Real Roadfood North of Dallas - US 75
US 75 (Central Expressway to Dallasites) runs north to the Oklahoma border and beyond. It runs through Van Alstyne which like many small towns on Texas highways has greatly expanded city limits since the days when I was young. I think Van Alstyne has three exits from the limited access highway. One of the exits, perhaps the middle one, is for Stephens Road, Exit 50. One of the businesses at the intersection is a Shell station. At the edge of the parking lot on the highway side is a small free standing trailer which is a BBQ stand. The Shell is on the east side of the road, so convenient if driving north.
This is not the best Texas BBQ I've had but it is good and greatly satisfied an ex-Texas resident headed north from DFW last Friday night. The portions were large. Most sandwiches were $3.50 and the sausage was good. There was a special for a boneless rib meat sandwich at $3.00 including tax and it was good. I would judge that the ribs there are nicely trimmed if the chopped rib meat was any indication.
I don't know the name of the place, or the proprieter's name. If you are northbound, there is a small sign on the side of the road, not on the "food at exit" sign for cross roads. I did not see a sign for the south bound lane on my return. By Googling the Van Alstyne C of C, I found the following:
SMOKEY G'S BBQ
803 Stephens St. By the Shell Gas Station
Van Alstyne, TX 75495
In short, I think this is an example of "true" roadfood: literally beside the road, inexpensive, and good. I think the operator is working hard and deserves business. Its worth a stop. I don't get that way very often any more, but I hope to find the place again on a future trip.