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.
|Angus Chop Steak Combo||$15.39|
|Chicken Fried Steak Combo||$12.70|
|Liver and Onion Combo||$15.39|
|Chicken Fried Chicken Breast Combo||$16.39|
|Blackened Chicken Breast Combo||$15.89|
|Grilled Chicken Breast Combo||$15.89|
|Baked Almondine Combo||$11.31|
|Blackened Tilapia Combo||$12.20|
|Fried Fish Combo||$15.39|
|Roast Chicken Combo||$11.64|
|Grilled Salmon Combo||$19.39|
|Roast Beef Combo||$11.74|
Everyday Family Packs
|Chicken Tender Family Pack||$39.95|
|Chicken Tetrazzini Family Pack||$32.38|
|Angus Chopped Steak Family Pack||$49.95|
|Blackened Tilapia Family Pack||$49.95|
|Grilled Salmon Filet Family Pack||$69.95|
Soups & Salads
|Mixed Field Greens||$2.99|
|Bowl of Vegetable Soup||$4.49|
|Cup Vegetable Soup||$3.49|
Items Worth Indulging On
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|New York Cheesecake||$29.99|
|Whole Cherry Pie||$15.99|
|Whole Chocolate Ice Box Pie||$15.99|
|Whole Coconut Cream Pie||$15.99|
Italian Spaghetti Family Pack
|Italian Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Family Pack||$39.95|
|Chicken Fried Chicken Combo||$11.02|
|Luby's Fried Fish Combo||$10.02|
|Liver & Onions Combo||$9.74|
|Angus Chopped Steak Combo||$10.52|
|Grilled Chicken Combo||$10.12|
|Three Veggie Combo||$6.99|
|Four Veggie Combo||$8.49|
|Fried Chicken Combo||$10.24|
|Chicken Tenders Combo||$9.99|
|Roast Turkey Combo||$10.49|
|Bacon Cheese Steak Combo||$10.49|
|Fried Catfish Combo||$11.49|
|Lemon Basil Salmon Combo||$14.28|
|Liver and Onions Combo||$9.95|
|Mushroom Turkey Chopped Steak Combo||$8.99|
|1. Luby Fried Fish Combo||$8.49|
|2. Chicken Fried Steak Combo||$8.49|
|3. Liver & Onion Combo||$9.74|
|3. Liver and Onion Combo||$8.49|
|4. Roast Chicken Combo||$9.73|
|5. Fried Chicken Combo||$8.49|
|6. Baked Almondine Combo||$8.49|
|7. Baked White Fish Combo||$8.49|
|8. Angus Chopped Steak Combo||$10.40|
|9. Chicken Fried Chicken Combo||$10.95|
|10. Grilled Chicken Combo||$9.99|
|11. Blackened Tilapia Combo||$10.99|
|12. 3 Veggies Combo||$7.26|
|13. 4 Veggies Combo||$8.70|
|Chicken Fried Steak LuAnn||$8.49|
|Liver & Onions LuAnn||$8.49|
|Fried Chicken LuAnn||$8.49|
|Roast Chicken LuAnn||$8.49|
|Chicken Tender LuAnn||$8.49|
|Roast Turkey LuAnn||$9.49|
|Baked White Fish LuAnn||$8.49|
|Luby's Fried Fish LuAnn||$8.49|
|Baked Almondine LuAnn||$8.49|
|Liver and Onions LuAnn||$8.49|
|Bacon Cheese Steak LuAnn||$8.49|
|Chopped Steak LuAnn||$8.49|
|Roast Beef LuAnn||$9.49|
The ability to suggest whole pies and gallons of tea should be made available.
|Chicken Tenders Family Pack||$29.95|
|Chicken Fried Chicken Family Pack||$34.95|
|Chicken Fried Steak Family Pack||$34.95|
|Bacon Cheese Steak Family Pack||$34.95|
|Roast Turkey Breast Family Pack||$39.95|
|Luby's Fried Fish Family Pack||$39.95|
|Grilled Salmon Filet||$69.95|
Served with Jello a choice two sides
|Kids Chicken Strips||$5.99|
|Kids Fried Fish||$5.99|
|Kids Chopped Steak||$5.99|
|Kids Fried Chicken||$5.99|
|Kids Roast Chicken||$5.99|
|Kid's 3 Veg Plate||$6.01|
|Kid's Turkey Breast||$5.99|
|Kid's Bacon Cheese Steak||$5.99|
|Whole Apple Pie||$15.99|
|Whole Cream Cheese Pie||$19.99|
|Whole Lemon Ice Box Pie||$19.99|
|3 Deviled Eggs||$1.32|
|Add 6 Fried Shimp||$2.99|
|Add 3 Fried Shrimp||$1.50|
|Link of Sausage||$1.99|
|Broccoli with Cheese||$2.29|
|Mac and Cheese||$2.38|
Sides & Bread
|Green Beans with Bacon||$2.32|
|Mac & Cheese||$2.29|
|New York Style Strawberry Cheesecake||$4.84|
|Buttermilk Chess Pie||$2.99|
|Choc Chip Cookie||$1.99|
|Lemon Icebox Pie||$4.45|
|Banana Nut Mini Loaf||$2.99|
|Red Velvet Cake||$4.25|
|Unsweet Iced Tea||$2.69|
|Sweet Iced Tea||$2.69|
|Fountain Diet Coke||$2.69|
|Fountain Dr Pepper||$2.69|
|Fountain Root Beer||$2.69|
|Luby's Bottle Water||$1.99|
|Luby's Bottled Water||$1.99|
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.