I10 I20 are lacking!

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I10 I20 are lacking!

Spent the last few weeks driving between Los Angeles and Texas.
I was able to to check in here a few times but decided to post when we got home.
I knew I wanted to eat at several places where I had meals in the past and I hit them all!
First I wanted something I'd only heard about.  Left the house at 6AM and drove through Tucson around 2PM stopping for a Sonoran Hot Dog at El Guero Canelo.  I heard that if I was going to have one, that was the place.
Luckily it wasn't far from I10.

The offered standard Mexican fare but I was there for the Sonoran.
The inside of El Guero Canelo reminded me of a school cafeteria.  Very sterile without much atmosphere.  From the look of those red ribbon things (what are they called?) they must get crowds at times.  I was lucky.

I ordered one Sonoran to go.  I was asked if i wanted it with everything and I answered affirmatively.
My Sonoran Hot Dog:

Ordinarily I would never order a hot dog with tomatoes, pinto beans, mayonnaise or ketchup.  However, if I was going to try one, I wanted it authentic.  Underneath those tomatoes there was a bacon wrapped beef hot dog, grilled onion and diced, charred poblano chili pieces... and mustard all stuffed into a Bolillo Roll.
I guess they only do the mayonnaise squiggle if you're eating in.
It was OMG Good!  I should have purchased two of them.  The combination of flavors in that roll were outstanding.  I thought I might hit El Guero Canelo on our way home, but we hit Tucson at rush hour and I just didn't want to fight to get off I10 and then back on.
We got to our night's stop, Las Cruces at night and it was dark. I don't like driving around in the dark when I don't know where i am.  So, there was a Whataburger right across the street from our motel.  Why not?  We don't have them in Los Angeles.  I like hitting fast food places that are foreign to California.
I kept it simple.  Burger, fries, soft drink and for a change up... a fried lemon pie.  It met every expectation and need.

I purchased some wonderful Mortadella with pistachios at Costco before we left and we snacked on it and string cheese on the road.  I hope they have it the next time I visit.
Next on my list was Pop's Plaace in Denison, Texas which is just south of the Oklahoma border between Dallas and Oklahoma City.  We've been there a few times in the past and they didn't disappoint.  Pop's has some of the finest chicken fried steak I've had.  The creamed corn was probably out of a can.  Wrong choice for a side on my part.


I ate the dessert before even thinking of taking a picture.  Pecan Cobbler.  Try it if you've never had it.
Next on my list and also in Denison was Jone's Family Barbecue.

We'd also been there several times before.  I had the babybacks and Sharon had the ham.

Home run with the ribs!  Smokey, moist and fall off the bone delicious.
What I found curious was the condiment bar.  I'd never seen butter served this way.

I think it was butter.
They had just put out a new pan of peach cobbler so that was my choice for dessert.

The family all went to the Choctaw Casino after dinner and I put some pennies in a slot.  Eighteen pennies in and $30.20 out!  Icing on the Cake!

Sherman, Texas has a Golden Corral which was really good the last time we were there.  This time it was not.  There won't be a next time.
A new one for us was El Pueblo Cafe in Sherman.

I ordered something different than my standard enchilada and chile relleno.  The chipotle shrimp caught my eye.  They were great!

One of the family members ordered loaded nachos and I had to take a picture of it.  Not the nachos that I'm used to.  Just one flat torilla and I believe it was a flour tortilla.

Next on my must have list was Sonic.  You heard it right.  It would take me over an hour to get to my nearest Sonic and it's not a destination place to say the least.  I go there for the drinks (Lemon Cream Slush and Cherry Limeade) but to eat I had a footlong.

A few bites and I pulled the hot dog out of the bun and ate the bun with mustard and grilled onions.  My drinks (yes, I order two) did the job!
Drove down to Plano, Texas one day to take Sharon's daughter out for her birthday.  Went back to Norma's.  I'd remembered the macaroni and cheese being spectacular.  A side of macaroni and to balance the calorie scale I ordered the wedge salad.  I think I was wrong about the macaroni and cheese.  It was good, but not spectacular.


We were there on Monday.  Wednesday was National Pie Day and they were giving away a free slice with lunch.  Two days too early!  No pie for us.  They only serve cream pies.

Next up was a steak dinner at Texas Roadhouse.  We were taken out and there was seventeen of us.  I had a ribeye covered with onion petals.  Can't complain as it was just how I like it.

Served with my steak was an amazing sweet potato.

Next on my list was Huck's for Catfish.

There was some interesting catfish art inside.

Huck's never disappoints.  I ordered the combo with fried shrimp and could hardly finish it all.

This time we split one dessert between four of us.  Peach Cobbler.  I think this one was the best.

We drove down to Waco to visit with a friend.  She took us to one of Waco's oldest restaurants.

The Elite, established in 1919. 

I let the menu sway me.  I'd never heard of the famous Texas Ranch Casserole.  Although quite tasty it was a bit rich for me.  Chunks of chicken, onion, chiles and tortilla chips baked with several types of cheese in a tortilla shell.
I forgot to mention the butter.  Yes, the butter that was served with the basket of rolls and corn bread muffins.  The butter was topped with toasted coconut.

The others all ordered the same thing....  chicken fingers.  There must have been two breasts on each plate.  They all swooned over their meals.

On the way home our dinner meal was to be had in Pecos, Texas which is the home of the World's First Rodeo.


I had no idea where to eat in Pecos and the motel clerk was of no help.  I figured I couldn't go wrong with Mexican food and Googled Mexican restaurants in Pecos.  First up and it had 4 out of 5 stars was Alfredo's.

I was stunned by the parking lot.  It was full and it was full of trucks.  Mine was the only car in the lot.
The restaurant was also full of people and we had to wait a minute or two to get seated.  I was hoping that they might be influenced by proximity to New Mexico and I was happy to see that they offered both red and green sauce.  Perfect...  I ordered two enchiladas, one with red and one with green sauce.  The taco wasn't important.  It was the sauce I was after.

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