On our South Texas trip in April of 2012, we ate at a variety of places, I thought I might comment on them. We planned the places to eat as part of the trip so we already had an idea it would be good. We usually try to eat local specialties when we travel, like Mexican in San Antonio, seafood in Corpus Christi, German food in the hill country (or New Braunfels), and I had heard about Kreuz Market on the Food Network.
Oma's Haus in New Braunfels was great as always, we both had Jaeger Snitzel, I had red cabbage and German potato salad, Betty had sour kraut and German fried potatos with her's. We took away some apple streudel an ate it later in the motel. Oma's will make snitzel with either beef, chicken, of pork loin. Their Jaeger gravy is the best in South Texas, but doesn't come close to Klaus Fritl's, Klaus says its because he uses much better (more expensive) ingredients. I think it also has something to do with him being a trained chef. I have always really enjoyed Oma's, so every time I'm near I try to eat there. This was the only place on the trip where we had previously eaten. Web Link.
Republic of Texas was very good for the River Walk wich isn't known for many starred restaurants. I had fajitas and a large margarita, betty had a combination plate and a swirl margarita. The fajitas were well marinated beef with a really good flavor and had both corn and flour tortillas. My top shelf margarita had really good flavor. I don't think the kind of Tequilla makes much difference in margaritas, I can't taste it anyway, the fruit juice and fruit liqueur make all the difference in flavor, the tequilla just shouldn't get in the way. Web Link.
Snoopy's Pier on Padre Island, was great, the food was very good, I had fried fish and shrimp.
I probably should have tried one of the daily specials, but their batter was very good and the fish and shrimp cooked just right.
I didn't care for the seagulls squawking around outside, but Snoopy's has monofilament fences to prevent the gulls from landing right above the diners, a keen idea.
It was fun eating while we looked back across the intracoastal waterway at the United States mainland. The intracoastal waterway is "a 3,000-mile waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. Some lengths consist of natural inlets, salt-water rivers, bays, and sounds; others are artificial canals. It provides a navigable route along its length without many of the hazards of travel on the open sea" from Wikipedia. Web Link
La Fonda on Main in San Antonio, was a disappointment, it appears to be a high end restaurant, but their fajitas were greasy and didn't have much flavor. The margarita tasted ok, but was small for the price. If I had been looking for just enchiladas etc. it might have been better. La Fonda was a backup place for our original plan, we had two nights and decided to try it, we won't be back.
Kreuz market in Lockhart, was great, a sign by the door states they don't have forks (they're on the end of your arms) or barebque sauce (nothing to hide). You enter into a large dining room with lots of tables and a bar, then pass through to another room in the back where the actual barbeque is cooked (its very warm here). The guy asks "how much meat do you want", Betty and I were a little taken aback, but ordered 12 oz. of brisket. The meat was given to us on a piece of butcher paper with 6 slices of light bread on top. Thats it, we paid for the meat there then we saw anther sign directing us into another dining room where they had drinks, beans, german potato salad, and lots of other fixings (still no forks or sauce). We got drinks, and german potato salad, found a table and sat down. We each piled meat on two slices of bread and ate, it was great. The meat had lots of flavor without any kind of sauce, we both ate the remaining meat without bread, using our hands as directed. As we left he had to go back through the initial dining room, where we noticed a wash basin, with soap and towels, and washed the juice from the meat off our hands. All in all a very unusual and fun experience. Lockhart is 32 miles straight South of Austin and about 18 miles East of San Marcos. Web Link
|The Kreuz Market in Lockhart, you can see the Camry parked in front. The building is very large for a barbeque place, I think it is also a meeting place for locals.|
|Some of the Kreuz Market's stacks of hickory. This area was about an acre and was covered with ricks of hickory.|