LOCATION: 4040 State Highway 6 South, College Station, Texas 77845.
RESPECT YOUR BREAKFAST.
Stella Southern Café brings scratch-made Southern breakfast food to the heart of College Station. Fresh made biscuits and stone ground grits will remind you why breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. No matter what kind of day you are gearing up for, Stella will get you ready to tackle it!
CIA graduate Michael Lair brings his dedication to quality and love of Southern hospitality to south College Station in his new venture. Recently opened in July 2018, Stella (named after his beloved truck) honors a Southern legacy of doing things the old-fashioned way. Biscuits made from scratch every morning, stone ground grits cooked low and slow and all served up with some of the best coffee and freshly squeezed juice in the Brazos Valley. So come on in and put some South in your mouth!
MEET THE OWNER
Michael Lair is a Texas native that ventured into foreign lands (New York) to get his degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. After graduation, he immediately drove (in Stella) all through the night to get back to Texas as fast as he could. Since then he has worked in some of the best restaurants in Texas including the famed Le Reve in San Antonio. Since 2012 he has helmed the noteworthy Harvey Washbangers (Bon Appetit, Draft Magazine, Travel+Leisure, Texas Bucket List) providing his own twist to the Texas classic of Beer and Burgers. Long entranced with the food and the friendliness of the Deep South, the idea of sharing that experience in our neck of the woods was born.
WHY NAME A RESTAURANT AFTER A TRUCK?
Silly question. In fact, I can’t even believe you asked it. Stella wasn’t just a truck. She was a member of the family. Stella was a 1995 Dodge Dakota club cab with a 5.2-liter V8 engine. She was a beast. She was also a part of every major trip that was taken between leaving for college, heading to the Grand Canyon on a mission trip, driving to Miami for our honeymoon, heading to NY for Culinary school, you name it she got us there. But alas, after years of being nagged for hanging onto that "old thing," I finally, regrettably, reluctantly, let her go (cue the mournful soundtrack). But Stella still lives on and bears testimony to an era where good things were fixed rather than discarded and things weren’t "old" they were "broken in". That old truck was part of a lot of great times and I hope that just like that truck, that took us to incredible places, the restaurant that bears her name will bring this community just as many fond memories.