Texas Hill Country Adventure in Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, and Driftwood + One Sweet Ride – Food Photo Friday

I’ve you haven’t made a trip out to the Texas Hill Country, you should definitely go. Just an hour or so outside of Austin we have a wealth of natural beauty and cool small towns full of great restaurants, wineries, and B&Bs. I try to make it out to the Hill Country at least once a year to visit natural wonders like Enchanted Rock or Hamilton Pool and to enjoy some Texas wine and brews.

So, when Chevy Texan offered me the chance to drive a new Chevy Camaro out to the Hill Country as part of their Driving the Heartland campaign, I jumped on the opportunity (it’s hard to say no to a cool ride out to a fun place). This Food Photo Friday post highlights some of the best and tastiest parts of the trip which covered several cities and food related locations.

This picture shows cool features in the 2012 Chevy Camaro made the drive west feel a lot shorter. We liked OnStar (turn by turn directions / handsfree calling to live operators), the heads up display (similar to the ones in fighter jets) that displays your speed and driving directions, and a rear view camera that warns you of objects behind the car. 

Creek Road Cafe Images

Our first stop was a great lunch / brunch spot in Dripping Springs called Creek Road Cafe. Pictured is the best chicken salad sandwich I’ve ever had and the clam chowder was great. I’m not the only one praising this restaurant – the table next to us was going on and on about how the soup was the best they had ever eaten.

We also had crab cake salad which was excellent and almost as good as the crabcakes I’ve had in Maryland. Creek Road Cafe is a true hidden gem.

The Creek Road Cafe Menu – while we didn’t get to eat through much of their food, everything on this American style cafe sounded great. I’ll be back.

Duchman Winery Images

Later we checked out the Duchman Winery / Trattoria Lisina in Driftwood, Texas which is a beautiful Tuscan style Vineyard with an Italian restaurant on premise run by the Mandola family.

The Duchman Winery is was founded in 2004. The huge, beautiful building it’s housed in still looks brand new.

Alamo Springs Caffe Images

The next stop was the Alamo Springs Cafe which serves up huge, gourmet grease burgers that happen to taste delicious. According to Texas Monthly magazine, they have the #3 burger in all of Texas. The one in this picture is decked out with roasted garlic and jalapenos.

Another Alamo Springs Cafe burger served open face with provolone cheese. You can’t see very well in this picture, but the buns are buttery, toasted, and delicious.

Avocado Stuffed with beef and cheese, then deep fried and topped with salsa and sour cream. A huge, delicious grease bomb at Alamo Springs Cafe.

Fresh fried onion rings at Alamo Springs Cafe. Delicious but by no means healthy – pictured here is a half order, which was way too big and only $1.50.

Alamo Springs Cafe is a must visit for Man v Food fans, if you can eat 6 burgers in 30 minutes, you get the food for free and your picture on the “Glutton Wall of Fame.” If you fail, then you just ate a bunch of one of the best burgers in Texas.

Keeping it weird in Fredericksburg with a burger mural at Alamo Springs Cafe.

The Camaro at the Solaro Estate Winery, which produces award winning wine in Driftwood, Texas. We liked the very smooth, filtered taste of their white wines.

Even outside of Austin, you can’t escape it – Live Music at the Solaro Estate Winery. They have a very cool outdoor sitting area where you could enjoy a glass and listen to some tunes.

Sunset Grill Images

Our last stop was at the Sunset Grill near downtown Fredericksburg, a great brunch spot tucked away in a motel. For being in a land locked city, they have some great seafood. The calamari in this photo was hand battered and served with a delicious chipotle aioli.

Crab Cakes at Sunset Grill in Fredericksburg – the combination of the runny, poached eggs on the crab cakes was amazing.

Hawaiian Crab Cake Salad at the Sunset Grill – the roasted corn on the salads at the Sunset Grill is awesome.

Sister Creek Winery Images

The final stop on our way back home was the Sister Creek Winery. They are a bit out of the way, but have many award winning wines and it’s fun to walk the cellar on a self guided tour. Sister Creek is housed in an old cotton gin which adds to the fun, rustic feel.

In summary, the Hill Country makes for a fun day trip or overnight stay. Between all of the good food, wine, and attractions there’s plenty see and it’s worth coming back again and again.

Do you have a favorite spot in the Texas Hill Country? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Tasting,

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