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Pecan Lodge is just one of those places that people recommend for barbecue in Dallas. Because I live in Southwest Missouri, when I think of barbecue, the first city that pops into mind is Kansas City. Memphis is a close second. But one can’t ignore one of the best contenders for amazing brisket and ribs, a place known for cowboys and cattle drives–Texas. Jeff and I had never experienced Texas barbecue together, so when we took a quick road trip to Dallas, we knew what we had to do. After researching and debating several great prospects, we decided to go with Pecan Lodge. Located in Dallas’s arts district of Deep Ellum, Pecan Lodge fits in well as a fun place to eat while exploring the area. If that wasn’t enough, the barbecue at Pecan Lodge is worth the trek. It’s absolutely delicious. Deep Ellum Deep Ellum is a neighborhood located…

One of the best things about driving along Route 66 is stopping at all the quirky, historic stops along the way, and Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, fits this description perfectly. Who can resist the challenge of the place–finishing a 72-ounce steak and all the fixings in one hour and getting the meal for free? Turns out, we could resist, but that didn’t stop our family from stopping for lunch on a road trip out west. And let me tell you, the smaller steaks are delicious. Even if you’re not hungry, this place is worth a stop to check out the decor and roadside fun. The Big Texan Steak Ranch and Route 66 The original location of The Big Texan Steak Ranch opened in 1960 along Route 66. When I-40 opened, the location was moved, though it’s worth noting that I-40 mostly runs along Route 66, often parallel…

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