History

Hill Country Restaurants Among Longest-Running in Texas

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Food has brought people together since probably the beginning of time. Share a meal with someone and you have a connection that is hard to imitate. Food is a source of tradition, and that is perhaps most evident in the Texas Hill Country, where some of the state’s longest-running restaurants continue to bring people together.

1. Kreuz Market – Lockhart, 1900

Kreuz MarketPhoto: Facebook/Kreuz Market

Kreuz Market began in 1900 as a grocery store, where owner and founder Charles Kreuz smoked meats in the back and sold it on butcher paper. Customers had no complaints about eating off the paper with their hands. By the 1920s, the business had grown, so the Kreuz family expanded the location to allow customers to sit and eat inside. Kreuz’s sons ran the restaurant until the 1940s when a long-time employee bought it. Although Kreuz Market has undergone some changes since its beginning in 1900, they have become an icon in the area, and continue to pride themselves on their quality of meat, which, by the way, is still served on butcher paper.

2. OST Restaurant – Bandera, 1921

OST RestaurantPhoto: Facebook/David T Baum

Old Spanish Trail Restaurant was named after the trade route that ran throughout the southeastern states and provided smooth passage for the trade of horses and other supplies. One look inside the OST Restaurant, and it is easy to see that they are keeping the tradition of the trail alive. From a room dedicated to John Wayne to barstools made out of saddles, to their homestyle country cooking, the OST Restaurant in Bandera is one you won’t want to miss if you are a fan of Texas culture and tradition.

3. Blue Bonnet Cafe – Marble Falls, 1929

Blue Bonnet CafePhoto: Facebook/Blue Bonnet Cafe – Marble Falls, TX

A visit to Blue Bonnet Cafe is like a visit to a relative’s house. Many of the employees have been working there for decades and have truly provided diners with a welcoming, at-home feel, as well as friendly, speedy service. Although the chicken fried steak at Blue Bonnet will make any Texan proud, they are most known for their pies. The pies are all made from scratch daily and have become so famous, that there is a “pie happy hour” in the afternoons. Perhaps the most fascinating feature of the pies is the meringue topping, which seems to be stories tall, and is a true work of culinary art.

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