Cotton Patch Cafe: Cajun Cuisine at Its Finest

Blackened tilapia smothered with Cajun seasonings, plus plump grilled shrimp, all coated with a house-made crawfish cream sauce and piled atop a fluffy bed of seasoned rice. This is the grilled Cajun duo dish at Cotton Patch Cafe, one of the customers' favorite items on the menu.

There are many other down-home Southern dishes to try, however, like the chicken-fried steak. The slab of choice beef comes deep-fried and smothered with Cotton Patch's signature gravy, accompanied by mashed potatoes and green beans. The Super Combo, on the other hand, contains fried catfish filets, hand-breaded shrimp, jalapeño hushpuppies, and crispy fries. Steaks, burgers, and baskets round out the menu at Cotton Patch Cafe, a place you'll definitely want to visit if you're craving classic Southern cooking!

Don’t Miss Happy Hour at Edo Japan

Happy hour is by far the most popular time to visit one of Rockwall's highest-rated sushi restaurants, Edo Japan, when many of the sushi rolls are available at deeply discounted rates. They range from about $3 to $7, but the discounted price doesn't say anything about the caliber of the cuisine.

Like the sushi rolls served all day long, the happy hour creations are something special. Try classics like the tuna roll, the salmon roll, and the California roll at dinnertime. Or you can opt for an assorted mix of different sushi and sashimi dishes selected by the chef. There's also hibachi and teriyaki if you prefer your Japanese fare fully cooked, not to mention an impressive dessert menu. Try a little bit of everything when you visit Edo Japan.

Corks and Canvas: Head Out for an Art and Wine Festival in Rockwall This May

Celebrate Rockwall at the second annual Corks and Canvas event. Falling on Saturday, May 20th, the event returns with a number of arts events, dining events, and music showcases that celebrate the local businesses and artists right here in Rockwall. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with an art walk throughout downtown Rockwall. Guests can browse works by local artists in a variety of mediums and check out demonstrations by the artists too.

Also throughout the day, guests can groove to live jazz by a number of local musicians, including the Rockwall High School Jazz Band. Starting at 1 p.m., local bars and restaurants invite in wine fans for a wine tasting featuring a number of different red wines, white wines, rose, and even some champagne. The wine tastings run until 5 p.m. at participating bars. Celebrate the neighborhood at this nearby event; it's happening throughout downtown Rockwall.

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Shop Fresh Produce at Rockwall Farmers’ Market

As a resident of Texas, you get to enjoy certain perks that people in other parts of the country do not, like warmer temps nearly year-round. Take full advantage of the extended growing season by stocking up on fresh produce at the Rockwall Farmers' Market, kicking off for the season on Saturday, May 6th.

At 7 a.m., the Historic Square in downtown Rockwall plays host to a variety of vendors from all around the region, more than 30 in total. They'll be touting locally raised fruits and vegetables as well as natural beef and poultry, fresh seafood, farm-raised eggs, honey, and even fresh baked goods. They stick around until noon, which should be plenty of time for you to explore the many different booths and fill your basket with whatever your fridge or pantry is lacking.

Unrefined Bakery: Baked Goods You Can Feel Good About

True to its name, Unrefined Bakery only offers baked goods that are crafted without any refined sugars. In fact, its bakers opt for all-natural, organic, gluten-free, and soy-free ingredients exclusively because they want to provide healthier versions of your favorite sweets. To this end, they also enlist healthy fats and complex carbs whenever possible, and they skip preservatives and GMOs.

This means that you can indulge at Unrefined Bakery without abandoning your healthy lifestyle. For instance, savor a slice of the banana bread, made with a mix of mostly whole-grain flours, bananas, turbinado sugar, yogurt, and other natural ingredients. If you opt for the egg-free and dairy-free version, bakers swap the eggs for flaxseed and canola oil and yogurt for applesauce. You can expect the same types of whole ingredients in the bakery's cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and loaves of bread, so be sure to try all that this local bakery has to offer!

Don’t Miss the Specials at Bin 303

Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy the food specials that start after work and last all night long each Tuesday at Bin 303 during Together Tuesdays. For just $10, you can dig into any of Bin 303's juicy signature burgers, and kids can enjoy meals for just $5 too.

You can also enjoy intriguing specials on Worldly Wine Wednesdays. This weekly event caters to the 21-and-over crowd, offering discounts on wines served by the glass as well as featured wines for $25 or less per bottle. When you buy a bottle, you'll also receive complimentary food pairings to accompany it—at least if you stop by Bin 303 before 7:30 p.m. Will you be stopping by this local restaurant this week?

Book Club Cafe: From Coffee to Craft Beer

From house-roasted coffee to craft beer, the Book Club Cafe offers a beverage for every taste. What's more, this beloved spot in Rockwall also dishes out fresh fare crafted using contemporary techniques and local, organic ingredients. The combination is enough to earn Book Club Cafe raves from many local fans.

Stop by in the morning to sit down and enjoy a handcrafted espresso with one of the breakfast dishes, such as the STOMP omelet (with spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and peppers) or an "Ol Skool Staple" such as The Betty: a pancake with two eggs and bacon or sausage on the side. If you come in after work, sink your teeth into a juicy house-made burger, or try one of the equally gourmet hot dogs. Add a craft beer or glass of wine for the full Book Club Cafe experience.

Fresh Asian Fare Awaits at Summer Roll

If you're a fan of Asian fare but not of waiting 30 minutes for a meal, then Summer Roll in Rowlett might be your ideal lunch or dinner spot. Only having recently opened its doors, the eatery already boasts a fan base in the area thanks to its quick-serve approach and signature spring rolls.

Customers are invited to build their own meal starting with the Summer Roll (or spring roll) as a base or a bowl of noodles or salad. After picking your favorite, add the fruits and veggies you like from a list that includes everything from peppers and tomatoes to pineapple and mango. Then add a protein such as barbecue pork, bulgogi Korean beef, curry tofu, or shrimp. Finally, select a sauce that suits your taste. Will you be visiting this local eatery this week?

Get Creative at Art’s a Blast

Artist Shay Cronin has been honing her craft for more than three decades, but it was only recently that she decided to debut her own business, Art's a Blast. With the help of other local artists and art teachers, Shay launched this endeavor in order to bring fun painting classes to the residents of Rockwall.

The studio hosts everything from private classes for adults to camps for kids. Regardless of the audience, Shay and her team conceive fun, engaging painting classes that result in take-home pieces ready to hang on your wall. Don't worry if you haven't picked up a paintbrush in a few years. Art's a Blast's teachers can easily instruct and help you through the process of painting one step at a time.

Sample Frozen Sweet Treats at Sweet Frog

One of the most celebrated chains of frozen yogurt in your area is definitely Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt. With a location in the heart of Rockwall—and just a short trip from Orion Rockwall—it’s no wonder why the shop is constantly full of true fro-yo lovers sampling the latest greatest creations. The options at Sweet Frog are truly endless, and fro-yo is available in numerous flavors, from cheesecake and cotton candy to chocolate and tart. There is also a selection of dairy-free fro-yo and sugar-free fro-yo available here.

And since it isn’t a true fro-yo experience without tons of toppings, you'll want to add some treats to the top of your dish, whether it's fruit, chocolates, sweet sauces, or gummy candies. The Rockwall location of this popular outpost is open daily, and it even stays open until 11 p.m. (as opposed to its regular 10 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday nights. Satisfy any dessert cravings with a visit to Sweet Frog!

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