The Fatted Calf: Upscale American Comfort Food for Brunch and Dinner

Pecan sticky buns, chocolate croissants, and granola-berry parfaits are just the beginning of the brunch menu at The Fatted Calf, a beloved spot for both brunch and dinner near Orion Rockwall. Don't fill up on the starters, though, because you have equally creative options for the main course in the morning. Indulge in a stack of sweet potato pancakes embellished with pecans, butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup, or order chick and waffles smothered with poblano gravy and maple syrup.

If you come for dinner, expect more upscale American comfort food, like the cedar-wrapped salmon in a honey-chili glaze or the honey-butter chicken. You can also bite into a pub burger, which is smothered with bacon jam, topped with gooey vintage cheddar, and finished with a flourish of caramelized onions.

The Fatted Calf
112 E. Rusk Street
Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 722-3343

Z’s Catfish: Don’t Miss the Coca Cola Cake

Z, the owner and namesake of Z's Catfish, was born into a cooking family. As a girl, she watched her grandmother whip up Southern favorites in the kitchen, and even participated in some cooking competitions herself. So when she opened Z's Catfish in 2013, she brought the same style of home-cooked comfort food to her commercial kitchen.

The stick-to-your-ribs fare obviously struck a chord with local diners, because it boasts nearly 60 glowing reviews on Yelp. So make the quick three-mile drive from Orion Rockwall to Z's to taste what they're talking about. Order a fried catfish, shrimp, or chicken meal and choose your sides carefully. The fried corn comes highly recommended, but you can also try collard greens, black-eyed peas, or candied yams. Save room for Aunt Cosy C's Coke A Cola Cake, a signature dessert at Z's.

Z's Catfish
127 Kenway Street
Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 722-2226

Dig Into One of the Street Tacos at Fireside Chicken and Tacos

Plump shrimp, juicy steak, and tender chicken. Grilled onions, fresh avocado, and green chiles. These are the components that converge inside of a big, fresh flour tortilla to create the Mega Taco. It's a signature dish at Fireside Chicken and Tacos, an eatery that opened two months ago about two miles from Orion Rockwall.

The street tacos headline its menu, which also offers options for chicken al pastor and chicken pibil, spicy shrimp and crispy fish, and grilled steak. You can also order a burrito or wrap, perhaps the chili pepper burrito, the Firewrap with grilled chicken, or the Greek wrap with feta and chicken. You can even order wings at Fireside Chicken and Tacos, just choose one of its three sauces: buffalo, lemon pepper, or garlic Parmesan.

Fireside Chicken and Tacos
2332 Greencrest Boulevard
Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 722-7003

Taste Some of Rockwall’s Most Popular Thai and Japanese Food at Sake Bomb

Tempura shrimp, cream cheese, and avocado on the inside; spicy crab, spicy mayo, ponzu, and togarashi on the outside. These are the components present in the Hot Mess roll, one of customers' favorite rolls at Sake Bomb in Rockwall. Inventive dishes like these have earned Sake Bomb the title of the most popular restaurant near Orion Rockwall, so it's well worth a visit for dinner tonight.

If sushi doesn't appeal to you, try the spicy drunken noodles instead. Customers also love this entree, which showcases flat noodles with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, bean sprouts, basil, and chili peppers with your choice of chicken, shrimp, or a seafood mix. The peanut chicken earns raves, too, despite its simple combination of broccoli, bean sprouts, and chicken dressed in peanut sauce.

Sake Bomb
489 E. I-30
Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 722-7676

Bowl a Round or Grab a Meal at Shenaniganz

Shenaniganz is more than just a bowling alley. It's also an arcade, a restaurant, a laser tag arena, and a go kart raceway—and it sits within just three miles of Orion Rockwall. That means fun for kids and adults is only a short drive away from your doorstep.

So plan a visit this weekend to experience everything that Shenaniganz has in store. You can snag one of the bowling lanes, which look more like chic seating areas in a lounge than you'd expect—no hard plastic chairs or harsh lighting here. If you have kids along, you may want to head straight for the laser tag or the arcade. The arcade is packed full of games that range from virtual racing to air hockey. You can also skip the activities and just grab a bite at Rozie's Grill, which offers everything from wings to pizza, or sip on a cocktail at the Z Lounge.

1290 E. I-30
Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 722-1133
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Thai and Japanese Fare Make the Perfect Pair at Sake Bomb, Not Far From Orion Rockwall

It's pretty rare that you find a restaurant so beloved across the board that it boasts a five-star average on Yelp, but Sake Bomb does just that. Perhaps it's because the eatery so seamlessly incorporates Japanese sushi and Thai fare into the same menu. Or maybe it's because the chefs are clearly meticulous when it comes to crafting cuisine. Regardless, this Asian eatery in Rockwall is worth a visit.

If you're here for the sushi, try the signature Sake Bomb roll. It features yellow tail, crab, and avocado on the inside, then more yellow tail, jalapenos, and a mix of ponzu sauce, Sriracha, and togarashi on top. Tempura and baked rolls are available, too. Are you more interested in the Thai food? Try the spicy basil entree with your choice of chicken or pork, plus a medley of veggies including bell peppers, mushrooms, and green beans. The menu also offers a handful of curries, fried rice, and noodle dishes. It all awaits a short drive from Orion Rockwall.

Sake Bomb
489 E. Interstate 30
Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 722-7676

Cinemark 12 Rockwall: A Good Place to Catch a Movie, Not Far from Orion Rockwall

If you find yourself with some free time on a Wednesday afternoon, get into your car at Orion Rockwall and make the short drive to Cinemark 12 Rockwall. This is when the theater shows classic films at a discounted price, and some moviegoers say they've often had the theater all to themselves!

No matter when you go, you can expect comfortable seating and great customer service. Come here to catch the latest big blockbusters as well as children's films and even some independent films occasionally. Patrons say the entrance can be tricky to find — the door faces the large manmade lake and fountain. Check the theater's website for information on discounts for seniors and other promotions.

Cinemark 12 Rockwall
2125 Summer Lee
Rockwall, TX 75032
(972) 771-6653

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