Downtown Austin, lower than a 25-minute automotive trip from Dripping Springs, Texas, is a pleasant getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy metropolis that by no means appears to finish. This small hill nation city attracts guests primarily for its quiet location, outside sights, wineries, and weddings – sure, weddings. Gaining the title of “Official Wedding ceremony Capital of Texas” in 2015, there was new progress in each path, so you possibly can wager that the meals scene in Dripping Springs is wealthy and plentiful.
Eating places in Dripping Springs vary from farm-to-table areas utilizing domestically sourced elements to effective eating, cafes, bistros, espresso retailers, and every thing else. What I like most in regards to the foodie scene is that there are a lot of domestically owned eating places to serve you, and the homeowners are cooking proper there. So, whether or not you might be on the lookout for a hearty breakfast to begin your day, a pleasant leisurely lunch on the Olive Area, a sublime dinner with wine, or a pleasant cup of espresso any time of day, you Discover it right here at one in every of my favourite Dripping Springs eating places! These eating places are in no explicit order.
And, with over 35+ wineries, distilleries, and breweries, some that serve meals, some that do not, this area of hill nation is prospering with guests day-after-day.
I used to be hosted by vacation spot Dripping Springs. All opinions are my very own.
1. Tilly’s Restaurant & Bar
Camp Lucy Resort
Tilly’s is a superb fine-dining restaurant positioned on the 289-acre Camp Lucy Resort. The restaurant is located within the midst of previous luxurious lodging and heritage buildings. Its beautiful areas all through the grounds are impeccable, and the resort is a chief wedding ceremony venue. Camp Lucy is the place I stayed for two days and obtained the royal remedy.
We had dinner on Tilly’s the primary night I used to be there. We had drinks on the bar whereas ready for our dinner reservation. It is a small space, but it surely’s a full bar. Whereas we have been seated, we ordered an appetizer of two cannoli. Menus should change, as I do not see them on the present menu.
Tilly is the place to be if you wish to gown up and take your vital different for a romantic dinner or simply expertise all of it. There’s a full bar contained in the restaurant, and it’s open to the general public. Reservation is very wanted. Dinner is offered Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 9 pm
The scenic drive to Tilly is outstanding. You’ll journey over a river and thru the hills on a number of one-way bridges.
2. Oak Creek Cafe
Make your technique to Oak Creek Café for all-American Southern consolation meals, good ole bacon and eggs, hamburgers, fried fish, po’ boys, and the like. I am not a breakfast eater nowadays, however I am glad I left it for this place. My order seems to be bland, however I like it – and as you possibly can see, it is as plentiful as all of their dishes are. They fit your style in any approach. No reservation is important. They’re open for breakfast and lunch and shut at 2 pm
Professional Tip: Earlier than you permit, take your photograph in entrance of the Dripping Springs mural contained in the cafe.
3. Texas Hill Nation Olive Firm
6 miles from town
A household owned by a father and daughter duo, Dripping Springs is, in my view, lucky to have such an incredible firm that cares about preserving the pure fantastic thing about the world. They produce the very best high quality olive oil in America and have been awarded a number of occasions. The Texas Hill Nation Olive Firm is one in every of Dripping Springs’ highlights, and in case you get the prospect to go to, I believe you may like it. I met the proprietor there, and he or she will get her fingers soiled within the bistro and the backyard like all different staff. Everybody was so pleasant, and it is extra than simply having lunch there – it is an expertise.
I counsel attempting olive oil tasting in case you have by no means skilled it. This was my first. It is a far cry from wine tasting, however they will go along with you on it. You’ll be able to order an olive oil flight or take it forward and prepare for a guided olive oil tasting.
Many causes for folks to return:
- Get pleasure from lunch on the Bistro.
- Take a tour of the backyard or simply wander round at your leisure.
- Store on the reward store.
You should definitely take a look at the reward store for every sort of olive oil, in addition to neatly wrapped reward containers with olive oil. Whereas I used to be there, I gave my husband a Father’s Day reward. Contained in the reward have been three olive oils and one balsamic vinegar. I even threw a dipping spoon and tied that massive white bow earlier than closing the reward field!
Professional Tip: The bistro is open day by day from 10 a.m. to three:30 p.m.
4. Mazama Espresso Firm + Roastery
Mercer Road Historic District
Positioned within the coronary heart of town, Mazama Espresso Co. There’s a cozy espresso store with ample seating inside and ample seating with shade on the patio exterior. Though a espresso drinker, I had all of the espresso I wanted for the day, so I ordered a mango smoothie and loved it exterior on the patio whereas I waited for my pal to reach. Canine are allowed within the courtyard. Additionally they serve breakfast, lunch and baked items.
Professional Tip: There may be all the time one line.
5. Epicure Market
Epicure Market is a modern-day wine bar with a captivating ambiance and outside seating, in addition to cheese plates and bistro dishes. It’s a small place to dine as one wall is roofed with wines from everywhere in the world, behind there’s a wine bar and some tables. That is positively a spot you may wish to make a reservation for.
I ordered the asparagus prosciutto with balsamic vinegar and dried figs and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, advisable by the wine sommelier and co-owner, then topped my night with a raspberry creme brulee dessert. I might eat that first after which the second after – it was so good!
6. Salt Lick BBQ
Dripping Springs and Driftwood Border
The place Dripping Springs meets Driftwood (Driftwood will not be a city however a part of Dripping Springs), Salt Lick BBQ is the place everybody visiting the world. This can be a extremely popular restaurant with indoor/outside seating and stay music exterior, and the ambiance is sort of a get together, but additionally household pleasant. They nonetheless have the unique restaurant on web site the place you possibly can eat out for events and might even be rented. The area is so giant that many areas are rentable for particular events.
There are 4 areas in Texas: Driftwood, Spherical Rock, Austin and Dallas. I’ve solely been to driftwood.
Professional Tip: Go early in order that you do not have to attend in lengthy strains.
7. Crispy Crunchy Hen
Mercer Road Historic District
Have you ever ever eaten gasoline station fried hen? They are saying gasoline stations served the worst meals. I skilled this as soon as in one other metropolis, however a pal and CEO of Dripping Springs mentioned this place has one of the best fried hen, so I am including it to my checklist right here. Krispy Crunchy Hen is positioned on US-290 immediately behind The Barber Store (an previous barbershop turned bar). The bar doesn’t promote meals, however will allow you to convey meals so you possibly can take pleasure in consuming whereas sipping your favourite beer.
There are two eating places I did not go to, however have been on my itinerary. I believe each deserve consideration right here. The primary is the Rolling Inn at Thyme & Dough, a terrific place to take pleasure in espresso and breakfast. It was began in 2005 by knowledgeable European baker, and he or she remains to be making ready her recipes. It is made a number of lists on Google, and I have been advised that bread and baked items are “out of this world”! The second factor I wish to point out is the Get Alongside Grille. It’s domestically owned and affords American consolation meals constructed from scratch. It opens at 3 pm through the week and at 11 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Each of them are positioned on Freeway 290.
Professional Tip: Whether or not you drive from Austin or keep over the weekend, there are many issues to do within the metropolis, and the pleasant locals will all the time help. Dripping Springs has a number of annual occasions value seeing earlier than you go to. You should definitely swing by the Guests Bureau on Mercer Road to choose up a brochure or two.