Strings of multicolored lights twinkle above Mi Casa Tamales' three spacious acres, which are home to an intimate dining room, a cantina, a breezy, tree-shaded patio, and a kid-friendly play area. Known for their Texas-sized tamales that weigh more than 3 pounds per dozen, Mi Casa's chefs ably combine Texan and Mexican cuisines into appetizing dishes accented with house-made sauces including avocado salsa, cowboy stew, and tomatillo sauce. Music floats on the air during warm summer nights, serenading diners with guitars, piano, and tacos thumped rhythmically on drumheads.
The friendly team at Flagstop Café whips up an extensive menu of down-home, southern-style comfort cuisine, where their fresh, homemade breakfast platters are served all day. Homespun tortillas ensconce Flagstop's flagship breakfast tacos, each pocket is stuffed with any combo of bacon, eggs, ham, sausage, chorizo, cheese, and peppers. After matinee munching, feel free to take in the hushpuppy-adorned fried-catfish dinner ($9.59) or the 10-ounce hamburger steak, which sizzles under a surfeit of grilled onions, mushrooms, and brown gravy ($10.59). Guests delightfully remove their haute couture muzzles to nosh the chicken-based entrees, which can greet tables roasted, fried (each $8.99), or grilled ($9.59). Each platter arrives sidekicked by generous stomach furnishings of salad, two vegetables, and fresh bread.
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.
Bit of Mexico fills each burrito, quesadilla, and taco on its menu with authentic Mexican flavor. Sample the south-of-the-border succulents with a shareable starter such as the bean 'n' cheese nachos ($6.95), or test the loyalty of capsaicin-cautious taste buds with a crucible of fiery jalapeño poppers ($8.95). Early risers get their frijole fix starting at 6 a.m. with hearty breakfast dishes such as the eggs ranchero plate, with beans and hash browns ($5.95), and the appetite-demolishing Big Breakfast plate, which includes two fluffy pancakes with eggs, beans, hash browns, and your choice of meat ($6.50).
Owners Brian Black and Charlotte Spinks Browning recently reopened the 1947 Longhorn Saloon to host outdoor concerts on the banks of the Medina River. On Saturday, June 18, at 6 p.m., country music veterans Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, and T.G. Sheppard draw on their extensive catalogs of toe-tapping hits to entertain families, friends, and river mermaids with special guest Kevin Black. The Longhorn Saloon's venue seats 1,200 fans in front of the stage and 400 more on stadium-style seats on the hill, and accommodates an additional 2,000 standing concert-goers. Unlike weekend chores, seats are not assigned, so show up at 5 p.m. when the doors open to secure your spot of choice.