Cafes in Hill Country

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Given Biff Buzby's penchant for classic cars and vintage airplanes, his classic take on another all-American staple, hamburgers, comes as little surprise. Each patty weighs in at a half- or quarter-pound of 100% ground beef, sandwiched between a homestyle bun along with its fixings?crispy bacon and grilled onions for The Q burger, house chili on the Chili Cheese Burger?and served up with a helping housemade pinto beans.

Elsewhere on the extensive menu, a deep roster of comfort staples vie for second billing. These include starters such as the beer-battered mushrooms or the housemade cheesesticks, as well as the chopped steak and chicken-fried chicken platters. Matching the loaded menu is a calendar chock-full of weekly events, including Cruisin' Night every Friday evening, when souped-up hot rods and confident station wagons alike collect in the parking lot so their owners can bond over burgers and car-talk.

12702 Toepperwein Rd
Live Oak,
TX
US

Both a quick pit-stop for grabbing a coffee and homemade pastry and a respite for sitting down for lunch and lingering a while, Hearthstone Express functions as a coffee shop and bistro. The cooks usher in the day with breakfast, scrambling eggs and tucking them into buttery croissants with spinach-artichoke spread and crispy bacon. Meanwhile, the bakers whip up pastries such as danishes, scones, and bagels to complement cups of coffee. For lunch, the cooks move on to gourmet sandwiches and paninis; best-sellers include Alicia's club?turkey, avocado spread, mozzarella, and honey dijon on a croissant?and the turkey artichoke panini, topped with spinach-artichoke spread. But the staff is open to customers' own creations as well, making Build Your Own sandwiches. Diners can pick their meat, bread, cheese, veggies, and dressings, and name it anything they want, such as Janet.

8096 Agora Pkwy
Selma,
TX
US

Schugga Bakery tickles tongues with quintessentially Teutonic delights such as apple strudel, raisin-sprinkled schneckennudel, and Danube wave cake, filled with sour cherries and topped with chocolate. Savory options such as schnitzel sandwiches, potato soup, and daily lunch specials offer more substantial lunch options. Specialty cakes come in custom designs, cleverly disguised as beloved animals, favorite cartoons, or slightly different flavors of cake.

5531 Randolph Boulevard
San Antonio,
TX
US

Plush sofas, heavy curtains, and sinuous Middle Eastern furnishings set an exotic scene for feasting on Gypsy Cafe's Mediterranean cuisine. In the kitchen, chefs marinate beef kebabs in special gypsy seasoning and roll lamb kebabs in spices before plating them next to hummus dip. Although kebabs are the restaurant's specialty, the menu also makes an impression on palates with beverages such as fresh fruit smoothies, Arabic mint teas, and powerful Turkish coffee. After dinner, guests might head over to the hookah section of the cafe for a few flavorful puffs?hookah varieties include kiwi, jasmine, and winter flower shisha.

2813 Thousand Oaks Dr
San Antonio,
TX
US

The flavors of New Orleans are as diverse as the people who live there. So when the owners of Big Easy Cafe designed their authentic New Orleans?style menu, they didn?t just pick a few of the city's Cajun and creole classics. Rather, they decided to change the menu every day to incorporate their favorite dishes, granting customers the opportunity to sample spicy items such as Cajun catfish tacos, steaming bowls of jambalaya, and 14-inch po? boys stuffed with seafood so fresh it's still humming tunes from The Little Mermaid. No southern meal would be complete without one of the region?s decadent desserts, including banana pudding sprinkled with crumbled wafers and bread pudding soaked in a butter-pecan rum sauce.

4822 Walzem Rd
Windcrest,
TX
US

If you were to trace the origin of one of Jamba Juice?s freshly squeezed juices, it wouldn?t take long before you ended up face to face with its most important supplier: Mother Nature. Whole fruits and vegetables from her gardens, groves, and orchards fill Jamba Juice's stores: kale, apples, pineapple, carrots, beets, and other produce. Although it?s serious about filling cups with wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate.

Sure, there are classic juices on the juice menu. Purely Carrot, for instance, which is as elemental and straightforward as it sounds. But there?s also the Tropical Greens, which combines apple juice and pineapple with super greens and chia seeds. And there?s Kale Orange Power, loaded with kale, bananas, and orange juice?all of which are packed with a serious helping of vitamins and manganese. Regardless of which flavor you choose, each 12-ounce juice packs in at least 1.5 servings of fruits and veggies, making it a convenient way to restore energy and get nutrition on the go. The same commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads.

In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit?which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.

With over 500 stores serving the full freshly squeezed juice menu, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.

22602 US 281, Ste. #111
San Antonio,
TX
US