If you like hidden gems, classic diner food, or trains, there’s one Big Country eatery tucked away in Brownwood that shouldn’t be missed. With an average 4.5-star rating across over 100 reviews, the Runaway Train Cafe should definitely be on your list.

Located at 3600 Stephen F Austin Drive in Brownwood, the Runaway Train Cafe focuses on classic American diner fare, served up inside a historic ‘dining’ train car. There’s not a lot of seating or extra room, but train aficionados can appreciate the restored booths and authentic soda counter inside the cafe.

The Cafe currently serves lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM Tuesdays-Thursdays, and lunch and dinner from 11 AM to 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

While you can find the Runaway Train Cafe’s full menu here, reviewers on Yelp praise just about any item you could order, from classic burgers and sandwiches to unique appetizers like Texas toothpicks (fried onion and jalapeño sticks served with ranch dressing for dipping).

There’s also the persistent draw of shakes and floats made with ever-popular Blue Bell ice cream if you don’t want to finish your meal off with plain scoops in a cup or cone. The signature dessert is something called Pecan Ice Cream Pie, which also shows up repeatedly in the diner’s reviews.

Read STEVEN D.'s review of Runaway Train Cafe on Yelp

Praises of the Runaway Train Cafe, like the one above, point to great service and unbeatable hospitality as the crown jewel of the Runaway Train Cafe. There’s nothing more Texan than friendly waitstaff that greets you with a smile and treats you like a beloved guest.

So if you want to hop aboard for classic diner food and Big Country service in a little train car, full steam ahead to the Runaway Train Cafe in Brownwood.

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