This man knows his BBQ! Aaron Vogel is his name and BBQ is his claim to fame. He has only been in Texas a short time but he's twice taken the title of Overall Grand Champion at the Texas BBQ Cookoff and for two years running his little restaurant in Sherman has been voted the best in the Texoma region.
The secret is in the smoking they say, and he relies on apple wood. My brother used to work in the restaurant, which was an old Taco Bell. These days it looks more like a big red barn. Not long after we called in, Aaron himself came in with his daughter to grab a bite. It turns out he's younger than me, but he has worked his way through the trade and has obviously picked up some secrets along the way.
Service is friendly and super fast - by the time you've grabbed a drink from the self-serve fountain your plate of food is ready. They have a drive-by window too, perfect if you're travelling through.
Favorite Dish: The baked beans were the best I'd had in years (my brother gave me the recipe), the coleslaw was fresh and the BBQ beef brisket was magnificent - melt in your mouth soft and terrific with a zingy dash of hot BBQ sauce. A plate like this - a large portion of meat, 2 sides and a slice of thick white bread - costs less than 9 dollars.
Sides include potato salad, black eyed peas, boiled cabbage (which my brother swears by) and turnip greens - but no fries. Baked spuds and salads round out the menu. Kids meals are only $3.50 and the lunch special is a sandwich, side order and drink for $5.99. Apparently baby back ribs are the house specialty, but I will have to save those for my next visit!
As well as the cackle (chicken) and oink (pork) they do beef, turkey and sausage either on the plate or in a sandwich. If you are having a picnic or family reunion they can set you up with smoked meats by the pound, sides by the quart (or more) and family combos. Full catering is also available.
Saturdays mean one thing in Sherman - all you can eat burgers and fries at MG's Diner for $5.
In business for over 25 years, the diner has a retro look with vinyl seats, jukebox and lots of classic auto memoriabilia. The taillights and winged fenders off old cars are used as decorations and lighting fixtures.
Open 7 days a week, 10.30am till 9pm. Drive through or call ahead to grab your order to go, but you won't want to miss the fun atmosphere and rock-n-roll tunes.
Favorite Dish: Sonic just can't compete with a place like this where everything is fresh. The 6oz burgers are handmade, the light and fluffy buns are homemade, while the homestyle fries and onion rings are handcut. They will load your burger with salad, swiss cheese, bacon, jalapenos and an assortment of sauces.
And it's not just about the burgers, they do soup, salad, chicken fried steaks, grilled sandwiches and chili cheese dogs. They will fry anything...zucchini, okra, even pickles! A kids menu is available and they serve dinner too (meat, 2 veg and a homemade bread roll for 5 or 6 dollars).
Further down the road, I am told you can find another establishment run by the same family - Track's, at 109 N Woods St, which has a trains theme.
Cute little cafe type luch spot. Live Flowers on every table. Water is served with a sprig of greens. Locally owned with a fresh bakery next door. Homemade soups and FRESH very tastey food. She is only open daily 11a-2pm. The perfect place for lunch. Friendly staff. Convenient Location. 1913 N. Travis Street (FM131) Just west of Highway 75 and just north of the Travis/Taylor Street traffic light accross from Albertson's next to the Lonestar Convenience Store. 903-892-0968.
Favorite Dish: Turkey Croisant with a bowl of either brocoli and cheese soup or potato soup.