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Jul 6, 2009 12:13 PM

Road Trip: Memphis to Dallas

Any important stops to make between Memphis and Dallas?

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  1. This place looks quite good to me for some southern cooking. I've just had some excellent pie (coconut creme) there, but am looking forward to the full meal deal next time I pass through.

    1. maybe stop in Little Rock for catfish and green tomato relish @ Grandpa's.

      1. Demi: Did your trip in reverse last year, from dfw to Memphis. Had great fried chicken at Gus when we got to Memphis. Sorry I don't have more to offer, but I can certainly second the rec for Bryce's cafeteria in Texarkana. Bryce's was an institution in Texarkana, and when the Interstate came along and started changing Texarkana, Bryce's had the foresight to build a new cafeteria out on I30. So don't be put off by their nice new building because they have been around for a long time, and they cook from good recipes. If you are familiar with the Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas, then Bryce's would be similar. Fried chicken, great veggies, great pies, a little ice tea to wash it down. Worthy of a stop. Hope your trip goes well.

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        1. re: pinotho

          Nice. How long did it take you to get to Memphis? I've been wanting to do that for the longest time, just as an excuse to try the biscuits and ham at Loveless Cafe.

          1. re: FiveDanFive

            I've done the drive a couple times before. It's about 9 hours to Memphis.

          2. re: pinotho

            I've been to Bryce's and Grandpa's. I didn't think Bryce's was anything special. Course I got there less than an hour before closing. But Grandpa's otoh was probably the best catfish I've ever had.

          3. How did your trip go? We are making the same trek in a little over a week, though Austin to Ohio but your part of the route is probably the same as yours between Dallas and Memphis.

            Did you discover any real finds?

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            1. re: Rene

              I had lunch in Memphis at a BBQ joint called Central BBQ. It was excellent, maybe the best ribs of my life. After that, I just powered through to TX so no good discoveries.

              1. re: demigodh

                Well if you make it out of Memphis and pass through West Memphis (which memory serves is the only way to fly) there is a bbq stand across the brdige across from a ball field of some some sort that served the best pig sammiches in the world. Topped with slaw, I drove in a snow storm from Jackson Hole to this little slick in the road one weekend at a friends insistence, and by God it was worth it. Bought three for the drive back (and a bottle of Tanquerey from the package store across from Elvis' digs).

                Tell me this place still exists, and what the name is...

                1. re: DallasDude

                  We're heading out that way tomorrow. I'm looking at the map and seeing two bridges heading from Memphis toward West Memphis. Do you know which one will lead me to BBQ (i.e. highway 64 or highway 70)?

                  1. re: Daniel Slosberg

                    It has been a while, I remeber there was a stadium across the road. Good luck, hope its there!