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.
After being widowed in 1982, Ruby Lorraine Feagan, better known as Tootie, began supporting her family one pie at a time, building her reputation as she won a succession of baking contests throughout Texas hill country. Investor Don Merrill came into the fold after reading a flattering article in Southern Living magazine and subsequently tasting one of Tootie's crusty, buttery, 6-pound apple pies. Today, Tootie and her daughter continue to ensure the quality of Tootie Pie Co. Gourmet Caf?'s 13 signature pie flavors ? which also include lemon velvet, coconut supreme, and the Rachael Ray?praised pumpkin pie ? as they're carefully crafted and delivered to customers' homes nationwide. The bakery's burgeoning fame has extended to the Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, which featured Tootie's pie-on-a-stick, slices of signature desserts skewered and dipped in chocolate.
Inside Tootie's caf?, the menu of gourmet sandwiches includes sweet chicken salad with red grapes and pecans and italian grilled chicken panini with roasted red pepper and pesto or chipotle mayo. Sips of house coffee and espresso-based Milan mochas clear palates between bites better than vigorously shaking them Etch A Sketch?style.
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 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.