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Alamo Springs Cafe-Fredericksburg

April 1, 2010

On one of my many visits to Fredericksburg, a shop owner said, “Oh! Try the burgers down at Alamo Springs Café.”  Having just eaten, we reluctantly had to decline. The next week, as I was in line at the grocery store, the Texas Monthly magazine caught my eye. On the cover was a delicious, mouthwatering burger. I had to find out where I could get such a burger. Sure enough, it was the Alamo Springs Café’s burger on the front cover. I knew the general directions to Alamo Springs Café from the directions given by the shop keeper in Fredericksburg the week before. It promised to be a beautiful, hill country drive. After eight or so miles of hill country roaming, we were wondering if she had led us on a total goose chase. The scenery was beautiful, but it was getting late and I was starving! Could a burger place possibly survive in the middle of nowhere? Finally, about 10 miles south of 290, we came upon the small cafe. It is located next to the “Old Tunnel Wildlife Area.”

Alamo Springs Cafe

Alamo Springs Cafe

Upon arriving, I notice the outdoor patio seating, as well as a stage area for the live entertainment on Saturday nights. The place was small and crowded. The parking lot was mostly motorcycles. The guy behind the grill yelled, “Come on in, grab a drink out of the cooler!” and I immediately liked the place.

This place is down-home. It’s laid back. Don’t be in any hurry-you’re here to just enjoy company and good food, and possibly music if you arrive on a Saturday night. Missy, our waitress, was very attentive and engaging.  She and Joe discussed the merits of the best burger on the menu, as well as french fries or onion rings (we ended up with both). The menu offered much more than your usual burger joint fare. For appetizers they featured items such as roasted garlic and goat cheese served with crustini. They also served items like the Portabella sandwich, grilled quail salad, as well as nightly specials. The tempting desserts were listed on the chalk board, along with the homemade soup selection. All their items are made with fresh, local ingredients and they carry a nice selection of Texas hill country wines.

Joe and Missy our waitress

Joe and Missy our waitress

After ordering, we walked up to the self-serve cooler to select our drinks. When the burgers arrived, we were not disappointed. This was the best burger I have ever eaten! The meat patties were big and juicy. Hand-crafted, no two burgers were alike. The bun was soft and sweet, with a hint of spice from the jalapenos-I’ve never before had one like it.  Come hungry, because this is a huge burger. I usually half portions this large and take the rest home, but it was so tasty I couldn’t help myself!

If you happen to come during the summer, you can meander down to the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area for a short hike (you’ll need it after eating this burger) where you can view the bats emerging at dusk. The Green Chile Cheeseburger with grilled onions and avocado was the particular burger voted #3 in the state by Texas Monthly. I’ll have to try that one on my next visit. Going to the Alamo Springs Café was a perfect Texas Hill Country afternoon: a scenic hill country drive, casual atmosphere, live music and great food!

Enjoying The Burgers

If you have been to the Alamo Springs Café, I’d love to read your comments.

Happy Dining!


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