Cleburne Cafeteria Lives Up to the Hype

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Chicken and dumplings and baked squash from Cleburne Cafeteria

You have to remember only one thing before you go to Cleburne Cafeteria: Bring cash, because they don't accept credit cards. Once you get there, the rest is gravy. Quite literally, actually.

It took me longer than it should have to visit Cleburne Cafeteria. Like a fool, I judged the book by its cover and assumed, perhaps because of the unassuming plastic sign, that it was some local branch of a Lubyseque chain. "Probably just for old people with no taste buds and a high tolerance for salt," I remember thinking.

The only thing remotely true in the aforementioned assertion is that Cleburne does seem to be a hotspot for the post-70 set. But one reason seniors might favor the Cafeteria is that they've followed the sweet history of this restaurant, which has existed in various forms for more than six decades.

Photo by Joanna O'Leary
I want it all.

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Cleburne Cafeteria

3606 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Kevin Gee
Kevin Gee

The food at Cleburne is pretty bland.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah topcommenter

Great place to eat….. been loving it for a loooong time!

Kylejack topcommenter

It's awfully pricy.  Everything, not just the desserts.

Keith Hanna
Keith Hanna

Always a decent meal for me, nothing groundbreaking, just hometown lunch with plenty of options. Pies over cakes for sure.


Good cafeterias like Cleburne are a little piece of honest, unpretentious heaven in a world of culinary hype and celebrity chefdom. Fadi's is another of my favorites.

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