The farm-to-table movement is alive and well near Mystic Quarry, as local chefs follow their passion for creating dishes using the freshest and most locally-sourced organic ingredients for a truly amazing dining experience. Come see what all of the fuss is about at these area restaurants.
New Braunfels Restaurants
Huisache Grill and Wine Bar feature the cultural and culinary influences of down-home Texas Hill Country for a wonderful dining experience. Housed in a historic building in New Braunfels that was built in the 1920s, the restaurant strives to establish a comfortable and creative space where folks can indulge in modern Southern cuisine. The chefs use locally-sourced ingredients, with menu items such as bacon-wrapped chicken poblano skewers as an appetizer, lighter fare such as grilled portobello mushroom sandwiches, and entrees such as pecan dusted port tenderloin medallions. Be sure to leave room for their signature southern pecan pie cheesecake. Impeccable menu aside, Huisache is well-known for having an extensive wine collection with vino from around the world.
The River House consistently offers classic home-style dishes made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients that serves as the ultimate comfort food. The ideal venue for family dinners, this local favorite has beautifully-adorned indoor and outdoor seating on the patio with occasional live music night to boot. Begin your meal with starters such as corn fritters and artichoke spinach dip, before diving into their famous akaushi beef burger with jalapenos and bacon, or their chicken and pecan quiche du jour.
San Marcos Restaurants
Blue Dahlia Bistro knows the effect food has on our bodies and the planet. Because of this, the folks here really know how to take care of you, body and soul, by preparing your mouth-watering meal with the freshest local organic products. They value the importance of knowing where food comes from, in a world where most restaurants still prepare their meals from frozen and toss the waste in a land-fill-bound bin. They partner with area producers and shout those partnerships loud and proud. Offering an extensive menu, Blue Dahlia’s offers traditional favorites such as sweet vanilla Belgian waffles for breakfast and open-faced sandwiches like sliced cold-smoked salmon for lunch. Their rustic meatloaf is always a sure-fire hit.
CRAFThouse Kitchen & Tap offers a relaxing wooded atmosphere, with both outdoor seating and a varied indoor seating arrangement of booths, tables, and bar stools. A gas fireplace ties the surroundings together, making it the epitome of rustic class. It is the place to be for both casual and fine dining, with a menu that includes weekend brunch, all day breakfast, appetizers, entrees, and sides. Among their many delectable options, the apple brie burger, hank’s brisket hash, and pulled pork mac and cheese never disappoint. This is one farm-to-table establishment with a great kids’ menu and ever-rotating daily specials.
The Restaurant at Sage Hill, situated at the Sage Hill Inn & Spa, takes the farm-to-table concept seriously by providing an exceptional Texas Hill Country dining experience. They source the majority of their vegetables and herbs from their own garden. To fill in the gaps, they partner with neighboring ranches and suppliers who humanely and naturally raise their meat. Sage Hill offers a seasonally-driven menu, with delightfully tasty dishes such as duck tostada, seared salmon, creamy roasted chicken, and top things off with creations such as homemade berry panna cotta. They feature an extensive wine selection, as well.