Fireside Chicken and Tacos: This Mix of American and Mexican Fare Will Tantalize Your Taste Buds

No meal at Fireside Chicken and Tacos is complete without a trip to the salsa bar. It's stocked with authentic salsas crafted according to co-owner Oscar Espinosa's own recipes, from the mild salsa roja to the extra-fiery habanero salsa. After you order a plate of street tacos, step right up to the salsa bar and embellish them as you like.

The salsa will only serve to accentuate the existing flavors in tacos stuffed with steak, grilled onion, cilantro, and avocado or chicken in red al pastor sauce with pickled red onions, pineapple, and cilantro. Breaded fish, spicy shrimp, and buffalo chicken are a few of the other proteins that star in Fireside's tacos. But you may want to skip the tacos and go for the rotisserie chicken or wings instead. The eatery is just as popular for its poultry as it is for the Mexican street food.

Feast on Affordable Burgers at Boots Burger

Don’t let the unassuming storefront fool you; Boots Burger is home to some of the most impressive burgers in the area. Located only three miles from Orion Rockwall, the burger spot has been serving up fast-casual fare during the lunch hours for years. This hole-in-the-wall spot offers a concise menu of food and drinks, including hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chips, and sodas.

Keep in mind that there is no seating at Boots Burger, so all burgers must be enjoyed elsewhere. But don't let that discourage you—the food at this spot is not only super affordable but also super delicious, as illustrated by the numerous repeat patrons. The next time you're craving a delicious burger, stop by Boots Burger.

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Southern Junction Nightclub and Steakhouse: Live Music and Hearty Texan Fare

There's always something going on at Southern Junction Nightclub and Steakhouse. The music venue hosts up-and-coming country artists every Saturday night, and the house bands provide the beats throughout the week. Take a dance lesson at Southern Junction before the night of the concert in order to perfect your steps.

In addition to the music venue, Southern Junction is also part eatery. Its steakhouse dishes out delectable Texan grub, including an eight-ounce filet mignon, a 12-ounce ribeye steak, and a 13-ounce t-bone. You can also opt for a smaller Southwest chicken salad or a simple baked potato if you're only looking for a snack. Keep an eye out for steak-centric specials Wednesday through Saturday. They make it easy and affordable to fill up on a prime cut before dancing the night away to live music here.

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Expect Classic Southern Comfort Food at Z’s Catfish

Z grew up with a love of cooking. Her grandmother encouraged Z's natural passion, showing her how to cook everything from candied yams to cornbread. So when Z and her family had the chance to open their own eatery in Rockwall a few years ago, they took the chance without question. Z's Catfish was born.

Z's offers a menu of homestyle Southern comfort food, starting with the namesake catfish. The chef fries it and pairs it with sides like Grandma Sis's collard greens, black-eyed peas, candied yams, and fried corn. If you're not a fan of catfish, try the fried shrimp or chicken strips instead. Z's Catfish also offers smaller meals for kids, featuring the same fried catfish, shrimp, or chicken. Save some room for desserts, though, such as a slice of sweet potato pie or bread pudding, when you stop by Z's Catfish.

Expect Authentic Fare at Yia Yia’s House of Gyros

Tender lamb and beef swathed in a fresh, hot pita with onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. This is the Original Gyro served at Yia Yia's House of Gyros, and according to the team here (and the customers who love it), the gyro closely mimics the traditional fare dished out in the Plaka District in Athens.

But you don't have to stick to tradition at Yia Yia's if you don't want to. The veggie gyro strays from classic Greek cuisine, and it still delights eaters. In lieu of beef and lamb, it features cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, dolma, hummus, and tzatziki sauce with fries on the side. The pork gyro swaps the beef and lamb for a leaner meat, and you can opt for chicken instead when you order the souvlaki pita. Other Greek specialties abound, as well, like the pastitsio (Greek lasagna), the Greek salad with feta and olives, and the Greek burger, featuring a patty made of lamb and beef at Yia Yia's House of Gyros.

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Try the Hot Mess Roll at Sake Bomb Thai and Japanese Cuisine

If you're craving Japanese fare, you need to head to one place: Sake Bomb Thai and Japanese Cuisine. This local restaurant boasts a large happy hour menu, a roster of unusual and delicious sushi rolls, and a list of hot kitchen entrees with some standout dishes that you'll certainly want to try soon.

Come to happy hour between 4 and 7 p.m. on weekdays for an affordable flight of imported sake or a few rolls at deep discounts. Or swing by for dinner and order the Hot Mess Roll. It's a customer favorite baked roll that consists of tempura shrimp, cream cheese, and avocado on the inside with spicy crab, spicy mayo, ponzu, and togarashi on top. Share the Hot Mess to start, then dig into an entree like the popular Spicy Drunk Noodles with egg, bell peppers, and chili peppers, plus your choice of protein. Sample some of the many flavorful bites the next time you visit Sake Bomb Thai and Japanese Cuisine!

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.

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