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Best Day Trips for Lunch

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Jon G Feb 25, 2012 07:02 AM

Looking to take a day or weekend trip from Dallas and an interesting lunch place is part of the equation. Want to get out of the Metroplex and off I-35 and I-45. Can be in any direction. A couple of places I have found in searches are Mary's Cafe in Strawn, Carolyn's Country Cafe in Midlo and Granny's Home Cooking in Overton. Can be any type of food, but traditional fare (meaning, CFS, etc.) is a plus.

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    CocoaNut Mar 18, 2012 02:51 PM

    I'm planning a trip to Tyler next month. It's been suggested that I take a detour through Edom and eat at The Shed. Also in Edom is blueberry picking in June and an Art Festival in Oct.
    http://www.theshedcafe.com/
    http://www.blueberryhillfarms.com/
    http://www.edomfestivalofthearts.com/

    This article is quite old, but still may give you some add'l ideas.
    http://www.texasmonthly.com/2008-12-0...

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      Jon G Mar 18, 2012 05:35 PM

      Cool, thanks

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      J.R. Mar 6, 2012 10:10 AM

      I vote for Mary's. We stop in there many times a year on our way to our ranch in W. Texas. CFS is good as you will find IMO. (I'm native). It is different, however. It is fried on a griddle instead of being deep fried or pan fried. That preparation seems to make that heavy dish a bit lighter. The meat they use seems to have a much deeper flavor. Their gravy hits the mark also. It is defiantely homemade as note by the brown tinge it has. Lots of black pepper also. Mashed potatoes are the weak link. They seem to have vinegar in them. Opt for homemade fries instead. Unfortunately, I'm alway driving the family and not close to my destination to enjoy the frosty schooners of beer. It is definately a joint also.

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        randyjl Mar 18, 2012 11:21 AM

        Mary's is down home Texan to the bone! Awesome and well worth the drive!

      2. HalfBaked Mar 5, 2012 12:37 PM

        2nd vote for LM in Taylor. Esp. now that the weather is nicer and things are blooming. Stop at Inner Space Caverns for a stretch and other worldly scenery.

        1. twinwillow Feb 25, 2012 08:43 AM

          We enjoy the 2-1/2 hour (maybe less) drive to Taylor, Texas to have a great BBQ lunch at Louie Mueller BBQ.
          http://www.louiemuellerbarbeque.com

          Take I-35 south to Temple where you can pick up 95 south to Taylor off of 36-190.

          Just one of a million places to drive to from Dallas.

          A shorter drive can take you north of Dallas to Tioga (Gene Autry's birthplace) where you can enjoy a great lunch at Clark's Outpost.
          http://www.clarksoutpost.com

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            Jon G Feb 25, 2012 09:04 AM

            Just the kinda stuff I'm looking for, thanks.

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