A Taste of Tradition

Bryce's Cafeteria was an iconic establishment that embodied Southern hospitality and home-cooked meals. For over 86 years, it was more than just a place to eat; it was a beloved institution where generations of families gathered to share meals, celebrate milestones, and create memories.

Founded in 1931 by Bryce Lawrence, the cafeteria started as a modest dining hall in downtown Texarkana with a simple mission: to serve delicious, homemade food at affordable prices. Bryce's dedication to quality and friendly service quickly earned the cafeteria a loyal following. People from all over Texarkana and beyond flocked to Bryce's for their famous fried chicken, buttery mashed potatoes, and decadent pies. Seeing a line out the door was common, and everyone knew the wait was well worth it.

The cafeteria relocated in 1989 to a convenient stop off I30 for travelers, bridging the two states of Texas and Arkansas. Its bright neon sign became a landmark, guiding hungry patrons to its doors and welcoming guests nationwide. Inside, the welcoming atmosphere made everyone feel at home, with the aroma of freshly baked bread and simmering stews promising a meal that tasted just like Grandma's kitchen.

One of the most cherished traditions at Bryce's was the Sunday lunch. After church, families dressed in their finest attire would head to the cafeteria for a feast. The buffet line was filled with an array of Southern cuisine, including crispy fried catfish, savory pot roast, fluffy cornbread, and their legendary coconut cream pie.

Despite economic downturns, Bryce's Cafeteria remained a steadfast pillar in the community. The staff, many of whom worked there for decades, treated customers like family, knowing regulars by name and remembering their favorite orders.

Stories about Bryce's Cafeteria abound. High school sweethearts had their first date at Bryce's and returned every year on their anniversary. A traveling salesman claimed it was the best food he'd ever tasted and made a point to stop there whenever he passed through Texarkana. Countless children grew up eating at Bryce's and later brought their own children to experience the magic.

In 2016, Bryce's Cafeteria served its final meal, marking the end of an era. Though the doors closed, the legacy of Bryce's lives on in the hearts of those who dined there. The memories of shared meals, laughter, and the comforting taste of home remain a part of Texarkana's history.

Today, the spirit of Bryce's Cafeteria continues to inspire, reminding us of the power of good food and warm hospitality. Though Bryce's Cafeteria is no longer open, its story will be told for generations to come, a testament to the enduring charm of a true Texarkana treasure.

The Museum of Regional History invites you to relive the cherished flavors of Bryce's Cafeteria and experience its magic like never before. On June 27th, from 5 PM to 7 PM, the museum will transform into a culinary time capsule, where you can savor three iconic dishes from Bryce's Cafeteria. Prepared by Susan Oran, owner of The Lunchbox and Susie Q's Pies and Casseroles, these dishes will use the original recipes. Adding to the nostalgia, former Bryce's employees, who once graced its bustling kitchen, will serve the dishes. Don't miss this unique opportunity to taste history!

Tickets for this mouthwatering event are $10 for Museum members and $15 for the general public. With limited availability, these coveted tickets are sure to sell out quickly, so don't delay in securing your spot at this unforgettable culinary celebration. Whether you're a lifelong Texarkana resident or a visitor seeking to uncover the city's hidden gems, "What's Cookin' Texarkana" promises to be a feast for the senses and a testament to the enduring power of food to bring people together.

What's Cookin' Texarkana
June 27, 2024
5-7 pm
Texarkana Museums System 
219 State Line Avenue 
Texarkana, Texas

Click here to purchase tickets.


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