Jakes Tyler

jakesThere are two types of articles that are especially fun for me to write.  The reviews of really bad experiences, and reviews of really great experiences.  Luckily, Friday night at Jakes I had a really, really great experience.  My sister and I decided to make an impromptu trip downtown just to get out of the house for a little while.  We thought we’d have a drink and maybe share an appetizer if we got hungry.  We took a seat at the bar and were immediately greeted by one of the polite and friendly (and handsome – hi Thomas!) bartenders.  We were off to a good start.

Jakes is the type of place that you would expect to be exceptionally good, and it lives up to all of my expectations each time I visit.  It’s one of the pricier places to eat in Tyler, but the atmosphere, service, and fantastic food really make it worth the price.  Jakes makes the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion, or to satiate a need for indulgence which is exactly what we did on Friday.  We decided to share the Oysters Rockafeller, and I kid you not when I say they were the absolute best oysters I have ever tasted.  I think even people who don’t like oysters would love these.  Broiled with butter, Applewood smoked bacon, onion, spinach and freshly shaved parmesan cheese, Jakes’ Oysters Rockafeller are simply to die for.  We devoured all dozen of the oysters, and on an oyster high made the impulse decision to finish the night off with Jakes coconut cream bread pudding.  Yes, this was as fantastically good as it sounds.  Not one word was spoken as we dove into the dessert, and we didn’t come up for air until the plate was scraped clean.

DSC05178We could not have picked a better place to enjoy our girls’ night out.  Everything was perfect from the moment we walked in until we bundled back up and headed home for the night.  It was far too cold to enjoy this weekend, but Jakes roof top cheveta is one of the coolest places in Tyler to visit on a warm spring evening.  You can dine while overlooking the square in downtown Tyler, and they even have live music on the weekends.  I’m already looking forward to coming back for more oysters and bread pudding on the roof when the temperatures warm up.

jakeshours: Tues – Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 5pm-1am

Jakes
111 East Erwin Street
Tyler, TX 75702
(903) 526-0225

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