Reviewed by Kate Thornberry, Fri., Nov. 15, 2013
Maxine's905 Main St., Bastrop; 512/303-0919
Sun.-Tue., 7am-3pm; Wed.-Thu., 7am-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 7am-10pm
Maxine's Cafe is the place to go for breakfast in Bastrop County. Voted the Best Breakfast by local residents for five years running, Maxine's has also been recognized by Texas Monthly for both its breakfast menu and its small-town charm. The Maxine's empire is a wonderful example of making good in a small town by making good food. A wide variety of breakfast platters include freshly baked buttermilk biscuits, griddle cakes, Belgian waffles, sides of stone-ground grits, oatmeal, and home-fried potatoes, along with eggs cooked any style, superior bacon, sausage, and ham steaks. The coffee is hot, fresh, and delicious, as are the quart-sized servings of iced tea and the entire pints of orange juice. Everything is made fresh from scratch and is properly cooked; however, Maxine's is often so completely jammed with customers that the wait for your food can get lengthy. The lunch and dinner menu includes burgers, sandwiches, and salads, but the best choices are the aptly named Big Ol' Platters. These are classic American fare like liver and onions, pot roast, pork chops, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, chicken pot pie, and catfish, all served with two sides.