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bulletBABE'S, Roanoke, TX. Location: 104 N. Oak, Roanoke, about 3 blks south of Hwy. 114. Now this is a great CHICKEN restaurant! Family style with plates piled high with delicious all-you-can-eat chicken and the trimmings. If chicken fried steak is your thing, Babe's is prepared "home style" -- not tenderized but cut steak with each piece hand breaded. Babe's is housed in a 1908 blacksmith shop with lot's of "stuff" hangin' on the walls. Hours: 4:30pm-9:00, Tues-Sat; 11:00am-3:00 on Sundays. Babe's popularity brings crowds every evening, but it's worth the short wait. Ratings: Food: 9, Service: 9, Motorcycle Ambience: 10
bulletBACON'S, Hurst, TX Location: 737 Grapevine Hwy., Hurst (just north of Harwood). Tel: 817-281-5911. Home Cooking at it's best! Bill Taylor says, "Our family has made Bacon's a favorite breakfast place for several years. Outstanding omelettes, muffins, etc. The gal that owns Bacon's pampers everyone. It's a favorite of the Colleyville ritzy crowd. So popular they doubled the seating capacity last year (thank goodness) You'll love it! Ratings: Food: 9, Service: 9, Motorcycle Ambience: 5
bullet(The) BEE HIVE, Albany, TX. Location: About 1/2 mile from downtown Albany going toward Abilene on the south side of the road. Tel: 915-762-3034. Albany may be a bit too far for a casual bike ride from the "MetroMess," but this restaurant needs to be on any good restaurant list. The Bee Hive is open for lunch, but if you like shrimp (Thursdays) or steak (Friday and Saturdays), this is one of the best. All the shrimp you can eat, fried and boiled, for about $20. They keep bringing it until you explode, and it is excellent!! You need to be at the restaurant right at 6:00pm unless you want to wait forever to eat!!
bulletBUTTERMILK CAFE AND MARKET, North Dallas Location: 17604 Dallas Parkway, North Dallas. Tel: 972-267-2110. The new Buttermilk Café and Market is tasty as mom’s apple pie and then some. This casual dining-make that home cookin’-restaurant is part of the III Forks empire just off Trinity Mills and Dallas North Tollway. It's a combination diner, gift shop and slice of Americana. It feels like a soda shop on one side with a lunch counter and big overstuffed booths. The dining room-on the other side-could be a roadside café in Smalltown, USA. The crowds are flocking here, because the food is stick to your ribs good. Expect a short wait during peak lunchtime, but the turnover is pretty quick. (Description supplied by KRLD's restaurant reviewer.)
bulletTHE CACTUS FLOWER, Alliance Airport, North Ft Worth Location: 2401 W. Port Parkway (south end of Alliance Airport) Tel: 817-491-9524. Good restaurant primarily for breakfast and lunch because they're only open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. Huge portions. The chicken fried steak plate has two large steaks -- real steak -- not ground meat. Gayle Weaver say she likes their greens and chicken'n'dumplings. Not a regular biker "hang-out," but one Gold Wing group meets there monthly. The condition of the rural roads Alliance is very unpredictable, but there are some new "industrial" roads around the airport that are very nice and afford a great views of the American Airlines facilities. Hours: Sun-Thur: 6:30am-3:00pm, Fri-Sat: 6:30am-9:00pm. Ratings: Food: 7, Service: 6, Motorcycle Ambience: 6
bulletCACTUS FLOWER CAFE (Original), Ft. Worth, TX Location: 509 University Dr., Ft. Worth, Tel: 817-332-9552. Breakfast and Home Cooking. Here's what people say about the Cactus Flower, "Best pot roast in Texas. Friendly staff and comfortable setting. Prices are unusually reasonable." "I've only eaten breakfast there but I can tell you That was the best!!!! They have wonderful hash browns, their biscuits are to die for!!!" "One stands in line to eat so long that it takes all the joy out of it."
bulletCATFISH O'HARLIES, Decatur, TX Location: Just north of Decatur on the west side of Highway 287. Tel: 940-626-4595. A big, new joint that (would you believe) specializes in fish. Hours: 11-9:30 weekdays, 11-10 weekends.
bulletCATFISH PLANTATION, Waxahachie, TX Location: 814 Water St., Waxahachie. Tel: 214-937-9468. Baskets of hush puppies are a highlight. Ratings: Food: 7, Service: 7, Motorcycle Ambience: 7
bulletCLARK'S BBQ, Tioga, TX. Location: Hwy. 377 at Gene Autry Dr., in "Downtown" Tioga, TX. Tel: 817-437-2414. Clark's is a Texas tradition having been lauded in newspaper and magazine articles -- check 'em out they hang in the foyer. This place is serious about its BBQ -- the kitchen is huge and it produces many taste delights. The back roads to Tioga can give you a scenic ride for a slice beef sandwich or ribs. Hours: M-Th 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-9:30, Sun 11-8:30. Ratings: Food: 7, Service: 7, Motorcycle Ambience: 8
bulletCULVER'S, McKinney, TX Location: 1301 S. Central Exprwy at El Dorado Parkway (in a white-stone building next to the cinema multiplex.) Tel: 972-548-7500. Try the old-fashioned-tasting root beer. If sundae's are your thrill you'll find the hot fudge turtle sundae is heavenly, complete with pecans, hot fudge and a cherry on top. Each day, there's a featured custard flavor, such as cappuccino almond fudge, Nestle's swirl or Hershey almond. But Culver's is more than a malt shop. The counter takes orders for "ButterBurgers," crinkle-cut french fries, onion rings, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, chicken tenders, or a delicious grilled chicken-cashew salad. There's a drive-through window, but we suggest you park your cycle and head for the dining room; it's inviting and sparkling clean with its blue and white color scheme. This is one of 88 locations that stretch from the home base of Sauk City, Wis., to Austin.
bulletDOVE CREEK CAFE, Roanoke, TX Location: 204 U.S. 377 N., Roanoke, TX. This is a good, solid, home cooking restaurant and a local favorite. If you're riding around Roanoke it's worth the stop.
bulletFILLING STATION B-B-Q, Mansfield, TX Location: "Business" Hwy 287 about a block north of where it splits with 157 coming out of downtown Mansfield. It's in a little strip shopping center. Tel: 817-473-8783. Good ole fashion B-B-Q joint! Hours: Tues-Sat 10:30-8, closed Sun.
bulletGINGER BROWN'S OLD TYME RESTAURANT & BAKERY, Lake Worth, TX Location: 6312 Lake Worth Blvd., Lake Worth, TX. Tel: 817-237-2114. Home Cooking, Bakery & Breakfast. Here's what people say about Ginger's, "Country home cooking at it's best! Very generous servings and everything was extremely tasty. Will definitely be going back there." "Crowded place without privacy when eating, but has best home cooking, especially their rolls."
bulletGRANBURY CAFE, Granbury, TX Location: 425 E Pearl St., Granbury. Tel: 817-573-6338. Cuisine: American & Chinese. Good breakfast. Hours: M-F 7-2; Sat 7-2, 5-8:30; Sun Bkfst 8-11am.
bulletHOGAN'S COFFEE SHOP & DELI, Crowley, TX. Location: 800 N. Crowley Road at FM 1187. Tel: 817-297-1755 This place feels as homey and friendly as the little town. The front half is a parlor filled with antiques, magazines and games; the back half is a kitchen where Mrs. Hogan slices, dices and cooks while visiting with customers. The menu is short and sweet. Come early and you can try a fresh-made breakfast burrito: potato, egg and cheese or sausage, egg and cheese. The first is made with red-jacket spuds; the second holds just enough crumbled spiced sausage. Most sandwiches are $4.50. The veggie sandwich is a real winner; the roast beef is a standout with a heap of deli-sliced beef and lots of nutty Swiss cheese.
bulletJAKE & DOROTHY'S, Stephenville, TX. Location: On the main drag through town, just east of the courthouse a block or two. Renowned for their chicken fried steak. Outstanding! Those who live west of Ft. Worth (and are in the know) rave about J&D's and we're told most try to plan their trips to ball games, meetings, etc. around lunch at the "best eats in Stephenville."
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bulletKINCAID'S, Ft. Worth, TX Location: 4901 Camp Bowie, Ft. Worth, Tel: 817-732-2881. The famous Ft. Worth hamburger joint housed in an old supermarket. Here's what other's say about Kincaid's, "I take all out of town visitors to Kincaid's for a taste of Texas." "The BEST hamburgers in Ft Worth...and I eat a lot of hamburgers." "I think this restaurant is the best dadgum hamburger place there is in the whole world. I have been going there since I was a baby because they have extraordinary service, people, and atmosphere." "The service is on the ball especially call ins." "If you love hamburgers like I do, you'll not be disappointed."
bulletLINDA'S OTHER PLACE, Glen Rose, TX. Location 103 W Elm, (on the south side of the downtown square) Glen Rose, TX. (Not too close to the nuclear reactor) Food here is so good they don't need an outdoor sign so you have to hunt for the door -- look carefully you just might miss it. Hours: Tues-Thur 7:00am-2:00pm. Fri-Sat 7:00am-9:00pm. For the tastiest melt in your mouth Prime Rib be there on Friday night or for finger-lickin' catfish stop by Saturday night. By the way, the homemade pies are to die for. Ratings: Food 9 1/2, Service 9, Motorcycle Ambiance: 9
bulletMAMA'S DAUGHTER'S DINER, Mesquite, TX. Location: 2015 N. Galloway, Mesquite, TX. Tel: 972-289-6262. Home Cooking! Here's what people say about Mama's: "Good food, people." "Every time my husband and I want a good meal out and at a great price, we always say Mama's Daughters! The service is quick and you get large portions. We highly recommend it to all." "Excellent home cooking with great, friendly service and they are FAST!"
bulletMARKET DINER (ORIGINAL), Dallas, TX. Location: 4434 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Tel: 214-521-0992. Tops the chart in Dallas home cooking. Professional reviewer Ed Bamberger rates it 5 Stars. He says, "Virtually everything I've eaten here is delicious, served hot and arrives in lightning speed. Prices are incredibly inexpensive -- downright cheap if you ask me -- and the daily specials are worth checking out. Check out the chicken and dumplings or the chicken pot pie. Their meat loaf can't be beat. Breakfast is always served. This place is NOT to be missed!" Ratings: Food 10, Service 10, Motorcycle Ambiance: 7
bulletMASSEY'S, Ft. Worth, TX Location: 1805 8th Ave., Ft. Worth, Tel: 817-921-5582. Home Cooking! Here's what folks say about Massey's, "Fantastic home cooking just like mom used to make only without the lumps."
bulletMATTIE'S CAFE ON THE SQUARE, Decatur, TX. Location: 201 W. Main (on the corner across the street from the town square), Decatur, TX. Tel: 817-627-1522. This is a favorite destination for the DFW Freedom Rider's Saturday lunch bunch. The perfect distance from the MetroMess for lunch ride. It's a fine old Texas Cafe where the locals get their grub. Hope you have better luck then James Weaver in getting a piece of cherry pie! Ratings: Food: 6, Service: 6, Motorcycle Ambience: 8
bullet(The) MESQUITE PIT, Weatherford, TX. Location: About a mile east of courthouse square on Business Hwy.180 (on the north side of the highway). True West Texas BBQ. Excellent! Always a crowd. The owners use to have a restaurant in Breckenridge, and they were so popular that many from Breckenridge often trek east to Weatherford to eat at The Mesquite Pit.
bulletMG's CLASSIC BURGERS, McKinney, TX Location: 1211 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, Tel: 972-542-0600. Here's what folks say about MG's, "This place has very good food and is worth a drive. On the Wrong side of town but don't that take away from the charm this little eating place."
bulletNIESTER'S RESTAURANT & DELI, Granbury, TX Location: 4426 E. Highway 377, Granbury. Tel: 817-573-0211. This place is a favorite of J.J. and other DFW Freedom Rider's. Great breakfast and a deli lunch to ride for. Try the big plate luncheon specials, the sausage plate, ham plate, etc. Ah, and for those who love sauerkraut.... Ratings: Food: 9, Service: 8, Motorcycle Ambience: 8
bulletPARIS COFFEE SHOP, Ft. Worth, TX Location: 700 W. Magnolia, Ft. Worth, Tel: 817-335-2041. Here's what folks have to say about the Paris, "When we visit Ft. Worth the Paris Coffee Shop is a MUST. The decor, the food, the wait staff can't be duplicated. One becomes part of "the family" when dining at this "fine" establishment." "The food makes me feel like I'm at Grandma's house again. And I can never eat it all, just like at Grandma's."
bulletPEEL COUNTRY STEAKS, Waxahachie, TX Location: Waxahachie. Tel: 817-573-0211. "Wonderful place," according to James & Gayle Weaver. They add, "We really like it!" Peel Country is in flea market/antique mall; not on the highway. Great home-style cooking. Not a current "hang-out" for motorcyclists, but a place has that biker-feel. There are also plenty of good back roads in the area. Ratings: Food 9, Service 9, Motorcycle Ambiance: 8
bulletRANCHMAN'S CAFE, Ponder, TX. Location: "Downtown" Ponder TX, 1/2 blk. off Hwy 156, about 7 miles north of Justin. The Ranchman's is "Texas Chic." On Friday and Saturday evenings the Mercedes from Dallas and Ft. Worth line the street, but don't let it scare you away -- they're just getting "down." Through the tattered screen door (they replace it with rusted, torn screen when the old door gets in too much falls off) is some great tasting steak. Believe it or not, Conde Nast named the Ranchman's one of the best 10 steak houses in the world! (It's good, but the reviewer must have been liquored up after finding his way to Ponder). Great lunchtime hamburgers and lot's of other good eats. Ratings: Food: 8, Service: 7, Motorcycle Ambience: 9
bulletRED, HOT, AND BLUE Several DFW Locations
The food is great, the atmosphere is great and the prices are good!  They play Blues Music and have musical instruments and pics from famous Blues musicians hung up on the walls. The place definitley has atmosphere and character.   Some of their dishes include the "Pulled Pig" sandwhich, ( I like mine Memphis style with the "slaw" on it), wet or dry ribs,  and a favorite of mine,,,the baked potatoe with BBQ  beef  !!!!     The only problem you  might
encounter there is lunchtime, you may have to wait 10 mins for a table but it is worth it, well worth it !!!  You wont leave this place hungry !
bulletROCKETT CAFE, Rockett, TX. Location: On Hwy. 813 about 6 miles NE of Hwy. 287 and Waxahachie. Nothing fake here; the Rockett Cafe is an original. Housed in what once was Rockett's center of commerce, an old gas station, this huge building has been expanded to make a large comfortable dining room. The house speciality -- enormous chicken fried steak that will lap over your plate (tip -- split one with a friend). Upon departing, head north on the blacktop that dead ends at the restaurant; a scenic curvy road leading to Red Oak and I-35E. Ratings: Food: 8, Service: 8, Motorcycle Ambience: 9
bulletSHED CAFE, Edom, Tx. Location: "Downtown Edom" at FM 279 & FM 314. Tel: 903-852-7791. The great tradition of East Texas food; yummy with plenty of rustic ambience. James Weaver calls it "Fabulous and a must stop on any East Texas tour." Absolutely home cooking. The neighborhood ladies come in on the weekends to cook. They have a chalk board with the pies listed - as they run out of one kind, they erase that one from the board; there are audible groans when they do. On Sunday's you best be there by 11:30 am before the church crowd invades or you won't get any pie, let alone a place to sit. Popular with the "Wingers," the Shed is about a 2-1/2 hour ride from DFW. You have to tolerate the nasty drive around Dallas but there are good country roads once you get into the piney woods. Ratings: Food:10, Service: 9, Motorcycle Ambiance: 8
bulletSTAGECOACH INN, Salado, TX. Location: On the East frontage Road of I-35. Doesn't everyone know this place? If not, you must be from "Up North!" A Texas tradition. Excellent food every time!
bulletSOLLY'S B-B-Q, Addison, TX Location: Belt Line at Addison Road. Tel: 972-387-2900. If you're crazy enough to ride your bike in the congested northern part of the "MetoMess," then you deserve a good meal. Solly's BBQ is the place. It's a tradition; first opening its doors in 1945. Personal opinion, Solly's could have the best sliced beef on Texas toast anywhere. Southern Living magazine says, "This is a relaxed, happy place...the BBQ plates are fine, especially the lean, smoked turkey breast...the famous potato salad looks like mashed potatoes and tastes like heaven." Hours: Mon-Sat, 11-8. Ratings: Food:10, Service:10 (buffet), Motorcycle Ambience: 7
bulletSUSANNAH'S, Weatherford, TX Location: 1301 South Main St., Weatherford. Tel: 817-594-3002. Good home-style cookin' for lunch and dinner. Hours: 11-9:30 every day.
bulletTOUCH OF GERMANY, Glen Rose, TX. Location: Glen Rose, TX. Tel: 254-897-3521.
bulletTHUNDERBIRD, Hillsboro, TX Location: On the west side of I-35 connected to the motel. Tel: 254-582-3600. This is an old roadside cafe; a tradition for a looong time. It's a favorite of local bikers. The Waxahachie Gold Wing group used to meet here. If you ride the Interstate it's worth the stop for a good breakfast or lunch. Rating: Food: 7, Service: 7, Motorcycle Ambience: 8 UNDERWOOD'S CAFETERIA, Brownwood, TX. Location: Coming into town from Ft Worth (On 67, I think) at the traffic circle, bear to the right. It will be on the left about 4 blocks. Tel: 915-646-1776. Not true West Texas BBQ, but still very good. Also have chicken fried steak, fried chicken, sausage, ribs; all are excellent. It's crowded on the weekends. If you can't then plan for an early or late lunch and hope that a tour bus has not stopped.
bulletVAUGN'S CATFISH, located on hwy 21 and fm127 between the cities of Winnsboro,  Pittsburgh, Mt Vernon, and Mt Pleasant.
bulletWEST END GRILLE, Cleburne, TX Location: 1629 W. Henderson (from Dallas on Hwy. 67 through downtown Cleburne, then about 2-1/2 miles. It's on the left just past Kroger). Tel: 817-558-3663. One motorcyclist writes the "Biker Gourmet" and declares, "A buffet to die for!!" Hours: 11:00-9:00, Sun-Thur; 11:00-10:00, Fri-Sat

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