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The Blue Bonnet Cafe Celebrates 90 Delicious Years!

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Okay, folks, not everything in Texas is named after the state flower, the bluebonnet. In fact, you might be surprised to discover that the Blue Bonnet Cafe is named after a bonnet. Yep, that’s right, a blue bonnet. The kind a lady wears on her pretty curls.

This year, the iconic Blue Bonnet Cafe celebrated their 90th year serving up tasty goodness in the Texas Hill Country. Since 1929, this beloved cafe has accumulated fans across the world. The cafe is located in Marble Falls, Texas, but their reputation is as far-flung as Antarctica.  The awards for this little cafe are numerous.  Best breakfast, best restaurant, best service, best dessert, best chicken-fried steak—and the list of honors goes on, but you get the idea. The Blue Bonnet is claimed the best by many.

The Blue Bonnet Cafe Celebrates 90 Delicious Years!

Photo: Facebook/Blue Bonnet Cafe – Marble Falls, TX

The restaurant is consistent with their recipes and personnel. Some of their employees have been with the eatery for 25 years.  This group is Texas-friendly and know how to treat guests in Texas style. They’re accustomed to celebrities, and you might see one or two in there as you enjoy the food and atmosphere. The Blue Bonnet has hosted famous political personalities such as President George W. Bush. They’re not surprised, either, to see music celebrities like Willie Nelson. All patrons are treated with careful attention.

The current owners, John and Belinda Kemper, were customers first and now owners. One morning after a hearty breakfast, John was asked if he’d entertain the idea of buying the Blue Bonnet. Well, he and his wife fell in love with the idea and bought it!  Belinda makes the delicious, famous pies. She is also the author of the Blue Bonnet Cafe cookbook.

The Blue Bonnet Cafe Celebrates 90 Delicious Years!

Photo: Facebook/Blue Bonnet Cafe – Marble Falls, TX

The Kemper’s oldest daughter Lindsay and her husband plan to carry on the family tradition. Those pies and blue-plate specials will be around for years to come. Check out their pie menu! Maybe have a slice or two at Pie Happy Hour.

Here’s another good idea. Make it to one of the Marble Falls Area EMS Fish Fries. The Blue Bonnet Cafe sponsors two each year. It’s a fun, delicious event, and all funds go to the EMS for education and supplies.  On the designated day, the cafe serves fried catfish and trimmings, and they donate all food for the event.  The Blue Bonnet has donated close to a million dollars to the area EMS over the last thirty years. The Fish Fry is held on the first Wednesday in March and the first Wednesday in October. Put it on your calendar. Fried catfish and a slice of pie the size of Texas. Who wouldn’t want that?