The Texas Ruben Ol’ Railroad Cafe

The Texas Ruben (hot pastrami with a Texas Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut on rye bread) is one of several regionally-themed sandwiches from Ol’ Railroad Cafe, 1901 Ave. G. (Photo by Stefan Modrich) 

Driving around Rosenberg’s historic downtown has the feel of an old western movie set. 

On the way to Ol’ Railroad Cafe, I saw a father and son riding on horseback down Louise Street. 

I was anticipating the Ol' Railroad Cafe to have the vibe of a saloon like the one where John Wayne has a shootout in “Rio Lobo,”  but I came away with a different impression. 

The restaurant is housed inside the Vogelsang Antique Emporium building, which was built in 1910, and a hallway in the rear connects you to the antique store next door. 

What I saw inside looked like something you’d see along Route 66, with “Doctor Wu” by Steely Dan playing in the background, vintage railroad crossing signs and a black-and-white photo montage of locomotives at the old Rosenberg train depot. 

One of my server's top recommendations was the Texas Ruben ($11), which features hot pastrami, “Texas” Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut on rye bread. It’s one of several regionally-themed sandwiches from Ol’ Railroad Cafe. 

You can get it with a side of fries, seasonal fruit, chips or a salad. 

The texture of the pastrami was a bit rubbery and slightly more than lukewarm. The most easily recognizable flavors were imparted by the blending of the dressing and the sauerkraut, which were a good combination. The rye bread was toasted crisp around the edges and firm enough to hold everything together well, but soft enough to make for an easy bite.

If I were to make another trip to Ol’ Railroad Cafe, I’d likely give the chicken and waffles a chance, and also consider the Bonfire Burger with pepper jack cheese, bacon, grilled onions, grilled jalapenos, tomatoes and a house-made bonfire sauce. 

Have you been to Ol’ Railroad Cafe? Drop me a note about your experience on Twitter @StefanJModrich or email me at if you’ve got restaurant tips or recommendations to share. 

Ol’ Railroad Cafe

Address: 1901 Ave. G, Rosenberg

Dining Options: Dine-in, takeout, delivery via DoorDash

Hours: 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Entree prices: $7-$27

Kid-friendly: Yes

Senior discount: No

Alcohol: Yes

Healthy options: Strawberry Salad ($9)

Star of the show: Atmosphere

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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