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Startzville, Texas: A Tiny Taste of Hill Country Paradise

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Imagine yourself with family and friends all piled in the car for a road trip. Perhaps you are heading to one of the many beautiful lakes in the Hill Country. Let’s say you are heading west of New Braunfels to the pretty area of Canyon Lake. The temptation to just drive on by and not stop in might come up. But if you do just drive on by, you would be missing out on a unique little Hill Country gem. So the next time you are on your way to Canyon Lake, make sure to stop in and visit the unincorporated little community of Startzville, Texas. You will be sure to find great food, great service, and fun things to do in this little area just south of Canyon Lake.

Back in 1964, after the Canyon Lake Dam was completed, this area grew into a prosperous little area dubbed “Paradise Valley of Comal County.” Numerous areas to camp, swim, boat, and picnic surround the lake. There are also some wonderful little out of the way places to grab a quick bite or a cold drink. One such place is the Startz Cafe. Here you will find great home cooking, yummy burgers, and friendly service. This little cafe has been a Texas family tradition since 1946, serving up breakfast lunch and dinners. Stop in sometime and say “hi” to the owners on a Thursday night for their steak dinners or Friday nights for the catfish special.

Another place that you may want to make time for is the highly rated Italian restaurant, Gennaro’s Trattoria. Gennaro’s Trattoria’s motto is “che mangia bene, vive bene” or, “who eats well, lives well.” With its authentic family owned atmosphere and amazing Hill Country views, it will be the perfect stop after a long day exploring the area.

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