I have finally experienced Buc-ee’s. If you’re not from Texas, or have never taken a road trip though Southeast Texas, then you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Although, you might have seen this stupid beaver sticker on someone’s car and thought “what the hell….?” For those who don’t know, Buc-ee’s is a glorified gas station/rest stop. BUT, they became ‘famous’ for having the best and cleanest bathrooms of any gas station around. And I have to say, they definitely lived up to their rep. Also, some of them have a deli counter where you can get a sandwich and a variety of fresh jerky. AND in addition to the regular assortment of chips, candy and soda, they also carry their own line of food. Behold:
Those Beaver Nuggets are like crack, I tell ya! Think like a slightly crunchier version of a puffy cheeto that tastes like caramel popcorn. That bag has mysteriously disappeared. ;) I haven’t tried the candied jalapenos or the pumpkin butter yet, but come on. You know they’re gonna be good.
The first thing we did when we got into Fredericksburg was go straight to the German food. We were in a German town after all. Altdorf Biergarten has such a cute outdoor patio where the tables are made out of barrels which means we got to enjoy the nice weather while we stuffed our faces! My dinner: cheddarwurst with sauerkraut (duh), sweet and sour potatoes, spiced noodles and I believe that is a Paulaner of some kind in the picture. I think we had 2 or 3 beers there. The spiced noodles are not, in fact, spicy. They’re actually pretty bland, which was just as our waiter explained to us. They’re basically just cooked in butter and some herbs. The sweet and sour potatoes were delicious, and definitely sour. Brendon had the red cabbage, and I have to say it was probably the best side. So yummy!
After that enormous dinner, we decided to walk around and try to “walk it off”. However, we soon discovered that life in a small town meant pretty much everything shut down at 5pm. Everything was already closed! :( Except for the restaurants and bars! We couldn’t eat anymore, but dammit we could drink! And walking to the bar we passed by a tiny Italian place that smelled….heavenly. Garlic was just wafting out of the place. We made a mental note.
The next day after hiking at Pedernales Falls, we had lunch at Catfish Haven, because my baby looooves catfish. Now, when you walk into this place it doesn’t look like much. Example: They’ve taken out adspace on their dining tables. It’s a real mom and pop kinda place. But all the fried everything we had was fresh and delicious and not greasy. We were so hungry I didn’t even take pictures. I had the fried jumbo shrimp and stuffed crab dinner and he of course had fried catfish and french fries. And they have one helluva salad bar with everything from regular salad stuff to potato salad and baked beans and tapioca pudding. For our 2 dinners plus our appetizer of fried pickles (we HAD to!) it was still only about $40.
Then we went shopping and I bought CANDY. Many of the stores sell specialty foods: spreads, salsas, quesos made with unique ingredients. They have jars upon jars open all around the store and you can walk through and sample everything! Like going to Sam’s Club on the weekend! Only much, much better. My booty:
Fredericksburg General Store
Toffee pecan honey butter and Amaretto pecan honey butter
Fredericksburg General Store also had all these old-timey candy and toys. The place is pretty much stuffed to the gills with a lot of…..crap. I didn’t really want any of that but I couldn’t resist the Black Cow. And I can not wait to put that honey butter on some waffles!
Next we went to Rustlin’ Robs Gourmet Food Store and Lone Star Candy Bar and bought fudge. The red velvet cake on the top, and the reese’s cup on the bottom left, and the praline on the bottom right were the very best! And those all came from the Lone Star Candy Bar. Their fudge tasted better and also had a better texture. We also bought some chocolate covered bacon there which was divine and gobbled all up before pictures were taken!
Remember that Italian place I mentioned? We totally went back and we were not sorry! If you’re ever in Fredericksburg you MUST eat at Pasta Bella. Hands down, the best meal we had the whole week. Again, no pics because it all went straight to my face. Pass on the garlic bread and have the pesto bread instead. You won’t regret it!
Our last night we decided to try out another German restaurant The Auslander. Their fried mushrooms came with this amazing dipping sauce with dill in it. nomnomnom. And they were having a concert that night. Some guy named Cory Morrow. We had no clue who he was and we didn’t care. We were too busy moaning over our reuben (me) and brats (him).
We actually ended up going there after we found out that the other other German restaurant only took AmEx and Discover. The nerve! But we’re glad it ended up that way.
And of course, don’t forget about all the vineyards! At some point in all this we went to Becker Vineyards and did a tasting. For $10 a person you get 6 tastings and you get to keep your Becker Vineyard etched wineglass. Unfortunately it was too early in the year for the lavender to be in bloom. :( But we did go home with a bottle of wine we both liked! (And some lavender honey – don’t bother, it’s just expensive honey. It doesn’t smell or taste special.)
Oh! And I almost forgot, don’t bother stopping at Fredericksburg Brewing Company. You’ll be tempted to, but don’t. Neither of us are beer snobs by any means, but we were pretty disappointed with all their beers. They all tasted a little watered down and generic to us.
But DO stop by the Lincoln St Wine and Cigar Bar. They have a great selection and a fireplace on the patio. LOVED it.
Well I think that pretty much covers it! I hope you get to check it out, it’s a really great little town.