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Fredericksburg, TX

“You’ll see cowboys sitting next to urbanites,” says travel expert Samantha Brown about this farm-to-table German restaurant in the Texas Hill Country.


Texas Monthly


» Dining Guide {Top Pick}

November 20, 2014 2pm

We’ve admired this quaint little bistro—a block away from crazy-busy Main Street—since it opened, lauding the talented young owners for their beyond-beer-and-brats interpretation of Deutsche Küche. Now it has grown into an eatery of consequence, turning out some of the freshest, tastiest food within a 75-mile radius. Examples? A foie gras “BLT” that deconstructs the lunch-counter favorite into a disc of seared Hudson Valley foie set between cherry tomato salad and bacon jam amid a nest of baby arugula. Or how about succulent duck schnitzel served with soft eggy spaetzle and tangy rotkohl?...


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March 1, 2014

If you think German fare is simply beer, brats, and sauerkraut, you’re in for a delicious surprise at this delightful Hill Country bistro. Touting ingredients that have been “grown, raised, or pickled” in-house or nearby, the young entrepreneurs have utterly charmed us with their take on German haute cuisine. Take, just for starters, the unconventional Flammkuchen, a flatbread topped with melted Cambozola and Gruyère. Or the Foie-ffle: Hudson Valley foie gras with a waffle and kirsch cherries. Main courses range from duck schnitzel with spaetzle and rotkohl (red cabbage) to pan-roasted...

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» Touring Texas Wine Country

June 2, 2014

How To Best Explore The Area Between Johnson City and Fredericksburg

By: Jessica Dupuy

The Hill Country has matured into one of the top wine destinations in the world, and we aren't the only ones saying as much. But with a few dozen wineries dotted...


» Texas Wine of the Month: Lewis Wines Red Blend, 2010

February 21, 2014

This Bold Red Blend Made From Grapes Typically Grown In Portugal Is From One Of The Hill Country's Newest Wineries And One Of The Region's Youngest Wine Makers

By: Jessica Dupuy

The Wine:

Lewis Wines Texas Red 2010

Who Likes It:

Adam Ehmer, the sommelier at Otto’s German Bistro , in Fredericksburg. Ehmer moved from Southampton, New York, to Fredericksburg, where he opened Otto's with restaurateur John Washburne and chef Adam Yoho. The German cuisine restaurant uses seasonal and...


Southern Living


» Best Small Towns in the South: Fredericksburg, Texas

June 15, 2014

Fredericksburg is a Texas hill country Hamlet with old-world charm.

Story by Jordan Breal

Population: 10,715

Why We’d Move There

Nestled deep in the heart of the Lone Star State, the town of Fredericksburg was settled by German pioneers in 1846 and remains as steadfastly Teutonic as it is Texan. Its 3.5-mile historic Hauptstrasse (Main Street) is a smorgasbord of specialty shops, biergartens, and bed-and-breakfasts. The gently undulating countryside is awash in wildflowers in the spring and offers plentiful peaches in the summer.

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine


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January 15, 2014

Texas Hill Country, USA

Everything really is bigger in Texas: It’s the No. 5 wine-producing state in the U.S., the Texas Hill Country AVA is the second largest in the nation and its most promising wines boast supersized flavors. But the explosion of new wineries and tasting rooms along scenic Highway 290 west of Austin hasn’t lessened Hill Country’s old-fashioned country charm. It’s still a sea of cowboy hats and pickup trucks, a place where you can sip award-winning wines in a landscape dotted with as many cacti as vines. Visitors may flock to Hill Country to sip wine, but they end up drinking in the romance of the Old West, too. —Alexis Korman

Where to Dine

Paying homage to Fredericksburg’s German heritage, Otto’s serves up local wines and delicious dishes that manage to be both rustic and elegant. Everything on the Wurst Plate (including liverwurst, sauerkraut and even the mustard) is made in house. Need a break from wine? Taste craft beer brewed onsite at...


Austin-American Statesman


» 5 places to eat and drink now in the Hill Country

March 1, 2014


From the fertile river valley of Junction to the lakes of Marble Falls and the quiet beauty of Vanderpool, the Texas Hill Country spreads across a vast expanse that encompasses thousands of square miles.

With a swath of land so great and diverse, it’s hard to pin a culinary identity to the region. When you think of the dining options in many of the small towns scattered throughout, you think of local cafes that serve coffee and pie and act as de facto community centers. You...


Houstonia Magazine


» 5 Girls' Weekends for You and Your Friends

April 30, 2014

The woman's movement is alive and well

By: Catherine Matusow

On a recent Saturday afternoon at Becker Vineyards, about 20 minutes outside ofFREDERICKSBURG, the ladies had descended. With much color on their cheeks and a little on their noses, they sampled Viognier and Albariño, Tempranillo and Cabernet, and, in the case of two groups on the premises, toasted the bride-to-be in her veil. While the odd gentleman wandered in and out of Becker’s enormous wraparound bar area, it was the women who dominated—in some cases rather ruthlessly. (Note to woman with gigantic purse behind...