Dakota’s Chop House

Dakota's Chop HouseDakota’s Chop House is one place in Tyler that I feel doesn’t get enough love.  The food is delicious, the service is always good, and the ambiance is nice.  Owned by Jimmy Lynn, who also owns Cimarron, Dakota’s offers a nice selection of steaks, seafood and even a chicken fried steak that I hear is delicious.  It’s also a popular week day lunch spot, with some of the best soups, salads, and sandwiches in town.

Out of all the wonderful selections on their menu, I’d have to say my very favorite thing – actually one of my favorite dishes in all of Tyler is the warm spinach salad.  It is beyond words.  This salad, made of slightly wilted spinach and warm bacon dressing, is hands down the best salad I’ve ever had, ever.  They also have an amazing tomato soup which pairs wonderfully with the salad, making the perfect lunch or light dinner.

If you’ve never been to Dakota’s I’d highly recommend it.  It’s located on Broadway in the shopping center behind Racquet & Jog, and it’s never too crowded.  With all the new restaurants Tyler has been getting in the past couple of years, Dakota’s sometimes slips my mind, but it is one restaurant not to be missed.

Dakota’s Chop House
5377 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-3724
(903) 581-6700

Racquet & Jog

DSC04973A co-worker recently expressed his curiosity over us Tylerites’ obsession with Racquet & Jog t-shirts.  I remember back when I first moved to Tyler, I too, was confused by the popularity of these brightly colored shirts.  Initially, I assumed Racquet & Jog must be a local athletic store that had an awful lot of employees.  However, I kept seeing more and more of these shirts all over town, and not only in Tyler, but on vacations and in airports too, so I realized there must be more to it.

DSC04970As it turns out, Racquet & Jog is a local athletic and clothing store, with locations in Dallas, Austin, Longview, and Tyler.  The store in Tyler carries a good variety of jeans, swimwear, athletic wear, cool novelty tees, and accessories in addition to a decent selection of athletic apparel.  Brands they carry include Junk Food, Dogeared, Vix, BB Dakota, and Roxy. They also offer an impressive collection of mens and womens shoes, including Frye, Rainbow, Yellowbox, Havaianas, and Dolce Vita.  And yes they have Uggs!  This store has an overall cool vibe, and definitely appeals to the younger crowd.  Of course, amongst all the racks of clothing is a huge table of all different colors and styles of Racquet & Jog t-shirts.  It is a bit of an unspoken rule that every Tylerite must own at least one of these. I have owned approximately eight of them, in all different colors.  My current favorite is a gray Alternative Apparel v-neck Racquet & Jog t-shirt, but I have several others currently in rotation.  Any given day at Rose Rudman is like a Racquet & Jog fashion show with walkers and runners sporting their shirts.

DSC04964Racquet & Jog is very active in promoting local athletic events. They sponsor races such as the Premier Turkey Trot and the YMCA Reindeer Run, and the East Texas Striders running club.  Be sure to stop in Racquet & Jog for athletic gear for your next race and get a t-shirt if you don’t have one already!

Racquet & Jog
5403 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-1397
(903) 561-4703‎