Rollickin' In Rockwall

So close, yet far enough away to dodge the dubious "suburb" tag, Rockwall is a good destination for hassle-free road tripping to a picturesque destination--you know, Lake Ray Hubbard. And since much of its development (including restaurants) is relatively new, it can still feel like untamed territory.

But then, going anywhere north--or east--of 635 feels like an adventure to us.

There's a good reason to explore Rockwall's relative parts unknown. Blue Canyon Kitchen, Tavern and Wine Bar has been in the Rockwall Harbor District (doesn't that sound strange) on the shores of Ray Hubbard for one year now, serving dishes like the smoked portobello mushroom tower, cedar plank trout and blackened chicken pot pie...something many of us create inadvertently. It celebrates with an anniversary party from Thursday to Sunday cooking up specials, offering family events and raffles benefiting the community.

Each of these nights the restaurant features complimentary appetizers from 5-6 p.m., cheap drinks and three-course dinners that start at $15. Not sure what to order? Go Saturday, when Blue Canyon offers a lunch buffet, and try a little of everything.

The weekend's entertainment includes cover band Rebel Rousers (8 p.m., Friday and Saturday), and family fun with exotic animals (11:30 a.m., Saturday).

Not sure quite what that means, but we assume none of those exotic animals will appear on your plate later.

Rockwall isn't that untamed.

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