Central Texas: City Market, Luling; Black's, Lockhart; Kreutz, Lockhart- all excellent for Q as usual; Monument Cafe, Georgetown (CFS).
Between here and there: Vencik's Smokehouse, East Bernard: sausages and kolaches, worth a 120 mile round trip from Houston to stock up on sausages. Ruthie's, Navasota: brisket, sausage (Elgin hot guts), mutton ribs, this place is okay but not worth a 150 mile round trip from Houston. Consider it if you're visiting in nearby Bryan-College Station or touring Blue Bell at Brenham.
Fort Worth: Massey's for CFS - I don't know if this is the gold standard for CFS but it was awfully good and I loved the cute young waitress calling me 'hon.' Kincaid's - the burger; everything it's cracked up to be plus awesome onion rings (I've never had onion rings that cruncky and I liked 'em). Steak and Shake in Grapevine - original double and shake - excellent burger. I missed Babe's in Roanoke for fried chicken because it's closed on Monday.
Oklahoma: Johnnie's Grill, El Reno for excellent onion fried burger and coney island with sweet slaw.
Galveston: Leon's World's Finest In and Out BBQ - brisket, 'young and tender ribs,' 'Leon's special stepped-up rice,' - all excellent -this is the best bbq on the island and one of the best of the East Texas/Southern Black style of bbq. Benno's on the Beach - good Gulf Coast counter service seafood joint on Seawall Blvd overlooking the surf. Roger's Malt Shoppe (Dickinson) - so-so 50s burgers in a place that needed cleaning.
Closer to home, right here in Houston I made my first visits ever to Pig Stand # 7 for the CFS and pig sandwich. Great CFS but I wasn't that impressed with the pig sandwich. I've been hitting a lot of other local road food places recently with camera and notepad getting ready to post some reviews (I hope).
Many of the places you mention are on my list of places to check out... I'm making my list, and checking it twice My name ain't Santa & bbq reindeer is nice eating on the backroads is a roll of the dice Texas women are a favorite & so is their bbq spice
I've been writing down a list of some of the more interesting places to eat that I see spotlighted on popular TV shows...and there sure are a lot in Texas...and a roadtrip down there during winter is a possibility...
Another Idea I had is a BBQ expedition via Amtrak...maybe the California Zephyr (Amtrak version) from the SF Bay Area to Chicago...??? Anyway, places I've eaten at this summer
include: Jimmy's Roadhouse 70
, Plumas County, California...I had the French Dip last week... Paco's Tacos
, Mendocino County, California... Taqueria Bravo
, Mendocino County, California... Lumberjacks
, Mendocino County, California...(Negative Review
) Western Pacific Depot Cafe
, Butte County, California... Puerto Vallarta, Calistoga
, Napa County, California Samoa Cookhouse
, Humboldt County, California Ruby's
, Shasta County, California Broiler Steakhouse
, Mendocino County, California Lena's
, Plumas County, California... Gold City
, Butte County, California...
And the 2011 summer isn't over yet...still more places to visit & eat...
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