You’re a visitor exiting I-10 to spend a little time in Kerrville, Texas, and you immediately see McDonald’s, Cracker Barrel, Sonic, and a few low-profile eateries. You think, where are all the real restaurants in Kerrville?
The following brief summaries are — in the subjective opinion of Small Town USA — seven of the best restaurants in Kerrville…or close enough to Kerrville. You’ll at least enjoy the drive to them.
Liberty Kitchen in Ingram
Liberty Kitchen is a veteran-owned scratch kitchen, specializing in yum and too-much for one person, and write-home about it.
Specifically, people rave about their:
- Stuffed pork loin
- Salmon with shrimp kabobs
The value is very good, service is great, and there is a covered patio to dine on, especially during these times when social distancing is important, if not mandated.
CUISINE: casual American
109 Hwy 39, Ingram, TX | Check their Facebook page for hours and details.
Blackboard Bar BQ in Sisterdale
This is the other restaurant that is “close enough to Kerrville” to justify the drive. Yes, you can get there more easily from Boerne, but as much as I love Boerne, why wouldn’t you want to start from Kerrville?
Blackboard Bar BQ also is a scratch kitchen, like Liberty Kitchen, has been featured in Texas Monthly and voted “#1 Brisket” by San Antonio Express News.
Owner-chef Jack Gandolfo, once a contestant on FOX’s MasterChef, is usually at the cashier to greet and chat with customers. Aside from home-hollering entrees, the side dishes alone will have you begging not to get the check and end your visit. (Here is a more current review with mouth-watering photos.)
1123 Sisterdale Road Boerne, Texas 78006 | Facebook page.
Comfort Pizza in Comfort
We’ve written about Comfort Pizza before, but it’s worth mentioning them again.
Not only did the owner start this business at age 18 — long-live entrepreneurialism! Not only is there an outdoor seating area under umbrellas, in colorful chairs, with NFL-style humidity fans blowing around. Not only is it kid-friendly. But the pizza — (oh, yeah…that) — is stellar. Order ahead so that they don’t run out of what you want.
802 High Street, Comfort, Texas 78013 | Facebook page
Now we’re back in “Kerrville proper.” I like to claim the above restaurants as a place to eat when in Kerrville, because the drive to Comfort Pizza is a pleasant one, and the drive to Blackboard from here, through Sisterdale, is wonderful. Truly a Hill Country adventure.
Rita’s Famous Tacos in Kerrville
Rita’s downtown on Earl Garrett Street is a fixture of Kerrville.
So much a fixture that it’s probably better to read up on your Kerrville history over at Joe Herring Jr.’s site. As far as Rita’s goes, he covers here what buildings were where, so for the Hill Country aficionado, your Google search results landing you at Joe’s site will yield geodes.
Rita’s is a great place for either a quick take-out taco, sitting outside at one of their two stools and people watching, or sitting down in the dining room (order at the cashier), and enjoying your food with their homemade salsas.
Note: they do not sell chips and salsa.
Rita’s 2 is located in Ingram north on Junction Highway.
209 Earl Garrett St, Kerrville, TX 78028 Yelp
Culver’s in Kerrville
Yes. If you’re here with kids or teens who are picky, let’s face it: you’ll need alternatives. Or if you need something to go while the COVID pandemic is forcing a lot of curbside pick-up — at least during this writing, July 9 — then Culver’s is a quality decision.
It’s a bit pricey in my opinion. But it’s onion rings are great. It offers items not found at other places known for burgers only, and there’s something about a butterburger all the way that stands above the other burger places. The dining room is clean, and the staff is friendly and competent.
This Culver’s and the one in San Antonio are owned by two guys who embody the American success story. And they’re the only Culver’s around. If you’re from the restaurant’s home state of Wisconsin, go here.
CUISINE: casual eat-in dining/family-friendly
1300 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028 | 10am-9pm daily
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The Lakehouse in Kerrville
This restaurant holds a special place in my heart, and hopefully it will find a place in yours as well.
In early 1995 the name was changed from Catfish King to The Lakehouse. My nephew, however, perhaps 5 or 6 at the time, kept calling it “Tatfish Ting.” For years we called it that. For years, I called it that, for I met my wife in the Summer of 1995, and during my first visit to Kerrville in the summer of ’96, I went to The Lakehouse (“Tatfish Ting”) with her family.
Of course I had the catfish!
All you can eat, which is now priced at about $16.99 I believe. But today I get the 4-piece for a few dollars less. Twenty-five years going here has caused me to need to rein in the gut.
It’s a truly wonderful family restaurant. It gets crowded but I don’t think I’ve ever waited for more than a minute or two. Really!
(P.S. Love their hushpuppies, too.)
CUISINE: home-cooking/comfort food
1655 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028 | Opens at 11am daily, closes 8:30pm M-Th, 9pm F-Sa, 3pm Su
The only downside, well, there are two, but the first is that Yeo-Bo’s Cafe has its entry through an office/multi-use building on Water Street, so from a retail standpoint, it suffers foot traffic.
The other downside is not its fault: few people in Kerrville are adventurous enough to support a more diverse selection of cuisines. This may be changing with changing demographics and we thankfully have increasing numbers of farm-t0-table restaurants. But we have enough fast-food and, specifically, chicken places, to feed all of Texas. I’m totally ok having H-E-B as the only grocery store. I’m not ok having three McDonalds and no falafel.
That said, I’ve been to Yeo-Bo’s three times for work lunches and enjoyed each meal.
The classic bibimbop is great, and all the side dishes and condiments are authentic and spicy!
804 Water St, Kerrville, TX 78028 | Check website for hours