Hearty American drive-in fare fills the menu at Frank’s Hog Stand, a motorcycle-themed eatery that serves sit-down diners as well as riders on the go. Twosomes can dig into The Chopper philly-cheesesteak sandwich, which nestles succulent beef beneath monterey cheese, grilled onions, and bell peppers ($6.99), or The Dirty Frank, which smothers a hoagie-roll-ensconced hot dog in chili, cheese, and relish, creating a trifecta of taste. A lineup of 100% Angus-beef burgers assumes a range of personalities, from the friendly third-pound A Hand Full to the bombastic 1-pound The Heavy Throttle, each paired with one side, such as french fries, coleslaw, or baked beans. A shared dessert such as a chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry milk shake washes down meaty remnants, or mouths can garble the national anthem as they wrap around an all-American slice of apple pie baked to crispy perfection.
Courtyard Cafe’s owners closed the eatery’s doors in 2008 for good, or so they thought; the café’s loyal fan base begged to differ. In response to the clamor for their cuisine, they reopened and expanded their hours and seating to include indoor and outdoor dining. Their menus span breakfast and lunch and heavily feature sandwiches, omelets, waffles, and wraps. The staff also opens their space to customers after-hours for catered parties and events. Courtyard Cafe’s interior features unassuming decor reminiscent of a home; ceiling fans whir above wood wainscoting, and plates sit atop cabinets with grandeur, the way Neil Armstrong kept moon rocks on the dashboard of the Apollo Lunar Module.
What’s Your Flavor curates classic American concession-style treats filling cups with syrupy shaved ice, sprinkle-topped ice cream, and a range of chips smothered in nacho cheese. Like Dr. Jekyll’s online dating profile, the menu features two distinct personalities. One half emphasizes frosty options such as smoothies and banana splits, and the other focuses on hot nachos and plates of spicy Cheetos topped with melted cheese. Alongside these nostalgic treats, the shop also sells a range of grownup salads and sandwiches.
The Great Taste Cafe menu's is an eclectic mix—French-style crepes filled with chopped pears, melted chocolate, and vanilla ice cream rest beside organic tamales packed with carnitas and serrano chilies. Organic coffee roasted in small batches complements other morning favorites, such as bagels and muffins. And crisp salads, made with organic romaine or baby spinach, round out the café's fresh offerings.
The confectionery wizards at Snowflake Donuts whip up an assortment of sugary indulgences bound to perk up any palate. Saunter in for breakfast to nosh on a signature glazed donut ($0.65) or string together a batch of them to create a snack bandolier. Sweet-toothed patrons will feel like they're at a rave hosted by Willy Wonka as they sample the array of pastries including apple fritters ($1.29), cinnamon rolls ($1.29), danishes ($1.59), and kolaches ($1.89). Walk off sugared stupors and visions of edible boutiques and antique shops at the nearby boutiques and antique shops.
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.