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

April 14, 2018 Joeann Galban

Early is a city located in Brown County in west-central Texas, in the United States. The population was 2,762 at the 2010 census. It is named for Walter U. Early, who donated land for the schools. It is home to the Early Independent School District and the Heartland Mall.
Things to do in Early

1. Humphrey Pete's

102 Early Blvd, Early, TX 76802-2122 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 325-646-8576
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 164 reviews

Humphrey Pete's

Reviewed By Janiam33

OMG must try the ribs. The most outstanding ribs I have had. I was in the area a couple of months back. I had the ribs. I went back this visit to check for y'all if it was just a fluck... nope! OUTSTANDING. I have lived in Georgia and Mississippi both known for their pork. I would put these ribs up against those anytime.

2. Runaway Train Cafe

3600 Stephen F Austin Dr, Brownwood, TX 76801-6545 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Diner Lunch, Dinner +1 325-646-3333
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Runaway Train Cafe

Reviewed By booklady55_11 - Abilene, Texas

First, if you are not from Brownwood, this restaurant is hard to find. Here are directions: 1) go south on 377 towards Brady. 2) turn left on Crockett Dr. which goes by the hospital; 3) before you get to the hospital, turn left on S.F....MoreThank you for the great review and for leaving such detailed directions!

3. Ricardo's Tortilla Bakery

904 Booker St, Brownwood, TX 76801-2506 Takeout, Seating Mexican, Spanish Breakfast, Lunch +1 325-643-3333
Excellent
53%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Ricardo's Tortilla Bakery

Reviewed By edgars20132015 - Texas

Need a quick lunch they have drive-thru but stop in and enjoy a nice lunch. Prices are great, food is fresh, and the sopillas are my favorite. Fried fish on Friday is available. They close early afternoon. A hidden treasure. About a block off intersection of Main (Highway 377 and Austin Avenue). Family owned business.

4. Prima Pasta

210 Early Blvd, Early, TX 76802-2121 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 325-641-8070
Excellent
45%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Prima Pasta

Prima Pasta Ristorante Italiano & Pizzeria,(325)641-8070<br>eat in or carry out. good Italian food, clean establishment, friendly staff

Reviewed By joni m - strawn

Had party of 30+ people. Were given a preset menu. Where 10$ was added to each entree - more than on menu which included salad tea dessert. We brought birthday cake. We didn't need dessert. Was told by waitress we had 2 choices of dressing House or Ranch. When your charging 17.99$ for a meal and I'm the customer. Number one don't be rude when you answers questions number 2 let me make my own choice of dressing not just 2 this group won't be back

5. Studebaker's Cafe & Grill

409 E Commerce St, Brownwood, TX 76801-1821 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 325-643-8090
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Studebaker's Cafe & Grill

Reviewed By Weazy123 - Coleman, Texas

We've eaten here several times when we come to town and the food is always amazing, the portions are good and the service is always friendly. I've read several people complain about the"vibe" or the "ambiance" or that it's a little run down, to me that is the best part, the spend their efforts on putting out good food. The place is always clean and the food is delicious, so who cares if the floors are concrete or there are plastic table clothes as long as they are clean. This isn't a 4 star $50 a meal place, it's just a normal small town great burger joint. If you want good food then this is the place for you!!

6. Underwoods Cafeteria

402 E Commerce St, Brownwood, TX 76801-1822 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 325-646-1776
Excellent
45%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 287 reviews

Underwoods Cafeteria

Reviewed By Kcknana - Dallas TX

Had the bbq steak with beans and potato salad. Food was greasy and everything was cold. Felt really full when we left after not eating much at all. Few hours later still have a very full feeling and both are sick at our stomach. Not sure if we had something that might be bad or if it is just full of preservatives. Either way it will be a longgggg time before we ever go back there to eat!!!
We have been going to Underwood’s for many years!! Even back as far as locations in Lubbock and Waco. Definitely not same quality as in the past.

7. Taco Casa Early Tx

207 Early Blvd, Early, TX 76802-2124 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
65%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
14%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Taco Casa Early Tx

Reviewed By S M - Brownwood, Texas

As always, the food is good and the quality consistent.
This restaurant is clean and the staff is friendly.
We love the tacos, chiladas, nachos, etc. The food is fresh and tastes great.
I recommend them highly if you are looking for a reliable and good restaurant.

8. Steves' Market and Deli

110 E Chandler St, Historic Downtown Brownwood, Brownwood, TX 76801-2812 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Soups, Southwestern, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 20 +1 325-646-5576
Excellent
89%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Steves' Market and Deli

Closed Sunday & Monday. Lunch Served Tuesday - Saturday (11am to 3pm) Handmade fresh soups and bisques. Creative big city sandwiches, prepared to order, on toasted focaccia panini bread. Small intimate dining for 18 with a "Green Facade" open air patio/waiting area next door. It&apos;s "quirky" and very Sandford and Son! Recognized in 1999, by Texas Monthly Magazine, as one of the Top 20 Small Town Texas Restaurants. A Deep in the Heart of Texas Fair Trade Retailer. Serving Republic of Tea since 1996. Serving Peace Coffee and Duncan Coffee for over ten years. Legendary Club Sandwiches: The Rae Bourbon, The Coach Paul Tyson, The Neva Paris, The Pat Tillman, The Morris Kight and The Spurlock.

Reviewed By dmdarr - Denton, Texas

We had seen Steves' Market and Deli mentioned as one of the "hidden gems" in the March Texas Monthly, so while camping at Brownwood State Park, we decided to drive into the city to have lunch at Steves.' We were warmly greeted as we enjoyed looking at all the interesting decor. We had no idea how huge and how wonderful our sandwiches would be. As my husband took his first bite of his Spurlock Club sandwich, he remarked that this was the best sandwich he had ever had. The tasty Chicken Salad sandwich was so packed full that it was almost hard to pick up! We also had some amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup. When you are nearby, make sure you have the wonderful experience of visiting Steves' for lunch - home of the best sandwiches you will ever have!

9. Jerry's Burgers and Shakes

1016 Early Blvd, Early, TX 76802-2200 Lunch, Dinner +1 325-643-6140
Excellent
60%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By suprane - Brownwood, Texas

This is absolutely the "go to" place for burgers for my wife and me! Big, thick, and grilled fresh right in front of you! You will not find better burgers and fries anywhere within 50 miles of here!

10. Common Grounds Coffee House and Deli

2208 Austin Ave, Brownwood, TX 76801-4548 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 325-643-3354
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 42 reviews

Common Grounds Coffee House and Deli

Reviewed By Carla T

Stopped here on a business trip with co-workers. I was not disappointed! I had a great chicken wrap. My friends had grilled cheese with tomato bisque. Everything was yummy. We actually didn't try the coffee. The people working there were so nice and took care of us. Some other patrons there gave up their larger table for us so we could sit together. Altogether a great experience!!

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