The Blue Bonnet Cafe
MARBLE FALLS, TEXAS
Blue Bonnet Cafe
Is What's Cooking
in Marble Falls
"We would like to thank the readers of
magazine for voting the Blue Bonnet Cafe the No. 1 restaurant for breakfast in Texas and
in the Top Ten overall restaurants in Texas. Thank you, voters!"
The Blue Bonnet Cafe represents a 75 year tradition of
outstanding "Home Style" cooking! All of the tourists want to stop at the
Blue Bonnet Cafe, and it is a favorite eating place with the locals, too. Breakfast is
served all day and Daily Specials from 11:00 am to closing. The Chicken Fried Steak
is great, and you will love their freshly baked pies.
The Blue Bonnet Cafe is truly "World Famous" with
such notables as President George W. Bush, Governor Rick Perry, Willie Nelson, Larry Gatlin, golfer Don
January, TV star Janine Turner, Lt. Governor Bob Bullock,
singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphy, "Shaft" actor Richard Roundtree, Lyle
Lovett, UT coaching legend Darrell Royal, former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach,
Apollo 13 astronaut James Lovell, famed football coach Emory Ballard and Asleep at the
Wheel band all having dined there. Owner, John Kemper says,"The way we see it,
all our customers are celebrities. We treat them all special."
The Blue Bonnet cafe has been written about in several
magazines: "Southern Living", "Travel & Leisure", "Ride
Texas", "Country America", "Texas Highways", "Texas - The
Business School Magazine", "Road Food" and "Texas Old Time Restaurants
& Cafes". "Road Food Magazine" named the Blue Bonnet Cafe
"One of the Best Restaurants Coast-to-Coast." "Ride Magazine"
voted the Blue Bonnet Cafe "One of the Best in Texas." The "Austin
Chronicle" newspaper called the Blue Bonnet Cafe "Best Restaurant within 60
miles." "Ride Texas Magazine" called it the "Best Road
Food in Texas."
"I hear stories all the time about people recognizing
our T-shirts up in the northern states, in London, in Japan," Kemper said. "My
daughter, Lindsay, was an exchange student in Australia and her host father said he ran
into a man in Antartica who said, 'The Blue Bonnet? I'm from Spicewood and when I'm home I
eat there all the time.' "In Antartica. Can you imagine?"
John and Belinda Kemper have operated the cafe since 1981.
John is virtually at the cafe every morning greeting customers and seeing that
everything is running smoothly. One of the secrets to the great success of the Blue
Bonnet Cafe is the friendly atmosphere and the camaraderie of the waitresses with the
customers. And, of course the other secret to their success, which is no secret at
all, is the great meals they serve.
Breakfast is served all day and Daily Specials are served
from 11:00 am to closing. The daily specials include chicken fried steak, chicken and
dumplings, pot roast, meat loaf, fried catfish, and others. With each daily special
you can choose three vegetables from their long list. Kemper and the waitresses say
that the most popular daily specials are probably pot roast and chicken fried steak, and
the most popular vegetable is probably fried okra.
And of course there are the desserts that the Blue Bonnet
is famous for. They bake up a large variety of pies daily that are very popular with
the diners. Thanksgiving eve they baked 250 pies and all but a few slices were gone
by the end of Thanksgiving day.
There are other special times at the Blue Bonnet Cafe as
well as holidays. John and Belinda have strong beliefs about giving back to the
community. Each year they host two benefits for the Marble Falls EMS at the Blue
Bonnet Cafe. As well as hosting the benefits, the Kempers also donate all of the
food for the two fish fries as their way of thanking the community.
To order a "World Famous" Blue Bonnet T-Shirt,
our Blue Bonnet Cookbook or Coffee Mug Click Here.
A few years ago they added on a section to the
restaurant that accommodates an extra 60 people. This helps keep the lines shorter.
You will find great food and great people at the Blue
Bonnet Cafe. We love them both here in the Highland Lakes area.
Monday - Thursday..... 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday.....6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday.....6:00 am - 1:45 pm
Stop by for a great meal at:
The Blue Bonnet Cafe
211 Hwy 281
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
John & Belinda Kemper..... (830) 693-2344
Email to: JKemper389@aol.com