Monument Café

Coffee shop | Small Town Café | Southwestern | Tex-Mex
One of the best

The mission statement of the Monument Café is to “be reminiscent of Texas roadside cafes of the 1920s to 1940s.” Fans spin overhead, tables are chrome-banded, and windows are hung with Venetian blinds. Service is fast and efficient and the food is a roster of Lone Star classics at their very best. One blackboard itemizes the daily specials. Another lists the gardens, ranches, farms, and orchards from which the kitchen’s provisions are obtained. Lunch items include crunchy fried catfish, charred chicken with poblano sauce, and a fine two-alarm (no-bean) Texas chili; but the meal we recommend most is breakfast.

Waffles are elegant; pancakes are big and fluffy; biscuits are served warm; and the sour cream coffee cake is a sugar-crusted masterpiece. One hot breakfast unique to the region is migas, Mexican scrambled eggs that include melted cheese, chunks of tomato, and small ribbons of crisp tortilla that soften in places but stay crunchy in others. On the side of migas, you get red salsa to heat it up along with grits or hash browns and a soft flour tortilla rolled in aluminum foil so it stays warm.

The Monument Café makes some of the best desserts anywhere in Texas, using the finest ingredients to produce classic sweets. There is usually a fried pie (fruit fully enclosed in a pastry crust and fried to a crisp); we have had superb baked tapioca pudding as well as angel food cake with fresh strawberries; and the cool cream pies are dazzling. Chocolate pecan is dark and fudge-like, loaded with chunks of nut and topped with a ribbon of pure white whipped cream. Coconut cream pie is every bit as wonderful, but more angelic than sinful: light, silky, fresh, and layered on a flaky light-gold crust.

What to Eat
Monument Café, Coffee Cake
Coffee Cake
See all the big chunks of pecan in this sour cream coffee cake? Pecan trees are everywhere in this part of Texas.
Monument Café, Pie
Dense, rich, sweet, crowned with fresh whipped cream and perched atop a fragile crust, this coconut cream pie sets the benchmark.
Monument Café, Migas
Migas is a way of adding the crunch and chew of tortilla chips to scrambled eggs (along with cheese, tomatoes, and hot sauce).
Monument Café, Chili
Honest chili: rich and bright, tasting of cumin and hot but not aggressively so. When you order it, the waitress will ask, "onions and cheese?" But of course!
Monument Café, Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake
Old-fashioned chocolate cake: super chocolaty but not cloying the way 'decadent' flourless cakes can be.
Monument Café, Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak
Texas on a plate: chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green chile squash casserole, and a refreshing apple salad.
Monument Café, Monument Chocolate Pie
Monument Chocolate Pie
Monument chocolate pie is dense and fudgy. Look closely at the crust. It is not a crust, but a web of crunchy toasted pecans. Brilliant!
Monument Café, King Ranch Casserole
King Ranch Casserole
King Ranch casserole is found in countless self-published cookbooks but is rare in restaurants. It's made with creamed soup, corn tortillas, cheese and chicken. How a chicken casserole got named for a cattle ranch is a mystery to Texas food historians.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 3pm
Monday7am - 3pm
Tuesday7am - 3pm
Wednesday7am - 3pm
Thursday7am - 3pm
Friday7am - 3pm
Saturday7am - 3pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 316 MILES | 5 hr 27 min

Road Trip Overview

With a total of 316 miles to cover on this food filled road trip, the predicted drive time is 5 ½ hours. Beginning 30 minutes outside Dallas, the second largest city in Texas, this road trip will take you through small towns and fields, as well as the city of Austin, before…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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