The oldest continuously operating business on Main Street, Fredericksburg Bakery is armed with baked-good blueprints dating back to 1917 as well as modern marvels like their specialty sweet german pretzel ($3.25). Each of these twisted treats is hand-knotted from flaky puff pastry by elite Boy Scouts and imbued with brown sugar, pecans, and almonds. Sweet teeth can sink further into any of 16 of Blue Bell ice-cream flavors ($2.60–$2.90) or some freshly sliced Fredericksburg fudge ($13.95/slice). The lunch menu puts Fredericksburg Bakery's edible expertise to more savory use, with custom mesquite-turkey and peppered-ham sandwiches ($7.95) and plump Opa's sausages snuggling into a fluffy house-baked pumpernickel or white-bread robe ($4.95).
Ruby Lorraine Feagan, better known as Tootie, began her business by building one pie at a time. Her reputation gained momentum after winning a succession of baking contests throughout Texas hill country. Her signature apple pie, containing up to 6 pounds of apples, was the foundation for Tootie Pie Company. Today, Tootie and her daughter continue to ensure the quality of Tootie Pie Co. Gourmet Caf?'s 12 signature pie flavors.
Inside Tootie's caf?, the menu ranges from paninis and gourmet sandwiches to soups and breakfast items. Sips of house coffee and espresso-based mochas clear palates between bites better than vigorously shaking them Etch A Sketch?style.
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.
The Old Sattler Baking Company is an old-fashioned bakery and café where passerby are welcome to linger over coffee and quaint conversation. All of Old Sattler's baked goods are prepared from scratch daily, including the signature ekmek bread, custom cakes, pastries, pies, and rolls. In an atmosphere reminiscent of the late ’50s, cozy up to the breakfast menu and choose the Eggs O'Brian, which features an egg duo napping on a bed of southern-cut hash browns ($6.39), or try resident-baker Lesley's french toast ($6.39). Strawberry-and-cream crêpes ($3.99), berry blintzes ($3.99), and peach crêpes ($3.99) pacify the sweet tooth, while a meal of chicken-fried steak and eggs ($8.99) thoroughly cleans up after hungerquakes.
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.