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If you’re out on the trail, whether you are heading north to the Hill Country or south to Pleasanton, here are a few places we suggest as places to stop for lunch or dinner. The list is far from complete, but the places are listed by area:
Steak night at 11th Street Cowboy Bar
307 11th St.
Every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring your own meat or vegetables to grill. No cover.
170 S. Main St.
(830) 248-1353 (reservations suggested)
Sushi Wednesdays, smoky prime rib Thursdays, and now open for lunch.
Limestone Grille, Ye Kendall Inn
128 W. Blanco St.
(830) 249-2138 (reservations suggested)
Award-winning wine list, award-winning fare, including a cowboy rib-eye, Angus prime rib and smoked roasted short ribs.
814-A Texas Bistro
713 High St.
(830) 995-4990 (reservations suggested)
Pan-seared crawfish cakes, a mixed grill with lamb and pork tenderloin, sea scallops with arugula. Any questions?
Steak Night at Waring General Store
(830) 749-2332 (reservations suggested)
Dine in the great outdoors each Wednesday on a grilled steak, baked potato bar, salad, appetizers and desserts. Live music. Loads of fun.
223 Welfare-Waring Road
(830) 537-3700 (reservations suggested)
Inventive German fare with a Texas touch served up in the former Welfare General Store.
Hill Top Cafe
10661 N. U.S. 87
(830) 997-8922 (reservations suggested)
From Greek to Cajun fare, this Texas cafe is a constant delight. Save room for pie.
607 S. Washington St.
(830) 990-8383 (reservations suggested)
A renovated house is the setting for a special meal featuring fine cuisine and a top-notch wine list.
Rock House Restaurant at Fredericksburg Herb Farm
(830) 997-8615 (reservations suggested)
Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch at this rustic treat includes dishes flavored with the herbs grown on the property.
Austin’s at Rose Hill Manor
2614 Upper Albert Road
(877) ROSEHIL (767-3445) (reservations suggested)
A Texas-style Tara is the dramatic setting of a dinner you’ll likely remember for months to come.
Mac and Ernie’s Roadside Eatery
11804 FM 470
A new location now allows you go inside to place your order for first-rate fare, from pork tenderloin and shrimp to the famous cabrito burger.
Cowboy Steak House
416 Main St.
Grilled steaks, seafood and an amazing wine list make this place a Texas treasure.
309 2nd St.
Barbecue without the frills but with plenty of flavor.
129 W. San Antonio St.
Check out the daily specials and sink your teeth into some good ‘cue.
Texas Pride Barbecue
2980 E. Loop 1604 S.
From the fish fry on Fridays to the concerts featuring Texas legends, this barbecue joint knows how to keep you entertained.
Cooper’s Old-Time Pit Bar-B-Que
1125 Loop 337
The home of the Big Chop (a pork chop that weighs in at more than 1 pound) is well worth a visit. The berry cobbler is killer.
200 N. Seguin Ave.
The inventive fare, the extensive wine list and the intimate atmosphere. To quote a movie from the 1940s: “Just go – and God bless America!”
Myron’s Prime Steakhouse
136 N. Castell Ave.
(830) 624-1024 (reservations suggested)
Prime steaks grilled to order, a fine wine list and a warm setting in a renovated movie theater make this place a winner.