What to Eat — and What Not to Eat — at the New Fort Worth Buc-ee's

You'd have to call the new Buc-ee's location in Far North Fort Worth ridiculous. You'd just have to ... if it weren't so damned amazing. The new monument to Texas excess is now open just south of Texas Motor Speedway, so come one, come all, because every day is the State Fair at Buc-ee's.

Everyone knows about the famously clean restrooms and the beaver nuggets, but what other salty and sweet delicacies await the weary traveler? As a primer, here are 10 of the best — and zaniest — selections from the new location. 

Beaver Nuggets
The Metroplex has reached peak Beaver Nugget, the signature item in the Buc-ee's brand family. For the uninitiated, if there are any of you left, a Beaver Nugget is like a giant, more sugary version of Smacks cereal or Corn Pops. These addicting little critters are a time-honored road-trip tradition established with the first local Buc-ee's location in Terrell, but they have multiplied. 

The nuggets' success led to a salty alternative, Buc-ee's Nug-ees, as well as a cookie version of the treat known as Beaver Bites, the sleeper of the bunch and the perfect companion to a cup of coffee. Watch out for the Nug-ees, a pseudo cousin to the hot fry. You go in with crunchy expectations, but these have an airy, light crunch bordering on mushy. It's an odd consistency. 

The Pecan Log
No, not lodge. Log. But, of course, there is (arguably) a working barbecue restaurant at this Buc-ee's, but we'll get to that later. Go for the $3.49 log, pecan enthusiasts, and be not afraid of the white goo that you realize isn't marshmallow only after you take the first bite.

Much like the sound of a tree falling in the woods, Buc-ee's barbecue brings up a nagging question: If "barbecue" is served and no smoke was produced from cooking it, was it really barbecued?
Don't trust the barbecue at Buc-ee's. The dried and vacuum-sealed sausage packets are a nice alternative if you're craving something meaty, and there are plenty of other reasons to visit the central dining hub at Buc-ee's known as Texas Round-Up.
Buc-ee's Fudge of the Month
By the time you circle around to the fudge cases, stocked with 24 varieties including a couple of rotating options, you begin to wonder if they're actually trying to kill you. They certainly are inventing new ways to do it, like the Fort Worth location's first-ever fudge of the month, a watermelon fudge. 

If there's one thing Buc-ee's sells that could become the best thing you eat all day, it lives in the fudge counter. The watermelon is no slouch, even if it is gimmicky (which fits right in at Buc-ee's), and it's not as heavy as other fudge. 

To quell the waves of demand for cured and salted meats, the new Buc-ee's jerky junction consists of both a walk-up deli counter and a wall of pre-packaged options. If it's not overrun with jerky zombies, who are no doubt sampling instead of actually ordering, go for the counter for a slight price break at between $8-$9 per quarter-pound. 

Your road trip is not official until there's a bag of jerky in the car, and with more than 20 varieties of beef and turkey jerky, Buc-ee's has put its flag in the ground as Jerky Capital, USA. Whether you're a true jerky connoisseur or just window shopping at the deli cases, you can't go wrong here. 

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Matt Martinez is a DFW-lifer who handles the Observer's editorial social media channels when he's not waxing cynical in our news, food and music verticals. Rest assured, he hates your favorite team. Matt studied journalism at the University of Texas and then again, for some reason, at UNT. He has written for the Austin Chronicle, the Denton Record-Chronicle and currently writes sports for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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