25 Small Town Texas Restaurants That Deserve a Weekend Road Trip
San Antonio has us spoiled with so many great eateries. Heck, even UNESCO thinks so, naming the 210 as a Creative City of Gastronomy. But that's not to say there aren't plenty of Texas joints that can hold their own against San Antonio's wide selection of fare. So fill up the tank and venture out to these small towns to enjoy some of the best eats around.
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148 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels, (830) 625-2807, krausescafe.com
In the home of Wurstfest, you can trust this New Braunfels eatery to know what it’s doing when it comes to food and beer. Whether you order the pork schnitzel, bratentaschen, or beef stew, you’re in for some classic German fare.
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Hermann Sons Steak House
577 US Highway 90 E, Hondo, (830) 426-2220, hermannsonssteakhouse.com
This family-owned steakhouse provides indoor and outdoor dining, so you’ll be able to enjoy the fresh air out in Hondo. Plus, the restaurants has a full bar and music entertainment to complete your dining experience.
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Texas Pride BBQ
2980 East Loop 1604, Adkins, (210) 649-3730, texas-pride-barbecue.hub
Texas Pride BBQ has the fix for your fried fish and barbecue cravings. Go visit and don’t forget to try their famous peach cobbler while there, unless you make another trip out there.
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1287 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, (830) 625-0684, gristmillrestaurant.com
Looking to dine by the River Grove? The Gristmill allows you to choose from indoor and outdoor dining views of the river. And it has a full bar, as if you weren’t already sold.
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619 N Colorado Street, Lockhart, (512) 398-2361, kreuzmarket.com
Kreuz’s barbecue stands on its own with meats being made up of 85% beef and 15% pork. No sauce or forks offered, so that’s how you know the meats are going to be lit.
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Southside Market and Barbecue
1212 Highway 290 W, Elgin, (512) 285-6830, southsidemarket.com
Choose to order family-style with meats by the half pound, or order your own plate. Just split the brisket baked potato with a friend if you know what’s good for you.
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215 N. Main Street, Lockhart, (512) 398-2712, blacksbbq.com
Black’s Barbecue uses generations of barbecue knowledge to cook up brisket, sausage, turkey, beef ribs, chopped beef and pork ribs. You've got to go for all the flavors, like jalapeño sausage and sweet cream corn.
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Dodging Duck Brewhaus
402 River Road, Boerne, (830) 248-3825, dodgingduck.com
Dodging Duck Brewhaus is open everyday with happy hour offered weekdays from 3-6pm. Make it a family outing, you and the fam can sit out on the covered porch and the kids can be entertained by the ducks.
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The Salt Lick
18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, (512) 858-4959, saltlickbbq.com
Looking for live music to enjoy with your barbecue? The Salt Lick allows you to BYOB for the show and meal, just remember to bring cash.
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Haby’s Alsatian Bakery
207 US Highway 90 W, Castroville, (830) 538-2118, habysbakery.com
Haby’s provides a large selection of freshly made cakes pastries and bread, both traditional bakery treats and those from the Alsace region. Swing by to get your sugar fill with doughnuts, honey buns, cinnamon rolls and so much more.
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