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.
Fredericksburg Gourmet Coffee & Tea’s culinary construction crew assembles a menu of made-from-scratch brunch dishes alongside coffees and teas certified organic by the USDA. Baristas brew caffeinated concoctions from Class 1 specialty-grade Arabica coffee beans grown on high-elevation plantations, which advance the aromas with near-ideal weather conditions and spritzes of Chanel No. 5. After they're harvested, the beans simmer through a northern-German slow-roasting process before air-cooling and shipping the same day. Glasses of tangy orange juice and more than 85 loose teas complete the beverage selection, all served in biodegradable plastic or paper cups. Diners lounge in wicker chairs around granite-topped round café tables as they sip brews, devour huevos rancheros, or quiz blueberry-drizzled french toast on the latest Parisian slang. Classically styled menus and colorful artwork pop off yellow and red-orange walls, creating a bright, cheerful ambiance for savoring gourmet morsels.
Centered around a wide range of meats slow-cooked over mesquite wood coals, the menu at Cranky Frank's Barbeque Company bursts at the creases with flavor and smoky goodness. Stultify a bout of hunger or furnish uncomfortable silence with a pork, sausage, or specialty chopped-beef plate ($8.29), accompanied by all-you-can-ingest sides such as pinto beans, potato salad, chocolate pudding, coleslaw, green beans, and whole-kernel corn. Or, send an adventurous brisket sandwich ($5.75) down a cold, sugary flume of sweet tea ($2.50). Cranky Frank's also whips up an imaginative stuffed baked potato, its steamy insides suffused with butter, sour cream, barbecue sauce, and cheese ($6.49).
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).
Rockbox Theater inflicts delight on crowds of all ages with family-friendly live music, theater, and comedy performed by a resident cast of talented entertainers, earning the title of Texas's No. 1 attraction from TripAdvisor. Groupon holders will receive tickets in rows H through Q, with specific seat assignments made available by phone reservation or listening for barely audible wind-whispers. Audiences behold an extravaganza featuring musical classics by artists such as The Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughan, with the regular cast joined by a weekly special guest artist. Drop by July 23 to catch the cast performing with Merging Blue from Nashville, or witness The Moonlites on August 6, sure to cause a lunar eclipse in other parts of the world. Rockbox puts up a new show each weekend, replete with vivid costumes, choreography, and wholesome comedy.