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City Café

19 N. Main St., Elgin, TX - (512) 285-9898
In our never-ending search for the perfect chicken-fried steak, we hit a high standard at a table in the City Cafe. What a beautiful hunk of food! Gnarled and crusty, golden brown with a brittle crust and a thick ribbon of tender meat inside, this was an exemplary steak.
84% Approval Rating (13 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Pie
Chicken Fried Steak
Cabbage

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"In our never-ending search for the perfect chicken-fried steak, we hit a high standard at a table in the City Cafe. What a beautiful hunk of food! Gnarled and crusty, golden brown with a brittle crust and a thick ribbon of tender meat inside, this was an exemplary ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

19 N. Main St., Elgin, TX
(512) 285-9898

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
While chocolate icebox pie costs fifty cents less than the magnificent meringues, it delivers a huge flavor payload. The crust tastes just like crumbled Famous Wafers made moist and even more luxurious.
"While chocolate icebox pie costs fifty cents less than the magnificent meringues, it delivers a huge flavor payload. The crust tastes just like crumbled Famous Wafers made moist and even more luxurious."
Michael Stern





Chicken-fried steak dinner at the City Cafe.
"Chicken-fried steak dinner at the City Cafe."
Michael Stern


The crust supporting this lemon meringue pie is fine and flaky, and the meringue on top is a tender cloud. I love the extreme yin-yang of sweet and tart in the filling.
"The crust supporting this lemon meringue pie is fine and flaky, and the meringue on top is a tender cloud. I love the extreme yin-yang of sweet and tart in the filling."
Michael Stern


Elgin bakes in the summer sun; awnings over the sidewalk in front of the City Cafe are a practical way to keep cool.
"Elgin bakes in the summer sun; awnings over the sidewalk in front of the City Cafe are a practical way to keep cool."
Michael Stern


Heavenly coconut pie: cool, creamy, and sweet ... and loaded with shreds of coconut
"Heavenly coconut pie: cool, creamy, and sweet ... and loaded with shreds of coconut"
Michael Stern


That is a large plate being eclipsed by not one, but two full-size chicken-fried steaks. The menu describes this as large and yes, indeed, large appetite is required! I like that the City Cafe serves its gravy (not pictured) on the side, thus insuring that the crust stays crisp. Rather than pour it on, Jane dipped her steak into the gravy, forkful by forkful. Those mashed potatoes alongside, by the way, are real.
"That is a large plate being eclipsed by not one, but two full-size chicken-fried steaks. The menu describes this as large and yes, indeed, large appetite is required! I like that the City Cafe serves its gravy (not pictured) on the side, thus insuring that the crust stays crisp. Rather than pour it on, Jane dipped her steak into the gravy, forkful by forkful. Those mashed potatoes alongside, by the way, are real."
Michael Stern


The raw brick walls inside the City Cafe remind you that this place is closing in on its 100 year anniversary. The map of Texas is just above the pie case.
"The raw brick walls inside the City Cafe remind you that this place is closing in on its 100 year anniversary. The map of Texas is just above the pie case."
Michael Stern


main dining room
"main dining room"
paul campbell



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