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Bill Smith's Cafe

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1500 W. University Drive, McKinney, TX 75069
972-542-5331
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5:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast

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  • 31
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 6
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Favorite Breakfast Spot

There's always plenty of room. The staff is always sweet. The food is always good (and cheap) My coffee cup always stays full. Great old time diner feel. Definitely a good place to nurse a hangover.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Brianna E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

There's always plenty of room. The staff is always sweet. The food is always good (and cheap) My coffee cup always stays full. Great old time diner feel. Definitely a good place to nurse a hangover.

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great breakfast. FAST service. Bottomless coffee cups. Delicious. This is a destination "Bucket List" kind of place.

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Best breakfast around. Hand down. Biscuits and gravy can't be beat. Nice choices for the kids as well. Get there at the right time and sit at the bar.

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Mckinney, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This place is iconic. It is run down. the front room looks straight out of 1950. The food is ala carte. they don't take anything but cash. they have an ATM. Everyone is using it. food is honestly a bit bland. I don't seek this place out for food. It is the experience.

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Lewisville, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I have been eating at Bill Smith's Café in McKinney, Texas for years. Old fashioned cooking at its finest. You might think that you are having hot coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or homemade pies, but you are actually getting a whole lot more. This is the place that you can re-connect with what matters most: American families eating together, veterans... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I asked for a veggie omelette to be cooked soft or loose... The egg was so burnt that I could not cut it with the fork. I asked the waitress to let the cook to make another.. She came back and said that Bill Smith himself had cooked it and made no offer to adjusts he bill or remake the... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Very reasonably priced. Wonderful breakfast. Great daily lunch specials. Chicken fried steak is always a great standby. Of course mashed potatoes to go with it, and they are real mashed potatoes, not powdered stuff. Even if the parking lot looks crowded, go on in. There are 4 separate dining rooms. You will be able to find a table. Wait staff... More 

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Anna, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Bill Smith's is a true legendary staple to the folks in McKinney, Texas and surrounding communities. They offer a full selection of breakfast and lunch menu items, and they're all pretty much delicious! The true hidden gem is their delicious, homemade pies! Make sure you save room!!!

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McKinney, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Service is spotty. Difficult to find a table especially on the weekend. Food isn't consistent. After several visits where the service and food were poor, we have decided to go elsewhere.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Wow!! We love coming here on Saturday mornings. Open 4:30am to 2 pm so don't come late for lunch but you can come early for breakfast. A 1950's ambiance and waitresses you will know by first name. Where you can get two eggs, bacon, coffee, pancakes (sweet potato is a little extra), all for $5-6. Pay in cash, no credit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1500 W. University Drive, McKinney, TX 75069
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  McKinney
  • Phone Number: 972-542-5331

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 2:00 pm

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