Updated 2/26/17 to note that Peerless Country Store is cash only.
There are no concessions offered within CLSP (other than sodas and Gatorade at the HQ building).
With seven exits along I-30, Sulphur Springs is home to about any national chain restaurant you could want. But here are several local joints you might enjoy.
Peerless Country Store and Cafe. The closest concessions to CLSP, this genuine country kitchen is in the nearby hamlet of Peerless. Proprietor Joseph Smith hopes you’ll stop by for a soda, burger, hot dog, sandwich or fried catfish plate. Plus, he invites the kids to come visit his baby goats, pigs and other farm critters! Extended hours especially for our event: 11-7 Fri-Sat, 12:30-5 Sun. NOTE: CASH ONLY!
Directions: Leave CLSP on FM 3505, turn right (west) on FM 71 and travel 3 miles. Turn right (north) on Spur 71. Look for the country house next to the church.
There are a number of places in walking distance right near Celebration Plaza (town square) in downtown Sulphur Springs:
Al’s Diner. Traditional comfort food with 10% discount for orienteers on Friday and Sunday (bring menu from race packet)! Hours: 11-7:30 Fri, 11-2 p.m. Sun (closed Sat). 208 Connally St.
Arturo’s Wood-Fired Pizza Gallery. No big mystery what’s on this menu–pizza, pasta, calzones and hot sandwiches, with craft beer on draft. Hours: 11-9 Fri-Sat, closed Sun. 221 Main St.
Corner Grub House. Full menu featuring burgers, chicken, seafood and steaks. Hours 11-10 Fri-Sat, closed Sun. 113A Gilmer St.
The Potato House. Numerous creative baked potatoes, plus soup, sandwiches and salads. Open for lunch only. 10% discount for orienteers (bring menu from race packet)! Hours 10-3 p.m., Fri-Sat, closed Sun. 204 Connally St.
Joe’s German Restaurant. Texas was settled by Germans and Czechs, and you can still find some great schnitzel (the progenitor of chicken-fried everything). Here, provided by recent Texas immigrant, Werner “Joe” Boesel, originally aus Berlin. 224 Main St.. Hours: 11-2 p.m., 4-9 p.m. Fri-Sat, closed Sun.
Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille & Pub. Sports bar fare: burgers, sandwiches, wings, nachos, beer, karaoke on Friday. 🙂 Free chips and Zeus sauce (salsa) or “Flea dip” (house-made ranch & bacon dip!) with purchase of entree for orienteers (bring coupon from race packet). 229 Main St. Hours: 11-Midnight, Fr-Sat., 11-10 Sun.
Plain and Fancy Sandwich Shoppe. Sandwiches, yes, plus soup, salads and breakfast. Vegetarian options. Free soft drink for orienteers! (Bring menu in race packet.) 120 Main St. Hours: 7:30-3 Fri-Sat.
Redneck Bar & Grill. Higher-end fare. Full menu of steaks, grilled meats, entrees, lunch menu/prices. 10% dinner check over $30 for orienteers (bring menu from race packet). Hours: lunch 11-2, dinner 5-10, Fri & Sat, closed Sun. 211 Main St.
Bodacious BBQ. Yes, it’s a chain, but only in East Texas. The chopped brisket sandwich and smoked chicken here are gold. 1228 S Broadway St., near the Hampton Inn. Hours: 10:30-8:30 Fri-Sat, 10:30-7:30 Sun.
Fireside BBQ. Roadside BBQ is often the very best in Texas. Look for the tent on the corner of Rt. 19 and FM 71 for this simple place recommended by CLSP staff. Cash only. 10-6:30 Fri-Sat.
Juan Pablos. It’s may be just off the Interstate, but I have it on good authority that this is some very legit Tex-Mex. 1216 Mockingbird Lane. (Next to the Hampton Inn) Hours: 11-10 Fri-Sun.