Thursday, July 12, 2012

San Antonio and Texas Hill Country – We Ate Here

A few weekends ago I went on a trip with the women on my mom’s side of  family to San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. I’ve been here many times for work but my cousin who lives in Houston and aunt that lives north of Fort Worth planned our itinerary and restaurant choices and they did a fantastic job.

Little GretelThe first place we stopped for breakfast on the way to Fredricksburg was in Boerne at Gretel’s . Gretels is a German/Chez restaurant that had omelets filled with gouda cheese, eggs benedict with creamy hollandaise, apple pancakes and kolaches. Now I had never heard about kolaches until I was in Omaha with Jake’s family and they were at a restaurant where we ate breakfast. His grandmother used to make them so they were all very excited to see them on a menu. We ordered a poppy seed and peach and farmers cheese kolache. They weren’t a hit with the table but mom and I really liked them. I highly recommend the eggs benedict they were extremely good!

Peach and farmers cheese kolache.
Silver Creek –  After a long morning of shopping in Fredricksburg, we decided it was time for a late lunch and we stopped at this great little German restaurant that was nice and cool so it was refreshing to sit down and cool off for a while. One thing that was on the menu was a Schnitzel Sandwich. It was a very thinly sliced pork tenderloin that is breaded and put on toasted rye bread that mixed with a Cherry Lime Frozen Margarita was perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
Frozen cherry limeade margarita.
Gristmill – Oh My Goodness…this place was hands down AMAZING. Set on the edge of Gruene, just behind Gruene Hall is the Gristmill, an old cotton gin turned restaurant…HUGE restaurant. There is outdoor seating, indoor open-air seating that was extremely pleasant even though it was 90+ degrees that day. They have a great bar area and outdoor seating area where you can wait for your table. We enjoyed a refreshing glass (or three) of their famous Sangria, an appetizer of onion rings and I had a poblano and chicken quesadilla that was extremely good.
Gristmill Sangria

Bucees - Now this is a place…gas station…farmers market…deli…jerkey/sausage…Bucee Beaver apparel…western home décor…and normal convenience store stuff. We stopped in for some fuel and then picked up some stuff for dinner, some souvineers and April even picked up a spoon rest.

Twin Sisters Bakery – We had plans to eat at the Gunther House this morning, however when we called there was an hour and a half wait and they don’t take reservations so that wasn’t going to work for us on a Sunday morning. So we looked for another alternative and the Twin Sisters was highly recommended. This as a great local place with a quirky décor and an interesting menu, you could make your own tacos so mine included egg, chorizo, cheese and avocado on a whole wheat tortilla.
Breakfast Tacos = Devine!
Guenther House –  The Guenther House is part of the Pioneer Flour Mill. It is off in an off-set area of San Antonio. The restaurant is in the bottom of the museum and gift shop and there is outdoor seating as well. As you walk in there is a case of pastries that range from coffee cake, upside down pineapple cake, strudels and the biggest cinnamon rolls you can imagine. When you sit down the serve you with the freshest rolls that are light and fluffy and their menu is similar to a tea house. I ordered a spinach salad with grilled chicken breast and the table shared a sampling of the desserts.

Spinach Salad with Chicken

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