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.

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.

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!

Do Happy Hour or Weekend Brunch at Culpepper Steak House

When you want to unwind after a long day of work, Culpepper Steak House is the perfect place to do just that in Rockwall. Drinks and bites are discounted in the bar and lounge from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, making this eatery a great spot to visit on your way home.

Order a glass of wine, a well drink, or a beer for just a few bucks and pair it with an app like the pork potstickers or the spinach and artichoke dip. You can even grab a full-sized salad or one of the several entrees at special happy hour prices. Another popular time to check out Culpepper is during Sunday brunch. That's probably because the chef whips up a special menu that includes many lavish options. For instance, you can dig into a seven-ounce sirloin steak paired with two eggs, any style, or try the three cinnamon Texas French toast drizzled with maple syrup. Will you be visiting Culpepper Steak House soon?

Go Gluten- or Meat-Free at Mellow Mushroom

Historically, gluten-free eaters and vegans had to steer clear of pizzerias, but the Mellow Mushroom seeks to change all that qe6djic. That's why this fun, funky chain of pizza eateries offers options that are completely free of animal products and all gluten, making them appropriate for anyone who walks in.

The Mellow Mushroom in Rockwall offers a second gluten-free menu that's just as impressive as the original. From the Kosmic Karma pizza with sun-dried tomato, spinach, and feta to the House Special with tons of meat and veggies, there are more than a handful of gourmet pies gluten-free eaters can try, and they're all piled atop a vegan and gluten-free crust. Any of the pizza can be made vegan when you opt for Daiya cheese and the vegan crust, just so long as you skip the meat! Come in for a gluten- or meat-free pizza during happy hour, when you can also grab half-price apps and discounted beers, wines, and cocktails!

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Try the Shrimp Scampi Pie at Samee’s Pizza Getti

Rockwall restaurateur Samee is known for transforming struggling eateries into thriving businesses, which is precisely what he did with Samee's Pizza Getti. Today, locals hail his Rockwall pizzeria as a great spot to grab dinner with friends or family, especially if you're interested in trying an artisan pie.

The pomodoro pizza delights diners with its slightly spicy tomato sauce, which serves as the foundation for a medley of bell peppers, red onion, and mushrooms dusted with crushed red pepper and garlic. It's topped with fresh meatballs, culminating in a truly decadent dish. The shrimp scampi pizza is another unique option, smothered with plump shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, and garlic butter over a creamy base of Alfredo sauce. Samee's Pizza Getti also offers a smorgasbord of other classic Italian dishes, so take your time exploring the entire menu when you dine here.

Yia Yia’s House of Gyros: A Newcomer on the Rockwall Culinary Scene

Thyme, dill, basil, mint; these are a few of the basic herbs and spices that season the traditional Greek dishes at Yia Yia's House of Gyros. It's thanks to the simple preparation and classic ingredients that Yia Yia's has already earned a following in Rockwall, despite the fact that it's been open for less than two months.

With a name like the House of Gyros, it should be obvious what this eatery does best. Try the "famous" original gyro stuffed with lamb and beef, onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. It's all wrapped inside a warm piece of pita, just as it would be if you bought it on the street in Athens. The pork gyro is a fun spin on the classic, and another must-try at Yia Yia's. Even vegetarians can indulge in a gyro thanks to the meat-free version with hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, dolma, and tzatziki—no beef or lamb necessary.

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