Eat, drink and chill at several intriguing dining spots throughout Victoria, with menus that vary as much as the atmospheres.
The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar
The PumpHouse overlooks the Guadalupe River and actually functioned in the late 1800s as a pump house, providing water to residents. The restaurant's building and its property were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and named a Texas Historic Landmark in 2011. Menu items today include pecan-crusted chicken breast, grilled ahi tuna, and slow-roasted pulled pork. The restaurant has a large wine list and is open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner, and Sundays for brunch. The PumpHouse can be reserved Monday for special events.
Greek's 205 Bar
Brothers George and Tom Charkalis opened their first restaurant in El Campo in 1985, and today they also operate Greek's 205 Bar in downtown Victoria. The dining destination offers dishes such as Greek salads, steaks, chicken, pasta, shrimp and redfish, plus a full bar that includes an extensive wine list. There are also 11 different martinis available to patrons. Greek's 205 Bar also offers live nighttime bands Thursday through Saturday.
Fossati's has been a dining staple in Victoria since 1882, when immigrant Fraschio Napolean Fossati first opened its doors. The restaurant is still one of the most popular dining spots in the area, with customers enjoying a casual and friendly atmosphere. Notable menu items include potato soup, apple crisp and chicken salad, and the deli offers delivery as well. Fossati's is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can brag that it once hosted a Willie Nelson performance.
Rosebud Fountain and Grill
Rosebud's on South Main is a 1940s-soda-fountain-themed restaurant that serves customers a variety of home-cooked food ranging from burgers, french fries and onion rings to seafood including fried shrimp, oysters, frog legs and catfish. The soda fountain produces malts, shakes and other beverages, all made from real ice cream.
One of Victoria's newest restaurants, Sendera, offers an elegant environment complete with specialty menu items and an assortment of wine, beer and mixed drinks. Residents can dine for lunch and dinner, but the restaurant also accommodates large groups up to 300 people for wedding receptions or rehearsals, business functions and celebrations.
Victoria Farmers Market
Victoria Farmers Market sells fresh produce to as many as 1,500 visitors on a spring day. The market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. depending on product availability. Located at the Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, vendors are limited to a 100-mile residential radius in order to sell.
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