Hotel Blessing Coffee Shop

My road trip to the tiny town of Blessing was inspired by the name of the town. Blessing was established in 1903 on land owned by Jonathan Edwards Pierce, a namesake of Jonathan Edwards, the renowned 18th century preacher. When Pierce gave the right-of-way to the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway, the settlement was as yet unnamed. Pierce proposed to name the settlement “Thank God.” However, when the Unites States Postal Service rejected his proposal, he named the place Blessing instead.
Hotel Blessing FrontThe best known spot in Blessing is the old Hotel Blessing, built in 1906. The hotel was built for land-seekers and was also a residence for developers Pierce and his son, Abel. Today, the hotel looks pretty much the same as when Pierce lived there and shipped his cattle to market on the nearby railroad. Hotel Blessing has survived the ravages of time, the battering of Gulf Coast storms, and retains its turn-of-the-twentieth-century charm.
Hotel Blessing EntryOnce you step through the double entry doors it’s as though you have entered a time capsule. The long entry hall is accented with period antiques and other Texas memorabilia. A stairway on the left leads to the second floor. At the end of the hall is the entry to the Dining Room — the historic Hotel Blessing Coffee Shop. Of course, this is more than a coffee shop. This cafe has been serving meals for more than a hundred years and is unquestionably one of the best places to eat in the Lone Star State.
Hotel Blessing FoodThe cafe is a bit unorthodox, which is what makes it so special. My wife Cheryl and I were immediately greeted when we walked in. We were instructed to “grab a plate and help yourself to as much as you can eat — and sit anywhere you like.” The food is served buffet style on antique stoves at the back of the dining area boasting tables, chairs, and decor as old as the hotel itself. Crissy, one of the young ladies who works at the cafe told us the peach cobbler was especially good. “I made it myself,” she smiled.
Hotel Blessing Cafe InteriorCheryl and I loaded our plates with more food than you can legally eat a Baptist potluck fellowship. And it was all good. In fact, it was better than good. It was excellent. This was homestyle cooking at its best. Some have said that if you leave the cafe hungry then “it’s your own dang fault.” I agree. I ate more than I should have. And, Crissy was right. The peach cobbler was very good!
Hotel Blessing SignAnd the price for all of this homestyle goodness served in a place steeped in so much history — only ten bucks per person, including drink, dessert, and all the food you can possibly eat. That’s it. Ten bucks — tax included (pay with cash or check only). Not many places where you can get a deal like that these days and enjoy your meal in a laid back historical setting.
Hotel Blessing Come AgainThere is no question about the fact that Cheryl and I will look for the next opportunity to hit the road to the cafe at Hotel Blessing. We think that maybe next time we will go there for breakfast. Crissy assured us that the pancakes are amazing. And she definitely knows what she’s talking about!

6 thoughts on “Hotel Blessing Coffee Shop

  1. Great down-home food! I have always planned my trips down Hwy 35 to enable a stop for lunch at the Blessing Hotel Coffee Shop. I even arrived by bicycle a couple of times, clad in my Lycra shorts. Great treat for the local folks. I also remember ruining all the economy of the lunch one time after I left; got a speeding ticket between there and Palacios.

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  2. 25 years ago I ate Sunday brunch. To this day I still remember how awesome it was. I Just came home from war-spent a long time on the road and was looking for a place to eat. I remember this place in an appropriately named town-Blessing. Go out of your way to come here. I’m returning here soon and I live in South Dakota.

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    • Thanks, Scott. I appreciate your sharing your experience at the Hotel Blessing Coffee Shop. I think it’s very cool that this place made an impression on you so many years ago, one that you remember fondly to this day. That says a lot about the kind of place this is. Glad to know that Blessing lived up to its name for you. I hope you’ll get to return there someday soon.

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