The Travelin Man
I am glad that you enjoyed Sonny Bryan’s. I have found that the newer locations don’t seem quite as good as the original one down by Love Field, so I am glad to hear that you had a positive experience there.
I also enjoyed Ranchman’s Cafe. I have written about it a couple of times on this site, and think that it is definitely worth the detour if you are up around the Denton area anyway. I have not been for dinner — I usually tie together a lunch trip with a work visit when I am up that way. They have one of the best hamburgers I have ever eaten — beef ground fresh on site, as are the fries — I am pretty sure that they don’t even skin your potatoes until you order the fries. I, too, indulged in their pie (apple) and it was fabulous! This place is certainly worth a trip!
As for the rest of your BBQ adventures, my advice, sir, is to drive south! Head for BBQ mecca in Lockhart and the rest of central TX!