The Hill Country Restaurants

The Hill Country is an extension of the great eating opportunities—the amazing Tex-Mex and barbecue—of San Antonio and Austin, with the addition of heavy German influences. Fredericksburg certainly corners the market for relatively authentic German fare, but Boerne, Comfort, New Braunfels, and everywhere in between serve decent
The Hill Country is an extension of the great eating opportunities—the amazing Tex-Mex and barbecue—of San Antonio and Austin, with the addition of heavy German influences. Fredericksburg certainly corners the market for relatively authentic German fare, but Boerne, Com
The Hill Country is an extension of the great eating opportunities—the amazing Tex-Mex and barbecue—of San Antonio and A

The Hill Country is an extension of the great eating opportunities—the amazing Tex-Mex and barbecue—of San Antonio and Austin, with the addition of heavy German influences. Fredericksburg certainly corners the market for relatively authentic German fare, but Boerne, Comfort, New Braunfels, and everywhere in between serve decent schnitzel and wurst. Barbecue bests are spread all over: the Salt Lick in Driftwood, Cooper's in Llano, and Cooper's in Mason (it's not a chain; they just happen to have the same name), and Rudy's Country Store in a number of locations between Austin and San Antonio, and in Leon Springs.

On the Hill Country backroads you're not going to get a whole lot of haute cuisine delivered by celebrity chefs, but you'd be surprised at some of the fine dining experiences you can have here. Two upscale restaurants to try in Fredericksburg are August E's and Rebecca's Table.

Most places are casual in the Hill Country. You may want to don your Sunday best for a few places, but you really don't need to. Boots and jeans are formal enough for the average restaurant, especially for men. You'll see plenty of local women wearing "country-chic" clothing, such as embroidered, tailored blazers, or swishy broomstick skirts—with boots, of course. In the summer heat you'll see many patrons wearing just about anything that keeps them cool.

Don't expect to dine too late into the evenings. With the exception of a few live-music bars and venues, most restaurants and cafés are finished serving by 9 or 10, especially during the week.

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  • 1. August E's

    $$$ | American

    Having been relocated to the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, August E's new home on San Antonio Street features a sleek Zen-like atmosphere...Read More

  • 2. High's Cafe

    $ | American

    This country-chic small town café once only had enough room for about 10 people to stand and order at the counter. Today it's expanded into...Read More

  • 3. Hudson's on the Bend

    $$$$ | American

    Chase the sun west from Austin to where an unforgettable experience awaits in this refined little ranch house. This is the place for expertly...Read More

  • 4. Huisache Grille

    $ | American

    Hidden near the train tracks off San Antonio Street, the Huisache (pronounced wee-satch) is a must-stop. Consistently delivering fantastic soups...Read More

  • 5. The Salt Lick

    $ | Barbecue

    If you see smoke rising while driving along FM 1826, don't be alarmed. It's just a barbecue beacon calling you to the perpetually smoking pits...Read More

  • 6. 814: A Texas Bistro

    $$$ | American

    Colorful, quilt-draped walls and a cool ceiling-fanned patio make this a comfortable spot no matter the weather. The menu changes with the season...Read More

  • 7. Acme Café

    $ | American

    If you want to go where the locals go, head over to the town square for lunch at the Acme. The average fare here is just about anything you...Read More

  • 8. Alamo Springs Cafe

    $ | American

    You can dig into one of the best burgers in the region here. The more adventuresome eaters order theirs with the jalepeño-cheese bun—it's really...Read More

  • 9. Altdorf

    $ | German

    Although there's usually a long line for lunch here, it's worth waiting. The food is fantastic, especially the juicy Reuben sandwiches on toasty...Read More

  • 10. Auslander

    $ | German

    With its authentic German architecture, the Auslander draws quite a crowd for lunch and dinner. This popular dining attraction offers more of...Read More

  • 11. Bear Moon Bakery

    $ | American

    On weekends you may find a line out the door at this town favorite serving up an extensive breakfast buffet with eggs, fruit, and fresh-baked...Read More

  • 12. Cabernet Grill

    $$ | American

    If you're looking for a Texas-sized meal in the heart of the Hill Country, the Cabernet Grill has just what you're looking for. Chef/owner Ross...Read More

  • 13. Chrissy's Homestyle Bakery

    $ | American

    At this tiny little bakery housed in an old historic building, the enchanting aroma of fresh-baked pies and pastries envelops you the second...Read More

  • 14. Cooper's BBQ

    $ | Barbecue

    This Texas legend is serious about barbecue, and it expects no less from its clientele. Just look for the smokestacks rising from the tin-roofed...Read More

  • 15. Cowboy Steakhouse

    $$ | American

    With a name like Cowboy Steakhouse, you pretty much know what to expect. Western paintings and the smoke-stained limestone hearth of the wood...Read More

  • 16. Cypress Grille

    $$ | American

    People-watching has never been so inviting. From the small bistro tables in the front of the narrow wine bar you can sip a glass of wine and...Read More

  • 17. Der Lindenbaum

    $$ | German

    The menu at this family-owned restaurant features dishes directly from the Rhineland (bordering the Alsace Lorraine region between Germany and...Read More

  • 18. Fredericksburg Brewing Company

    $ | German

    Serving a variety of homemade German-style brews from the large copper beer tanks accenting the far wall, the brewery is a popular nightspot...Read More

  • 19. Freidhelm's Bavarian Inn

    $$ | German

    Driving to the end of town to try this Haufbraü-Haus-meets-Disneyland restaurant is certainly a trip; in more ways than one. Schnitzel is available...Read More

  • 20. Gristmill

    $ | American

    Dining at the Gristmill is as mandatory as shuffling your boots along the floors of Gruene Hall when visiting Gruene. On a sunny day, request...Read More

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