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).
Jonathan and Crystal Bedford honor their daughter at Sweet Marley's Frozen Yogurt and Sandwich Bar, lending her name to their sanctuary of healthful treats and youth play space. Behind a green awning, cooks stuff fillings such as black forest ham, bosc pears, and dill havarti into six types of bread and flour tortillas, which they spice with inventive condiments such as cranberry or pesto mayo. The lunch menu is fresh and flexible, as all 13 sandwiches may be tossed into their three salads drizzled with homemade dressing or sliced in half and paired with the daily soup.
In the afternoon, a self-serve bar of more than 100 frozen-yogurt toppings such as chocolate and nuts spreads out to add sweet finales to meals. Sweet Marley's has partnered with Dublin Bottling Works to offer soda-flavored yogurt including Triple XXX Rootbeer and Orange Cream, as well as Ranch Road Roasters to offer mocha and Mexican vanilla latte flavored yogurts. They also have a mobile yogurt trailer that appears at various events in Texas, including Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg.
Above Sweet Marley's white bungalow, the leaves of tall pecan trees block the sun's rays and penchant for taking satisfaction surveys from the yard's sandbox and nearby alfresco tables. The Bedfords created their eatery as a haven for happy toddlers, and also donate a percentage of their catering and café revenue to Rhizo Kids International, which conducts research for their daughter's rare genetic condition. The second-annual Miles for Marley 5k is scheduled for April 20.
Executive chef Leu Savanh fuses a sophisticated menu of traditional Texan fare and Asian cuisine at August E's, an upscale eatery highlighted in the New York Times and Southern Living. The imaginative meal creator uses local suppliers and his own garden of herbs, tomatoes, and peppers to create such delectable dishes as the citrus truffle salad, a bed of organic butter lettuce spritzed with a citrus-truffle vinaigrette and adorned with goat cheese, strawberries, mango, and crushed pecans ($9). Heartier appetites will be appeased by such offerings as the Long Island duck breast, grilled and served alongside whipped mascarpone sweet potatoes and a citrus soy-dressed mix of carrots and broccolini ($33). The eclectic restaurant also stocks a copious sushi menu with items such as the screaming salmon maki—salmon tangled with spicy sauce, shaved scallion, cucumber, and sesame ($9)—the hamachi scallion roll with chopped hamachi, cucumber, and scallions, veiled in nori and rice and wrapped in sashimi sliced hamachi ($16), in addition to a smattering of seasoned and uncooked Swedish Fish.
Owned by two sisters and their husbands, West End Pizza Company kneads made-from-scratch dough and simmers secret sauces daily to craft an ever-fresh menu of homemade brick-oven pizzas and pastas. Signature pies include the barbecue chicken, which lassos the flavor of summer cookouts with barbecue sauce, red onion, and fresh cilantro ($20 for a large), and the West End, which sprinkles purple onions, black olives, and mushrooms upon a perfectly harmonized barbershop quartet of meats ($24 for a large). Patrons who prefer to build their own pizza ($15 for a large) slather sauces and toppings ($1.50 each) onto a light, hand-tossed Monopoly board, developing such properties as roma tomato railroads, alfredo avenues, jalapeño houses, and ritzy artichoke-heart hotels. Escorted by salad and garlic-knot groupies, the chicken or eggplant parmesan ($14), stuffed cheese ravioli ($13–$15), and lasagna ($14–$16) comprise the pasta VIP section—which, like the U.S. Chess Championship, garners the attention of ruthless paparazzi.
For more than 15 years, Lincoln Street Wine and Cigar Bar's servers have paired vinous sips with a petite menu of sandwiches, cured meats, and rich cheeses. Dining duos or quartets can chow down on bread-bookends wrapped around a smoked-turkey or pastrami sandwich, or pick and choose like a dodgeball-team captain selecting his squad from a 4-ounce cheese, meat, or fruit platter. Each customizable cheese tray is embellished with 15 different types of dairy-blocks, from the sharp bite of the Lone Star chèvre to the mild nibble of the double-cream camembert. Tray toppers also come bedecked with fresh fruit and baked bread, as well as an international mix of olives or prosciutto.
Fredericksburg Ice Cream Parlor's staff whips up an extensive roster of frozen treats. Sweet-tooth owners can pack a cup or a cone with a single scoop of more than 25 hand-dipped Blue Bell ice-cream flavors ($2.30; $1 for each additional scoop) or try a single-scoop peach sundae concocted with peaches acquired from local peach bushes ($3; $1 for each additional scoop). Handspun milkshakes glide down gullets in flavors such as Cherry Dr. Pepper, A&W Root Beer, and Orange Crush ($4.75), specialty banana splits sandwich ice cream between potassium logs ($5.50), and brownie sundaes permeate palates with chocolaty goodness ($4). For savory treats, fill up on a Nathan's Hotdog ($2.50) and a soft pretzel ($2) before washing them down with a Dr. Pepper brewed with pure cane sugar ($1.95).