If you’re as big a fan of down-home cooking as we are, this one’s for you. These 11 mom & pop restaurants fly under the radar despite serving up some of the best Southern comfort food in Texas, and it’s about time they get some recognition. Get ready to drool all over your keyboard!
1. Main Street Diner (Midland)
We're all about family-owned and operated businesses, of which Main Street Diner is both. Large portions of your favorite down-home classics are served quickly and with a smile, even when it's busy.
Address: 611 South Main Street, Midland, TX, 79701
2. Hobo Junction Cafe (Bertram)
The cafe's name might be Hobo Junction, but rest-assured you'll be dining like a king. Chicken-fried steak is cooked to perfection, pies are made fresh every morning, and Catfish Friday is a weekly holiday you'll never regret observing.
Address: 102 Castleberry Court, Bertram, TX, 78605
3. Muddbones (Bonham)
When Muddbones first opened, its owners set out to concoct burgers that would surpass all others - and we can safely say that dream has been realized (and then some). Bacon, smoky jalapeno, cheese steak, and mushroom Swiss are just several of the many mouthwatering creations to choose from.
Address: 1701 TX-121, Bonham, TX, 75418
4. Kitty's Purple Cow Cafe (Surfside)
Kitty's is a perfect beachfront eatery, as evidenced by its motto: "No shoes? No shirt? No sweat!" Since 1983, this quirky dive has been delighting Surfside natives and visitors alike with some of the best home-cooking you've ever eaten.
Address: 323 Ocean Avenue, Surfside Beach, TX, 77541
5. Ganny's Pie Shop (Winnsboro)
This list wouldn't be complete without a bakery, and Ganny's fits the bill perfectly. You'll find all the usual suspects, plus several creative flavors that can't be found anywhere else. There's no menu available online, so you'll just have to be okay with a surprise (don't worry - everything is equally delicious!)
Address: 6018 TX-37, Winnsboro, TX, 75494
6. The Hidden Gem Diner (Willis)
This hole-in-the-wall is called "hidden gem" for good reason. Entrees like patty melts, fried pork chops, and beef tips with gravy are undeniably delicious, but dessert is by far the main attraction. Several different types of bread pudding, including a pumpkin pecan variety, are guaranteed to send your taste buds straight to heaven.
Address: 12930 FM 830, Willis, TX, 77318
7. Lowake Steak House (Rowena)
It may be hard to believe judging by the building's exterior, but some of the best steak in Texas is harbored within these four walls. Whether you like it rare or well done, the flavor and marbling are second-to-none. A salad bar, baked potatoes, onion rings, and fried mushrooms complete the meal and ensure nobody leaves anything less than happily stuffed.
Address: 12143 US-67, Rowena, TX, 76875
8. Trailblazer Grille (Burnet)
When you're walking around downtown Burnet, hunger is bound to strike. As soon as it does, look no further than Trailblazer Cafe for a good, hearty meal. This is Southern comfort food at its very finest.
Address: 216 S Main Street, Burnet, TX, 78611
9. City Cafe (Gustine)
City Cafe is a lively little red barn in the small town of Gustine, population: 457. Catfish is hand-battered, potatoes are mashed in-house, and everything else is equally authentic.
Address: 103 East Lucy Bertram Street, Gustine, TX, 76455
10. Huntington Meat Market & Deli (Huntington)
A meat market isn't most peoples' first choice when it comes to dining out, but Huntington's will change that conviction. From chicken-fried steak to pork chops, everything is cooked to perfection.
Address: 481 North 3rd Street, Huntington, TX, 75949
11. Hubbard's Cubbard (Garland)
Garland is no small town, but you'd be none the wiser judging by Hubbard Cubbard. It looks like something straight out of last century, with rustic decor and antiquated furnishings everywhere you look. The menu is extremely varied, from fajitas to patty melts and anything else you could possibly imagine - oh, and leaving without a slice of their infamous coconut cream pie would be criminal.
Address: 901 Main Street, Garland, TX, 75040