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Where To Eat On The Way From Houston To Dallas-Fort Worth

Fresh peaches, barbecue, and beef jerky galore

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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, going back and forth between Dallas and Houston is pretty much a fact of life for any Space City dweller. The four hour trek isn’t too bad as far as Texas road trips are concerned, but you’re bound to work up an appetite as you wind your way down Interstate 45.

Fortunately, there are plenty of spots along the way that will keep you well-fed. Ranging from gas stations with dizzying arrays of snacks to old-school diners and barbecue joints, use this map as your guide to discovering some great hidden gems throughout Texas and (bonus!) skip the fast food drive-through.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kolache Depot

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714 Hornik Rd
Ennis, TX 75119
 (972) 875-9451
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It doesn’t have the same reputation as the hallowed kolache shops in West, TX, but Ennis’ Kolache Depot is a solid stop for sweet and savory pastries. Nearly two dozen different fruit options are on offer (like raspberry, apricot, and prune), along with jalapeno-cheese klobasneks and pockets of dough stuffed with sausage, egg, and potato.

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2. Sam's Restaurant

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197 I5 E
Fairfield, TX
(903) 389-7267
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It’s not right off the highway, but this long-standing Fairfield eatery is definitely worth the detour. Chow down on smoked barbecue, chicken fried steak, or an all-you-can-eat buffet with a rotating selection of offerings (like fried shrimp and plenty of veggies) on the cheap, and don’t forget to finish with one of Sam’s famous pies. Perhaps chocolate cream or peach?

3. Cooper Farms Store

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301 I-45
Fairfield, TX

A retail outpost of a local farm, Cooper Farms is a one stop shop for all things peaches. Cooper’s peaches are grown nearby, and offered in a couple different varieties that are always ripe. Snag a pie or cobbler for when you arrive at your destination, browse the wall of unique bottled sodas from all over the country, and definitely order up a cup or cone of Cooper Farms’ famous peach soft serve.

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4. Woody's Smokehouse

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947 W St. Mary's St
Centerville, TX
(903) 536-9663
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An alternative to the perpetually crowded Buc-ee’s, Woody’s Smokehouse offers an equally dizzying selection of smoked and cured meats, pastries, fudge, jams, preserves, pickles, and road trip snacks. There’s two Woody’s locations in Centerville — one on either side of the highway, and both serve up Woody’s perfectly serviceable barbecue brisket, sausage, and ribs. Don’t forget to snag a few different kinds of beef jerky for the rest of your journey.

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5. Buc-ee's

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205 IH-45 South
Madisonville, TX
(979) 238-6390
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The ultimate road trip mecca, Buc-ee’s is not to be missed. Outside of those world-famous clean bathrooms, the snack selection at Buc-ee’s is beyond impressive. Browse an entire wall of gummy candies, trail mixes, and crunchy snacks, then head immediately to the meat counter for summer sausage, jerky, cheese, and grab-and-go sandwiches. Oh, and definitely don’t forget a bag of those totally addictive, crispy-sweet Beaver Nuggets.

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6. Texas Burger

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2902 E Main St
Madisonville, TX
(936) 348-2723
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National fast food burger chains are pretty blah, but TX Burger offers a solid locally-grown alternative. The chain operates locations in Fairfield, Centerville, and Madisonville, serving up juicy burgers, steak finger baskets, and hand-spun milkshakes. Visiting early in the morning? Grab breakfast tacos.

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7. New Zion Bar-B-Q

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2601 Montgomery Rd
Huntsville, TX
(936) 294-0884
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Locally known as “Church BBQ,” this barbecue joint near the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville has been serving up East Texas-style smoked meats for nearly 50 years. The church’s pastor serves as pitmaster, smoking up solid sausages, chicken and brisket sandwiches that will soothe your belly and your soul. Tip: this spot is only open Thursday through Saturday.

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8. Gyros King

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8975 Highway 242
Conroe, TX

This no-frills Greek eatery on the outskirts of Houston serves up some of the area’s best gyros. Dolmades, spanakopita, saganaki, and hummus are also on offer, along with sandwiches, grinders, and decent Philly cheesesteaks.

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9. B-52 Brewing Company

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12470 Milroy Ln
Conroe, TX
(936) 447-4677
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If you absolutely can’t make it to Houston without stopping for a beer, hit up B-52 Brewing. The dog-friendly patio offers a spot for Fido to stretch his legs, and you can sit back with a pilsner, stout, or IPA before making the rest of the trip.

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10. Corkscrew BBQ

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26608 Keith Street
Spring, TX
(832) 592-1184
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Also on the outskirts of Houston, Spring’s Corkscrew Barbecue has been touted as one of the state’s finest barbecue joints. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Black Angus brisket, turkey breast, and pit smoked barbecue beans absolutely cannot be beaten.

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1. Kolache Depot

714 Hornik Rd, Ennis, TX 75119
Kolache Depot Bakery/Facebook

It doesn’t have the same reputation as the hallowed kolache shops in West, TX, but Ennis’ Kolache Depot is a solid stop for sweet and savory pastries. Nearly two dozen different fruit options are on offer (like raspberry, apricot, and prune), along with jalapeno-cheese klobasneks and pockets of dough stuffed with sausage, egg, and potato.

714 Hornik Rd
Ennis, TX 75119

2. Sam's Restaurant

197 I5 E, Fairfield, TX

It’s not right off the highway, but this long-standing Fairfield eatery is definitely worth the detour. Chow down on smoked barbecue, chicken fried steak, or an all-you-can-eat buffet with a rotating selection of offerings (like fried shrimp and plenty of veggies) on the cheap, and don’t forget to finish with one of Sam’s famous pies. Perhaps chocolate cream or peach?

197 I5 E
Fairfield, TX

3. Cooper Farms Store

301 I-45, Fairfield, TX
Cooper Farms/Facebook

A retail outpost of a local farm, Cooper Farms is a one stop shop for all things peaches. Cooper’s peaches are grown nearby, and offered in a couple different varieties that are always ripe. Snag a pie or cobbler for when you arrive at your destination, browse the wall of unique bottled sodas from all over the country, and definitely order up a cup or cone of Cooper Farms’ famous peach soft serve.

301 I-45
Fairfield, TX

4. Woody's Smokehouse

947 W St. Mary's St, Centerville, TX
Courtesy Woody’s Smokehouse - Northbound/Facebook

An alternative to the perpetually crowded Buc-ee’s, Woody’s Smokehouse offers an equally dizzying selection of smoked and cured meats, pastries, fudge, jams, preserves, pickles, and road trip snacks. There’s two Woody’s locations in Centerville — one on either side of the highway, and both serve up Woody’s perfectly serviceable barbecue brisket, sausage, and ribs. Don’t forget to snag a few different kinds of beef jerky for the rest of your journey.

947 W St. Mary's St
Centerville, TX

5. Buc-ee's

205 IH-45 South, Madisonville, TX
Buc-ee’s/Facebook

The ultimate road trip mecca, Buc-ee’s is not to be missed. Outside of those world-famous clean bathrooms, the snack selection at Buc-ee’s is beyond impressive. Browse an entire wall of gummy candies, trail mixes, and crunchy snacks, then head immediately to the meat counter for summer sausage, jerky, cheese, and grab-and-go sandwiches. Oh, and definitely don’t forget a bag of those totally addictive, crispy-sweet Beaver Nuggets.

205 IH-45 South
Madisonville, TX

6. Texas Burger

2902 E Main St, Madisonville, TX
Texas Burger/Facebook

National fast food burger chains are pretty blah, but TX Burger offers a solid locally-grown alternative. The chain operates locations in Fairfield, Centerville, and Madisonville, serving up juicy burgers, steak finger baskets, and hand-spun milkshakes. Visiting early in the morning? Grab breakfast tacos.

2902 E Main St
Madisonville, TX

7. New Zion Bar-B-Q

2601 Montgomery Rd, Huntsville, TX
Church BBQ/Facebook

Locally known as “Church BBQ,” this barbecue joint near the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville has been serving up East Texas-style smoked meats for nearly 50 years. The church’s pastor serves as pitmaster, smoking up solid sausages, chicken and brisket sandwiches that will soothe your belly and your soul. Tip: this spot is only open Thursday through Saturday.

2601 Montgomery Rd
Huntsville, TX

8. Gyros King

8975 Highway 242, Conroe, TX
Gyros King/Facebook

This no-frills Greek eatery on the outskirts of Houston serves up some of the area’s best gyros. Dolmades, spanakopita, saganaki, and hummus are also on offer, along with sandwiches, grinders, and decent Philly cheesesteaks.

8975 Highway 242
Conroe, TX

9. B-52 Brewing Company

12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX
B-52 Brewing/Facebook

If you absolutely can’t make it to Houston without stopping for a beer, hit up B-52 Brewing. The dog-friendly patio offers a spot for Fido to stretch his legs, and you can sit back with a pilsner, stout, or IPA before making the rest of the trip.

12470 Milroy Ln
Conroe, TX

10. Corkscrew BBQ

26608 Keith Street, Spring, TX
Corkscrew BBQ/Facebook

Also on the outskirts of Houston, Spring’s Corkscrew Barbecue has been touted as one of the state’s finest barbecue joints. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the Black Angus brisket, turkey breast, and pit smoked barbecue beans absolutely cannot be beaten.

26608 Keith Street
Spring, TX

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