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10 Restaurants Worth a Drive From Dallas

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Considering the incredible abundance of dining options within the Dallas city limits, it’s easy to slip into a routine of going to the same ol’ comfortable neighborhood spots week after week. But it’s time to break out of that routine, because venturing outside of the Big D can be ridiculously delicious.

Should you find yourself with a free day, a full tank of gas, and nothing to do, head out on one of these culinary road trips. All located just a few hours away from the metroplex, these 11 eateries are worth the drive.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

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658 County Road 1334
Pittsburg, TX
(903) 855-1769
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This sleepy East Texas winery is perfect for forcibly unplugging yourself from the world, because it’s totally out in the middle of nowhere. Inside its humble building, though, find excellently-prepared, straightforward dishes (think lobster nachos and meatball pasta) from Chef (and Dallas restaurant scene vet) Enam Chowdhury, who sources some of the produce in his kitchen from Pittsburgh’s own Comeback Creek, a favorite of Dallas chefs like Matt McCallister and Graham Dodds.

2. Great Scott

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1701 Cross Roads Dr
Grapevine, TX

Considering its motto, “praise the pig,” it’s not a total shock that this Grapevine restaurant is totally obsessed with pork. House-cured charcuterie is made with Heritage-breed animals and locally-grown produce, while larger plates offer up some of the finest cuts of meat from Texas and beyond, like Hereford ribeye (served with huitlacoche!) and apple-braised Duroc pork chops.

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760 W Ralph Hall Pkwy
Rockwall, TX

For folks who are seriously depressed that the iconic burger from former Lower Greenville restaurant Remedy is gone, a miracle awaits about 22 miles east of Dallas on I-30. In Rockwall, Chef Danyele McPherson is still serving up that iconic burger, along with plenty of non-burger options like salads and Fritos chili pie.

4. Dairy Palace

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2301 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, TX
(903) 567-6551
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Located just off I-20 near the famous First Monday Trade Days, Dairy Palace is a charming, old-school burger joint with a bevy of ice creams. It’s open 24 hours, which means that you can score a double cheeseburger (made with beef or buffalo) and creamy, spoon-thick shakes any damn time you please.

5. Ketzler's Schnitzel Haus & Biergarten

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Situated in the middle of Grandbury’s charming Downtown, Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus is like a trip to Germany for your mouth. Schnitzels, sausages, spaetzle, and funky housemade sauerkraut await, along with a Reuben sandwich that is worth the drive on its own.

6. Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue

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525 S Beckham Ave
Tyler, TX
(903) 593-0311
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Opened in 1959, Stanley’s is home to some of the state’s finest East Texas-style barbecue. Order brisket and ribs by the pound, or enjoy these perfectly smoked meats atop a stuffed baked potato or Fritos chili pie. Even better: wrap ‘em up in a tortilla with Stanley’s breakfast burritos and tacos.

7. Roast Social Kitchen

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1125 E 5th St
Tyler, TX
(903) 202-0295
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Heading east? Make it a point to stop at this East Texas pizza spot, known for its inventive flavor combinations. Try the “Breakfast for Dinner” pie, topped with Fontina cheese, speck, scrambled eggs, and a hearty dash of Louisiana hot sauce, or perhaps the “Da Kine,” topped with coppa, toasted coconut, and arbol chile glaze. Be sure to save room for dessert — the lavender cheesecake with Earl Grey whipped cream is on point.

8. Sinclair

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A relatively new spot from Chef Sonya Coté, Sinclair brings what it describes as “true farm-to-table food” to this sleepy town about 35 miles outside of Waco. Look forward to dishes like bacon-wrapped quail legs grilled with Texas honey and jalapeno, and housemade venison sausage served with sauerkraut and blackberry Dijon mustard. When the weather's nice, grab a spot on the patio and a glass of wine before hitting the road.

9. Miller's Smokehouse

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208 N Penelope St
Belton, TX
(254) 939-5500
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A spot on Texas Monthly’s hallowed list of the state’s best barbecue joints, Miller’s Smokehouse is an institution. The smoked meats are so excellent, in fact, that even Chuck Norris counts himself a fan of Miller’s. Don’t forget to save room for fresh pastries, baked in-house by Momma Miller.

10. Franklin Barbecue

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900 E 11th St
Austin, TX
(512) 653-1187
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The mecca of meat, Austin’s Franklin Barbecue is an essential stop for any Texan. Waiting in the restaurant’s lengthy line (it’s BYOB!) is a rite of passage, and the brisket that awaits is totally worth a few hours of hanging out with strangers.

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1. Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

658 County Road 1334, Pittsburg, TX

This sleepy East Texas winery is perfect for forcibly unplugging yourself from the world, because it’s totally out in the middle of nowhere. Inside its humble building, though, find excellently-prepared, straightforward dishes (think lobster nachos and meatball pasta) from Chef (and Dallas restaurant scene vet) Enam Chowdhury, who sources some of the produce in his kitchen from Pittsburgh’s own Comeback Creek, a favorite of Dallas chefs like Matt McCallister and Graham Dodds.

658 County Road 1334
Pittsburg, TX

2. Great Scott

1701 Cross Roads Dr, Grapevine, TX

Considering its motto, “praise the pig,” it’s not a total shock that this Grapevine restaurant is totally obsessed with pork. House-cured charcuterie is made with Heritage-breed animals and locally-grown produce, while larger plates offer up some of the finest cuts of meat from Texas and beyond, like Hereford ribeye (served with huitlacoche!) and apple-braised Duroc pork chops.

1701 Cross Roads Dr
Grapevine, TX

3. Standard Service

760 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX

For folks who are seriously depressed that the iconic burger from former Lower Greenville restaurant Remedy is gone, a miracle awaits about 22 miles east of Dallas on I-30. In Rockwall, Chef Danyele McPherson is still serving up that iconic burger, along with plenty of non-burger options like salads and Fritos chili pie.

760 W Ralph Hall Pkwy
Rockwall, TX

4. Dairy Palace

2301 N. Trade Days Blvd., Canton, TX

Located just off I-20 near the famous First Monday Trade Days, Dairy Palace is a charming, old-school burger joint with a bevy of ice creams. It’s open 24 hours, which means that you can score a double cheeseburger (made with beef or buffalo) and creamy, spoon-thick shakes any damn time you please.

2301 N. Trade Days Blvd.
Canton, TX

5. Ketzler's Schnitzel Haus & Biergarten

Granbury, TX

Situated in the middle of Grandbury’s charming Downtown, Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus is like a trip to Germany for your mouth. Schnitzels, sausages, spaetzle, and funky housemade sauerkraut await, along with a Reuben sandwich that is worth the drive on its own.

6. Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue

525 S Beckham Ave, Tyler, TX

Opened in 1959, Stanley’s is home to some of the state’s finest East Texas-style barbecue. Order brisket and ribs by the pound, or enjoy these perfectly smoked meats atop a stuffed baked potato or Fritos chili pie. Even better: wrap ‘em up in a tortilla with Stanley’s breakfast burritos and tacos.

525 S Beckham Ave
Tyler, TX

7. Roast Social Kitchen

1125 E 5th St, Tyler, TX

Heading east? Make it a point to stop at this East Texas pizza spot, known for its inventive flavor combinations. Try the “Breakfast for Dinner” pie, topped with Fontina cheese, speck, scrambled eggs, and a hearty dash of Louisiana hot sauce, or perhaps the “Da Kine,” topped with coppa, toasted coconut, and arbol chile glaze. Be sure to save room for dessert — the lavender cheesecake with Earl Grey whipped cream is on point.

1125 E 5th St
Tyler, TX

8. Sinclair

Clifton, TX

A relatively new spot from Chef Sonya Coté, Sinclair brings what it describes as “true farm-to-table food” to this sleepy town about 35 miles outside of Waco. Look forward to dishes like bacon-wrapped quail legs grilled with Texas honey and jalapeno, and housemade venison sausage served with sauerkraut and blackberry Dijon mustard. When the weather's nice, grab a spot on the patio and a glass of wine before hitting the road.

9. Miller's Smokehouse

208 N Penelope St, Belton, TX

A spot on Texas Monthly’s hallowed list of the state’s best barbecue joints, Miller’s Smokehouse is an institution. The smoked meats are so excellent, in fact, that even Chuck Norris counts himself a fan of Miller’s. Don’t forget to save room for fresh pastries, baked in-house by Momma Miller.

208 N Penelope St
Belton, TX

10. Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St, Austin, TX
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The mecca of meat, Austin’s Franklin Barbecue is an essential stop for any Texan. Waiting in the restaurant’s lengthy line (it’s BYOB!) is a rite of passage, and the brisket that awaits is totally worth a few hours of hanging out with strangers.

900 E 11th St
Austin, TX

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