Not many restaurants are designed like cafeterias but that’s exactly what Luby’s restaurants are nowadays. The cafeteria-style restaurants can be found in several cities in Texas including Dallas, Austin, Houston, El Paso, and San Antonio as well as the Rio Grande Valley. Other restaurants are in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma while the corporate headquarters in Houston’s Near Northwest district.
The Luby’s prices are affordable, too. The fact that the company has long-term contracts for cafeteria-style catering with colleges and universities, offices, and hospitals is one of the proofs of such reasonable pricing scheme.
Below are the latest Luby’s menu prices.
Combo and Luann Meals
Luann Meals are Half Portion and Combo Meals are Full Portion
Served with 2 sides and a bread.
|Luby's Fried Fish (Luann)||$7.99|
|Luby's Fried Fish (Combo)||$8.99|
|Chicken Fried Steak (Luann)||$7.99|
|Chicken Fried Steak (Combo)||$9.99|
|Liver & Onions (Luann)||$7.99|
|Liver & Onions (Combo)||$8.79|
|Fried or Roast Chicken (Luann)||$7.99|
|Fried or Roast Chicken (Combo)||$9.49|
|Baked Almondine or White Fish (Luann)||$7.99|
|Baked Almondine or White Fish (Combo)||$9.99|
|Angus Chopped Steak (Combo)||$8.99|
|Chicken Fried Chicken (Combo)||$9.99|
|Grilled Chicken (Combo)||$9.75|
|Blackened Tilapia (Combo)||$10.99|
|Veggie Combo (3 Veggies)||$5.99|
|Veggie Combo (4 Veggies)||$6.99|
|Macaroni & Cheese||$1.99|
|Roasted New Potatoes||$1.99|
|Skillet Fried Cabbage||$1.99|
|Rice of the Day||$1.99|
|Soup of the Day (Cup)||$2.99|
|Soup of the Day (Bowl)||$3.99|
|Soup & Salad||$5.99|
Served with 2 Sides, Jello, Bread, and Kid's Drink
|Luby's Fried Fish||$4.99|
|Fried or Roasted Chicken Leg||$4.99|
|Chocolate Icebox Pie||$3.99|
|Gallon of Tea||$3.99|
Bob Luby opened the first Luby’s Cafeteria in 1947 but its roots stretch back to the time when his father opened the New England Dairy Lunch, also a cafeteria. He focused on ensuring that his customers enjoyed delicious, fresh and nutritious food as well as satisfactory customer service.
In 1973, the company that came to be known as Cafeterias, Inc. turned from a privately-owned company to a publicly-traded company. But in 1981, the name was changed to Luby’s Cafeterias, Inc. in honor of Bob Luby.
In 2001, the owners of Houston’s Pappas Restaurants, Chris and Harris Pappas, joined the company’s management team. This resulted in the gradual transition of the Luby’s locations from cafeteria-style restaurants to a hybrid of fine dining and cafeteria-style restaurants.
What They’re Famous For
The Lu Ann Platter is the offering that made the chain popular across the United States. Basically, it’s a half-portion main dish combined with vegetables. The cafeteria-style restaurants also makes it easy for diners to choose their meals from the counter and pay for them at the cashier’s station, a system similar to school cafeterias but given the hybrid casual dining/fine dining treatment.
Why Eat Here
The cafeteria-style system in each of the Luby’s restaurant is a familiar one for most Americans. Schools including colleges and universities as well as offices use a similar method, after all, not to mention that buffet restaurants also use it with a few modifications. This is a plus considering that there’s no learning curve necessary.
The system is simple. Just get behind the last person in the line, get your plate and start piling your preferred food on it. The choices in food and drinks are more than the average selections in schools and offices including soups, salads, and entrées, as well as desserts. The food have obviously been prepared with more care and attention, too, since the target market of Luby’s restaurants are students, professionals and businessmen, as well as groups of friends and families.
While most of the dishes are delicious, there are several standouts that deserve special mention. The chopped steak, which was cooked medium well, with onions and brown gravy was flavorful, juicy and tender with the right balance between chewiness and melt-in-your-mouth quality. The mac and cheese, a classic cafeteria food, isn’t your run-of-the-mill fare either – the dish is perfectly seasoned while the macaroni was al dente and the cheese was nice. The buttermilk biscuit evokes the best of grandma’s baking with its crumbly texture and the bread pudding with caramel sauce is just a piece of sweet heaven.
Diner can also build their own salads, a cool feature considering that many people deal with their own personal taste preferences and allergies, among other issues. The vegetables including fresh broccoli, carrots and cucumbers are guaranteed fresh, organic and freshly cut, too, which can be easily experienced from the first bite, even from their appearance.
Be sure to try the Lu Ann plate, too, which is touted as the original value meal. You already have a full meal in a plate since it already includes your choice entrée, a roll and two sides for an affordable price. You can also add roast beef, chicken fried steak, carved ham, baked white fish, Angus chopped steak, pan-grilled tilapia, and fried chicken to your plate, if you so wish.
Savvy diners know that leaving room for dessert is a good move. Luby’s restaurants have a good selection of classic desserts including classic cheesecake, chocolate ice box pie, strawberry shortcake, apple pie, and pecan pie. These are popular among kids and adults because there’s something comforting about ending your meal on a sweet note.
The Luby’s restaurants don’t take reservations so you and your large group of family and friends can just walk right in and line up. The chain doesn’t deliver for now but it accepts orders for takeout and for catering services. The casual atmosphere usually attracts customers who want to enjoy a more laidback dining experience while enjoying good food.
Most restaurants also offer outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi, as well as private parking for cars and bikes. The amenities especially the restrooms are usually kept clean by the staff, a must since these are dining establishments that must comply with stringent sanitary standards.
To learn more about Luby’s or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.lubys.com.