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I-30 between Dallas and Texarkana ; I-20 between Dallas and Shreveport

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Esteemed Chowhounds:

We're taking a drive between Dallas and Lake Village, Arkansas. The plan is to go out on I-30, and back on I-20 (or vice versa). So looking for suggestions. (The other half of this question, I'm posting on the Central South board here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736684

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I found many great suggestions on a search of the board -- especially from littleman (many thanks!) -- but I have a couple of questions:

First, which of these on our list are especially great (worthy of making a special stop for)? We'll probably only stop for one real meal each way and want to make it count.

Second, which are most typical of local specialties, especially things we can't get in Dallas or in the North? ** The asterisks seem like strong contenders at the moment.

I-30 EASTBOUND

ROCKWALL, TX (could go here anytime, but don't)
Zanata
Chiloso

LAVON, TX
Big Daddy's Roadhouse

GREENVILLE, TX
Yen Jing Chinese (it gets good reviews...)

WINFIELD, TX
* Shrimp Shack

MOUNT PLEASANT, TX
Blaylock BBQ
Bodacious BBQ

NEW BOSTON, TX
Nana's Family Diner

HOOKS, TX
Ramage Farms Country Store

TEXARKANA
* Bryce's
* Dixie Diner
Ironwood Grill
Jackie OH's
Ivan's Bistro

I-20 EASTBOUND

TERRELL, TX
Fat Catz Creole Kitchen

CANTON, TX
Rod's BBQ
Robertson's Hams

TYLER, TX (worth the detour from I-20?)
* Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ

KILGORE, TX
* Country Tavern

LONGVIEW, TX
* Dudley's Cajun Cafe
Carter's BBQ
Bodacious BBQ
Texas Roadhouse

MARSHALL, TX
P & J Lunchroom

SHREVEPORT
* Strawn's Eat Shop
* Herby-K's
Ernest's Orleans Restaurant
Fertita's
Bella Fresca

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Nana's Family Diner
1026 N Center St, New Boston, TX 75570

Dixie Diner
415 N Kings Hwy, Texarkana, TX 75501

The Ironwood Grill
4312 Morris Ln, Texarkana, TX 75503

Dudley's Cajun Cafe
301 W Loop 281, Longview, TX 75605

The Shrimp Shack
102 W 5th St, Winfield, TX 75493

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  1. If you are missing Wyatt's Cafeteria, Bryce’s would be good. The only caveat, the ambiance was really reminiscent of a stereotypical southern experience.

    Texas Roadhouse, if it's the chain, is consistently decent.

    1. if you eat somewhere off of I-20, make sure you save some room for desert with a quick stop in Canton. right off the freeway in the back of Baker's Ribs, is The Original Pie Company.
      http://www.theoriginalfriedpieshop.co...
      they are original from OK but have really good fried pies and a wide variety.

      1. We ate at a Jalapeno Tree restaurant not too long ago in Athens, Tx and liked the fajitas real well. They have locations all over east Texas. Good margaritas too :-)

        In Canton we really loved the Dairy Palace on 19, right off of I-20. Great burgers and cheap!! Next trip to Canton, we are going there again.

        Texas Roadhouse is very good. I always get the 8 oz filet and it is wonderful. The caesar salad is delicious as is their baked sweet potato. My husband loves their burgers. Their prices are reasonable.

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        Dairy Palace
        2301 N Trade Days Blvd, Canton, TX 75103

        5 Replies
        1. re: texasredtop

          Texas Road Top............you still in TX. I thought you were going North..................

          1. re: Littleman

            Ha! Been there - done that - lol. We got back yesterday with our black bear!! It was so much fun! A truly amazing trip. I need to go over and post my Oklahoma find on that board.

            1. re: texasredtop

              Great. Congratulations. Good luck.

              1. re: Littleman

                Thanks for all the great info you gave me before the trip littleman. I really appreciate it.

                1. re: texasredtop

                  10 - 4..........