Hear the sounds of trains passing by at this popular lunch spot

Justin and Deanne Boswell opened Railway Cafe in Athens, Texas in 2010. And for nearly a decade they’ve been cooking up local, fresh food for the entire East Texas community.

When you walk in Railway Cafe, you will see pictures on both the wall to the left and the wall to the right, all relating to a railroad.

“All these pictures on the wall I took at local rail crossings here in town,” said owner Justin Boswell. “I took them and had them blown up on a thing at the store and had the frames made from the original ceiling tiles.”

Their menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, specialty burgers and delicious desserts.

“With the exception of a few items everything is made here,” said Justin. “All the dressing and all the ingredients. We take the time to roast the chicken, we take the time to make the chicken stock, things like that.”

And in addition to serving delicious lunch meals, they also cook with as much fresh and local ingredients as they can.

“We work with a lot of different farmers,” said Justin. “We try to source the products through good companies and provide good food for the folks around town.”

Deanna Boswell says one of her favorite things about Railway Cafe is the community it provides within itself.

“I remember one time I was waiting on a lady who comes here 4 days a week, at least, and another table bought her lunch because they were like ‘I feel like God’s telling me to do that’ and that happens all day long,” said owner Deanne Boswell. “We’ll get someone who just wants to do something nice for somebody else and so for me it’s just all about the community, you’re going to feel welcomed.”

Railroad Cafe is open from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mondays – Fridays.

Their address is 210 North Palestine in Athens.

Visit their website here.

Kendyl Turner

Kendyl Turner

Kendyl Turner writes, shoots and edits all stories for The East Texas Weekend. A Texan at heart, Kendyl was born and raised in Houston before venturing away to study Journalism and Spanish at The University of Mississippi. A few years later, Kendyl and her husband moved to East Texas where they’ve decided to make it home.