The Diner

DSC05272The Diner, located on South Broadway, recently re-opened after a driver crashed his SUV into the front of the restaurant causing extensive damage.  With a revamped dining room, menu additions, and a transition to a sit down restaurant vs. the former order at counter, The Diner has alot to offer.

I never had a chance to eat at The Diner B.C. (before crash), so I can’t really compare the new and presumably improved Diner to the old one, but I can say that I had a pretty good experience there on the night of their grand re-opening.  My sister and I came in for dinner to try it out after she saw a Facebook status that they were offering free pancakes on their opening day.  Though we waited a long time to get our food, I was actually really impressed with what I ordered.  I got a slice of ham quiche and a cup of chicken tortilla soup, and my sister had the blackened chicken with veggies.  We both agreed that everything was delicious.  I did take one of the free pancakes home and ate it later for dessert, and it was also very tasty.

DSC05280By far, the coolest thing about The Diner is the awesome pictures in their dining room of old Tyler restaurants.  I didn’t get to look at them all, but I did see one that appeared to be the Jake’s building, and another that could have possibly been in the tall antique shop just south of the Square.  I’d like to go back sometime and inspect the pictures more closely.

Overall, I think The Diner is a pretty great place.  The food is good and reasonably priced, the interior is pleasantly decorated, and it’s conveniently located less than a mile from my new office.  I feel confident in saying that I will be visiting again soon.

DSC05279The Diner
7924 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-5252
(903) 509-3463

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LA Boxing

laboxingThe kickboxing classes at LA Boxing are awesome. I can hardly type today because my arms and shoulders are so sore, but that’s a good thing, right?  The class last night, taught by the best instructor EVER, Kris Hobbs, is easily one of the best classes I have ever taken.  It’s tough, oh is it ever, but just a few hours later I have already forgotten about the pain, and I am ready for more.

laboxingThe class last night started at 6:30, so we arrived a few minutes early as instructed so we would have time to grab some gloves and find an empty bag.  There was an occupant at nearly every single bag which I took as a good sign…  Obviously this is a popular class. Kris walked around to introduce himself to all the new faces before class began and took the time to learn everyone’s names.  Did I mention I like Kris?  He had us pumped up, laughing and having a good time almost the entire class.  When he mentions the term ‘muscle failure’ he is not playing around.  Major ouch.

Our kickboxing class lasted 45 minutes and combined cardio with boxing moves and lots of push-ups and some pretty intense ab work at the end.  The different styles of push-ups were especially hard, but I actually managed to do one or two clap push-ups. My favorite part was taking out all my pent up frustration on that bag.  It’s highly therapeutic. I think I especially mastered the knee jab maneuver.

laboxingI am definitely going to take more classes at LA Boxing.  In addition to the kickboxing classes, they also offer real boxing, MMA, wrestling, Judo, and Jui Jitsu classes. There is also some standard exercise equipment like a wall of free weights, a couple of treadmills, and weight benches.  I think I will stick to the kickboxing for now, but maybe I’ll come back on Thursday when the kickboxing class focuses on legs instead of arms…  Mine are going to be sore for awhile.

LA Boxing
7924 S Broadway Ave # 700
Tyler, TX 75703-5243
(903) 509-4269