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Back Door Cafe and Coffee Shop

117 Main St, Smithville, TX 78957-1837
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Ranked #3 of 14 restaurants in Smithville
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- May 19, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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21 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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English first
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

If you do go, make a reservation! You will be asked at the door promptly. Locals made this place out to be better than sliced bread...might want to bring your own! Service slow, quality and finesse lacking. The renowned "bacon-dripping" made cream gravy for the chicken fried steak was gelatinous! Mushroom sauce, overbearing with rosemary! Limited menu & choices, prices... More

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Pearland, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This was a spectacular hole in the wall restaurant! Service was excellent, food was excellent! We will be back!

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Smithville, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Family run, this is fine dining in a small town! Great food and service! Gotta have the chicken fried steak! Save room for pie!

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Houston, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I arrived before they started serving dinner so all they had was barbeque pizza, which is not my favorite. The salad was healthy, but needed more... They did have a good selection of beers and wines and the country atmosphere is inviting. As an up-and-coming business, they should realize that, even in a small town, most people are going to... More

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Smithville, Texas
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The small town of Smithville doesn't have many dining alternatives. Therefore the Back Door Café is one of only two choices for sit down dining with waitress service in town. That said the menu choices are limited, the choices available on the limited menu often run out, and the menu doesn't change often. The menu is a strange mix of... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Headed into Smithville to attend an Art show at Mosaic Downtown and had 2 different people tell us we should go to The Back Door Cafe for dinner! We made a reservation, a good thing on a Saturday night, and were seated promptly upon arrival. Service for us that night was great. The Chef/Owners daughter served us and was very... More

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Sugar Land, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

For a sleepy town of 3600, we were amazed by the experience at Back Door Cafe. (I left off "coffee shop" because it does the place a disservice). A small family run restaurant, we enjoyed a spicy shrimp skewer over rice and a killer CFS. Real meat, real tender, only slightly pounded and served with cream gravy. My only wish... More

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Galveston, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Ate here by default as the restaurant we came to dine in turned out not to be open. Food was delicious! Yes, it's a limited menu, but it was rather nice to be able to make a quick decision. My husband had the chicken fried steak, which I tasted, and it was probably the best CFS he's ever had out.... More

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Rockwall, TX
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107 reviews 107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I was staying at the Katy B&B in Smithville recently and the innkeeper recommended the Back Door as a good place for dinner. It definitely was! I ordered the snapper and it was delicious. I will definitely eat there again should I ever pass that way.

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Houston, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Limited menu, but gourmet food. They usually are open Friday and Saturday evenings, starting at 5:30 PM. Worth going by and checking it out if you are in the neighborhood.

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