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DFW/Waco/Van for long July 4th Weekend - recs needed

Pssst | Jun 28, 200501:05 PM     13

Hey Howdy,
This weekend, my husband and I are flying into DFW, heading to Waco to visit family Saturday, then to my uncle's July 4th shindig on his ranch near Van, with a day in Dallas afterwards. We're coming from San Francisco & my Texas roots are in Austin so I'm not at all familiar with the DFW area.

We'll be with family most of the time, but we'll have a couple of meals to ourselves.

We get in to DFW at Midnight on Friday, any recommendations for a late night meal?

Any recommendations for breakfast/brunch/lunch on the route (or a short detour) between DFW & Waco?

What are the DFW Must Eats? I'd love recommendations for great steak, Chicken Fried Steak, Mexican, and other regional cuisine that's not readily available in SF. I'm more interested in good food than atmosphere so I'm happy with dive & casual dining recommendations.

I've been reading the Dallas & Fort Worth posts - sounds like Reata and Lonesome Dove are top contenders if we get the chance for a high end dinner.

Last year, I bought a number of Texas/Southwest/Mexican/Tex-Mex cookbooks so I could learn to make the foods I miss most. The Cowboy in the Kitchen cookbook quickly became my favorite. So making a pilgrimage to Reata is something I'm going to try to make room for -- I've been cooking his recipes (and adjusting them for my tastes) for about a year now, so I'd like to taste the "originals".

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