Jefferson Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Jefferson

April 14, 2018 Darwin Bolte

Jefferson is a city in Marion County in northeastern Texas, United States. The population was 2,024 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Marion County, Texas, and is situated in East Texas. The city is a tourism center, with popular attractions including: Jay Gould's Railroad car, the Sterne Fountain, Jefferson Carnegie Library, Excelsior House, the House of the Four Seasons, and the bayous formed by Big Cypress Bayou located in and around the city.
Things to do in Jefferson

1. Riverport Barbeque

201 N Polk St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2131 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 903-665-2341
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

Riverport Barbeque

Reviewed By chris s - Grapevine, Texas

Stopped by for lunch while walking around Jefferson this past weekend. Order the Swamp Fries - fresh cut fries covered with brisket, cheese, onions & jalapenos. Pretty damn good. The place was quite busy for a Saturday afternoon and a lot of people eating BBQ.

2. Kitt's Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Bar

125 N Polk St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2275 (Formerly Jefferson's House of Pies) Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch SGD 4 - SGD 24 +1 903-665-0505
Excellent
47%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 285 reviews

Kitt's Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Bar

When I was 8 I invented what I called a "Kornbread Sandwich". Many years later my Mom and I opened up a pie shop and restaurant and we slowly introduced my creation after tweaking the recipe for our cornbread. It's become an addictive addition to our historic small town and we love to see the faces of our guests eating it for the first time. Come on in and try it. It's not your Mama's cornbread!

Reviewed By Paul B

Let me say I have never had a cornbread sandwich before but I will definitely stop here again.

I had the Pastrami & Provolone cheese sandwich which topped with mayo, onion and tomato served between two slices of jalapeño cornbread. The cornbread had great texture and flavor. The sandwich served warm was evenly heated with chips on the side.

Service was fast and the wait staff friendly.

3. Stillwater Inn

203 E Broadway St, Jefferson, TX 75657-1715 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 31 - SGD 55 +1 903-665-8415
Excellent
83%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 125 reviews

Stillwater Inn

Located in a 1890's home. White tablecloths and silverplate flatware. Menu changes seasonally with daily specials. Chef owned, since 1984. Casual attire. Men asked to remove their hats before being seated.Fresh seafood, rack of lamb, venison and veal dishes occasionally. Please see out Facebook page for nightly specials.

Reviewed By JSRDallas - Dallas, Texas

Easy going casual southern atmosphere with French-inspired cuisine.... at reasonable prices. A real find. Great for a romantic/special occasion or just a top-notch weekday meal. Fancy dress not required.

Extensive wine list if that’s your thing.

I had the escargot with puff pastry as an appetizer and the shrimp and lump crab with risotto as an entree. Both were sizzling hot and as good or better than you’ll anywhere.

The restaurant is in a historic home with wood floors and high ceilings.

4. Port Jefferson Outpost

220 N Polk St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2132 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Grill, Diner, Soups Breakfast, Lunch SGD 3 - SGD 9 +1 903-665-8881
Excellent
54%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Port Jefferson Outpost

Home cooking with an assortments of gifts, lotions, soaps, candy, homemade fudge and cinnamon glazed nuts! We have kitchen gadgets that can't be found anywhere else and entire wall of jellies, jams and preserves. We also carry Kerusso t-shirts for the entire family. Come take a trip back in time through our 97% refurbished barn wood interior and our welcoming demeanor!

Reviewed By OKCgirl - Oklahoma City

After a weekend spent in Jefferson eating some pretty mediocre food, I was pleasantly surprised by this place. The staff was friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was fantastic, and the food was delicious and incredibly well priced. Four of us ate breakfast here and everyone got something different, from bacon and eggs to biscuits and gravy to pancakes, and we were all happy with our meals. Definitely the best breakfast spot in town.

5. Dairy Queen

403 S Walcott St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2013 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 903-665-3682
Excellent
21%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
21%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 19 reviews

Dairy Queen

Reviewed By E B - Lake Charles, Louisiana

The facility was newer and clean. The service was average. We had chicken strips and they were obviously prepared when we ordered them. They were hot, fresh and good. The iced tea was very good and seemed freshly made. It was a typical Dairy Queen but overall we left very satisfied.

6. Austin Street Bistro

117 E Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657-1901 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 903-665-9700
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 248 reviews

Austin Street Bistro

Reviewed By PhillipNelson - Washington DC, District of Columbia

In Texas, quantity often gets higher priority than quality. But the Austin Street Bistro knocked my socks off with its quality ! Homemade, original recipes using the freshest local ingredients. Every bite was a treasure. On top of that, the atmosphere was peaceful and romantic, and the service was friendly. Great find, and by far the best meal I had in Jefferson.

7. Auntie Skinner's Riverboat Club

107 W Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2201 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 903-665-7121
Excellent
38%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 331 reviews

Auntie Skinner's Riverboat Club

Reviewed By napagirl - St Helena, CA

Looks like a dive, and I guess it is: but a lovable, quirky one with decent food, great beer, and kind friendly service.

8. The KnightLight Theater & Wine Tavern

202 N Walnut St, Jefferson, TX 75657-1936 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, American, Seafood, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 46 +1 903-665-8546
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 103 reviews

The KnightLight Theater & Wine Tavern

Smoke Free in an Olde World Setting. Wines and Craft Beer from around the world accompanied with great steaks and fine food. Live entertainment and Mixed Drinks.

Reviewed By Car0lg903 - Texarkana, Texas

Had a great dinner here ! Reviewed on TA and made the decision to stop in for dinner. Within walking distance of our B&B. Great choice! No live band as advertised but the service was great and the food delicious. Highly recommend.

9. Bulldogs Pizza

603 E Broadway St, Jefferson, TX 75657-1811 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza Dinner, Lunch +1 903-665-9499
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Bulldogs Pizza

Reviewed By babysmom05 - South Houston, Texas

If you are ever in Jefferson...
Stop in at Bulldogs for some very well seasoned delicious food ...
The owner is VERY friendly ....He welcomes you in tells you to help yourself to beverages..which is set up on the left as you walk in ....
Menus and silverware already set up on the table ....A wide selection of pizza ,pasta and a variety of other food ....
So far we have tried the spaghetti w/meat sauce,vegetable lasagna ,the calzone made the way YOU like it ....The calzone My husband had onions , mushrooms and beef ...It was all so good that night we went the second night ....He had another calzone ...This time with chicken, mushrooms and peppers ....
Everything we had was seasoned PERFECT
Bulldogs Pizza is a must try ......
Plus they stay open later than a lot of the other places in Jefferson....
Awesome Food !!!!!!

10. Bayou Bakery and Cafe

201 W Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2203 Delivery, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available American, Cafe, Fast Food, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 3 - SGD 12 +1 903-665-2253
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 102 reviews

Bayou Bakery and Cafe

Reviewed By lowell01 - Bentonville Arkansas

We ended up in Jefferson while camping at Caddo Lake State Park. The cafe has a good breakfast menu with lots of choices but we went simple with the senior breakfast. Great deal. Real eggs with nice whole wheat bread and bacon. Coffee was hot n fresh. Service was fast and pleasant.

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