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Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering

305 S Prairieville St, Athens, TX 75751-2543
+1 903-677-5599
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Overview
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good32%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“wraps” (5 reviews)
“cakes” (12 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Cafe, Deli, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
305 S Prairieville St, Athens, TX 75751-2543
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Greeted right away great food/lunch and willing to customize my meal! I wish I wasn’t on a diet or I would’ve tried some of the baked items

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jeremycI4514KD
LindaI714, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Jeremy for taking time to review The Cherry Laurel! We truly appreciate the kind remarks that you made. Hurry back to visit us soon! Thanks so much.

Reviewed October 2, 2018

The Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering Restaurant is my favorite lunch spot in Athens. If you like Reuben Sandwiches, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one even in any of the legit deli's in Dallas or really anywhere in the State. Even...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank STEVE D
LindaI714, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wow, Steve! That speaks volumes about The Cherry Laurel!! Thank you so much. We have been nonstop with catering since the beginning of October or we would have responded sooner. We look forward to seeing you back at The Cherry Laurel real soon!

Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here driving through with 3 adults and 3kids. It was great. We had sandwiches, wraps and some of their cake for dessert. The ladies serving us were extremely nice and friendly. It had several folks coming and going as it is a bakery...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank rhpatt29
LindaI714, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2018

Thank you rhpatt29 for this wonderful review and rating. And also for the kind remarks about our food and our service! We know how important consistency is in food quality, and also customer service. We could not agree more with you that, "This one is...More

Reviewed August 27, 2018

Cute little house with outside seating. You can't beat their fabulous desserts. We had a catered Thanksgiving Dinner that was fabulous.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Mary Jo L
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you Mary Jo L for this wonderful review and rating. We love our little house which will be 100 yrs old in 2 years (2020). We take great pride in our desserts and our food items. We are glad that you have enjoyed both!...More

Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

We were passing through Athens on a road trip and stopped here for lunch. The chicken salad plate came with fruit salad and a warm roll, all very good. It’s a cute place with delicious-looking desserts that we hope to try next time!More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank ILoveTexas
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2018

Thank you ILoveTexas for the kind remarks and the rating, and thanks for stopping at The Cherry Laurel for lunch on your road trip! We look forward to having you back to enjoy our desserts and other lunch items. And be sure to get one...More

Reviewed August 19, 2018

The cabana wrap is the best thing on the menu..I only day that because it's one of the few things I have tried. I tried it the first time I went, along with broccoli cheddar soup, and I fell in love! It is AMAZING! Their...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Heidi C
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2018

Thank you Heidi C for taking the time to rate and review us! We can't agree more--it is hard to try anything else once you have fallen in love with something. :)) And yes, we agree, it is AMAZING! Thank you again and hurry back...More

Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

The quality of products and amazing staff at the Cherry Laurel are excellence that is rare to find. The orders are always ready correct and above expectations. What a gem for such a small town. I travel extensively but this is one of my special...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Joy S
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2018

Oh wow! Thank you Joy S. for the top notch rating and review!! That means so much coming from someone like yourself. Catering, like event planning is very rewarding, but can be very difficult--not to mention the long hours. Let us know if we can...More

Reviewed August 6, 2018

When celebrating a birthday or special occasion, we make sure we get our sweets from Cherry Laurel Bakery. The cakes are moist and sweet, but not too sweet. We can always depend on friendly, quick service. The cafe is also a nice setting for a...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank hoosierjan
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Thank you hoosierjan for the 5 Bubble rating and the awesome review!! Thank thrills us to read it and hope that others will take your advice. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! And hurry back to visit us!!

Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick breakfast and found an amazing sausage stuffed yeast roll that was not greasy and the little roll was perfection. It was a bit dainty in size but I am concerned about calories so it was a “win win”! Combined with...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Chief J
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

BooYah! Thanks Chief J. That review makes us want to turn flips. So happy that you know that authentic Kolaches do not have meat in them! (Those with meat are called Klobasniky.) Super happy that Sarah took such good care of you as well. Hope...More

Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

We eat lunch here at least 2-3 times per month! The Cabana wrap is amazing, and so is the service! Save room for dessert!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank andersonadam
Linda I, Owner at Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2018

OH YEAH! The Cabana Wrap is my favorite too--well one of them. :) Thank you for the great review and the also the 5 bubble rating. See you soon at The Cherry Laurel! Linda

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$8 - $12
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 305 S Prairieville St, Athens, TX 75751-2543
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 903-677-5599
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Description
With tables, chairs, and decorations from a flea market and a handful of family recipes, The Cherry Laurel opened its doors in 1990 by two best friends. With their husbands and six kids between the two of them, Bonnie Wilson and Linda Ingram set forth to transform a dilapidated house into a cozy restaurant that beckoned their patrons' return. Offering homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches, The Cherry Laurel gave the citizens of Athens, Texas a casual and unique dining experience. The Cherry Laurel also became a staple dessert provider for the Athens area. In 1997, a local bakery owner announced her retirement, but her loyal customers didn't want to lose such a wonderful resource for birthday and wedding cakes. Upon contacting Bonnie and Linda, The Cherry Laurel Bakery came to be. They perfected the amazing Butterum cake: moist and flavorful, it isn't just an ordinary yellow cake. Patrons drive up to two hours to Athens just to have a Butterum cake for a special occasion. Until 2000, Bonnie and Linda were both high school teachers. One at a time, they both chose to commit to The Cherry Laurel full time, at which point the restaurant and bakery were combined into one building. The attention from both owners allowed for The Cherry Laurel to dive headfirst into the ever-promising catering business. Booked up to months in advance, The Cherry Laurel custom caters events for up to 500 people.
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