We enjoyed some good, simple food on our recent trip to the Hill Country.
Our first stop was the Patio Cafe at Love Creek Orchards in Medina. At the time, we were staying at Lost Maples State Natural Area and were just driving around the countryside enjoying the scenery. This place was once rated as one of the Top 40 small town restaurants in the state by Texas Monthly magazine. The business is located in an old house. Enter through the front and work your way to the back of the Apple Store, where the cafe is located. Donna ordered a salad, which she enjoyed, while I had the special of the day, a pulled-pork sandwich with beer-battered onion rings. I don't normally eat much pork, but I enjoyed this sandwich. The bread was really good, and you could definitely taste the beer in the onion rings. My only complaint was the number of flies in the cafe.
Our next dining experience was in Kerrville, when we were staying at Kerrville-Schreiner Park. On our previous visits to Kerrville, I had noticed a small Thai restaurant, Thai Ocha, tucked away above the Guadalupe River near downtown at 417 Water Street. This was a good find. I can't recall what Donna ordered, but I had a good bowl of red curry; I believe it was called Massaman, and it was the special that day. We were also invited to sample the salad bar. The small salad bar had a nice variety of items, including vegetable rolls, water melon, pineapple, and pudding. My curry wasn't the best I've ever had, but it was quite good and had a strong curry flavor. I'd definitely go back.
We also spent one afternoon at Brew Dawgz Grille and Ale, conveniently located just outside the entrance to Kerrville-Schreiner Park. It's no secret that Donna and I enjoy draft beer, and Brew Dawgz does have a generous selection. In fact, their menu lists 20 beers on tap, including a few brewed in the Austin/San Antonio region, such as Lobo Texas Lager (Fredericksburg). We spent quite a while there, and we sampled 3 different brews each. Prices for pints were reasonable. We also tried the cheese and jalapeno nachos, and found the chips to be fresh and the cheese to be plentiful. It was a pleasant way to pass the afternoon. The best part is that the place is within walking distance from our campsite.
While at Junction, we visited 2 places we've frequented often in the past. We were hungry for a burger one day, so we stopped in at the Milky Way, which is located at 1619 Main Street. This is a no frills old fashioned drive-in type place, but patties are hand formed, tasty, and reasonably priced. Service is small-town friendly, just the way I like it.
On our next trip into town, we visited Lum's. It looks like they are building their website, so it may not be active when you click it. A lot of people passing through on the interstate stop at Cooper's for BBQ. We've tried it twice and were disappointed both times. It is not of the quality of the Cooper's in Llano -- which we enjoy -- and the service is greatly lacking. If folks would head south towards town for less than a mile, they would get much better service, much better prices, and much better BBQ at Lum's. I got the regular sliced brisket lunch with cole slaw and potato salad, while Donna got a senior version of the same meal. We also had desert and drinks, all for $25.