The Best BBQ Road Trips in Texas

best bbq joints in texas

While DFW has exceptional BBQ places, if you’re taking a road trip past one of these BBQ joints (or if you’re just a BBQ fanatic and are looking to take a road trip specifically for some good BBQ!), then you owe it to yourself to grab a platter at one of these restaurants. Just be sure to drop by Classic Chevy before you hit the road to  make sure that your vehicle is ready for the trip.

Miller’s Smokehouse

Miller’s Smokehouse, located in Belton, has been serving up their BBQ since 2008. It’s a family run affair, with father and son tending the pits while mom makes desserts. They started out selling sausage wraps part-time out of a meat-processing business before moving on to bigger and better things with a devoted location and expanded menu. These days you can get your hands on brisket, ribs, and house-made beef-and-pork sausages. There’s also smoked turkey, smoked chicken, and pulled pork. After you’re done with your meal, you can always grab some to-go from their meat case, which includes packages of their famous sausages.

Gatlin’s BBQ

Gatlin’s BBQ, located in Houston, is an expansive place run by a former defensive back at Rice University. Open in 2010, Gatlin’s BBQ serves up excellent brisket, but absolutely exceptional  pork ribs. There’s also the selection of sausages, including some game options like venison. Another special point of Gatlin’s is the fusion of Cajun comfort foods, such as dirty rice. It lends the place a unique identity amid so many other BBQ joints that only serve up potato salad and cole slaw.

CorkScrew BBQ

CorkScrew BBQ is located in Spring, Texas, among the charming historic Old Town neighborhood, serves up some of the best BBQ in Texas, hands down. There’s the Black Angus Prime all-natural brisket and beef rib in a black-pepper jacket. Then there’s the Duroc pulled pork. Or the juicy whole chicken. Be sure to check it out if you’re in Spring for whatever reason.

Louie Mueller Barbecue

One of the oldest BBQ joints in Texas, Louie Mueller Barbecue opened way back in 1949. It’s got a long and storied history as far as BBQ joints go. It’s still family-owned and on its third generation of pitmasters. Located in Taylor, Texas, in what used to be a gymnasium, Louie Mueller has honed its menu over decades, serving up delicious beef ribs, peppered brisket, house-made sausages, pork ribs, and pulled pork, among others. If you love good BBQ, you’ll love the phenomenal BBQ at Louie Mueller’s. Don’t pass it up.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next new vehicle. After you take it home, you can then plan your BBQ road trips around Texas.

Start Your Day With a Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

peanut butter banana smoothie

Breakfast smoothies are perfect for days when you don’t have time to put together an elaborate breakfast and just need to get on the road fast. It also means avoiding a fast food place for breakfast, so that’s a plus. Try making one of these two healthy breakfast smoothie recipes the next time you wake up late and need to hit the road fast.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This one’s packed with protein, so you’ll feel full despite the fact that you drank your breakfast through a straw.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (5.3 oz) cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoon peanut butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add milk, yogurt, peanut butter, cinnamon and oats to blender first. Add the frozen banana pieces on top.
  2. Blend and pulse for 1-2 minutes until thick and creamy.
  3. Pour into glass and garnish with oats, if desired.

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

If you’re looking for something healthier, this blueberry spinach smoothie brings the flavor.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey, or to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender, cover with the lid, and whirl until smooth.
  2. Add more milk if needed to reach the desired consistency and taste for sweetness, adjusting as necessary.
  3. Pour into two glasses and enjoy promptly.

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Where to Take Your Valentine Date in DFW

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new Chevy this Valentine’s Day and then pick a great restaurant to take your date to in that new Chevy. Whether you want Tex-Mex, Italian, French or just a classic steak dinner, you have tons of places to choose from.

Bonnell’s

Make reservations at Bonnell’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant that serves creative Texan cuisine including exotic game meats, steaks and seafood, and features a great California wine list. Bonnell’s is located at 4259 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76109. For more information visit bonnellstexas.com, and for reservations call (817) 738-5489.

Nonna

If you are in the mood for Italian, make reservations at Nonna, and enjoy Chef Julian Barsotti’s creations including pastas, salamis and pizzas. You’ll be able to choose from a great wine list and enjoy a wood-burning oven. Reservations are a must. Nonna is located at 4115 Lomo Alto Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75219. For more information visit nonnadallas.com. For reservations call 214-521-1800.

Saint-Emilion Restaurant

If you are ready for a trip to France but your job won’t let you go, make reservations at Saint-Emilion Restaurant for some of the best classic French cuisine and wine. Since the restaurant is in an A-frame home, it’s definitely a special treat and reservations are recommended. Saint-Emilion is located at 3617 West Seventh Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76107. For more information visit saint-emilionrestaurant.com. For reservations call 817-737-2781.

Nick & Sam’s

If steak is your thing, make reservations at Nick & Sam’s to get one of the best steaks in the area. The service matches the quality of the steaks, and you just might see a celebrity dining at the same time as you. Nick & Sam’s is located at 3008 Maple Avenue, Dallas, Texas, 75201. For more information visit nick-sams.com and for reservations, call 214-871-7444.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new Chevy so you can take your date out to a fancy restaurant for the best food in the Dallas area in style. Choose from Chevy sedans, coupes, trucks and S.U.V.s.

Get Your Sweetheart a Chevy for Valentine’s Day

There’s no better Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone than a Chevy. A stylish, dependable, comfortable and powerful new vehicle could easily make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet. These reasons why you should choose a Chevy for your Valentine will have you rushing in to see us at Classic Chevrolet before the big day.

  • Chevy is the highest ranked automobile company in initial quality for midsize sporty car, large car, large CUV, large heavy duty pickup and large light duty pickup, according to JD Power.
  • Chevy’s MyLink Infotainment system makes listening to music and safely using your smartphone easier than ever before.
  • A variety of new Chevy vehicles are available with OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, so drivers and passengers can stay connected on the go.
  • If your special someone is in need of a new pick-up, the Chevy Silverado is one of the most powerful and reliable in the industry. The Silverado 1500 can reach a towing capacity of 12,000 pounds, and the 3500 HD can reach a towing capacity of a stunning 23,200 pounds.
  • You can customize your gift by choosing the perfect exterior and interior colors or pick from a long list of popular options, like premium audio, a rear vision camera, heated seats, and more.
  • Every ride in a Chevy is a comfortable one, with interior luxuries like more cargo space, Apple CarPlay, elegant appointments and more.
  • A Chevy will keep your special someone safe. Chevrolet vehicles can be outfitted with the latest and greatest safety features, like rear cross-traffic alerts, blind zone alerts, a rear vision camera and more.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

You can find an unbelievably low price on a new or used Chevy by shopping right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

You Know You’re from DFW When…

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the vehicle you need for your family, for work, or for the farm. If you already have a newer Chevy or did not plan to buy something new this year, be sure to give our service department a call to set up an appointment for maintenance or repairs.

Living in DFW, you’ve probably noticed that the Metroplex has its peculiarities. You know you’re a true native if you can relate to the following…

  • The traffic isn’t messing around. Hopefully you’ve got a good vehicle, because we all spend a lot of time in the driver’s seat.
  • And what’s up with the roads? They sure like to break them up, but then they forget to do anything afterwards!
  • No matter what the supposed season is, it’s best to bring a jacket along. And flip flops. And maybe an umbrella. And perhaps sunscreen. Just pack your closet is what we’re saying.
  • Even if you live east of Dallas or west of Fort Worth, you still struggle to decide which city to go to when you’re looking for a night out. Who can choose?
  • You know the four basic food groups and make sure you get them every day: barbecue, nachos, fajitas, and chili.
  • You know that the only real Mexican food is Tex-Mex.
  • When you refer to more than one person, you say “y’all” and when you tell someone you’re getting ready to do something, you say you’re ‘fix’n’ to do it.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next car, truck, or SUV. You’ll have several trim levels to choose from, plus each one has additional available options to make it your own. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any lease or finance specials we may have running on Silverado models or any other models we have in stock.

Warm Up With National Soup Month Recipes

Broccoli creamy soup.

January is National Soup Month. In honor of that, try these two mouthwatering soup recipes this January to warm yourself and your family after a long day.

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup

What you’ll need:

  • 2 leeks (chopped)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch broccoli (chopped)
  • 6 cups low-sodium broth
  • 1 small russet potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 5 ounces spinach
  • Sour cream for garnish

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the leeks in 4 tablespoons of butter with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large soup pot on medium-high heat. Stir occasionally for 4 to 6 minutes or until leeks have softened.
  2. Ad the broccoli, potato and vegetable broth to the pot. Simmer until the vegetables are tender. This should take 18 to 22 minutes.
  3. Stir the spinach into the mixture until wilted.
  4. Move the mixture to the blender and puree until smooth.
  5. Serve the soup hot with a dollop of sour cream and a dash of black pepper.

Chickpea, Vegetable and Pesto Soup

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots (sliced)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 pound green beans (halved)
  • 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas (rinsed)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup pesto

Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Stir in the celery, onion, carrots, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until the mixture is slightly darkened (roughly 1 minute)
  3. Stir in the vegetable broth, chickpeas, green beans and frozen peas. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve with pesto on top.

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Family Fun in DFW During Winter

Winter doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun out of your house. Get out and about in DFW for some family fun. If you need a new vehicle to get around, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a truck, car, or SUV so you have something new, fun, and reliable to take you and your family to area events.

The Dallas Zoo

Visit The Dallas Zoo with your family – members of all ages will enjoy the animals and events at the zoo. The zoo is located at 650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75203-3013.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

For some great photo opportunities, visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, located at 8225 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. This is also a nice way to wind down younger children after a visit to the zoo.

Cedar Ridge Preserve

For those who are more active and don’t have very young children or those who like to hike and see nature at its best, visit the Cedar Ridge Preserve. The Preserve is located at 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75249-1159. The Preserve is a 360-acre park that features seven miles of hiking trails around Joe Pool Lake, a butterfly garden, educational exhibits, and picnic areas. You’re sure to see many different animals and birds that live on the Preserve.

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

For a rousing dinner and show, be sure to visit Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. The venue is located at 2021 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207 and features authentic costumes. Your kids can even eat with their hands and not get yelled at!

Legoland Discovery Center

Of course, the one thing you can’t miss out on, regardless of your age or whether you have small children, is Legoland Discovery Center, located at Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051. While it is geared for those under 12, older teens and adults can have fun, too. The Discovery Center also features a 4D cinema theater, carnival-type rides, and a climbing and play area.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Make sure you stop by Classic Chevrolet before you hit the road for further destinations. If you are not in the market for a new vehicle, but currently drive a Chevy, be sure your maintenance is up to date before leaving. Schedule an appointment with the service center to bring everything up to date and to be sure your current Chevy is in good working order with no surprises coming up.

The Best Chili Spots in Texas

Texas is the place to go for authentic chili and winter is the perfect time to eat some. Chili is the state dish of Texas, but Texas is also a big state so you know there’s going to be differences from one corner to the next. That said, you really can’t go wrong when you go hunting for a bowl of red in the Lone Star state. Hit the road in your Classic Chevrolet and try these amazing chili places across Texas.

Fred’s Texas Cafe – Fort Worth

With three locations in Fort Worth, Fred’s Texas Cafe has got you covered on good chili in the fall and winter. The chili is seasonal, so you know it’s being prepared with lots of love.

The recipe is made with high quality sirloin and the bowl is served with grilled onions, sliced jalapeno peppers, and shredded cheese. The bowl is the way to go, but you can also have them put it on your burger or fries.

Tolbert’s Restaurant and Chili Parlor – Grapevine

Founded by one of the co-founders of the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off, Tolbert’s serves up some certifiably authentic and delicious Texas chili. It’s got plenty of spice, too, so make sure your tastebuds are prepared.

You can order Tolbert’s chili by the bowl or on a hot dog or Frito pie.

Texas Chili Parlor – Austin

No list of Texas chili places would be complete without including the Texas Chili Parlor in Austin. Located within easy walking distance of the Texas State Capitol Building, Texas Chili Parlor is a place where both your average Joe and politicians bump elbows as they dig into a bowl of red.

Chili is all Texas Chili Parlor does. That isn’t to say that they don’t have other items on the menu, rather that pretty much everything on the menu involves their chili. Whether you get a spicy bowl served with cheese, onion, and jalapeno or you put it on a burger, hot dog, or Frito pie, you can’t go wrong at Texas Chili Parlor.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or checked. If you are planning on a new vehicle this winter, stop by to test drive your favorite model before you leave for the trip – you’ll be able to take a road trip in a new vehicle.

Road Trip Activities for Kids

The holidays are basically here and that means you might be one of millions of families embarking on a road trip this weekend. When planning for a road trip with children, you’ll need to pack something for them to do while in the vehicle. If you don’t, they’ll get bored and start fighting with each other – or you’ll never hear the end of “Are we there yet?” Fun activities will help the time fly by for them, and before they know it, you’ll be at your destination.

Another item you need to do before you leave is to have your vehicle serviced or checked. If you have service that might be due during your trip or shortly after your return, it’s a good idea to have that done before you leave. If you just had your vehicle serviced, it’s still a good idea to have everything checked at Classic Chevrolet before you leave.

Write a Book

Staple several pages of paper together to form a book. Give each child a favorite topic and have them write a book. For younger kids, have them create a picture book – be sure to pack crayons or water-soluble markers. For older kids, have them write a book on their tablets.

Make a Deck of Cards

Cut out card-sized pieces of heavy construction paper ahead of time so kids won’t have to use scissors while in a moving vehicle. Have the kids make their own decks of cards for Go Fish and Memory games. Create the cards in the vehicle, then play the games when you get to your destination.

Make a Windchime

Get the parts to create a windchime. Have the children string it up on the trip. If you get plain wood, they can decorate the wooden part. Or, have them string beads together for the top part of the chime.

Make Jewelry

Bring each child a kit to make jewelry. Have them make necklaces and bracelets for themselves and their friends.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or checked. If you are planning on a new vehicle this winter, stop by to test drive your favorite model before you leave for the trip – you’ll be able to take a road trip in a new vehicle.

Must-Attend Holiday Events in DFW

This year, be sure to catch some of the family attractions you can’t miss that are being held in the Dallas area. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle serviced. And, if you have been thinking about a new Chevy, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive your favorite model – you’ll be able to ride to these December events and to Christmas parties in style.

Miracle on 34th Street

From now until December 20, 2017, visit the Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, Dallas, Texas, 75231 to see this favorite sell-out holiday spectacular. Enjoy the story of Kris Kringle rescuing a single mother and her daughter who gave up on Christmas.

The 12 Days of Christmas

From now through January 3, 2018, take part in Dallas’ newest holiday tradition and enjoy 500,000 lights and costumed characters animals and music that fill 25-foot Victorian-style gazebos all made famous by the famous Christmas carol. The 12 Days of Christmas takes place at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas, 75218.

Visit Santa Claus at Galleria Dallas

Through December 24, 2017, visit Santa at Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, Texas, 75240. Admission price varies by the photo package you request. Santa will hear gift requests and his assistants will take photos on Level 2 near Belk. For more information call (972) 702-7100.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next new vehicle and to learn more about the standard features available on the model and trim level you choose.