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“Neat little place”

Cherry Laurel Bakery, Cafe & Catering
Ranked #1 of 2 Bakeries in Athens
Price range: US$8 - US$12
Cuisines: Cafe, American, Delicatessen
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: With tables, chairs, and decorations from a flea market and a handful of family recipes, The Cherry Laurel opened its doors in 1990 by two best friends. With their husbands and six kids between the two of them, Bonnie Wilson and Linda Ingram set forth to transform a dilapidated house into a cozy restaurant that beckoned their patrons' return. Offering homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches, The Cherry Laurel gave the citizens of Athens, Texas a casual and unique dining experience. The Cherry Laurel also became a staple dessert provider for the Athens area. In 1997, a local bakery owner announced her retirement, but her loyal customers didn't want to lose such a wonderful resource for birthday and wedding cakes. Upon contacting Bonnie and Linda, The Cherry Laurel Bakery came to be. They perfected the amazing Butterum cake: moist and flavorful, it isn't just an ordinary yellow cake. Patrons drive up to two hours to Athens just to have a Butterum cake for a special occasion. Until 2000, Bonnie and Linda were both high school teachers. One at a time, they both chose to commit to The Cherry Laurel full time, at which point the restaurant and bakery were combined into one building. The attention from both owners allowed for The Cherry Laurel to dive headfirst into the ever-promising catering business. Booked up to months in advance, The Cherry Laurel custom caters events for up to 500 people.
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“Neat little place”
Reviewed 20 June 2013 via mobile

Heard alot of good things about this place, so I stop in for the first time with some coworkers. Cute little bakery with delicious lunch! Wraps, sandwiches, salads and soup, with interesting ingredients that stand out from other cafe/deli places. For instance, I had the Cabana Wrap which included cilantro, coconut, and jalapeños among other ingredients.
I didn't try any desserts, but that is definitely next on my list!

  • Visited June 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Hidden Gem!”
Reviewed 17 May 2013

While taking a day trip to Athens, my husband and I decided to try Cherry Laurel Diner for lunch. We were not disappointed. A friendly staff waited patiently while we checked out the menu and asked quite a few questions before placing our order. Both of our sandwiches were excellent, and the cake (we split) for dessert was moist and flavorful. We'd definitely go back. In fact, I may have to make a trip soon just to get a second slice of that cake!!! .

  • Visited March 2013
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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
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“Great Food and Service”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

This is a great place to have a salad, sandwich, soup or dessert. Service was excellent and the food is delicious. If you are looking for a little place to have a quick lunch, I would highly recommend the Cherry Laurel Diner.

  • Visited March 2013
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Bullard, Texas
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“A Surprise Find”
Reviewed 19 November 2012

What a cozy little place for lunch on our way to Fort Worth. Ladies this is a delightful menu. I had their chicken salad nestled on a bed of lettuce with fresh fruit. No dessert although all looked delicious. (Traveling so don't like to eat heavy.) Would love to come back again and try some later. While we were there several different people came in to place cake orders. Love eating 'where the locals' eat, and this definitely qualifies. Not a large seating area but did see out door tables and chairs.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Kay S
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Mabank, Texas
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“Amazing choices, no wrong pick!”
Reviewed 27 September 2012

I had their famous Cherry Laurel Salad and was pleased. It tasted great and the portion was large. I shared a piece of rum cake for dessert with a friend and wished I had my own. A complete winner!

Visited September 2012
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