If there is one thing that foodies, and even the general food lover, can agree on is that food in the great state of Texas is some of the best you’ll find anywhere in the United States. Moreover, really astute foodies will tell you that when your planning a foodie excursion, you need to includes more than a few Texas Hill Country destinations.
Before moving forward, it is important to know what exactly constitutes the Texas Hill Country, considering most people would never really associate hills with Texas. The area covers 21 counties (either fully or partially) in the central to central-western part of the state. Vegetation varies from prickly pear cactus & Texas live oak, and yes, there are rugged hills in the terrain. The Texas Hill Country yum foodie travel tv is made up of the Edwards Plateau region. Elevations on the land can range from about 100 feet to over 3,000 feet above sea level.
Needless to say, the area is unique in its diversity, but this, in turn, means that the residents of the region are also diverse based on where they find themselves the most comfortable. This comfort is found in the food that is available in the area, and it’s here that the fervent foodie nation finds itself flocking to as often as possible.
If you happen to be a foodie that’s not in the know yet, or perhaps you’re just someone who likes good food & road-trips, here are five food destinations in the Texas Hill Country you need to experience:
1. August E in Fredericksburg – For over a decade, this chic little restaurant has been known for “Nouveau Texas Cuisine” and has graced the tops of important local, state, and national restaurant lists due to its amazing offerings of great steak & stellar sushi.
2. Opie’s BBQ in Spicewood – This Texas gem has been dishing out top-tier BBQ for nearly two decades, offering brisket, sausage, pulled pork, spicy corn, and a “to die for” tater-tot casserole. Just in case you have a hankering for something sweet, there is also come off-the-menu cola-based cake (it’s a must).
3. Lost Maples Cafe in Utopia – This place is considered an absolute must for those traveling through the Texas Hill Country. It’s housed in a building over a century old, the servings are hearty, the clientele is diverse, there are no frills, and if you just need something a little sweet, grab a black coffee & a slice of some of the best pie you’ve ever had.
4. Becker Vineyards in Stonewall – Established 25 years ago, Becker Vineyards has award-winning wine in many styles. Visitors are treated to various events, tastings, tours, and even private tasting rooms. If you love wine, especially supreme examples of Texas wine, this is the place to visit.
5. Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival in Dripping Springs – Better known as “The Wedding Capital of the World”, Dripping Springs has been hosting this shindig for the last decade. The festival is an effort by Sponsored by the Dripping Springs Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, which allows visitors to take in the beauty of Dripping Springs, as well as sample the largest assortment of Texas wines, craft beers, gourmet foods and spirits available under one roof.
Texas Hill Country destinations abound for the standard day-tripper, but for the foodie persistent in trying to find the best that Texas has available, this area of Texas should be at the top of his or her list.