Some things Never Change...

Thank goodness for Cleburne

Nick and Pat bought Cleburne Cafeteria® established in 1941 and located on Cleburne Street at Fannin in 1952 from Anabelle Collins and Martha Kavanaugh. They were thinking of turning it into a barbecue restaurant.

The faithful Cleburne clientele would not hear of it. Nick had never eaten at a cafeteria and had no choice and Pat worked side-by-side learning the ropes of the cafeteria business and making it one of Houston's best and most quality operated cafeterias. Many of the cooks that started with Nick and Pat are still with the family today.

Cleburne was located on the edge of Riverside, a beautiful residential area. Most of Nick and Pat's regular customers moved out to the suburbs. Crime was becoming a problem, and the Mickelis family decided it was time to relocate. The move from Cleburne Street was a painful one but when it came in 1969, Pow! "Nick called me on the phone and said, 'I just bought a new cafeteria on Bissonnet'" Pat says. He completed the transaction in two hours.

Always Fresh... ALways

fruits & vegetables

We go to the farmers market daily to bring you the freshest fruits and vegetables possible, many times organically grown.

poultry & beef

Our poultry & beef are delivered fresh daily and are All natural, never Frozen, and Never Injected with hormones or additives.


Most of our seafood selections are hand picked by us, delivered fresh every morning, and Filleted in house.


All of our pies, cakes, cobblers, puddings, and tarts are made fresh daily by our bakery chef. Our desserts are world famous.


Our rolls, cornbread, and muffins are baked fresh every 30 minutes, so that all of our baked goods are always soft and hot.