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Hello, I'm new to Chowhound (as a poster) and to DFW (just moved here for work). I've found that oftentimes in the midwest, and southwest , the best food is not necessarily found in the entertainment district, but also along highway truck stops and small highway town main streets : made by enterprising folks from all walks of life. Three cases in point : Cookin' from Scratch : Doolittle, Missouri (off I 44), Dhillon Truck Stop : San Jon, New Mexico (off I 40), and Middle East Iraqi Restaurant : Abilene, Texas (off US 277 and US 83). We have a choice besides McDonald's style fast food provided we know where to look !

My question is : are there such good places within, say, an hour's drive of Dallas ? Places from which you pick up hearty road fare while starting off on a road trip to Corpus Christi, or Santa Fe, or Denver, or New Orleans ? Doesnt need to be car-worthy. Texas highways have enough rest areas for folks to roll down their windows and eat.

I think I ve discovered one already : an unnamed tacqueria / tortilleria / restaurant inside an Exxon gas station which serves the most awesome menudo right off exit 238 on northbound I 45.

http://goo.gl/maps/EHMj : on google maps

Any other suggestions ?

Hopefully this is the right board to post to : I m looking for highway food in and around DFW.

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