I'm planning to travel from Dallas to San Marcos to go shopping. Along the way, I'm hoping to try some exceptional food. I'm from Calgary, Canada. I've been to Dallas a couple of times and have tried bbq places like Sonny Bryans. While it is good bbq compared to what I can find back home, I'm sure there are better places out there. I'm interested in trying bbq, tex-mex, tacos, diners, southern food, or whatever is the best the region has to offer. It would be nice if the recommendations where not too far off i-35 (i.e. I don't have to drive half hour off course to get to it) unless it is REALLY worth the drive in which case I will make a detour just to experience it. I plan to travel from Dallas to San Marcos on a Fri afternoon and do a couple of hours of shopping. I also plan to do a couple of hours of shopping Sat morning and then drive back to Dallas in the afternoon. I'm looking for some exceptional/great tasting food and I don't care so much about the decor as long as the place is in a relatively decent neighbourhood as I will be travelling alone.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.