Driving From Austin to Tyler-Then to College Station & Back to Austin
I'd love some suggestions on great places to stop along the way. I've already got Louie Mueller BBQ on my list (but I think I might get there around sell out time =( ) But I would like to hear other places that are must stops! Thanks!
JLS, make sure you check out Texas Monthly's latest 2008 Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas, as you're driving through the heart of Central TX BBQ and will be able to hit up some East Texas legends as well. In fact, the #1 ranked spot, Snow's in Lexington, is right on your way between College Station & Austin. There have been some reports that the #1 position is perhaps too much hype, but still, I'd think worth checking out if the hours/route coincide.
Other than the obligatory stops in Lockhart and Luling (if you decide on those diversions), I'd recommend a stop in Kilgore (just east of Tyler) at Country Tavern, famous for ribs. Search this board and you'll find an old thread on it.
Texas Monthly also gave a nod to Stanley's BBQ here in Tyler. I love love love their fish tacos. Tyler's not known as a restaurant town, but Stanley's is worth a stop.