TYLER, TX (KLTV) - You can call it a good deal or a lunch steal, but we call it a Cheap Eat: a meal with a non-water drink for $5 or less, including tax.
My first stop was in southeast Tyler where a newly opened restaurant is making a name for itself. Coolie J's is their name - pizza and pasta their game.
"People are looking for good value with a lot of food for a cheap price and we have all of those," said the owner, Mike Daniels.
Daniels brought the special to life in the back, piling the toppings on two hefty slices of pizza. The first oven trip melted the cheese. Then, it took a quick break for a slathering of garlic butter - a special touch leaving customers happy.
The Manager's Special, two slices of pizza and an ice cold drink, runs you $5.
Next, it was a short drive to north Tyler for a spot offering a southern delicacy. At DC Fried Ribs, cooking up good food is a joint effort. Father, Darel Cooper Sr., cooks while son, Darel Jr., spreads the word.
"We came up with these prices so that everyone in the neighborhood and surrounding areas can afford it," said Cooper.
Darel Sr. loaded up the hamburger basket to the bun bursting point. The lunch special was delivered. Plenty of fries, a hamburger, and a drink will only cost you $4.73.
Finally, it does not have a permanent address, but La Te Dogs, located on the corner of Broadway and Ferguson, doesn't need one. Twin sisters Ami Chaump and Angi Rossman got bored with computers so they went culinary, whipping up delectable dogs for dedicated customers. The cost of a Nathan's quarter pound dog, chips and a drink is $4.50, making it this week's Cheap Eats Champion - a title I taste test to make sure it is worthy.
Bonus Cheap Eat: Mama Gage's Crazy Café 808 West Broadway Street Big Sandy, TX ¼ lb. Hamburger w/ fries & drink $4.32
Friday, May 24 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:21:23 GMT
From the Tyler Police Department:At approximately 5:20Pm on May 24, 2013, Tyler Police were notified of the motorcycle accident at Grande and Sutherland. The driver of a black Ford F-150 was heading east onMore >>
Rider was not wearing a helmet when she collided with a truck.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:21 GMT
A Tyler ISD bus driver was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges.Ronald Gain, 44, of Tyler, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on one charge of possession of a controlled substance. TylerMore >>
Has worked for the district since August of 2012.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:18 AM EDT2013-05-25 13:18:01 GMT
Cherokee County authorities are investigating a fatal house fire Friday night. It happened just before 7:30 on County Road 3302 outside of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Fire Department, Cherokee CountyMore >>
Happened just outside of Jacksonville on Friday night.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:20 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:20:39 GMT
Fire crews have closed a street in north Tyler as they fight an apartment fire. Several crews are on the scene at an apartment complex in the 700 block of South Kennedy Avenue. The fire started aroundMore >>
Fire crews closed a street in north Tyler as they battled an apartment fire.More >>