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Jul 1, 2009 08:13 PM

Road Trip - From Dallas to San Antonio

I'm going to San Antonio for a wedding in Late July. I'll be leaving Friday morning and just need to get to San Antonio any time during the night. I'm looking for some good places to stop by!

I'll stop for good desserts, bbq, sushi, mexican, italian, country fried steak/chicken, etc.

I already know that I'll be stopping in Driftwood (I know some people abhor Salt Lick, but my boyfriend loves it).

Any suggestions??!? :) :) :)

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  1. It is a 3 and a half hour drive, how many stops do you plan to make between the 2 cities?

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    1. re: DallasDude

      Yeah, that's not a very long time to consume more than a meal per trip. But I second the West rec, you can always take those home.

    2. I was thinking the same thing about all those stops on that short drive. But I never miss a stop at West at Gerik's Ole Czech Bakery and Nemecek Bros Meat Market.

      The easy and obvious place is the Czech Stop. They were smart enough to build out by the interstate so that's the one everyone sees. But Gerik's is older and much better and is only a block or so farther and well worth getting to. At Gerik's, I always get some kolaches and sausage rolls to go. Not only will they be tasty to snack on for the rest of your trip, if you are staying with anyone, they'll appreciate a box of baked goods as a hostess gift. And Nemecek Bros has great meats. My family loves the old-style ring baloney.

      And, assuming that you're driving both ways, down to San Antonio and back to Dallas, you might consider taking an alternative way home. Get yourself a small ice chest and take the BBQ trail back. Drive I-10 east to Luling. Stop at City Market and introduce your boyfriend to some good barbecue. Have a bite of brisket and hot links and pick up some to go. Then take 183 north to Lockhart. Do the same thing at Smitty's, Black's and Kreuz. Then meander on up to Taylor for Louie Mueller's. Again, have some 'cue and buy a pound or two to put into the ice chest and take home. It's a pretty quick jaunt west to put you back on I-35 north to Dallas, or you can take 95 north to Temple and join I-35 there.

      And that's what I'd do.

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      1. re: Jaymes

        Jaymes - you'll proably be surprised to know that I've posted a link to your "bbq trail" rec above on a thread in the "general chow topic" board! Yours is about as concise a course that I've seen - here anyway.

        1. re: CocoaNut

          Well thanks! I did get to thinking about it and wondered why we don't have something called "The Barbecue Trail" like they have the "Turquoise Trail" in New Mexico, and other "trails."

          I thought about suggesting a swing through Elgin to pick up some sausage on the way north to Taylor, but the OP didn't have that much time.

          And you could start that same basic trek a little farther south, in Gonzales, if you really wanted to do it up.

      2. Sorry not being too specific, I meant places NOT off of I-35. I attended UT in Austin and I know that highway and czech stop, Gerik's and what not. I was thinking about Marble Falls or Fredricksburg for some pie, Luling for some bbq, Taylor, etc.

        What road do you take to make it from Dallas to San Antonio in 3 1/2 hours?!? It takes me that long to get to Austin. I'm traveling from Frisco though...

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        1. re: dianaxpooh

          Well, when you mention Marble Falls and pie, everybody in a 200-mile radius is going to tell you the Blue Bonnet Cafe.

          1. re: Jaymes

            That was on the plan! :) Thanks for your input on bbq. It's just hard to narrow it down to a few places.

            1. re: dianaxpooh

              I would absolutely detour to Lockhart for Smitty's if you can make it there by 2 or 3. If your bf hasn't been there, tell him it's better than Salt Lick.