Ten Great Food Road Trips from Dallas

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You've had Velvet Taco nine times this year. Your kid's peed himself in the Klyde Warren fountains another seven. You're in a rut. You need a change-up, and you need it covered in sauce, and you need it now.

We've got you covered, in sauce, with these 10 food road trips. Charge the iPads, gas the minivan, and get driving. There's not-Velvet food in your future.

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Sarah Blankenship
Clark's Outpost BBQ
101 U.S. 377, Tioga
One hour northeast of Dallas

Look, we all know where to get barbecue in Dallas. And if you live within the urban core of the city, you're not far from any one of the incredible establishments that repeatedly find themselves at the top of so many "Best" lists. But an hour northeast of the metroplex, in Tioga, Clark's Outpost BBQ exists solely to satisfy your... sweet tooth. What the what? Yes. Clark's meringue pies are taller than most puppies, and taste way better. The chocolate meringue pie is my personal favorite, but the coconut cream meringue pie is definitely worth some space in your fridge. Call ahead the day before you go and they'll make you an entire pie to take home and eat pantsless in your bed on a Friday night. That pie will not live to 1see noon the next day, I guarantee it.
-- Sarah Blankenship

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Perini Ranch Steakhouse
3002 FM 89 # A, Buffalo Gap
About three hours west of Dallas
Perini Ranch Steakhouse came to fruition after Tom Perini decided to turn his catering business into a restaurant in 1983. The small-town steakhose holds the honor of being named an "American Classic" by the James Beard Foundation in 2014 and is home to the Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit. The homegrown steaks are cooked to perfection over a mesquite wood grill and the menu explicitly states that the chefs take no responsibility for meat ordered "well done." Come for the beef, stay for the green chile hominy and whiskey bread pudding that are not to be missed. -- Emily Garner

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Veldhuizen Cheese Shoppe
425 S Private Road 1169, Dublin
Two hours southwest of Dallas

Stuart Veldhuizen and his family make damn good cheese. Some highlights include Redneck Cheddar made with beer-soaked curds and Bosque Blue that's aged 5-6 months in its own private aging cave. Their cheese shop is open Monday-Saturday, but we recommend you make the trek in time for their Saturday 10:30 a.m. farm tour. For $6 you can check out their grass fed dairy cows and the entire cheese making process. Also you'll get to taste and buy cheese, which, let's be honest, is the best part. In addition to the aforementioned cheeses, make sure to try the Dublin Karst. After you wrap up your time at the farm, drive home through Granbury so you can stop at Revolver Brewing for a beer or two. -- Liz Goulding


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kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Windy's in Cartwright OK, BBQ in the Shell Station in Atoka OK, the gas station at the base of Rich Mountain Ark, The Spot in Galveston, Grateful Head Pizza in Hochatown OK, the restaurant in Lake Murray State Park, Peaks Restaurant in Trinidad CO, and Pop's Clam Shack in Alton Bay NH.



Kergie out. (drops the mike)

manders311
manders311

I'm surprised Grady's Line Came in Tolar isn't on this list.....about 90 miles southwest from Dallas and worth the drive!


primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Burton cafe, burton tx, between Austin and Houston. Burgers and pie.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

The smoked Trout at Clark's Outpost...umm. memories of it just melting in your mouth, the best smoked fish this side of Acme in Brooklyn.

MattL11
MattL11

For no reason whatsoever, back when I lived in Waco, I found myself driving through Marble Falls. Drove right past the Blue Bonnet. Never knew what it was until the very next day when I saw it on some "best of" list or whatever. Been kicking myself ever since for not stopping. I was even hungry at the time. 


Oh well, I never claimed to be a smart man. 

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Thanks.  Great ideas for cooler weather short-distance cruising on the Harley.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Stanley's is pretty good. The Mother Clucker is a great sandwich. Having said that, I can assure you that there is no such thing as a good reason to drive to Tyler voluntarily.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Can't believe y'alls trips out towards the Westoplex didn't include Jake and Dorothy's in Stephenville or Mary's up in Strawn...also the burgers at the Koffey Kup are pretty tasty (they made Texas Monthly's top 50 a few years back)


And if'n you're heading towards G'bury for the Revolver tour..it ends around 2:30 or 3pm on Satudays methinks..while on the way there I would recommend stopping by Godley and checking out Delnorte Tacos (had a fantastic ribeye sammich there just last week!) or just stay on 377 and stop in for some top notch Q at BBQ on the Brazos (not really on the Brazos, but relatively close)


And for eats in the state of OK, I'll let the great Kergo be my leader..no offense...but if one were to be headed towards Turner Falls..turn towards the East at the same exit and head about a mile down the road to Smokin' Joes BBQ and RV park..sliced sandwich big as your pie heads, and smoked Ribeyes on Saturday eve.


You welcome!

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Coyote loco and The Green Pickle near Glen Rose are good eats and about a hour away.

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

Props for mentioning Stuart. I'd love to see more dairies follow his cow trail. If you are headed southwest towards the deer blind a stop by his place is well worth the time.

Greg820
Greg820

GoGo Gumbo is superb.  It is a fairly easy drive from Dallas.  Also recommend stopping at Brushy Creek Vineyard, which is only 30 minutes away from Boyd, for some pretty decent wines. 

EdD.
EdD.

Google Maps says diverting through Tishomingo only adds 20 minutes to a trip from here to Tulsa. I think getting to Tulsa can wait another 20 minutes, don't you?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Also, Coopers in New Braunfels, Gaido's in Galveston, Red River BBQ in League City, Gaido's in Galveston, Salado Inn, The Captains Table in Laconia NH. 

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

@manders311  No longer open for weekend dinner service...they say it's for meetings and the like now...don't know what happened, but they killed off their liquor license about 6 months ago..wouldn't expect good ol Grady to stay out there very much longer.

Greg820
Greg820

@JustSaying There is a fantastic Disc Golf course in Tyler.  Actually, two good courses.  Do one in the morning, Stanleys, and then walk off the BBQ on the second course. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Joshstruckoutagain I got some in laws in laws who live in godley,  Imma have to have them bring some Delnorte Tacos up to Benbrook next time we all get together out there

rodv41
rodv41

@Twinwillow do the locals say heeco? and yes Wiseman House is brilliant

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Greg820 Walking is something that I generally try to avoid when I have belly stuffed with bbq..

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Nictacular @Joshstruckoutagain stopped for those fried pies on my many road trips to and from KC before I married a flight attendant.  Now I never drive up there.  I guess I need a trip to Winstar with a side of fried pie 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Twinwillow @kergo1spaceship


oh, and I forgot to mention Gaido's in Galveston!


But seriously, it's THAT good.....a little pricey, but good. 

rodv41
rodv41

@Twinwillow @rodv41 well I grew up in Hillsboro and Aquilla and we always said hyco...but I'm not sure I've ever heard a local's take on it. Kind of like with Llano TX, a lot of people say yawno but the locals say lanno.

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