(map) Fredericksburg is famous for featuring great German food, beer, wine and live music. Some spots in town afford you all of that in one place, like this one. On a gorgeous day, the tree-shaded patio makes a fun place to enjoy some authentic German food, while you raise a glass to the musical stylings of whoever’s playing. In this case, locals and tourists alike sang along as the Lonnie Lett Show invoked the hits of Bob Wills and Willie & Waylon.
The Schnitzel Plate showcases tender, hand-breaded and crisply fried pork alongside red cabbage, German potato salad and sauerkraut. The sides are all made in-house, and the sauerkraut is tart and fresh-tasting. The “Tex-clectic” cuisine also includes chicken-fried steak.
The Reuben Sandwich plate starts with toasted rye, heaped with hearty slices of beef pastrami topped with melted Swiss cheese. The same three sides accompany the Reuben, and the sweetish red cabbage makes a nice accent to the pastrami.
The Sausage Plate grills three different styles of juicy German sausage: Bratwurst, a finely textured veal version (in front), traditional knackwurst (in back), and the local pepperwurst, with a slight bite. It’s served with a house-made German mustard and the same three sides. Notice how the German-style potato salad is made with slices of potato, not chunks or mashed. Delicious!
The inside reveals more characteristics of the historic building, and there’s a bar/biergarten in back. They say they have more beers on tap than any other place in the Hill Country.