Funky food between Sulphur Springs & Stephenville
Looking for small (non-chain restaurants) to ease the Interstate drive between Sulphur Springs and Stephenville (and in SS, as that's where my visit will be based). Willing to drive thirty minutes off the highway. Bonus points for one that uses locally grown food...
Less than 20 miles south of Sulphur Springs on Highway 154 is a small BBQ joint called Big Smith's. Not a chain, and while not "funky" per se, the setting is 100% "backroads of Texas." It is the best BBQ I have had in Northeast Texas.
Been a while since I have been there, so you might call to check hours before you make the drive.
By the way, if you make it to the crossroads that is Yantis, Texas, you missed Big Smith's.
I went! Thanks for the tip. I'm sad to say the brisket was pretty dry--I had to drench it in sauce. However, the restaurant is a gem of a place and maybe if I had ordered the all-you-can-eat beef ribs I would have done better. (Special (odd) bonus points for all-you-can-eat quail on Wednesday nights. Is that a Texas thing or just a Big Smith's thing?) Despite the brisket, I would go back.
If you're going, it's only about 8 miles south of SS on Hwy 154.
Now that you mention it, I remember the beef ribs being the most common order that I saw. Sorry I didn't remember it before hand. All-you-can-eat quail is quite popular in Texas, and - for whatever reason - is very popular around the Lake Fork area, which is not too far South of Big Smith's.
In any event, I wish the brisket had been better, but happy to hear you liked it enough to go back.
don't miss the hard eight, a bbq place right in stephenville. otherwise, i'm afraid you've got some pretty slim pickings up that way.