In downtown Fredericksburg, Der Lindenbaum was a favorite of Lady Bird Johnson, whose letter to the owner hangs on the wall.
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 galleries, festivals almost every month, wildflower 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, www.derlindenbaum.com
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 FredericksburgHerbFarm.com
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, FredericksburgTexasShopping.com.
If you go, I want to know..."Where did you eat?"
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