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Bill Smith's Cafe

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American, Cafe, Diner
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1500 W University Dr, McKinney, TX 75069-3441
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 am - 2:00 pm
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McKinney, Texas
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A local institution in McKinney, Texas. No frills, but a devoted local clientele. Family-owned. Don't expect upscale ambience or avant-garde breakfast dishes.

Thank Donna R
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

I don't understand the draw here. It's a big story with lots of tables. The waitresses are overworked. The food is the worst I've ever had. We've been here not once, not twice but three times because friends have insisted that our experience was rare. Cruddy frozen chicken fried steak, bread NEVER toasted. Horrible!

Thank McKinneydad
McKinney, Texas
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

the food was good - but the restaurant is old so for me it had that aged/ old time scent that I don't want smell when I'm eating. Its CASH ONLY so be prepared but its moderately priced and they have an ATM :-) Its uniquely shaped in that they have expanded what once was a small restaurant in what... More 

Thank Seana M
Ontario, Canada
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89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

I go to Bill Smiths at every opportunity. Breakfast simply cannot be beat, period. Bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy it's all here. Traditional Texas cooking served by the friendliest ladies in the state of Texas.

Thank ChosenFrozen
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

As holiday makers from Scotland we wanted to go to a typical American diner and we found that in Bill Smiths Cafe. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was good. I had the ham steak which was so big it hung over the side!!! Son had the hash brown special and he loved it. Wife and daughter had the... More 

Thank John D
Flower Mound, Texas
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67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

The only positive I can say after three (and final) visits is that service is consistently good. Waitresses are all friendly and effective with a "tag team" approach. Food quality is average to below average. Prices are good but repeat....if you only want average (read boring) breakfast food in a crowded, noisy and old, tired and unkempt place, then head... More 

Thank Sebbyboy
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

This is a local haunt for sure. smiles.. Breakfasts served no nonsense style. Service is friendly, fast and efficient. Food is yummy. Bill has been there as long as I can remember and I am old. smiles... don't look for anything fancy.. just good food and good service.

Thank Shirley R
McKinney, Texas
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

Bill Smith's is our favorite breakfast restaurant. Great food and reasonable prices make it a winner for us, and they even serve lunch, with a special every day.

Thank Ron M
McKinney, Texas
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

Went there for breakfast after church.7:00 mass. Seated yourself, waitress was right there. Brought us coffee, took our order cream gravy and biscuits was great as was everyones. Will go back. .

Thank Larry S
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57 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

been eating here for 60 years and it's been the same. breakfast is consistent, lunch is good too. I'll be back


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
5:00 am - 12:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1500 W University Dr, McKinney, TX 75069-3441
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  McKinney
  • Phone Number: 972-542-5331

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?