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.

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?

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