Leakey, TX was always a last resort for gas or a potty break on our way up to camp from Corpus Christi. Actually, if you weren’t one of the few who drove in from that direction, you probably thought Leakey was the actual Foundation Camp. In all honesty, my family blew through Leakey for a decade before I ever actually stopped and entered an establishment. And by the time I did, I was 17 years old.

It was my Work Crew summer and our bosses smuggled us out of the Canyon on a blistering June afternoon and drove us into Leakey, where we enjoyed ice cream cones at The Mercantile. That was in 1998 and I haven’t been back since. That is, until yesterday.


We made the 13 mile trek from camp to Leakey to grab lunch and I was floored at how this sleepy little town has seemingly woken up! We grabbed two scoops at the Mercantile and walked the main strip after eating delicious pizza at Vinny’s. This was not the Leakey of my youth! The food was excellent and the folks were talk-your-ear-off friendly. In short, if you get the opportunity, pull over and let Leakey rock your afternoon.

Below are a few restaurant reviews written earlier this summer by Kristen Raven, followed by Kim Kerr’s list of Leakey eateries.

Mama Chole’s– Classic Tex-Mex fare with the fastest service around- my husband cries tears of joy when he eats their chicken taco plate. Bathrooms can sometimes be dicey, so don’t send your little angel back there without an escort and some Purell.

Vinny’s– This place takes awhile, but it’s really good. It’s changed hands quite a bit in the last decade, but the current owners are real Italians who want to make authentic Italian food. Great pizza, but be prepared to wait a little while.

The Hog Pen– I’ve never been to this one because I don’t ride a Harley, but it always looks like their customers are having a great time. They helped us out with some program skits a few years back and the results were really funny. Try it out!

Kim Kerr’s Leakey Restaurant Guide 2013

Friends Grill- Open Tuesday-Saturday

Ella Purls- Monday-Saturday 9am-5:30pm Sandwiches, salads, smoothies, coffee/lattes, free wifi

Mama Chole’s- Monday-Saturday 11am- 9pm Mexican food and hamburgers

LaLa’s- Monday- Thursday 6:30am- 2pm, Friday-Saturday- 6:30am- 8:30pm, Sunday- 6:30 am- 2pm Authentic Mexican food, great breakfast

Frio Canyon Dollar Store- Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 7am- 10pm, closed Tuesday, Saturday 8am- 10pm, Sunday 11am-10pm Ice cream, shakes, snacks, groceries

Panjo’s Pizza- Wednesday-Monday 11am- 9pm Pizza, burgers, wings

Leakey Mercantile- Monday-Friday 7am- 8pm Groceries, ice cream

Hot Dog Stand- Open at 11am, Lunch only: hot dogs, hamburgers, taco salad, enchiladas, burritos

M&M Gooseneck Grill- Monday-Wednesday 11am-2pm, Thursday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am-3pm Burgers, chicken, steak fingers, chicken strips

Mill Creek Cafe- Open everyday 7am-9pm, Friday night catfish buffet $9.98

Vinny’s- Monday-Thursday 11am-2pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-2pm, 4pm-9pm Pizza and salad.

Hog Pen- Thursday-Sunday 10am-8pm Brisket, boudin, burgers, chicken, sausage

Bent Rim Grill- Sunday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm Frito pie, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, fries

Stripes- Monday-Friday and Sunday 6am-12am, Saturday 6am-1am convenience store

Subway (in Stripes)- Monday-Saturday 7am-10pm, Sunday 7am-9pm Sandwiches

So, even if you just grab a scoop of Blue Bell, Leakey, TX is now officially worth the ten minute drive!

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