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“Almost Shirley, but not quite”
Review of Shirley's Burnt Biscuit - CLOSED

Cuisines: American
Description: Listed on this site http://www.marathontexas.com/dining/#
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Description: Listed on this site http://www.marathontexas.com/dining/#
Reviewed November 27, 2011

Shirley used to run a very simple business - the new owner and new building look cute, but the prices are higher than she had them and the quality is ok... the fried pies are still the best in the region, just wish Shirley was still there for the atmosphere!

1  Thank ellewlw
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We walked from the Gage Hotel down the street to the Burnt Biscuit for breakfast. The biscuits and cream gravy did not help with my diet but they sure went down easy on a cool fall morning seated at a 1950's style breakfast room set.....yellow vinyl chairs and shiny aluminum legs on the table....Very good coffee, help yourself to refills....friendly owner/chef......all in all, a great way to start our day of adventure in Big Bend.

Thank dr__dawggy
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We didn't eat here so can't evaluate the food. But the cafe is part of an antique store that had some good bargains. We bought a very nice lace table cloth for next to nothing. We were tempted by other good deals but resisted. Worth a visit when staying at the Gage.

Thank Philip D
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Reviewed April 30, 2011

We stopped for one of the famous fried pies. I guess I'm not a fried pie fan. They were small and overpriced—even though a Texas resident and frequent visitor was placing an order for several dozen of the to take home.

The owners were friendly and the decor funky but I probably would try some other spot the next time—although the not sampled cinnamon rolls looked like they were worth a try.

This is a do-it-yourself place from pouring the coffee to using the microwave. I didn't have a problem with that. Overall Marathon is a small but neat looking town worth a stop on your way to or from Big Bend. The Gage Hotel was inviting and if we ever get back there, will give it a try.

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Thank gachap
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Reviewed February 16, 2011

Been going out to West Texas/Trans Pecos area since 1991, I love it out there. Beautiful skies and wonderful people . . . like Shirley. When you stopped in at the tiny bakery for coffee and a pastry, it was a wonderful experience. Shirley would be holding court with two or three of her gentleman friends. They would be talking and laughing, sipping coffee and eating fried pies. All very kind folks. On display in the pastry case would be donuts, cinnamon rolls and more fried pies. Each piece of pastry was an original work of art, no two looked the same! And they were all DELICIOUS . . . and fresh . . . and served by Shirley. A few years ago, Shirley decided to sell the business. She became the librarian for the public library. The new owner moved the bakery a few doors up Hwy 90 into a larger, strangely decorated (lots of galvanized roofing . . . INSIDE?!?!?!) space. Seems he changed the recipes and upped the prices and added croissants to the menu. He fixed something that wasn't broke. I hate to bemoan the loss of "The Good Ol' Days", but the place is the same in name only. If you read a review of Shirley's that raves about the place; well, that special place is no more . . . it's now just average. On my next trip to Marathon, I'll stop in at French Co. Grocer for coffee and a pastry before heading over to the Library to hopefully say "Hello" to Shirley.

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