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Dine on a Rooftop at El Alma: A Bold, Flavorful Hill Country Restaurant

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Foodies and adventure-seekers rejoice! There is one little spot built into the side of a hill with candlelight lining a long and winding rock staircase, off-set by a big rock wall, plants, and even a waterfall! The ambiance of El Alma is as you would expect—dimly lit, romantic, and slightly mysterious. From the outside, this unassuming, somewhat funky multi-level building has the quiet charm you might expect from its chef, Alma. But there is more. If dim and sultry isn’t your thing, check out the roof deck. With two levels of tables set so that you can take in the views of the street below and even some rolling hills in the distance, bright and sunny rule this section. Big umbrellas create a nice escape from direct sunlight, and sunsets from this spot are magical.

This female-led restaurant offers a heck of a menu as well, beginning with their drinks. Cocktails for the adults and mocktails for the kiddos were easily accommodated. Fruit margaritas with fancy salt-lined glasses, aqua fresca in too many flavors to mention (try the mango!), and a variety of margaritas and beers added to the already fun vibe of El Alma.

Dine on a Rooftop at El Alma: A Bold, Flavorful Hill Country Restaurant

Photo by Melissa Trevathan-Minnis

Drinks are best coupled with appetizers, and El Alma is known for their small bite plates, full of cheeses and great flavor. The tostaditas were a hit with everyone from meat lovers to veggie lovers, and the shrimp tostaditas were a favorite! Equally as popular was the queso fundido with a thick white cheese that melted in your mouth and mushrooms and onions. Eaten with chips or on tortillas, these were the perfect combination for the salsa and guacamole!

One of our favorite meals is happy hour drinks and appetizers, and this did not disappoint! For anyone still hungry, don’t visit without trying the tacos! El Alma spices everything just right, and the caramelized onions and cactus can’t be beat!

Dine on a Rooftop at El Alma: A Bold, Flavorful Hill Country Restaurant
Photo by Melissa Trevathan-Minnis

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