1. Sissy's Saddle Shop Cafe (Cameron)
If you really want to feel like you're far out in the country, you absolutely need to eat here. It's literally located in a barn, and I can't think of a more authentic experience than that. The food is killer, too. All your favorite Southern classics one one plate, cooked to perfection with plenty of love (and butter, of course.) Save room for dessert, though - Sissy's makes some of the best pies around that you definitely don't want to miss out on.
2. Hwy 276 Burgers N Fries (Royse City)
This old fashioned diner is so tiny and hidden that I couldn't even find pictures of the food. As the name suggests, their specialty is thick, juicy burgers and crispy, salty fries in an atmosphere that will take you back to the 1950s.
3. Mel's Country Cafe (Tomball)
I actually heard about Mel's from the overwhelming number of y'all who suggested it in the comments of previous articles, and boy, were y'all right. First of all, the portions are enormous, so even those of us with Texas-sized appetites won't be leaving hungry. The food will remind you of Sunday supper at Granny's, guaranteeing you walk out satisfied, nostalgic, and happy.
4. Jake & Dorothy's Cafe (Stephenville)
Jake & Dorothy's is an iconic restaurant that's a pit stop for many road trippers. It's been in the same spot for 68 years, so to say the owners know what they're doing is an understatement. You need to order the CFS for your meal and finish up with a hefty slice of pie for dessert.
5. Trigg's Humble Inn (Humble)
I couldn't even find a picture of the actual restaurant, so you know it's a pretty remote place. That's okay, though - we Texans know those are the places with the best food. The next time you get a hankering for soul food, you need to head on over to Trigg's because they do it better than anywhere else in the state.
6. Fish Pond (Willis)
The name is a bit misleading because it suggests a seafood restaurant, but Fish Pond is much more than that. From fresh yard eggs and center cut bacon to thick, juicy steaks to fried shrimp and hush puppies, you can find all your favorite Southern meals on the menu here (and you can order anything all day long.)
7. Willow Creek Cafe (Mason)
This small-town diner in the downtown square has the perfect atmosphere to enjoy some down-home cookin'. Burgers, chicken-fried steak, and some of the best pie you'll ever put in your mouth are just some of the amazing concoctions you can try here.
8. Mamie's Kitchen (Pattison)
Mamie's is a charming little restaurant with waitstaff who really take the experience to the next level. Oh, and a slice of homemade coconut cream pie doesn't exactly hurt, either.
9. Leona General Store (Leona)
This is another reader favorite. Y'all rant and rave about the food here, daring us to find a better steak anywhere else in Texas. I'm not sure that's possible because Leona's cooks up some of the juiciest, most tender ribeye you'll ever eat.
10. Catfish Plantation (Waxahachie)
I truly can't believe it took me so long to discover this little gem. It's located in a Victorian home built in 1895, so the history is incredibly rich (and haunted, as some say). And the food is absolutely phenomenal. Easily some of the best catfish in Texas. Give this one a try next time you're near Waxahachie.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? What’s your favorite neighborhood cafe in Texas?