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5 Delicious Places to Eat Breakfast in the Hill Country

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Everyone has heard the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that has never been more true than now. With everything the Hill Country has to offer one is bound to work up a Texas-sized appetite. Here are five great breakfast spots to help you start your day off strong.

1. Little Gretel’s – Boerne

Little Gretel's Homemade Apple Strudel


Since 2009, Little Gretel’s has been bringing authentic Czech and German food to the table. Drool-inducing dishes such as Würst Kolaches, Lox (smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers), Kolaches Benedict, Poached Egg on Crab Cake, and Apple Strudel put Little Gretel’s on the map. Chef Denise Mazal’s training brought her from the Czech Republic, around the world, and eventually to Boerne where she was honored with the Best Chef America award in 2013.

2. Blue Bonnet Cafe – Marble Falls

Pies at Blue Bonnet Cafe


Whether you rise with the sun or tend to wake much later, you can get a hearty breakfast any time of day. Mid afternoon riser? Perfect, you’ll be just in time to top off your breakfast with their Pie Happy Hour. It’s not hard to see why they they have been voted Best Breakfast by Texas Highways Magazine and Top 100 Breakfast by Travel & Leisure.

3. The Guenther House – San Antonio

Guenther House


Once the 1860 Victorian riverfront home of Pioneer Flour Mill’s founder, The Guenther House is now an elegant restaurant, store, and museum. Breakfast staples like Southern Sweet Cream Waffle, Pioneer Brand Buttermilk Pancakes, or Buttermilk Biscuits & Country Sausage Gravy earned The Guenther House a spot in Southern Living‘s Top 5 Breakfast Picks in Texas. Don’t forget to stop off at the museum to see antique china and baking accessories or swing into the store to pick up some gourmet baking mixes to try at home.

4. Kerbey Lane Cafe – Austin

Kerbey Lane Cafe


True to Austin fashion, this cafe offers the perfect blend of all the flavors that make Austin “Austin”. Locally sourced ingredients are used in dishes such as Chilaquilas, Crispy Chicken Benedict, Vegan Breakfast Platter, Paris Texas Platter (french toast and migas), and Egg Francisco and showcase Kerbey Lane Cafe’s dedication to quality and diversity. Plus, with seven locations throughout Austin, finding a table shouldn’t be too hard.

5. Old German Bakery and Restaurant – Fredericksburg

Pastries at Old German Bakery and Restaurant


Owner Lutz, like his father and brother, was a baker in Germany for 20 years . In 1998, he brought the family tradition to Fredericksburg and has been churning out fresh baked, authentic German breads and pastries ever since. Breakfast favorites include fluffy German pancakes, potato pancakes with applesauce, stuffed waffles and crepes, and even some Mexican favorites like savory quesadillas, migas, and huevos rancheros. With so many options, make sure you come hungry.