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A Foodie’s Guide to Kerrville, Texas

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to the food scene in Kerrville, Texas. Whether you want something casual and quick or you’re celebrating a special occasion, you can find it all in Kerrville. From Hill Country specials and seasonal farm-to-table cuisine to new hot spots quickly making a name for themselves, this buzzing Texas town has plenty of great restaurants across the city for foodies and oenophiles to enjoy.So, while you might not have imagined Kerrville as a destination for the foodie with a discernible palate, don’t be fooled—Kerrville is the place for you. So, come hungry because this quintessential Central Texas town has plenty to offer

Classic Kerrville Eats

Located on the corner of Water and Earl Garrett Street, it’s hard to miss Francisco’s, a staple in Kerrville located in a beautiful and historic building in the center of town. This building has seen many phases, from a mercantile store to a community bank to a saloon (complete with a bordello) to a pool hall, sporting goods store and eventually a shoe store. Francisco took over the building in 1995 and is the perfect person to call this incredible place home since he’s been a local since 1986. The restaurant serves some of the freshest and most authentic Mexican food in Kerrville, and you can choose to sit inside and admire the restaurant’s beautiful dining room and artwork—a great spot for a special occasion, or enjoy an alfresco meal on the restaurant’s sprawling street-side patio and take advantage of Texas’ beautiful year-round weather.

Another delicious restaurant and Kerrville staple is Rails A Café at the Depot. Located in a beautiful fully restored train depot from 1915, the café is a quaint and cozy spot where one can admire the gorgeous Hill Country views while feasting on some of the best homemade American cuisine in town. (Let’s put it this way, there’s a reason this place is a favorite among locals.) So, while you might initially come here just to check out the décor inside this historic building, you’ll stay for the steaks, pasta, burgers and more.

In a more eclectic part of town sitting along the Guadalupe River Trail, Grape Juice is another spot that foodies shouldn’t skip. Known for its wine selection (get it…grape juice?), it stocks the shop with wines from around the world, so you can journey to Argentina or Tuscany without ever leaving Kerrville. Pair a glass of white or red with something tasty from its food menu; you never know what delicacies you may find. If wine isn’t your sip, it also has a great selection on tap and the back patio is pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friend or make a new one! The wine bar also has a daily happy hour (yes, daily) where you’ll save $2 off all pints and glasses of wine from 5-6:00 p.m. every day.

And speaking of beer, Pint & Plow Brewing Co. serves some of the best-handcrafted beer and locally sourced food in town. Sit at the bar with its view of the fermentation tanks and get a tasting flight and a pizza, or head out to the patio and get a photo under the “Kerrville is the New Kerrville” neon sign. From its signature San Y’bon Lager to its La Madrugada Porter, you can’t go wrong with whatever pint tinkles your fancy here, and grab a cup of joe at the coffee bar when you need an after lunch (or after flight tasting) pick-me-up. You can even take some beer with you to go!

New Hot Spots Around Kerrville

One of Kerrville’s newest hot spots, Heritage Kitchen, is shaking things up on the local dining scene by using some of the state’s best ingredients like specialty cheeses and olive oil soda. (The oversized chalkboard hanging behind the counter tells you where the ingredients come from within the Lone Star State.) And it doesn’t hurt that chef Matt Lopez was born and raised in Hill Country, so he knows where to find the best, locally sourced ingredients, which has helped him create a farm-to-table menu that gives any restaurant in Texas a run for its money. Chef Lopez changes the menu seasonally, so whenever you visit for brunch or dinner know that you’re getting the best the region has to offer during that time of year, and be sure to peek into the open kitchen and see where, as they say, the magic happens.

Another new spot in town, The Humble Fork, located on Water Street, isn’t your typical Central Texas restaurant. Expect avocado fries, mini pulled pork tostadas, country fried steak, a meaty cut of rib-eye steak and one of the most talked about burgers in town. This place might be new, but it’s already made a name for itself among locals as one of the hottest places in town to enjoy brunch or dinner. Expect warm-wood vibes, cozy booths and friendly service. The Humble Fork has pulled out all the stops to make the diner a place worth bringing the whole family to.

As you can see, there are plenty of restaurants, both old and new, for foodies to check out in Kerrville, Texas. Spots that offer everything, from world-class wine and Texas beer to locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine. In Kerrville, you’ll find the best Hill Country cooking anywhere in the state, making it a place worth visiting, even if it’s just for a bite.

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