Boerne may be a small city‚ but it’s developed a large appetite for good food.
From traditional‚ down-home Tex Mex dishes to the best of innovative haute cuisine‚ Boerne’s restaurant choices have made it a dining destination for locals and visitors alike.
“Boerne is growing‚ and as it grows‚ the dining options are increasing too‚” says Raoul Vargas‚ manager of The Creek. “In the past few years‚ the choices have gotten much better‚ and service has improved. It’s a real advantage to people who live here‚ because they no longer have to go to San Antonio to dine out.”
The Creek‚ housed in two Victorian houses overlooking Cibolo Creek‚ specializes in “cuisine with a European flair‚” says Vargas. That includes specialties such as pan-seared Chilean sea bass‚ shrimp Alicia (breaded jumbo shrimp in a garlic butter sauce)‚ French-cut lamb chops and balsamic-laced duck. Vargas says his concept for the popular spot is “quality‚ service and value” with an emphasis on fresh and healthy food.
Also catering to those with a taste for fine dining is the Cypress Grille‚ named the chamber of commerce Best New Business in 2006 and already a top spot for food lovers. The brainchild of the Boerne-based Thompson family‚ the polished eatery is run by Chef Paul Thompson‚ Chef Tom Stevens and Shanda Stevens‚ who manages the front end of the restaurant.
Cypress’s menu offers a wealth of tasty‚ innovative treats‚ from Organic Tomato Ceviche with Citrus Cilantro Ponzu or Grilled Chipotle Quail Quesadilla to steaks‚ chops‚ chicken‚ lamb and seafood served with a fresh‚ new approach.
Ask Frank Prifitera at the Naples Café about his philosophy of food and he’ll crack‚ “Eat as much as you can.” At Naples‚ that makes sense. The accent is on traditional Italian food‚ “going back to the roots of Frank’s family – these recipes are all based on what his mother and father brought with them from Italy‚” says manager Tanya Prifitera. Specialties include fettucine Alfredo‚ chicken parmesan and the Naples special pizza‚ big and hand-tossed. Naples’ front room is a favorite with families‚ while in back you’ll find a martini bar and live music with an Italian flavor every Friday night.
For lunch‚ you can’t beat the Peach Tree Café and Catering‚ one of what owner Nancy Fitch calls Boerne’s “great eclectic restaurants‚ all small and individually owned.” The Peach Tree is famed for its legendary rolls‚ “fluffy‚ yeasty and with a little bit of cheese – delicious right out of the oven‚” says Fitch.
The café‚ housed in a Victorian home complete with lace curtains and bead-board walls‚ is popular with the lunch crowd for its chicken salad and spinach salad combo and peach cobbler for dessert‚ of course.
Progressive American cuisine graces the menu at the Limestone Grille at Ye Kendall Inn‚ where diners enjoy an expansive regular menu that includes Ahi tuna nachos‚ a creamy wild mushroom and Gorgonzola soup‚ daily stews selections‚ salads‚ and signature dishes‚ among them Mediterranean pasta and pistachio chicken.
For familiar‚ delicious American fare‚ O’Brien’s has long been a local favorite. Owners Tim and Becky O’Brien offer a menu rich in meaty entrees‚ but also varied in its vegetarian options. Boerne’s history is reflected in the German Plate (bratwurst‚ sauerkraut and fried potatoes)‚ but you can also find a 16-oz. T-bone steak topped with jalapeño and mushroom glaze‚ vegetable stir-fry and a fried frog’s legs appetizer.