Near the idyllic balconied homes and 19th-century architecture of the Hill Country town of Boerne, Smittyville General Store exudes its own old-fashioned charm with tasty deli lunches, stunning pastoral scenery, and a bustling jewelry and housewares market. Past the open-air porch of the store's Old West–style façade, a treasure trove of freshly brewed coffee, piping-hot baked goods, and chicken-salad sandwiches headlines the food at Smitty's Lunch Box Cafe. The shop also stocks a selection of souvenirs and home accents, and a sun-filled garden building—a tree-framed pavilion—evokes a small-town amiability from bygone days when neighbors said "howdy" to each other and horses doffed their caps to passersby.
The team at Big Apple Bagels builds chewy, ring-shaped bread bites from scratch and wakes palates with steaming cups of Brewster's coffee. The menu teems with eats inspired by New York City deli fare, such as bagel-based club sandwiches and nearly a dozen styles of cream cheese—including three whipped varieties and one milked directly from a somersaulting cow. Bagel flavors range from plain and sesame, while swiss melts warm palates with gooey layers of cheese. Gourmet muffins introduce mouths to fluffy, cake-like texture kept moist—yet low in cholesterol—with soybean oil.
The owners of Sweet Spot Cake Pops bake each of the company’s confections at home before packing them up for delivery to homes and offices in the area. They specialize in cupcakes and cake pops, bite-sized balls of cake and frosting that are speared on a lollipop stick and then coated in a colorful chocolate shell. The tiny desserts are available in four flavors: red velvet, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Sweet Spot Cake Pops can also create customized cake pops for holidays, themed birthday parties, or the most delicious ransom note ever.
Named one of America's top 10 bread bakers in 2011 by Dessert Professional, The Little Aussie Bakery & Cafe kneads a menu of 100% gluten-free breads, cakes, and pizzas. Meaty sandwich stuffings such as rosemary chicken, slow-roasted New Zealand lamb, or tender roast beef swaddle a slice of extra baby swiss in the Big Bloke sandwich, which cradles its tender fixings between the snug halves of a garlicky bun. Voracious vegetarians discover unrivaled variety in the Great Big Aussie Sanger, comprised of layers of roasted bell pepper sauce, chili, peanut butter, yogurt, and fresh veggies––a recipe perfected by the café's sleepwalking gourmet. Blended from rice flour to accommodate sensitive tummies, duos of crumbly cookies draw sweet conclusions as customers savor crisp oatmeal and gooey chocolate chips or iced sugar cookies. Inside the bakery, a sumptuous spread of baked goods satisfies gluten-free appetites with white or whole flax breads, which are also free of eggs, dairy, soy, nuts, or magic beans. Prebaked pizza crusts await dressing in home-dressed toppings, and sweet slice-ables include 5-inch pies in seasonal flavors such as pumpkin, mixed berry, and apple.
After being widowed in 1982, Ruby Lorraine Feagan, better known as Tootie, began supporting her family one pie at a time, building her reputation as she won a succession of baking contests throughout Texas hill country. Investor Don Merrill came into the fold after reading a flattering article in Southern Living magazine and subsequently tasting one of Tootie's crusty, buttery, 6-pound apple pies. Today, Tootie and her daughter continue to ensure the quality of Tootie Pie Co. Gourmet Caf?'s 13 signature pie flavors ? which also include lemon velvet, coconut supreme, and the Rachael Ray?praised pumpkin pie ? as they're carefully crafted and delivered to customers' homes nationwide. The bakery's burgeoning fame has extended to the Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, which featured Tootie's pie-on-a-stick, slices of signature desserts skewered and dipped in chocolate.
Inside Tootie's caf?, the menu of gourmet sandwiches includes sweet chicken salad with red grapes and pecans and italian grilled chicken panini with roasted red pepper and pesto or chipotle mayo. Sips of house coffee and espresso-based Milan mochas clear palates between bites better than vigorously shaking them Etch A Sketch?style.
Though Suzanne, a native of the New York City suburbs, enjoyed living throughout the country with her husband John, she always missed New York–style bagels, which led the pair to open their first Bagel Factory in Augusta, Georgia and then another in San Antonio. Bakers craft New York–style bagels in 21 flavors, such as asiago cheese, cinnamon crunch, and everything. Each one can be paired with 10 flavors of cream cheese, including raspberry chipotle and serrano pepper. In addition to bagels, the menu offers sandwiches and salads along with breakfast eats and includes Bagelaches composed of bagel dough wrapped around locally made Kiolbassa-brand sausage and can be stuffed with various items, including cheese, sauerkraut, or bacon. Freshly baked bread or bagels hug deli lunch sandwiches made with Boar's Head ingredients, such as the Carpenter with turkey, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce. Additionally, sips of regular coffee and espresso drinks from Community Coffee prepare visitors for long nights of dumping grass clippings down neighbors' chimneys.