Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bratwurst In Lampasas

Given the wonderful German heritage of the hill country of Texas, finding good German food is never a problem. Such was the case when my wife and I found ourselves in Lampasas, Texas, yesterday. It was a dreary, overcast, and foggy day, and we were looking to eat a small lunch.

Despite the gloomy weather, we found a bright and cheery spot to eat right on the town square, across from the county courthouse. Festooned with holiday lights and decorations, Eve’s Cafe on the Square, looked to be the perfect place to escape the less than perfect weather.

You could tell that Eve’s Cafe was serious about its German food, because just after we were seated, the waitress informed us that hamburgers were not available. Apparently, they are only sold on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This left nothing but German selections to choose from, and this was just fine with us, as we were not looking to eat hamburgers anyway.

The restaurant is known for its schnitzel, and the schnitzel is served up, along with spatzle, in many different menu combinations. We finally decided on the bratwurst, covered in sautéed onions and gravy, and served with a small salad, a slice of buttered rye bread, brown mustard, and some fries. It was a delightfully delicious and inexpensive lunch, and it was served in the warm, cozy, casual, and friendly environment of the cafe.

We sat in the restaurant for quite some time after we had eaten our lunch, due to the fact that we enjoyed the atmosphere so much. And to top it all off, the restaurant staff was very gracious as we left. They sincerely thanked us for coming, and wished us well during the upcoming holiday season. It could not have been a better lunch for us. We enjoyed great food, and the German (and Texas) hospitality.

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