Our favorite kind of food here in Texas can be summed up in one sentence: anything fried, covered in gravy, or smothered in barbecue sauce…oh, and pie. These ten restaurants fit that bill to a T with the added bonus of having waitstaff full of Southern hospitality and a “mom and pop” atmosphere. I will warn you, though: you might be too full to get up from the table after you’re done eating.
1. Blue Bonnet Cafe (Marble Falls)
Everyone in Texas knows about this little Hill Country gem. It has some of the best down-home cookin' and Southern hospitality this side of the Mississippi. From classic country breakfast spreads to tender chicken-fried steak, Blue Bonnet Cafe has you covered for all three meals. Oh, and let's not forget about the star of the show - pie! Your taste buds will thank you for treating them to a slice of pure heaven.
211 US Hwy 281, Marble Falls, TX 78654
2. Mary's Cafe (Strawn)
Mary's has arguably the best chicken-fried steak in Texas, probably partially due to the fact that it satisfies our Texas-sized appetites. I mean, just look at the size on that thing! It's cooked to perfection and served with a huge bowl of gravy for your dipping (or smothering) purposes.
119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX 76475
3. Old Montgomery Steakhouse (Montgomery)
Montgomery is a town every Texan should visit in his or her lifetime considering it's the birthplace of our state flag. Chow down on some delicious breakfast tacos, a juicy burger, or a baked potato the size of your face while enjoying the slow pace of small-town Texas.
204 McCowan St, Montgomery, TX 77356
4. Fish Pond (Willis)
It doesn't get much better than Fish Pond. They're obviously known for seafood - namely fried shrimp and catfish - but if that isn't your thing, you can also get a big ol' CFS or a burger. And you can't pass up on the onion rings. Trust me, they're just that good.
17091 N Hwy 75, Willis, TX 77378
5. Mamie's Kitchen (Pattison)
Mamie's Kitchen is so cozy, it looks like it could be somebody's house. The combination of the warm, comforting atmosphere and the home-cooked Southern food will remind you of Sunday supper at grandma's - which is never complete without pie, of course. It would be a crime to leave without a slice of coconut cream.
3811 Ave G, Pattison, TX 77466
6. The Shed Cafe (Edom)
Have you ever seen a restaurant that screams, "mom and pop" more than The Shed? It looks like a little country general store - but don't let its size fool you. Everything served here packs a huge punch flavor wise, especially the pie. They have every flavor you could ever dream of (including Reese's Dream!) and they're all baked fresh daily.
8337 Fm 279, Edom, TX 75756
7. Lumber Yard Cafe (Edgewood)
Who else is on team brown food? Luckily, Lumber Yard doesn't waste space on the plate with gross things like vegetables. It's all rich and hearty Southern food here, y'all. This was actually a reader recommendation, and trust me when I say it lives up to the hype. You won't find a better place on Highway 80 to get a good, home-cooked meal (with amazing service) for a great price.
801 E Pine St, Edgewood, TX 75117
8. Blue Noonday Store (Tyler)
It may look like just a gas station, but I assure you Blue Noonday is much more than that. Inside, you'll find not only some of the most friendly people you've ever met, but also some of the best burgers in East Texas. This picture doesn't quite do it justice, but trust me - the locals rave about this place.
16822 State Highway 155 S, Tyler, TX 75703
9. Main Street Steakhouse (Danbury)
If you like great Southern food and live country music, look no further than this Main Street Steakhouse. The staff is friendly, food is amazing, and atmosphere is second to none. What more could you ask for?
1802 Main St, Danbury, TX 77534
10. The Jay Cafe (Needville)
This old-fashioned diner is sure to take you back to the good old days in more ways than one. Plus, nearly everything is made from scratch, including the salad dressing!
16634 Hwy 36, Needville, TX 77461
Have you been to any of these restaurants? What’s your favorite small town restaurant in Texas?