just in time and went with the Classic SmashBurger and fried dill pickles.
We were able to find a great table on the patio, and we waited just a few minutes before our food was delivered. It was awesome. My burger was incredible, and the fried pickles were out of this world. My sister ordered the SmashChicken and sweet potato fries, and they were both fantastic as well. They season their fries with rosemary which is a subtle yet delicious touch. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make this a regular hang out as burgers and fries aren’t especially good for my waistline, but it’s definitely a fun place to indulge a burger craving every once in awhile. And, they even serve beer!
Rumor has it that the Tyler SmashBurger franchise has been such a smashing success that another SmashBurger is in the works on Broadway right next to the brand new Courtyard by Marriott. We will see! In the meantime, please be sure to have a couple SmashFries for me whenever you decide to stop in.
3314 Troup Highway
Tyler, TX 75701