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Jul 29, 2013 02:46 PM

Dallas to Houston

Driving to Houston and don't need any recommendations while I'm there. However, anyone have some can't miss stops while en route?

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  1. The last time I made that drive, which has been a while, it was pretty sparse of "can't miss stops." Willie Nelson had a cafe near Hillsboro that I had on my radar but it has closed. In Huntsville, there's a Bob Luby's which is a part of the Luby's chain and different in that it specializes in seafood and is a local's favorite (with table service), but not "can't miss." There are some great places in the Woodlands, but you may consider that Houston. It's only 4 hours, might want to wait until you get here!

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    1. re: Lambowner

      I appreciate the advice. Would love to wait but am leaving at lunch time, really just trying to justify finding something en route instead of eating in Dallas. If only there was a czech stop equivalent on 45...

      1. re: demigodh

        Well, since you mention the Czech Stop, most informed kolache-seekers would tell you to drive right past it. Go into town to the Village Bakery. That's where the locals go. There and Gerik's Ole Czech Smokehouse & Bakery.


        Skip the Czech Stop next time. Sure, they've got the best location.

        But not the best kolaches.

    2. Haven’t made the drive myself in decades so I have no personal recs but the topic has come up in the past, probably over on the Texas board. I remember someone I very much trusted, the late danhole, would always suggest Woody’s in Centerville. It’s not clear if you could get a meal there or just some jerky and baked goods to fashion a snack out of.

      Head over to the Tx Board and do a search for Woody’s and probably any thread it’s mentioned in will be about the eats along 45 and you may pick up some more recs.

      You might also check out Daniel Vaughn’s Full Custom BBQ Blog to see if he has any finds any where along the route.

      There is, of course, the famous Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church BBQ in Huntsville but I’m not sure of the hours or days so you’ll have to look it up.

      1. We make the trip 6-7 times each fall and the options are mediocre at best. As said, once you pass the Woodlands things get slim. Texas Burger in Huntsville just isn't as good as back in the day when the chain was small. Woody's in Centerville is a place we always stop to get a snack of jerky - probably the worlds best jerky. Not to be missed and they have a location on both sides of I-45. Their restaurant is only fair. We've stopped at Bubba's BBQ in Ennis and it's pretty good but be aware very Texas old school (which we like). Next best would be Collin's Street Bakery Sandwich shop in Corsicana, yes the same bunch that makes the fruit cakes. We have never been to New Zion BBQ, would like to but since we always return to Houston on Sundays we're out of luck. The food scene in Dallas is incredible so enjoy yourself when you get there!

        1. There's not much worth eating on the trip from Dallas to Houston. If you don't mind adding an hour or two to your Journey you could take I35 towards Austin. There is the Stagecoach Inn at Salado (aka "The Athens of Texas"). I haven't eaten here for many years and recent reviews have been less kind, but it used to be an experience. Further down to Austin head East for Lockhart - this small town has 3 excellent Barbecue places (way better than anything you will find in Houston) Kreusze, Smitty's and Blacks - all worth a visit. Continuing past Lockhart will get you to I10 and you take that to Houston.

          1. I'm tempted on the way back to bring a cooler with dry ice and stop in Ennis exit 253 iirc and bring back ice cream from Braums.