Bruno’s Pizza and Pasta

Bruno's Pizza and PastaBruno’s has been a Tyler staple for years now, yet I don’t find myself venturing over that way too often. In fact, before this week I had only eaten at Bruno’s once and that was several years ago. That being said, I’ve always known Bruno’s to be a Tylerites favorite and have yet to hear a bad word uttered about the place. Lucky for me, and many of the other south-siders, Bruno’s opened a new location on Old Jacksonville just north of the four way intersection in Gresham.

Bruno's Pizza and PastaI met my sister at Bruno’s for dinner this past Thursday evening. Their new location is shiny, big, and new and is a fantastic choice for families or friends or couples. It is BYOB so I brought a bottle of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio which I’ve been fueling with all summer. Bruno’s is known for their pizza, but I was more in the mood for pasta so I turned to that page in the menu. There are no creative dishes on the menu at Bruno’s. Your options are limited to marinara, meat, or Alfredo sauce. Of course they also offer ravioli and lasagna, and everything comes in either full or half sizes. I took this as a sign to order with caution and ordered the half order of spaghetti with marinara and one meatball. My sister did not pick up on the warning and ordered the full portion of lasagna.

Bruno's Pizza and PastaSoon after we ordered our dinner salads were delivered.  Talk about yum!  The salad came with thick, freshly sliced mozzarella cheese, green olives, and a porchini pepper. I ate all the cheese off mine and waited anxiously for my entree to arrive, though I was starting to get full after that salad.  Not long after, our dinner was delivered to our table. I dove right into mine. Spaghetti and marinara with a meatball is a pretty simple dish, and Bruno’s does it right. The noodles, the sauce, and the meatball all tasted great. I sampled a bite from my sister’s vat of lasagna and it too was delicious.

Bruno's Pizza and PastaI am certainly happy that we decided to venture over to Bruno’s.  Good food, friendly service, and a nice but casual atmosphere make for an experience I am sure to come back for again and again.  Not only is the food good, but it is also very reasonably priced.  I hope a few other Tyler restaurateurs will follow Bruno’s example and expand south!

Bruno's Pizza and PastaBruno’s Pizza and Pasta
15770 FM 2493
Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 939-0002

Cajun Bayou Seafood Market

Cajun Bayou Seafood MarketA new Cajun restaurant recently opened on 155 in Flint.  Like Randy’s, it is a casual place with no air conditioning and it’s BYOB.

As far as ambiance, it is basically a huge wooden patio shaded by large trees.  You walk to the counter to order, then your food is delivered once ready.  I was having trouble decided what to get, so I asked the guy behind the counter what he’d consider the specialties to be.  He said everything on the menu is great which is nice but didn’t really help narrow it down.  I finally decided to go with a shrimp poboy, and my sis got the soft shell crab poboy.  We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  Our jaws dropped when the sandwiches were delivered…  These things were huge!  They tasted good, but I could only eat about a third of mine before throwing in the towel.

Cajun Bayou Seafood MarketI ended up going back with my husband several days later, since he hadn’t gotten to try it yet.  This time we got the crab cakes, fried pickles, vanilla sweet potato fries and fried boudin.  I am in love with fried pickles, and these were good.  The crab cakes were good, but they were covered in a thick sauce which overpowered the flavor of the crab.  Next time I’d definitely see about getting the sauce on the side.  The vanilla sweet potato fries were also good, but I think the vanilla may have been a bit too strong for my taste.  The fried boudin was good, and I think anyone who likes boudin would like it.

Cajun Bayou Seafood Market Cajun Bayou Seafood Market

I’d say this place is a must for anyone who likes Cajun food. It is really cool and will be a great summer hang out.

Cajun Bayou Seafood Market
18950 Hwy 155 South
Flint, TX, 75762
(903) 825-1158

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