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J & L Cafe

423 N 3rd St, Sterling, CO 80751-3301
+1 970-522-3625
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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05:15 - 20:00All hours
American, Cafe, Diner
423 N 3rd St, Sterling, CO 80751-3301
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great breakfast at good price One of the best in town. Would recommend if you come here for a bit. I get the omelette with bacon and pancake instead of toast. Making me hungry now.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped for lunch. I had the green chili with tortillas--tasty, thick soft flour tortillas. My wife and daughter had other things. Everything average to good. Fast service.

Thank David F
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I first ate at the J&L in 1962 and make every effort to return since leaving Sterling in 1964. Anytime we drive past on I76 and a meal is within a few hours of our passage, we'll stop, especially for breakfast or lunch. Many of...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This is obviously a place the locals enjoy. However, It is amazingly run down!! I have never seen a place with more worn linoleum. Looked like two different floors! Both worn to smitherines! Everything felt dirty and sticky. Floors were loaded with crumbs and dirt....More

Thank Linda H
jmcmahons, Owner at J & L Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Im sorry your visit you didnt feel the love we have for our business, we have some floor drains breaks under ground and had to repair nobody in town could do the flooring so we had to concrete it in. we tried painting the floor...More

Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

My wife, 10 year-old daughter, and I stopped here for lunch while traveling to Estes Park from Minnesota. It was on Father's Day and they were packed, but we were seated in about 15 minutes. They have a great menu with a wide variety of...More

Thank Randy S
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Storm chasing. It's what we do. We end up all over the plains on short notice chasing after severe weather events. So we ended up in Sterling, Colorado one day in May, needing gas and food. Initial thoughts? Road construction EVERYWHERE in Sterling was awful...More

Thank TREX22
jmcmahons, Owner at J & L Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Thank You so much for your review, it means so much to us that your visit was excellent. I like to think our food is top of the line by the quality products we purchase. Again Thank You so much. John McMahon

Reviewed 13 May 2017

It's obviously a local favorite . . . . evident by the number of loitering seniors hashing out society's predicament over a cup of coffee. The service was what you would expect - quick, courteous, and "just make yourself at home kind of friendly." The...More

Thank NHHD
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped in Sterling overnight and found J&L. True to previous reviews, this is truly a local, down-home place. My husband had the smoked sausage and eggs and said it was very good. I had one of their 5-egg omelets, and of course at least...More

Thank olaotto
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Reasonably priced food; lots of choices; even made us a dessert-to-order. Pie is their specialty, but they made me a hot fudge sundae, on request.

1  Thank davidmrains
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The sign reads "A Sterling Tradition Since 1935" We were 3 adults and 3 children. A kids menu available. From the Senior menu: 2 eggs any style, hash browns, bacon, sourdough toast cost $5.99 - coffee included. Souther style breakfast: 1/2 order biscuits & gravy,...More

1  Thank Vickie S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
05:15 - 15:00
05:15 - 20:00
05:15 - 20:00
05:15 - 20:00
05:15 - 20:00
05:15 - 20:30
05:15 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 423 N 3rd St, Sterling, CO 80751-3301
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Sterling
  • Phone Number: +1 970-522-3625
Great little locally owned restaurant.
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