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Bill Smith's Cafe

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American, Cafe, Diner
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1500 W. University Drive, McKinney, TX 75069
+1 972-542-5331
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05:00 - 14:00
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Hours:
Sun 05:00 - 12:00
Mon - Sat 05:00 - 14:00
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McKinney, Texas
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Great local places with breakfast and lunch, daily specials. easy location to get in and out and usually not much of a wait if they really are busy.

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Thank bbh56260
Knoxville, United States
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

My brother-in-law has been telling us about this place for a long time and we finally got to go while visiting in McKinney after Thanksgiving. He told us it was the best breakfast we'd ever eat - and he was right! The atmosphere alone was worth the visit with it's many antique signs and decor. But the food and service... More 

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Thank Kristin K
McKinney, Texas
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114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

If you want a home cooked breakfast, Bill Smith's is for you. You can watch the cooks as they quickly fill plates with great pancakes, enormous omelettes, and homemade gravy and biscuits. If you go on the weekend, be prepared to wait in line as McKinney old timers come here for breakfast and talk. The atmosphere is crowded and down... More 

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Thank Cathy W
McKinney, Texas
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We go here often, normally with my mother-in-law. The food is remarkably low priced and the servings are large. The venue may be a challenge for people with mobility issues. There are three distinct rooms, and when it is crowded, which is often, it can be a challenge getting around.This is strictly a breakfast/lunch place. The wait staff is generally... More 

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Thank Joevp
Plano, Texas
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

This is home cooking. The food and service are very good, and we had lunch special, main course and three sides, for $5.99.

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Thank EvylikeChevy
McKinney
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

I am waiting for a TV remake show to come to town and tackle Bill Smith's cafe. It badly needs updating. BUT I think their thinking is "why fix it if it's not broke. " I must say I have never had a bad meal here and my absolute favorite for breakfast is the cinnamon toast. Nobody anywhere makes such... More 

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Thank FancyNancy836
Dallas, Texas
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

I don't get it. I'd sooner go to pretty much anywhere for breakfast than here. Crowded, dingy, it's just an old school breakfast joint . Nothing wrong with that in itself, but overall, not impressive.

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Thank Greg C
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

There's always plenty of room. The staff is always sweet. The food is always good (and cheap) My coffee cup always stays full. Great old time diner feel. Definitely a good place to nurse a hangover.

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Thank Brianna E
Plano, Texas
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80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

Great breakfast. FAST service. Bottomless coffee cups. Delicious. This is a destination "Bucket List" kind of place.

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Thank Molly M
McKinney, Texas
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

Best breakfast around. Hand down. Biscuits and gravy can't be beat. Nice choices for the kids as well. Get there at the right time and sit at the bar.

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Thank ftoothman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Diner
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
05:00 - 12:00
Monday
05:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
05:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
05:00 - 14:00
Thursday
05:00 - 14:00
Friday
05:00 - 14:00
Saturday
05:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1500 W. University Drive, McKinney, TX 75069
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  McKinney
  • Phone Number: +1 972-542-5331

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?