Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Day 12: Sightseeing – Austin to Fredericksburg and back
Roadfood: Hill Country Cupboard, Hoover s Cooking
We wanted to tour the Texas hill country so we decided to go to Fredericksburg for some sightseeing and to get a German meal. Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants and maintains that influence. They also use it as a magnet for tourists.
In addition we wanted to stop at the LBJ boyhood home in Johnson City and take a tour of the LBJ ranch. But first, we decided to stop at the Hill Country Cupboard for breakfast.
We did not have a pleasant experience at the Hill Country Cupboard. It took us three tries to find a clean table – they all seemed to be sticky that morning. Then it took three times of asking the waitress for some coffee. I guess that did not put us in a good mood, because we were unimpressed with the food.
The fried pork chop had very little taste and did not look very appetizing. The crisp hash browns were crisp but not impressive. The only things that were above average were the biscuits. They were light and fluffy and freshly made. I would have to rate the Hill Country Cupboard as a bit below average for breakfast.
Next we went into town for the tour of the LBJ boyhood home and then on to the LBJ ranch for the tour there. We found this to be an interesting and worthwhile stop.
Next we went to Fredericksburg. Many buildings in this town are built of local sandstone. You get the impression that this is a town that was built with the intention of it lasting a long time. Everywhere you turn you encounter German themes and most restaurants offer German dishes along with their other fare.
We decided to stop at the Der Lindenbaum – a reataurant that claims German cooking to be authentic. Sharon had a good meal there during a previous visit and we were anxious to see what they offered. I was a little apprehensive because once we walked in I noticed that the dining room was filled with kitchen smoke and that the air conditioning was not working. I have not mentioned it, but this has been a very hot week in Texas. The temperature was in the 90 s outside and I was hoping for a nice, cool place for lunch.
I was pleasantly surprised with the meal. Also, the smoke gradually cleared and the air conditioning started to cool things down. Sharon decided on the schnitzel with cabbage and noodles and I had the sausage platter with kraut and warm German potato salad. Sharon was very pleased with her schnitzel. Being of German extraction, she found the meal to be very much like what her immigrant German grandmother made.
I liked the variety and taste of the sausages I ordered. The knockwurst, bratwurst, and Polish sausages had their distinct taste and texture, and were served properly not burst or broken. The kraut was good it had caraway seed in it which is my preferred method of preparing kraut. The warm German potato salad was not remarkable so it largely was left behind in preference for the sausages and kraut.
We spent a couple of hours wandering through the tourist area of boutiques and shops along the main drag. We did stop for some Blue Bell ice cream. We had a scoop of coffee mocha and tin roof sundae flavors and were pleased by both. I admit to having come to like Blue Bell ice cream in the short time I have been in Texas. They seem to make an outstanding product.
Next we traveled back to Austin for dinner at Hoover s Cooking and a walk along 6th street in the evening.
Everyone raves about Hoover s cooking and I can see why. The place is clean, bright, unpretentious, ,21,203894.072,1,7586,22.214.171.124
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