These are by far our favorite kinds of restaurants in Texas. We value quality food and hospitable service over a fancy atmosphere any day. Here are 10 mom and pop restaurants that will make your heart (and taste buds) happy.
1. Blue Bonnet Cafe (Marble Falls)
This little gem in the hill country is known all over Texas for having some of the best home cookin' and southern hospitality around. From classic country breakfasts of eggs, bacon, sausage, and buttery biscuits to some of the crispiest, most tender chicken fried steak you'll ever eat for lunch or dinner, Blue Bonnet will fulfill your taste buds' wildest dreams and then some. And let's not forget about the most decadent pie that will ever pass your lips. Dessert is definitely what this cafe is known for above anything else.
2. Mary's Cafe (Strawn)
If you skipped the CFS at Blue Bonnet in favor of a huge slice of pie, here's your chance to redeem yourself. Mary's has arguably the best chicken fried steak in Texas. It's huge, cooked just right, and the cream gravy comes in a huge bowl on the side so you can dollop (or smother) it on to your liking.
3. DeWese's Tip Top Cafe (San Antonio)
San Antonio is filled with Mexican restaurants for obvious reasons, and although I love some good queso and enchiladas, it's nice to have options for when the hankering for a home-cooked, southern meal strikes. DeWese's has been serving up just that since 1938, so you can be sure that they put heart and soul into their cooking.
4. Pickett House (Woodville)
I've never been to a restaurant that gives me as much of a warm and fuzzy feeling inside as this one. You're seated at long tables with other customers and served family-style platters of fried chicken, chicken and dumplins, greens, rolls, and the most delectable peach cobbler you'll ever taste. Rest assured you'll never walk out of here hungry, but you might leave with a few new friends and many cherished memories.
5. Hilltop Cafe (Fredericksburg)
6. The Shed Cafe (Edom)
The cabin look of this restaurant just makes it seem all the more "mom and pop" like. The CFS and fried catfish are great, but the real star of the show here is the pie. They have every pie you could possibly dream of, and they're all absolutely scrumptious. Pictured is Reese's Dream pie. Yummmm.
7. Poor Richard's Cafe (Plano)
This is the oldest restaurant in Plano and definitely one of the best. It's only open for breakfast and lunch, but that's okay - everyone knows breakfast is the best meal of the day anyway. At least a southern, down-home country breakfast certainly is. The menu is so huge that I won't even attempt to list all the items, but just know that everything you could ever want, from eggs benedict and homefries to french toast and fluffy pancakes to Texas-sized chicken fried steak, you can find at Poor Richard's.
8. Lumberyard Cafe (Edgewood)
This one was actually a reader recommendation. We can pretend we'd rather eat salad, but everyone knows brown food is the best food. Lumberyard is easily the best place on 80 for a good ol' southern meal complete with impeccable service and prices that just can't be beat.
9. The J And P Bar And Grill (Comstock)
This is another reader favorite, and I definitely understand why. There isn't one bad item on the menu here - not to mention the atmosphere is fun and the service will have you feeling like you're at grandma's for Sunday supper. Definitely a must-try, y'all.
10. Leona General Store (Leona)
It doesn't get more "mom and pop" than a general store. Not every general store has full, hot, home-cooked meals, though, so this one is extra special. I've heard they serve the best ribeye in Texas.