Austin to Houston
Royers Round Top Café (address and info)
Chicken-fried steak? Check. Grilled rack of lamb? Check. Pecan, junkberry, chocolate chip pie? Oh yes indeed. A destination all its own, the kitschy café makes the tiny detour off 290 worth it.
Budare Arepa Express (address and info)
Within the hellhole of suburbia that is Katy, find authentic Venezuelan food like arepas, empanadas, and cachapas. If you’ve never had an arepa or cachapa before, be prepared for a corn-tastic, sandwich-like treat with cheese and shredded meat. Pabellón, here we come!
Hruska’s (address and info)
Ellinger doesn’t get half the hype that West gets for its kolaches, but you’ll still find some killer combinations (strawberry & cream cheese, jalapeño-sausage & cheese) at this stop, as well as juicy burgers, and more than a few gifts for the road. Everyone needs some wind chimes and a sock monkey wearing a Longhorn shirt.
Buc-ee's (address and info)
What would a road trip be without the carnival of delights that is this trumped-up truck stop? Give in to deliciousness like trail mix, sesame sticks, and the "Holy Beaver Nuggets": a sweet-salty caramel treat whose name keeps away the faint of heart.