Do you know where your food comes from? This is an important question, but it can often be a tricky one to pin down. Thankfully, the Dripping Springs area is home to some incredible restaurants where the kitchens have a direct link to local farmers who supply them with fresh produce, meats, and dairy goods.
If you’re looking for a great meal that’s bursting with local flavor, you can’t go wrong with one of these area eateries.
Homespun Kitchen and Bar: We’ve touched this local joint before when highlighting restaurants with great outdoor patios, and frankly, it’s worth acknowledging again. The restaurant’s farm-to-table menu serves up hearty fare that draws from both American and European culinary influences.
Guests will find small bites like farm fresh deviled eggs and fried green tomato chicken salad, as well as dinner plates such as the catfish platter and chicken fried chicken. Not to mention, the restaurant holds the distinction of having the city’s “best burger.”
Tillie’s: From the moment you step onto the Tillie’s property at Camp Lucy, you can’t help but be impressed with the restaurant’s stunning dining room with high ceilings surrounded by towering pillars and European-style tile floor. We’re happy to say that the menu developed by chef Justin Richardson lives up to the restaurant’s visual appeal.
Swing by for brunch, and you’ll find small plates of fresh spicy Brussels sprouts and pork chilaquiles, while the dinner menu serves up dishes like steak tenderloin with wild mushrooms and smoked duck in a glazed carrot sauce.
CreekHouse Kitchen & Bar: Down the road from Dripping Springs in nearby Wimberley is this great little restaurant with one of the best outdoor dining options in the Hill Country. Dubbed CreekHouse because it’s built on the banks of Cypress Creek, the eatery offers what it calls “classic Texas fare with a sophisticated twist.”
Patrons are treated to a menu that runs the gamut from blackened fish tacos and barbecue nachos to gilled okra, roasted rainbow carrots, and pickled beet bowls with whipped goat cheese. If you can’t find something to tantalize your taste buds here, you’re just not looking hard enough!
Alice’s Restaurant: While nobody will fault you for heading to Treaty Oak Distilling for a couple of cocktails, it would be a mistake not to order some grub from the on-site restaurant. Nestled underneath century-old oak trees are picnic tables that offer the perfect place to chow down on some of the best barbecues in the area.
Everything is made in-house with farm-fresh ingredients, from the green chili pimento cheese and guacamole to the smoked brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. You certainly can’t go wrong with a classic pulled pork sandwich or chicken taco, but to guarantee nobody at the table leaves hungry, go for the three-meat plate.
One thing’s for sure: when it comes to fantastic restaurants that draw from local foods, there are plenty to pick from in the Texas Hill Country. It’s just one of the many things that makes Dripping Springs such a wonderful place to call home.
If you’d like to find a home here, reach out to the Caliterra team today.