Hill Country restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Fredericksburg


This dapper underground bistro looks like a soda fountain gone posh. The folks lunching here are as stylish as the decor, but don't worry, you'll find welcoming Hill Country hospitality in these hip digs. The gourme…
Top Choice Pizza in Dripping Springs


Holy moly, this is good pie. Opened just a few years ago, this wood-fired pizza joint has earned kudos left and right. The motto here is 'food is our religion,' which gives a nod to the name of the place and to thei…
Top Choice Barbecue in Dripping Springs

Salt Lick

It's worth the 20-mile drive out of town just to see the massive outdoor barbecue pits at this parklike place off Hwy 290. It's a bit of a tourist fave, but the crowd-filled experience still gets our nod. Hungry? Ch…
Top Choice Mexican in Kerrville

Taco to Go

You can take your tacos to-go or eat inside this tiny joint beside Walgreens, but don't miss out on the excellent soft tacos – including breakfast tacos served all day – made with homemade tortillas and salsa. Frien…
Cafe in Kerrville

Hill Country Cafe

The waitress might just call you 'hon' at this tiny hole-in-the-wall diner near the historic district, which serves up hearty home cooking in heaped portions. You'll find just about everything you could want for bre…
Mexican in Boerne

Mary's Tacos

Everybody in town recommends Mary's, where the tortillas are homemade. The drill? Step up to the counter. Order a breakfast taco and a Big Red. Grab a table. Squeeze some hot sauce from the container. Take a bite. A…
Desserts in Wimberley

Wimberley Pie Company

You haven't eaten until you've wrapped your mouth around a pie from this small but popular bakery, which supplies many of the area's restaurants (and a few in Austin) with every kind of pie and cheesecake you can im…
American in Fredericksburg

Navajo Grill

For something more upmarket, head straight to the Navajo Grill, which boasts a lovely patio, creative Southern cuisine and a list of about 40 different wines by the glass, and more by the bottle. Reservations recomm…
American in Kerrville

Rails: A Cafe at the Depot

This warm and intimate cafe in the old train depot downtown is awfully pleasant. Make a lunch of panini or salad, or splurge a bit with the osso buco (a Milanese specialty of cross-cut veal shanks braised with veget…
American in Kerrville


Colorful, bright and airy, this bistro and sidewalk cafe is housed in an old limestone building in the historic district. It's packed at lunch, and is one of the swankiest places in town for a weekend dinner.