Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Good Eats in a Cool Town -- Fredericksburg, TX

In downtown Fredericksburg, Der Lindenbaum was a favorite of Lady Bird Johnson, whose letter to the owner hangs on the wall.

Fredericksburg is the kind of small town that feels like home, but better. To start with, the town is located at the foot of perhaps Texas' best wine trail, the Fredericksburg Wine Road 290.  

Then there's an historic downtown that appeals to the eye with limestone buildings of Texas-German stone architecture, still well kept and home to unique shops, businesses and entertainment venues.  

And visitors find a lot to do--monthly art walks including more than a dozen galleriesfestivals almost every monthwildflower drives in spring, peach stands in summer, grape crush in fall, holiday lights in winter and year-round hiking at area parks.  

But the first question anyone who's planning a jaunt asks is, "Where should I go to eat?" because this village of around 10,000 souls boasts more good food than many towns ten times the size.

Our friend Jack recently asked the question so I'm sharing a few favorites:

Der Lindenbaum--heartfelt, old-school German food served in a century-old stone building. Known for their schnitzels, hand-cut from heritage pork grown on a farm near Austin. Moderately priced. 312 E. Main St., Fredericksburg, 830-997-9126,

Fredericksburg Herb Farm--The stone restaurant is surrounded by flower, herb and vegetable gardens accented with sculpture. Inside, the chef focuses on fresh local foods, creative preparation and beautiful presentation, including house-made focaccia bread with airy texture and buttery crunchy crust. Moderate to expensive. 405 Whitney St., Fredericksburg, 830-997-8615 

The Cabernet Grill's menu could be described as "Texas with a twist," delicious favorites dressed for a night out, such as Pecan-crusted crab cakes and Grilled Texas quail, jalapeno-rubbed and bacon-stuffed.  Plus a great Texas wine list. Moderate to expensive.  2805 S State Hwy. 16, Fredericksburg, 830-990-5734, 

August E's serves up a combination of fine dining and art, “Nouveau Texas Cuisine,” a delicious amalgam of fresh ingredients and creative preparation, served in an atmosphere reminiscent of an art gallery. Expensive. 203 E. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg, 830-997-1585,  Photo Credit: Cynthia Lively

And for dessert, the Fredericksburg Pie Co. may make the best pie in Texas. Fillings such as soul-soothing coconut cream or chunky tart peaches or buttery toasted pecans nestle in tender, flaky and flavorful crusts. Inexpensive.  108 E. Austin St., Fredericksburg, 830-990-6992,

If you go, I want to know..."Where did you eat?"

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  1. Hi Kathleen,
    It's an interesting post, especially for a "Fredericksburg native with a German background". You know about my recent bad luck with the "Sauerbraten" at the Lindenbaum. But I'll certainly give that a try again. The others I only know by name, except for the Pie Company, where my wife frequently buys pies as presents. For desserts, or ice cream rather, I'd recommend The Clear River Company: delicious ice creams, but also yummy pastry and good food like sandwiches or soups. And then there's the Old German Bakery. Unfortunately they close at 2PM, but yoy can always by yummy pastry there and take it home.
    Hope to meet you in "Fritztown" some time soon,

  2. Thanks for this rundown on dining 'Burg style. I've spent a few weekends in F'burg reuniting with college friends from UT days but we usually eat in for dinner. Now I'm completely rethinking that strategy. This post will serve as my argument to the ladies, though after they read this I doubt there will be any resistance.


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