Whitley's Philly Grille in Charming Downtown Waxahachie (First Time "Philly" and "Charming" Ever Used in Same Sentence)

The Ultimate Philly at Whitley's -- LDD
Remember how we keep talking about getting the kids out of town more often? How they need to see open fields, get some fresh air and experience the snail's pace of small-town life? And how that's good for about three hours at which point it gets boring and then it's time to head back to the big city. Oh, and if we leave now we can make the 7 o'clock movie and still have time to hit Starbucks beforehand.

I've been to Waxahachie a few times recently, and I love the beautiful Victorian and Gingerbread houses with huge porches along Main Street. And the old downtown square has various shops and restaurants and an old-school barbershop should you need a proper trim. On Saturdays there's a farmers market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This past weekend we stopped at Whitley's Philly Grille, mostly because I just think it's funny that there's a Philly cheese steak place in old downtown Waxahachie. Plus, they had a sign out front that they had new flavors of fried pies.

Owners Jamie and Terah Whitley bought the place a couple of years ago. It wasn't doing so great at the time, but Jamie has worked at turning it around and seems to be doing well at it. He told me that May was their best month ever.

Inside Whitely's Philly Grille the rustic charm of the turn-of-the-century building is left unfettered and exposed. The air-conditioning works extremely well and the place is spotless.

The menu starts with a basic Philly cheese steak made with thin slivers of rib eye, then builds upward. The Bacon Philly has hickory-smoked bacon, grilled onions and white American cheese ($5.49). The Ultimate Philly (in photo) has bacon, finely diced onions, green bell peppers, cheese and mayo ($6.49). The Smokin' Texas Philly has grilled onion, jalapeño, cheese and a chipotle cream sauce ($5.89).

Whitely tells me his hoagie rolls are from Amoroso in Philly. While eating my Ultimate, the bread stood out. It bear-hugged the juicy meat, veggies and cheese, never failing; yet wasn't too doughy.

The little fried pies are made from scratch by a local family. They have pecan, peach, chocolate, apple and apricot, and there's absolutely nothing bad to say about the pecan and apple, for sure.

Another place in town (the old part) that looked interesting was Oma's Jiffy Burger at 403 Water St. It's been around for more than 30 years and, I didn't try it, but the reviews focus on the great atmosphere and "decent" to "great" burgers. It sits next to an old fire station and oozes small town dive-charm.

Road trip? I love road trips. Waxahachie is having a big brouhaha with a parade and such on the Fourth of July if you're looking to get out of town for a bit.


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Waxahachie is a great get a way.  The downtown is in the process of revitalization.  I particularly enjoyed Old Town Village Antique & Uniques (2 blocks S. of the courthouse on Rogers St.  As far as restuarants, Catfish Plantation (1895 Victorian House turned restaurant) is fantastic and haunted which makes it even more interesting - 814 Water St.


this is definitely NOT a cheesesteak. wasn't thrilled the first time i had it. gave it another shot and was so disturbed. WAY overpriced for the microscopic sammich

Zizi JeanMer
Zizi JeanMer

Serve that chazzerei in South Philly and you'll have it thrown back in your face.


This place is soooooooooo good ! And the whole staff including the owners are very sweet friendly people. Try it on the first Friday night of the month when they have a live bluegrass/gospel group playing. Truly an amazing place to be. Also try Zulas Coffee House in town.  

Kergo 1
Kergo 1

Campu's portions are very generous. Never had a drink in said establishment, we always go early in the afternoon. 

Kergo 1
Kergo 1

I am going to try this.....I get down that way a bunch!  Also, try the GREATness of Campuzano's iff'n you get the chance; it is the rare mix of great food, and great prices. 

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