Ten Great Food Road Trips from Dallas
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.
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
Perini Ranch Steakhouse
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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
Veldhuizen Cheese Shoppe
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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