One of the best kept secrets in Decatur, the Whistle Stop Cafe sits in a 1929 building, part of the historically preserved Texas Tourist Camp, and it’s worth the very short drive off of Hwy 287 to visit this Texas treasure!
It’s not an easy drive, either. Many who have tried were lost or dissuaded as they passed through Downtown Decatur on the Courthouse Square, filled with cute shops, and the ever-awesome Rooster’s Roadhouse or Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes! The smell-goods start coming at you about the time you see the sparkle of the pink granite of the 1896 Wise County Courthouse! Many are derailed right there, as Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes, a member of the Babe’s Chicken House family, is a siren in the street to the hungry. Only the stalwart can pass through, but how they will be rewarded when they reach the Whistle Stop! Homemade chicken fried steak, and one of my favorite cheeseburgers around, this is only where the hard choices begin. The smart ones knew a decade earlier to have enough children so that when they visit the Whistle Stop, everyone can order something different and share. It’s easier than asking a stranger at a nearby table for a bite of theirs.
The Whistle Stop is truly a real life case of the early bird getting the worm, because they are only open weekdays until 2pm, just because they can. If that doesn’t work with your itinerary, you can always camp in the nearby LBJ Grasslands, and try again the next day, or hit up one of the places on the square. Either way, it’ll still be a good day in Decatur!
Whistle Stop Cafe
904 U.S. 287 Business, Decatur
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