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Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering

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305 S Prairieville St, Athens, TX 75751-2543
+1 903-677-5599
07:00 - 15:00
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Mon 07:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 07:00 - 17:30
Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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Athens, Texas
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Any item just pick one, and it will be as good as you have ever eaten, from Sandwiches,Salads, Baked Goods and Especially Their CAKES. IT's ALL GOOD.

Thank davidmcm903
Management response:

Thank you for taking the time to send such a wonderful review! We appreciate your business and look forward to more visits! More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Awesome butter rum cake, birthdays , weddings , any special occasion, or not. Also great lunch options!

Thank Venita F
Tyler, Texas
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

My daughter surprise me with a birthday cake for my 60th birthday and it was the best birthday cake I've ever had!

Thank 2oldnomads
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped for a quick lunch this week; this was our first visit. The place was busy with eat-in customers as well as those buying pastries and cakes to go. The sweet tea was not as sweet as you usually find locally but had a great flavor. I had the club sandwich which was more like a... More 

Thank David H
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 September 2016

I am writing this for my 89 yr. old mother who does not use the internet. We were very disappointed in several things about our experience having Cherry Laurel CATER my Dad's memorial Brunch. We ask for a Brunch for 43 people. My mother was told she would have an egg dish and another breakfast casserole as the main food.... More 

Thank Deborah W
Athens, Texas
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The Cherry Laurel has been in its same location for over 25 years. The Cherry Laurel Salad is a favorite and always fresh.The baked goods are outstanding and you can get hundreds of cake designs. See their website for the many beautiful and unique cakes. Had a poker cake made for my husband's birthday in the butter rum flavor which... More 

1 Thank ruthm452016
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Cherry Laurel has been a favorite for so many years. Can't beat their signature CL salad and blackberry sage tea and of course dessert is a must!

1 Thank J G
Athens, Texas
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Very quaint and smells delicious the moment you enter. I have seen their finished baked goods and not only do they look gorgeous but they taste great! Melts in your mouth. The regular lunch and brunch foods are some of my favorite foods! My top menu items from there are the chicken salad sandwich plate and the broccoli cheese soup... More 

1 Thank Tiffany C
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72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2015

Most anything you order from their menu for lunch is wonderful... Wraps/Sandwiches....CAKES>>> great to cater a company Lunch.

1 Thank Keith L
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

Really nice place with nice antique table. Multiple rooms with great front porch. Much nicer than curb appeal. Breakfast taco is huge. Better yet, it is fantastic. Basically a fluffy omelette in a Tortilla. Had a Kolache too. Fantastic as week You can really tell everything is homemade. Staff is great too. My only complaint is the coffee cups. A... More 

1 Thank frank e

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$12
Cafe, American, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 17:30
07:00 - 17:30
07:00 - 17:30
07:00 - 17:30
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 305 S Prairieville St, Athens, TX 75751-2543
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 903-677-5599
With tables, chairs, and decorations from a flea market and a handful of family recipes, The Cherry Laurel opened its doors in 1990 by two best friends. With their husbands and six kids between the two of them, Bonnie Wilson and Linda Ingram set forth to transform a dilapidated house into a cozy restaurant that beckoned their patrons' return. Offering homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches, The Cherry Laurel gave the citizens of Athens, Texas a casual and unique dining experience. The Cherry Laurel also became a staple dessert provider for the Athens area. In 1997, a local bakery owner announced her retirement, but her loyal customers didn't want to lose such a wonderful resource for birthday and wedding cakes. Upon contacting Bonnie and Linda, The Cherry Laurel Bakery came to be. They perfected the amazing Butterum cake: moist and flavorful, it isn't just an ordinary yellow cake. Patrons drive up to two hours to Athens just to have a Butterum cake for a special occasion. Until 2000, Bonnie and Linda were both high school teachers. One at a time, they both chose to commit to The Cherry Laurel full time, at which point the restaurant and bakery were combined into one building. The attention from both owners allowed for The Cherry Laurel to dive headfirst into the ever-promising catering business. Booked up to months in advance, The Cherry Laurel custom caters events for up to 500 people.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?