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Foodie Favorites from A to Z – Lee’s Café

For the past 20 years Dorothy Lee would tell her love, Robert, how much she wanted to share her cooking with more than her family. I can’t tell you how thankful I am that Dorothy’s dream became a reality because not only is this hidden gem located in downtown Lubbock, it is also right down the street from my office. Hallelujah!

Talking food with Robert Lee.

Talking food with Robert Lee.

From the moment you walk into Lee’s Café, you feel as though you have walked back in time to the era of the 60’s diner. Before you know it, you’re humming along to the tunes of the greats like Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis, Jr. and, of course, our very own Buddy Holly. The likeness of those musicians is also featured in a mural painted by a local artist on one of the walls inside the restaurant.

lee's-mural

Before you hit the counter to place your order, Dorothy herself will most likely have greeted you as she bustles from one end of the kitchen to another stirring, slicing and cooking up a storm. The menu, located directly above the counter, features an assortment of Dorothy’s down home cooking at jaw dropping, reasonable prices ranging from literally $1.25 to $8.50. I am here to testify that along with great pricing comes even greater portions. According to Robert, the most popular entrées on the menu are Dorothy’s Chicken & Waffles, Pork Chop Plate and Burgers.

lee's-hamburgerI decided to give the cheeseburger and fries a try, and my taste buds were beyond satisfied. The burger was juicy and cooked just right. For those with a mega appetite, I recommend trying out the Bob Lee’s Burger made with two meat patties. According to Daniel, my trusty foodie blog sidekick, it’s the real deal!

Daniel also decided to order Dorothy’s Chicken & Waffles. He raved that the herbs and seasoning only enhanced the flavor of the chicken. And as for the waffle, he explained, well that’s the most important part to this dish. He said Dorothy’s waffle was one of the fluffiest he’s ever seen, which aided in soaking up the chicken and syrup into a truly mouthwatering delight.

lee's-waffle

Your meal will only get sweeter at Lee’s Café because Dorothy is also known for her delicious cakes. She bakes everything from strawberry to vanilla to German chocolate for the Dessert of the Day. You can feel the love Dorothy pours into her food and customers. When asked if she’s still sharing the love of her food at home, Robert looks nervously over his shoulder and quietly says, “she’s not cooking at home as much these days.” But the look of pride in his eyes for Dorothy shows his love has only grown.

Robert and Dorothy Lee.

Robert and Dorothy Lee.

Fast Facts:

  • Restaurant: Lee’s Café
  • Location: 1101 Main St.
  • Phone: 806.368.8537
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner