The Hill Country Restaurants


Welfare Cafe

Welfare Cafe --in the historic post office/general store building

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A former post office now serves appetites in the middle of nowhere. There are some unusual dishes like mahimahi (a mild, white fish) with tomatillo sauce, but also plenty of German fare. Start with potato pancakes served with apple sauce or sour cream. The schnitzel is fabulous, as is the rouladen—a tenderized beef fillet wrapped around dill pickle, ham, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese. If it's warm outside, sit beneath the vined trellis and watch the resident goats and donkeys grazing nearby. Live music accompanies your meal on Thursdays and Sundays. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Mon.–Tues.
Updated: 02-04-2013

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    The Welfare Cafe has been one of the most consistent good food restaurants in the Hill Country of Texas. That is why it was shocking to see the new changes that have taken place at the beginning of 2012. We ordered our favorite dish the Crab Cakes. When they arrived we immediately saw they were different. The sauce had changed and the crab cakes were mushy. We asked the waitress why they were different and she said there has been major changes in the restaurant from top to bottom. We told her the crab cakes were not the same high quality. The waitress took the cakes back to the kitchen, then returned to tell us that the owner stated they were under cooked and that she was sorry. We also ordered the Black Drum fish. Big mistake. It was obviously not fresh fish as advised. It was a frozen piece of fish that had been way overcooked. So overcooked that it was inedible. However, the quality of the fish was inferior regardless of overcooking. We are so disappointed to see one our favorite restaurants fall down so far. We hope this will be a wake up call to restore the high quality of food and service which the community has grown to love. We will return and report back on what we find. Hopefully, the news will be positive.

    by Eagle366, 1/30/12

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