Day Trip Idea: Roanoke, TX


IMG_8572Since I was a teenager, Roanoke has always been somewhat of a carefree weekend evening destination for my family thanks to the original Babe’s Chicken Dinner House.  There was nothing better than packing up the family car and driving across the metroplex for a gluttonous family-style dinner of fried chicken or chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, creamy corn, and yeasty rolls with molasses.  

But, have you been to Roanoke lately? The historic downtown Roanoke has seen a recent revamp and Oak Street is the center of it all.  My family spent a Saturday night out there not long ago and loved the small-town feel of the streets and sidewalks filled with families and children running around.  

This is Main Street, USA at its finest.

Pack your own car up and make the drive to Denton County (about 40 minutes from downtown Dallas) for the following family-friendly hot spots:


1.  Babe’s – You can’t go wrong with finger-licking fried chicken.  Babe’s has since spread across the metroplex, but this one is the original (and I think the best).  Make sure to ask your waitress if you can see the restaurant’s pet: a baby rattler.  During our dinner last weekend, all of the waiters disappeared for about five minutes.  Why? Because they were lined up doing the hokey-pokey, of course!  Bonus fact: Did you know the namesake of Snider Plaza’s Bubba’s is (the late) Babe’s husband? True story. 104 N. Oak St.

2.  Hard Eight BBQ – Cassidy recently listed Hard Eight as one of her top area BBQ spots.  This location is one of the joint’s three spots and the patio was hopping with live music when we visited as it does every Friday and Saturday night.  205 S. Oak St.

3.  Dove Creek Cafe – Just around the corner from the beaten path of Oak St. lies a fabulous breakfast stop known for its homemade biscuits served with sausage gravy.  This diner is a local favorite for all three belt-busting meals of the day.  204 S. Hwy 377

img_52904.  Hey, Sugar – This little candy shop is so cute that my family actually had our annual portraits taken here a few years ago.  On a weekend night, the shop is packed and there is a reason why: stuff yourself with bulk candy, unique sodas, and hand-scooped ice cream.  In fact, you might want to skip dinner and come straight here (just to be safe).  111 S. Oak St.

5.  Oak St. Pie Co. – I have a weakness in my knees when it comes to buttermilk pie, so I just had to poke my nose in at Oak St. Pie Co.  Sold by the slice or whole pie, owner Carol Southern’s bestseller is the pecan pie, but the natives say it’s hard to make a bad choice.  110 N. Oak St. 



1.  The Plaid Peacock – Shop over 10,000 square feet of individually owned boutique booths ranging from homemade soaps to designer clothing.  I especially liked the Molly and Me boutique where one can buy little girl outfits with matching attire for a baby doll.  206 N. Oak St.

2.  Roanoke Trading Company – I am in love with this chic home design shop.  I wanted to scoop up everything, go home, and completely redecorate immediately.  Owned by the same folks behind the candy shop, Hey, Sugar, the collection of home goods, clothing, and furniture is perfection.  115 N. Oak St.

3.  Across The Times – Check out this home interior shop for items ranging from vintage and retro to brand new. Unique antiques are diamonds hidden in this shop for those willing to dig around (my kind of fun!).  208 S. Oak St.


1.  Wine Tasting – Three Vino Winery offers $10 red and white flights for the tasting or glasses and bottles on the spot.  Also, make sure to check out the front lobby of Three Vino where Jose Adrian Hernandez, a third-generation Cuban and master cigar roller, will hand-roll you a smoked delicacy.  206 Main St.

2.  Enjoy an Outdoor Concert – See the schedule here for a concert lineup series in the outdoor Austin Street Plaza.  221 N. Oak St.

3.  Watch an Outdoor Movie – Hey, Sugar utilizes the large lawn next door to the candy shop for regular outdoor movie nights.  Keep an eye on its Facebook page for a chance to vote on the next showing title and to stay tuned for upcoming dates.  111 S. Oak St.

4.  Shop a Farmers Market – Fresh produce from area farmers is for the taking on Saturday mornings from June to October.  The market is open from 8am to noon at the Austin Street Plaza.  221 N. Oak St.  

Have you been to Roanoke?

Share your favorite stops in the comments section below.


  1. There is also a brand new 3000 sqft Womens boutique geared towards the modern momma (that’s your demo right?) called Kiki LaRue as well as Roanokes only full blown coffee house, The Brew Junkie Coffee House! They just celebrated their grand opening this summer! Both are one of only THREE businesses in all of Denton County nominated for “Best Of”!

    Would have loved to share this with our huge social media audience!

  2. 3 Vino’s wine bar is amazing. Bring your own food, or have it delivered by one of the local restaurants but wine selection and sides are stand alone awesome and every bit worth the reasonable price. Owners are all hands on and looking for new event ideas, so far all they have sponsored have been a success. Last month a wedding reception was held,the fact that we had to look in from the sidewalk didn’t stop the owners from seeing to it that we could still purchase our favorite bottle to take with us. Always accommodating, always amazing. Need to try for yourself! 5 star!

  3. Roanoke is truly a fun town to visit. There is always something happening that the whole family can enjoy! If you are wanting to experience an old fashioned small hometown atmosphere this is a great place to visit. We have always found the people very friendly. The food and shopping is all top drawer. Hint: if you are going to Babe’s Chicken you need to get there early or be prepared to wait. I have seen people bring lawn chairs and have coolers with refreshments to pass the time while waiting. It is like tailgating to go to Babe’s. lol


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