The Texas Hill Country is not the place to come visit if you are on a diet.
One of the best parts of touring on motorcycles is stopping to eat. There is no shortage of delicious and diverse foods in the Hill Country.
1. The Salt Lick
Barbecue is king in Texas and one of the very best places is the Salt Lick, which is located near Driftwood. Upon first glance it looks like a dusty campground in the middle of nowhere, except there are hundreds of cars in the dirt parking lot. It started out as nothing more than a pit in the ground and has blossomed into a restaurant powerhouse. This family-run business has won numerous awards, has been featured on numerous blogs and even on the Food Network.
My favorite menu item is Thurman’s Choice, which gives you a sampling of ribs, brisket and sausage. My wife also likes to take home a
slice of homemade pecan pie for dessert.
2. Coopers BBQ
Another famous Hill Country favorite is Coopers BBQ in Llano. You can smell the barbecue before you arrive at the restaurant, with five pits
lined up just outside the door. Just stop by the pit and the cooks cut your chosen meat to order. Take it inside where it’s weighed and wrapped in brown paper, pick up some sides, find a spot at one of the picnic tables and chow down!
3. Alamo Springs Café
There’s nothing better than a big juicy cheeseburger when you are on a road trip. And the Alamo Springs Café is a small burg
er joint that prides itself on being “inconveniently located in the middle of nowhere,” about 10 miles outside of Fredricksburg. The Alamo Springs Ranch is cut off by creeks that run from both directions, so they warn travelers ahead of time if heavy rain is expected — otherwise, you may end up stranded. Also nearby is the Old Tunnel State Park, which features an unused tunnel that’s home to as many as 3 million bats that come out at night.
As for the food, their half-pound burgers are a welcome refreshment after a long ride through the Texas countryside. The shack-chic ambiance alone is worth the trip to find it.
4. Trattoria Lisina
Italian cuisine is surprisingly great in the Hill Country. Trattoria Lisina is a picturesque restaurant located on the Duchman family’s working winery and vineyard just outside of Driftwood. While you’re waiting to be seated, you can play a quick game of Bocce on the grounds. The architecture of the building combined with the landscaping, surrounding hills and the on-site winery creates an environment that’s like being in the middle of Tuscany. I highly recommend the pasta and steaks.
Of course almost every small town here has Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine. Most are small family run affairs and they tend to be very good. Enjoy!