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Pioneer Cafe

Cafe, American, Diner
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108 E US Highway 79, Franklin, TX 77856-4065
+1 979-828-5631
06:00 - 21:00
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Sugar Land, Texas, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Nice small town country diner, good food and lots of it. Great cheeseburger and they also have a great plates with sides. Informal and friendly.

Thank David W
Kansas City, Missouri
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Stopped for lunch before going to safari. They were very busy. Special was catfish which was delicious. I had breakfast which was perfect.

Thank Melanie T
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

They make great burgers. I also like the all you can eat catfish on Friday nights. Great small town restaurant run by locals.

Thank kjelliott
Franklin, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

burgers are good and you can eat breakfast any time of day. just about anything you eat if acceptable

Thank Roy M
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Not a buffet. They have a buffet set up but they serve you one plate for $9.00 which includes a meat, sides, bread, and a dessert. The salad bar is an extra $5.99 for one trip. For my family of 5 we payed $70.00. We travel a lot and I have had good experiences and bad ones. This was one... More 

Thank Wadena M
Austin, Texas
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

I liked it and would recommend it. Service was friendly and prompt. The cheese burger I ordered rocked! If you like crunchy onion rings get 'em here. I'm not an onion person but these were good.

Thank joe p
Franklin, Texas
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Plain, bland but not unappetizing food. Typical steam table stuff. Surprisingly good hamburgers/cheese burgers.

Thank Sheron B
Little Rock
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98 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

Great home cooking. This is the second time we have stopped at the Pioneer Cafe. This time it was all you cat eat catfish along with cabbage, black eyed peas and fries. They always seem to have a special or you can order off of the menu. Little small town hole in the wall cafe with good food. Waitress was... More 

Thank nj50
Ingram, Texas, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

Get the small one though unless you're a "manly-man"! The large CF steak is huge. Friendly service and they made our table of 8 feel right at home. Good salad bar too!

Thank Becky F
Hearne, Texas
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49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

The Horseshoe has changed their name back to the Pioneer Café. This was originally the Pioneer Café when it opened years ago. The food is always good and like Mother's home cooking. On Friday's it's catfish and it is really good.

3 Thank Litebolt

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 E US Highway 79, Franklin, TX 77856-4065
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: +1 979-828-5631

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?