Between Lubbock and Amarillo: 7 Ways to Break Up the Landscape on the I-27

The I-27 is one of the northernmost highways in Texas. Spanning the stretch between Lubbock and Amarillo, there are only a few towns in between to dot the north Texas plains. Some of the bigger towns you’ll pass are  New Deal, Abernathy, Hale Center, Plainview, Kress, Tulia, Happy, and Canyon

In 2005, the I-27 was officially designated the Marshall Formby Memorial Highway after former attorney and Texas State Senator Marshall Formby.

Still, even though the road has a posh, alternative name, making it through the 124 miles of highway if you forget to pack a snack can be not so luxurious. So make sure that you know where you are going to stop when you’re driving through the great open plains.

To give you a guide of where you can stop in these sparsely-populated north Texas towns, here are 7 of the best candidates.

Cast Iron Grill

620 19th St, Lubbock, Texas

Banana pudding and lemon pie at the Cast Iron Grill in Lubbock, Texas. #huffspringbreak17

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From Yelp: “If you like traditional diner fare they do it right! All American classics HOMEMADE! Don’t be afraid of the line, word has gotten out, it moves fast!”

For a slice of comfort, make sure to order yourself pie. It will remind you of your grandmother’s.

A Little Slice of Heaven Cafe

1411 Ave D, Abernathy, Texas

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From Facebook review: “Great big flavors in a small town. Cheeseburger was awesome and crystal had the chili cheeseburger, and it by far was probably one of the best chili cheeseburgers I’ve ever tasted.”

Don’t forget the pie though. The pie is great.

Taqueria Perlitas

701 N Columbia St, Plainview, Texas

Daniel's first Perlitas. #Perlitas

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From Yelp: “The food was the best authentic Mexican food I have had since coming to Texas. Hard to find places like this.”

So many taquerias to choose from in Plainview, only few worth visiting.

Taqueria Jalisco

1001 N Interstate 27, Plainview, Texas

I don't always post food….but when I do, It's tacos. #nationaltacoday #tacotuesday?

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From Yelp: “I was very surprised by the excellent food at this establishment.  The staff was courteous, gracious, and cleanly.  The restaurant has a certain ambience, cleanliness and overall appeal this surprising for such a small market.  Extra bonus, if you love that Horchata make sure you get some.”

This little gem is worth your #tacotuesday posts.

Aylin’s Cafe

130 N Maxwell Ave, Tulia, Texas

Lunch with these fellows. #tulia #aylins

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From Yelp: “Best chimichanga I’ve ever had. Covered with great homemade green chili in their also homemade flour tortillas.”

When the food looks like what’s in the photos, you know you’re about to have a good meal.

Feldman’s Wrong Way Diner

2100 N 2nd Ave, Canyon, TX

Had a fantastic chicken fried steak tonight in Canyon, TX. #canyontexas #chickenfriedsteak #food #foodie #foodpics #food #eat #southerncooking

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From Yelp: “My husband and I have been here twice and we absolutely LOVE Feldman’s. They have the best ribs I’ve ever had. They were so tender and full of flavor.”

Y0u also need to try the chicken fried steak. Unexpectedly well presented and delicious.

Green Chile Willy’s Grill

13651 Interstate 27, Amarillo, Texas

Oh Amarillo, I have missed you. #chickenfriedsteak #trio #yummy #daytrip

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From Yelp: “I’ve been going here since it opened and I’ve never been disappointed other than when it’s not open. Can’t get enough of this place.”

Suppose that means that you’ll be traveling through Amarillo more often than you anticipated.

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