Stop #1: Grab a treat from Round Rock Donuts
Stop #3: Enjoy a world famous kolache in West
STOP #1. ROUND ROCK DONUTS
Round Rock Donuts is the perfect place to get some food fuel for the drive. Sitting just 25 minutes up I-35 from the center of Austin, Round Rock Donuts has been around since the 1940’s and is famous for its yellow-orange colored donuts as well as its Texas-sized donut aka 12 donuts in one. These treats are made with yeast, giving them a bread-like texture. It is definitely worth the stop!
STOP #2: MAGNOLIA MARKET
Made famous by their HGTV show Fixer Upper, Waco residents, Chip & Joanna Gaines made their beautiful white market—full of home goods, garden supplies, decor and more—a place for people to visit from all over the country. Dallasites and Austinites, alike, are lucky because it sits smack dab in the middle of each city. That means it’s the perfect half-way point for Austinites to stretch their legs on their journey to Dallas. Enjoy some of the several food trucks, have fun with the lawn games or shop around and take home a treasure!
STOP #3: CZECH STOP
No road trip to Dallas is complete without a kolache from the famous Czech Stop! Located in West, Texas (not to be confused with West Texas; that comma makes a big difference), the Czech Stop sits right off of I-35 at Exit 353! There are dozens of different types of sweet and savory kolaches to choose from. And the best part? It’s open 24/7, even on holidays, so you can stop in no matter what time you are heading to Dallas!
STOP #4: HISTORIC WAXAHACHIE
Waxahachie sits about 45 minutes from DFW right off of I-35, so it’s just a short drive off the highway to the historic center! From its charming buildings to its many festivals, the town attracts thousands of visitors each year. Before your drive, check out the Waxahachie events calendar where you can join the fun during a Mardi Gras Parade or a Crape Myrtle Festival (the town is famous for its street-lined Crape Myrtles) and even World War II Reenactments.
Two iconic places, one city. If you are hungry, head to the famous Tex-Mex joint Joe T. Garcias that’s been around since 1935. It is massive with an inside area and multiple patios that can fit hundreds of people looking to enjoy a margarita and great food. Joe T’s keeps it simple when it comes to ordering. Choose from two items: fajitas or enchiladas, and then pay in cash at the end. If you are there for lunch or brunch, there is a slightly more expanded menu. The atmosphere coupled with the quality food, makes this place a must (and worth the wait if there’s a line).
If you’re looking for some live music and dancing, head to the biggest honky tonk in the world, Billy Bob’s Texas! There’s always something going on from line dancing lessons to concerts to bull riding to murder mystery dinners. Make sure to check the schedule too, as the venue gets some really big country acts too!
Billy Bob’s Texas; Courtesy: @kinzibeckham
Austinites might claim to have some of the best tacos in Texas, but they probably haven’t been to El Come Taco yet. Take our recommendation and see for yourself when you arrive in Dallas. This tiny, hole-in-the-wall taqueria has been serving authentic Mexico City tacos since 2013. Make sure to order the pastor and a Pollo a la Mexicana!
If it’s music you’re seeking in the Big D, The Rustic is a place perfect for out-of-towners. With live music almost every night to giant beers and margaritas, an expansive patio and great Western vibes, this is a quintessential Dallas and Texas bar not to be missed!