Sometimes, we just want two things in life: for the ’50s to come back, and for a juicy, delicious burger and fries to get in our belly. Luckily, you can have both of those things simultaneously at many diners throughout the state, because really, does it get any better than jukebox tunes and greasy comfort foods? I think not. So, we’ve found some wonderful diners in Texas that will make you feel right at home. Enjoy!
1) Blue Bonnet Cafe (Marble Falls)
Open since 1929, this quaint little diner in Marble Falls will make you feel right at home, plus make your stomach love you forever with their delicious home-cooked, classic American foods. Blue Bonnet Cafe is located at 281 Hwy 281, Marble Falls, TX 78654.
2) Yale St Grill (Houston)
Located at 2100 Yale St.
Houston, TX 77008, this is one of the oldest diners in the city, housed in what was once the Yale Pharmacy. It's been open for business since 1923, and the 1950s style counter plus the typical diner cuisine will keep you coming back for more.
3) Kerbey Lane Cafe (Austin)
If you have ever been to Austin, you've heard of Kerbey Lane, and go every chance you get. From the charming atmosphere to the ridiculously good pancakes to the friendly staff, you really can't find a much better place to grab breakfast. Plus, they're open 24 hours a day...fourth meal, anyone?!
4) Avalon Diner (Houston)
Open since 1938, they've got quite a handle on what makes a diner exceptionally great. Any Houstonian knows this restaurant well, and frequents it quite often, most likely. From the red and black checkered floor to the stools at the counter, it doesn't get much more '50s than this! There are three different locations, so please check their website for addresses.
5) Austin Diner (Austin)
One of the only true Austin diners left, you will feel right at home here with the quaint decor and comforting home style foods. Located at 5222 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756.
6) Mama's Daughter's Diner (Dallas, Plano, Irving, Lewisville, Forney)
You'll truly experience food cooked with love when you come here. Owned by a mother and her family, they welcome anyone into their restaurant with a smile, and create Southern dishes that will leave your mouth watering for more. Check the website for specific addresses, as they have more than one location.
7) 410 Diner (San Antonio)
This cheerful vintage diner in San Antonio is definitely a hot spot among locals. The '50s theme and decent variety of comfort foods make this little diner a popular place in San Antonio. Located at 8315 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209.
8) Norma's Cafe (Dallas)
Open since 1956, the decadent, hearty American foods and creamy pies keep people coming back for more. Plus, the homey atmosphere is just an added bonus to the dining experience. They have three different locations, so check their website for addresses.
9) Stevie's Diner (Fort Worth)
This old-school diner serves up all of your favorites, plus they have a jukebox so you can enjoy your food while listening to some awesome tunes! Located at 5500 N Tarrant Pkwy #132, Fort Worth, TX 76244.
10) Sandi's Diner (Corpus Christi)
I couldn't leave out South Texas when making this list, because this 1960s style diner definitely deserves a spot on the list. The old timey feel, excellent food, and great service is what makes this diner a favorite in Corpus Christi. You'll find it at 704 Ayers St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404.
11) Mary Ann's Pig Stand (San Antonio)
This is the last remaining pig stand in all of Texas, and everyone knows this restaurant is an icon among diners in the state. They've got it all here - the jukebox, the checkered floor, the greasy, classic American dishes, the whole shebang. Located at 1508 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78215.
12) 59 Diner (Houston)
A list of amazing diners wouldn't be complete without the almighty 59 Diner in Houston! They have several locations, but at each one, you'll find the juicy burgers, mouth-watering fries, and delicious milkshakes, plus the '50s vibe to boot. If you haven't been yet, I would definitely recommend it!
What other diners would you add to this list? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments!