Texan Cafe

Southwestern | Steak
One of the best

The Texan Café takes its name in earnest. Its menu is a roster of Lone Star fare, including hunks of meat that include ribeyes, strips, filets, and sirloins of seven or fourteen ounces. Beyond steak, there are hamburgers, pepper burgers, and bacon cheeseburgers. Non-beef sandwiches include fried green tomato BLTs, catfish grilled or fried, and even a veggie burger. In fact, a meat-frowner can find great satisfaction in a plate of four vegetables – excellent vegetables – that are themselves suitably Texan.

The side-dish repertoire includes blackeyed peas (a must to accompany chicken fried steak), fried okra, sweet potatoes and baked potatoes, “heavenly lime salad,” butter beans, and eggplant casserole. In our experience, the accompaniments are so good that you may just finish off a serving even before you are finished plowing through your T-bone. But we must warn you: desserts at the Texan Cafe are worthy of a significant appetite reserve. Pies are not to be missed.

One of the best things about The Texas Café isn’t on the menu and isn’t made in the kitchen. It is the sign outside: a larger-than-life bust of a bull hanging over the front of the building.

Gregg Pill | April 28, 2008

Small town, friendly staff, great food. Grilled sausage bites opened the evening; they were served with a standard BBQ sauce. We also has fried green tomatoes; these were served with ranch dressing. Both starters came out hot and delicious.

Dinners included a glazed ham steak with a Texan root beer sauce. The RB is reduced to a syrupy, flavorful sauce for the perfectly grilled ham steak. Chicken fried fteak is “hand breaded, fork tender and a Texas size portion.” As good as advertised. We were both in the mood for creamed corn and mac & cheese. The hit of the evening: chicken & dumplings, a Thursday night special. These dumplings are neither light nor heavy. They are the perfect companion to the chicken and gravy. Sides include an enormous batch of sweet potato fries and green beans.

Dessert presented the usual problems… so many choices, so little room. There is a separate room, the Pie Room, which has them all on display, along with a baker who’s willing to answer questions. The choices numbered at least 20! We went with Black Forest pie, peppermint patty pie and millionaires pie. That last is an interesting combo of pineapple and nuts mixed into, and topping, a cream cheese-style filling. These non-standard choices were all very good and brought the staff to our table to display their pride. And we agree, they have much to be proud of!

What to Eat
Texan Cafe, Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings
On a night full of great food, all three of us agreed that the chicken and dumplings were the star. Keep an eye on the specials board, since this isn't on their regular menu. The sweet potato fries and green beans also are worthy of praise.
Texan Cafe, Black Forest Pie
Black Forest Pie
Black Forest pie is a delicious variation of the more common Black Forest cake.
Texan Cafe, Toffee Pie
Toffee Pie
The pies looked so tempting, we couldn't help but get a slice to go. Toffee pie is topped with caramel sauce and a generous amount of pecans.
Texan Cafe, Texan Caviar
Texan Caviar
Our favorite of the sides was the unusual Texan caviar, a mixture of corn, cucumber, chick peas, black eyed peas, black beans and onion, along with oil and vinegar.
Texan Cafe, Pink Stuff
Pink Stuff
A popular side dish, Pink Stuff is made with raspberry gelatin, marshmallow fluff, pineapple and whipped cream.
Texan Cafe, Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak
Texan Cafe's version of this central Texas classic earned the official ChiTownDiner seal of approval.
Texan Cafe, Glazed Ham Steak
Glazed Ham Steak
Thick ham steak in a sweet, sticky root beer sauce is a specialty of the house.
Texan Cafe, Peppermint Patty Pie
Peppermint Patty Pie
Peppermint patty pie has a thick layer of smooth peppermint cream, with chunks of chocolate mint candy mixed throughout. Another thin layer of chocolate sits between the cream filling and crust.
Texan Cafe, 4 Vegetable Plate
4 Vegetable Plate
A four vegetable plate includes niblet corn, carrots, black eyed peas and the best of plate: porky green beans.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11 am - 3 pm
Tuesday11 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday11 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday11 am - 8:30 pm
Friday11 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday11 am - 8:30 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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