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Shirley's Sante Fe Cafe

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302 W First St, Brenham, TX 77833-3606
+1 979-836-0573
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houston
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I eat breakfast here whenever I can. Their cooking is like grandmas!!!! Biscuits/gravy, grits....all the good stuff!! Lunch is also worth the trip. Mainly locals in here because they know where to go to eat in Brenham!!!

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Houston, Texas
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127 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We were driving along Highway 290 and decided to stop in Brenham for lunch here. The outside is certainly not at all attractive, and the interior looks like time stopped somewhere around 1958. But if you are looking for a classic Texas blue plate special ("meat and 3 sides"), then you have found it at Santa Fe Cafe. Friendly server,... More 

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Thank ahur111
Brenham, Texas
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

A real throwback to past years when service was important and so is food quality. Great home cooking but most folks here know that so come early for lunch

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Thank cobinator1021
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408 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoy eating lunch here on a regular basis. There is a rotating daily list of specials that are reasonably priced. On this visit, I had the Beef Liver lunch, which comes with a choice of 3 sides. I chose the Mashed Potatoes,, Okra Salad (with Tomatoes and Onions. Delicious!), and Braised Brussel Sprouts with Cheese. My son had his... More 

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Thank albebuc
Houston, Texas
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67 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016

What you would expect from a small town cafe. The food was average, but the prices were very reasonable. Unfortunately the best part of the meal was the toast. The rest was hum drum. Not worth going out of the way.

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Thank Christian M
Brenham, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 March 2016

They have three meats to chose from and a long list of vegetables to pick three from. All of this with a drink and dessert for less than $9.00. All the locals eat there. They ONLY TAKE CASH! They are open for breakfast and lunch only.

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Thank Cheryl A
Brenham
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016

Like the roadside cafes and diners found all over the US, this long time established restaurant serves typical breakfast and lunch fare with sandwiches and blue plate specials for less than $10....be prepared, cash only. Service is quick and friendly.

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Thank Meli M
Bellville, Texas
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2015

we enjoyed lunch today at the Santa Fe Cafe - I had the meatloaf with peas, corn, baked beans, rolls, coffee and dessert for a little over $8. My husband had the fried chicken. We'll definitely go back. Parking is often tight at the lunch hour (12 noon) but we found that at 12:45 no problem to park. Open 6... More 

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Thank DiannaNorton
Brenham, Texas
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 August 2015

For $9.00 you can go get a hamburger, fries and coke at a fast food place. Here you get a meat, 3 vegetables and desert and and drink for the same $9.00. The meal is great and if you mom was to ask what you had for lunch she would be proud of you for having a balanced meal. The... More 

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Brenham, Texas
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2015 via mobile

How does this rate so low!? This is the place to connect with this town! The traditional diner right on the rail. Great lunches like mom used to make! Breakfast off the flat top and coffee that never stops til you say uncle. Where else can you be called sugar, and they mean it? Enjoy this Americana, while it is... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Diner, American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 302 W First St, Brenham, TX 77833-3606
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Brenham
  • Phone Number: +1 979-836-0573

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?