Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country has some great dining options. Our recommendations include:
Hye Market & Spirits, 10261 Hwy. 290 in Hye: Don’t miss this, the Hye Market, from 1886. Located in the historic post office, they offer wine tastings and sell wines plus sandwiches and other food items. It has a great atmosphere. I loved my pulled pork sandwich with a sweet potato salad.
Otto’s German Bistro: This is a casual spot a block from Main St. in Fredericksburg at 316 E. Austin. They feature local, organic produce. I enjoyed a local tempranillo wine and a perfect halibut entree with white asparagus, fiddlehead ferns, fresh foraged mushrooms and a nettle pesto. The night I went, they also featured beef, a wurst plate, a duck schnitzel and several appetizers. The local Pedernales Tempranillo was a great wine pick.
Next door is their other venture, Tubby’s Ice House, featuring a large selection of tacos and other Mexican street food. 318 E. Austin.
Vaudeville: Located in Fredericksburg at 210 E. Main St., this is an attractive art gallery and store carrying home home furnishings and accessories, jewelry plus gourmet food items, wine and beer. Downstairs is an attractive bistro featuring sandwiches, salads, coffee, pastries and more. Their Supper Club features tasting menus on the weekend, brunch on Sunday and a prix fixe dinner on Monday evenings.
Fredericksburg Herb Farm/Farm Haus Bistro: At 405 Whitney, it comes highly recommended as a good spot for fresh local ingredients with dining rooms overlooking gardens on the property.
Cabernet Grill: Just south of downtown, in The Cotton Gin Village, is the very good, Cabernet Grill. It has a warm, comfortable decor and features seafood, steaks, wild game and ranch fare. I enjoyed a very good meal, the Oak Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Granny Smith apples, cranberries, dates and candied pecans topped with a bourbon demi glaze.
Java Ranch Espresso Bar & Cafe: A fun coffee shop at 114 E. Main.
August E: Locals recommend this upscale restaurant with an art oriented contemporary decor. They feature sushi, steaks and seafood. 203 E. San Antonio Ave.
Rathskeller: Located in an old stone building from the 1880’s, this downstairs, casual restaurant, is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 260 E. Main St.
Clear River Ice Cream, Bakery and Deli: Make sure to stop in for a treat while exploring the shops of downtown Fredericksburg. 138 E. Main.
At 10667 N US Hwy 87 is the Hilltop Cafe, known for casual food and music. It is located 10 miles north of Fredericksburg in an old gas station and roadhouse. I will definitely hit this spot on my next trip.