Y'all, I found my new obsession when it comes to BBQ restaurants in Tyler, Texas.

Yes, we have so many awesome spots to get the Q around here. We are a fortunate bunch of folks, indeed. At the same time, I can readily confirm I've found a new one to add to my list of favorites.

Though I often just spend lunch at my office (don't @ me, I know that's not ideal,) a while back, I needed to get out and clear my head for lunch. I have my standard go-to's when it comes to eating out. But I wanted to try something new. I'd been hearing about this Local BBQ (that's the name) place over on Old Bullard Road next to Smallcakes Cupcakery (where I needed to pick something up), and I'd heard they only serve locally-sourced meat so I thought I'd seize the moment and pop in.

Such a nice, super clean restaurant with a super cool modern farmhouse type of vibe. As soon as I walked in, the two young ladies at the counter smiled big and offered a warm welcome.

They kindly took a moment to explain the menu to me, which is vast but not overwhelming. They shared some of their favorite dishes with me that I will definitely be back to try. But then...

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I noticed something on the menu called Local Tator Tots. Since I am utterly potato-obsessed, I asked for a few more details.

These little bits of heaven are tator tots stuffed with bacon, cheese, and chives and they are everything you hope they might be. They come served with either ranch or queso. Honestly, either would be amazing but I opted for the queso cuz DUH.

OH. MY. GOSH. Honestly, I feel certain I could've eaten three orders. They are so amazing and their queso is off the chain yummy. I can't recommend them enough. And YES, the chopped brisket sandwich was amazing. The sauce? Perfection.

I'll definitely be back to try their other options.

In addition to all of the delightful things you'd expect, they also offer a Great Potato and their signature Rose City Nachos which are a "tower of tortilla chips + pulled pork or brisket, pico de gallo, queso, roasted corn, jalapeños," according to their menu. 

That's definitely what I'll be trying next. (Plus another order of those Local Tator Tots. Seriously, they're ridiculously good.)

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