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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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  • 28
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  • 13
    Very good
  • 6
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  • 5
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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
The Breakfast Place!

We were looking for a local breakfast place in McKinney and this is the place. I had the Ribeye and Eggs and it was worth the price of admission! Eggs are eggs but the meats were make the plate and they were very good, great flavors!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
Bob B
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Anna, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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McKinney, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We had family over from out of town, and wanted to introduce Bill's cafe to them for breakfast. We never got a chance to because it was so packed with people that some were standing along the walls waiting on a table and the wait was ridiculous. The cashier lady told us we had to get a table on our... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Decided to finally try the legendary Bill Smith's Cafe and was expecting this awesome breakfast, but honestly it was just average. There was no place to sit down when we entered and absolutely no place to stand and wait for a table. We kept moving around and making way for the staff until a table opened. Building is old and... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We were looking for a local breakfast place in McKinney and this is the place. I had the Ribeye and Eggs and it was worth the price of admission! Eggs are eggs but the meats were make the plate and they were very good, great flavors!

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Mckinney
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Old time blue plate cafe that serves breakfast and lunch at a very good price. Bill even pitches in in the kitchen when needed. Great food.

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McKinney, Texas
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354 reviews 354 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

These folks must be doing something right to have been in business since 1956. They are by bringing down home cooking to the people of McKinney. They are famous for their breakfast featuring eggs, breakfast meat, French toast or pancakes. Everything was good although the service was a bit slow but the place was packed on a week day morning.

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McKinney, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

So when you enter a country roadhouse style restaurant in Texas what do you expect? I expect a casual atmosphere, friendly service, and a huge plate full of traditional southern food. I'd say Bills only accomplished 1 out of 3, the casual atmosphere. The service was ok, but not prompt and without much follow up. The food was very disappointing.... More 

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Sherman, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed friendly service, and that's the best I can say. Floors were littered with food, wrappers, used napkins, everywhere. Menus were so dirty I didn't want to use them. Seat fabric was torn except on the wooden chairs. French toast undercooked and soggy. Venue does not accept credit cards.

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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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