Where to Eat in Fairfield: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Roseanne Arnett

Fairfield is a city in Freestone County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,951 at the 2010 census, down from 3,094 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Freestone County and was founded as such in 1851.
Things to do in Fairfield

1. Sam's Original Resturant & BBQ

390 E I 45, Fairfield, TX Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 903-389-7267
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Sam's Original Resturant & BBQ

Reviewed By Andrew P - Bullhead City, Arizona

We were in route from Houston to Ft. Worth and stopped in to Sam's. This place is a very "down-home" looking place and we could not believe what we found. They serve either buffet or menu. We opted for the menu and chose the section that said "lesser portions". Well let me tell you; their "lesser" portions was enough, no, more than enough for a sane dinner plate. You get an entree selection and two sides. I did not dare choose to go for their buffet. The line was one of the most abundant food lines I have ever seen outside of Las Vegas, maybe even more than that. They had everything from fried okra to green beans; beef brisket to "Southern Style sausage" and one of the best tasing BBQ sauces I've ever tasted. This is a local favorite evidently and it was packed with folks that were really enjoying conversation and a fantastic array of food.

2. I-45 Coffee Shop

450 E. I-45, Fairfield, TX Cafe
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By johnniemaxine - Dallas, Texas

We stopped here on our way to the Woodlands. The place looks kind of dumpy, but we decided to give it a try. When we walked in, we all individually thought about walking out because the cigarette stench was awful enough to ruin your appetite. Unfortunately, we stayed. The eggs..... well, I have had better, the biscuits.....well, the only thing good I have to say about them is that they were quite large. The waitress asked if we wanted any meat and my husband asked if it came with the breakfast he ordered and she said yes. I questioned her and found out that you only get the meat if you pay extra. The gravy was awful and I ruined a barely okay biscuit with it. My daughter ordered grits and toast which were left uneaten. Service was okay. This would be a place of no return. Next time, we will go to McDonalds.

3. Cooper Farms Country Store

301 Interstate 45, Fairfield, TX Takeout American
Excellent
45%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 48 reviews

Cooper Farms Country Store

Reviewed By Paige F

There are lots of roadside stands between Houston and Dallas. This place is not as good as lots of mom and pop places...and then you'd be supporting a local farm. The prices here are too high for the mediocre quality you get in return. The pie crust is too chewy and the portions are small for the price. The ice cream is especially overpriced. Also - and this might not be a big deal to some -but the bathrooms are tiny and awkward. When you come in the door you block the first stall. How awful is that? The only saving grace is this place has an excellent selection of old school candy and unusual soda. Not many places have this range of soda flavors and Necco wafers. But if they didn't have that...I would keep driving.

4. Sam's

1015 W Commerce St, Fairfield, TX 75840-2419 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch 903-389-SAMS
Excellent
47%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Sam's

Reviewed By Foodpoet - Yukon, Oklahoma

Great reviews of Sam's chicken fried steak were right on. Tender,flavorful,not overwhelmed by too much crust complime yes by a white gravy and second servings if your appetite allows.
A well stocked salad bar with the. Buffet, tasty fresh loaf of bread, to go worthy sweet tea,entrees included 're see moist slow cooked brisket and so flavorful I had to go.back for more,catfish n hushpuplies,filed chicken,shrimp. We were so full we had to pass on their famous pies.
A stop on our way to houston definitely a thumbs up recommendation and for a great attentive server who made you feel like you were in a restaurant and not a self serve buffet

5. Dairy Queen

Highway 84 And Interstate 45, Fairfield, TX 75840 +1 903-389-4221
Excellent
39%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
12%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By bobsV2461PL - Keller, Texas

Stopped for a blizzard. While the building is an older one, it is well maintained and very clean. Staff was welcoming. Ordered 2 Reese's Peanut Butter Cup medium Blizzards. Orders were ready quickly. Blizzards were properly prepared with right amount of PB Cups in them and mixed all the way down. Very enjoyable.

6. Padrinos

350 W US Highway 84, Fairfield, TX 75840-4903 Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 903-389-5282
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Padrinos

N.Y. Style pizza, pasta and subs

Reviewed By Erik S

I go probably once a week & the food is always great. My kids love the buttered noodles & always request Padrinos ---it's a waste of time asking where they want to go because the answer is always the same. The only problem I have ever had was with the service--- I believe the two girls no longer work there but they may have been the rudest employees I have experienced. Very dismissive & not personable at all. If the food wasn't as good as it is I would have stopped going a long time ago.

7. Cole's Bar-B-Q

1022 W Commerce St, Fairfield, TX 75840-2420 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 903-389-3013
Excellent
54%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Cole's Bar-B-Q

Reviewed By Ron S - Missouri City, Texas

On the drive from Houston to Dallas, it is mind numbingly boring, and, save for fast food places, a veritable good eats wasteland. I gave up on Woody's a while back. Alas, an oasis in the middle of the food desert! Cole's BBQ fills the void, and in a really great way. Easy on and off from I-45, located in an old retrofitted Shell gas station, it is a Texas classic BBQ joint. Walk past the registers up front, just inside the door, and head back to the counter in the back. Place your order, get your ticket, go back to the registers and pay your bill. Hang onto your receipt! While waiting for your order, check out some of the very interesting food and drink items in the store. Dublin Dr Pepper, and soft drinks that you will never see in your local grocery store. Classic, old times candy bars, too. Pick up your order and head into the small, sit down, dining room. I had ordered the sliced brisket sandwich, which was thick with smoky slices of brisket. Not a particularly inexpensive sandwich, but worth the price. Really good. Everything looked good, as I observed what my dining partners had ordered. I'll be back, for sure.

8. Something Different

690 W US Highway 84, Fairfield, TX 75840-2406 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Diner, Cafe Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +1 903-389-3022
Excellent
49%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Something Different

Reviewed By sonic1us - Overland Park, Kansas

Great local find with outstanding home cooking! Small booth dinning area with full busy kitchen making homemade and home cooking items all the way down to the fresh pie! Very friendly wait staff and counter help! It lives up to its name...something different!

9. Ponte's Diner

680 W US Highway 84, Fairfield, TX 75840-2406 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 903-389-5555
Excellent
32%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
14%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 34 reviews

Ponte's Diner

Reviewed By Danny P - Roanoke, Texas, United States

Needs a visit by the health inspector. We would eat at this place fairly regularly until recently. This past Saturday we walked in and it looked like somebody had a food fight in there. This has happened the past several times we've visited. Ok, maybe they were busy before we got there, so we sit down at maybe the only clean table in the place. Maybe they'll clean the place up. Now understand, we were the only ones there besides one other couple. The waitress brings us water and went and stood behind the counter with all the other employees. Nobody picked up a rag or broom, or god forbid- a mop. At this point we started discussing about how, if it looks this bad where customers can actually see, just imagine how the kitchen looks. There wasn't even a question of what would happen next. We left in total disgust and went somewhere else. They didn't even ask us why we were leaving

10. Los Ranchos bar and Grill

1320 W US Highway 84, Fairfield, TX 75840-2708 Mexican +1 903-389-5820
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Danny P - Roanoke, Texas, United States

Food is above average, but they need more/better waitresses. We are fairly regular at this place. Can never remember the name because they are always changing it. Anahein Burrito is excellent. It is a standard burrito wrapped in an Anaheim pepper then more stuff piled on then wrapped in a tortilla. My description doesn't do it justice. We like the place, but from talking to the help, they need to treat their employees better.

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