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Where to Wine and Dine Along the Wildflower Trail

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Can’t get enough of the wildflowers this year? The selection is extraordinary, ranging from vast fields of bluebonnets to swatches of Indian paintbrushes.

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.
(830) 796-4849
Every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring your own meat or vegetables to grill. No cover.


Cypress Grille
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
Welfare-Waring Road
(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.


Welfare Cafe
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.

The Nest
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
405 Whitney
(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
(830) 562-3727
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.
(830) 896-5688
Grilled steaks, seafood and an amazing wine list make this place a Texas treasure.


McBee’s Bar-B-Que
309 2nd St.
(830) 569-2602
Barbecue without the frills but with plenty of flavor.


McBee’s Bar-B-Que
129 W. San Antonio St.
(830) 420-3118
Check out the daily specials and sink your teeth into some good ‘cue.


Texas Pride Barbecue
2980 E. Loop 1604 S.
(210) 649-3730
From the fish fry on Fridays to the concerts featuring Texas legends, this barbecue joint knows how to keep you entertained.

New Braunfels

Cooper’s Old-Time Pit Bar-B-Que
1125 Loop 337
(830) 627-0627
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.

Liberty Bistro
200 N. Seguin Ave.
(830) 624-7876
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.

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2 Responses to “Where to Wine and Dine Along the Wildflower Trail”

  1. Tammy Edmondson says:

    Might want to consider adding Jake’s in Pipe Creek to the list – just north of 46 on 16 to the left – burgers, tacos, sandwiches, snails, etc. – especially fun to watch the beltsander races on the fourth Saturday of each month.

  2. carol yeager says:

    Haruuupmf … I seemed to have missed all of these … featured food and flowers. Will there be a next time? Great foto.