Texan Cafe & Pie Shop serves up Southern cooking, extensive pie selection

Jenny and Warren Smith own the Texan Cafe. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jenny and Warren Smith own the Texan Cafe. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jenny and Warren Smith own the Texan Cafe. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Prettiest pie: Peppermint patty pie (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Most decorated: S'more pie (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Customer favorite: Coconut cream pie (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Warren and Jenny Smith, owners. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
A large sirloin stockade bull head positioned above a sign reading “Texan Cafe & Pie Shop” makes the restaurant in downtown Hutto hard to miss.

The home-style eatery is a go-to tourist stop, bringing in guests from all over Texas, the United States and beyond—the furthest traveler so far being from England, said co-owners Warren and Jenny Smith.

The Smiths are the third owners of the Texan Cafe, which originally opened in 1996. After several years in the corporate world, Warren Smith said he and Jenny decided to purchase the restaurant in 2018.

At that time, Jenny Smith said, there were many other prospective buyers of the Texan Cafe & Pie Shop. In the end, she said their commitment to keeping the existing staff and staying true to the original recipes made them stand out with the previous owners.

“When you buy a business like this, you’re not going to come in and do a clean sweep and start over,” Warren Smith said. “It’s the staff that makes you successful or not successful.”


An experience at the Texan is all about talking with family and friends over warm food and sweet tea at a checkered tablecloth covered table, Warren Smith said.

A customer favorite is the chicken fried steak, a meal Jenny Smith said even curious non-Southerners have tried and enjoyed. Out of the more than 50 pie flavors the restaurant serves on a rotating basis, the Smiths agree the coconut cream pie is most popular among customers. However, Warren said whatever pie he’s eating is his favorite.

The Texan Cafe & Pie Shop changed its hours at the beginning of July to close weekly on Sundays instead of Mondays.

Jenny Smith said they made the change to allow their staff a day of rest, be it to spend time with their families or to pursue other activities.

“We did not want to be that roadblock to anybody [to] not be able to be with their families, or to go to church, or any of those things,” Warren Smith said. “It just made sense to us.”

Texan Cafe & Pie Shop

207 East St., Hutto

512-846-2885

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. Closed

www.thetexancafe.com
By Megan Cardona

Reporter, Round Rock, Pflugerville-Hutto

Megan is the Hutto reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions. In 2020, she graduated with a degree in communication from UT-Arlington, where she worked at the student newspaper, The Shorthorn, for two years covering student affairs, campus administration and the city of Arlington.



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