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An authentic Texas eating experience at the Scenic Loop Café


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The Scenic Loop Café and Bar has the look and feel of Texas.  From the restaurant’s rock walls to its hand-hewn cedar accents, everything reads authentic Texas.  No franchise here. The restaurant is a family and locally owned by native Texans, and is located a few miles from I-10 near Leon Springs and Boerne, Texas.  Owner, Christy Knight, wanted a family-friendly place that exemplifies Texas hospitality.  Well, she hit the nail right on the wall.  The look and feel of the Scenic Loop Café provides visitors the feeling of home.  Beginning with the food, meals are “fresh handmade.”  No cutting corners here.  The burgers are Texas-sized served on a fresh Ciabatta bun with generous helping of either French fries, chips, or fresh fruit. Two other popular dishes are the chicken fried steak and Shrimp en Brochette. The menu ranges from Tex-Mex to traditional American, with a specialty seasonal gourmet menu, which includes lighter fare for summer and spring, heavier in fall and winter.  On Sundays, in lieu of that after-church breakfast, enjoy their brunch buffet spread with a variety of fresh-made selections.  
 


Above: Scenic Loop Cafe main dining room
Below: Bowel of Corn Poblano Soup

Photos by Susan Rauch

My experience began when my kids and I were warmly welcomed by the staff and manager, Lori Sears-Martinez.  Lori emphasized the importance of Scenic Loop Café being a locally Texas-owned family establishment that celebrates life and occasions.   At first I couldn’t pinpoint the familiarity of the place.  I think it was the main dining room, which gave the appearance of a rustic lodge or the warmth of a cozy living room.  The high ceilings, rock walls, and carefully placed array of tables and seating added to the overall Texas ambiance.  My kids went for the burgers, while I felt adventurous and ordered the Corn Poblano soup.  I am not normally a soup person, but the ingredients of sweet corn, Monterey Jack cheese and corn tortilla chips sounded too good to pass up – and I was correct.  The tortilla-influenced soup tasted more like a hearty stew, not too spicy and very rich in flavor.  I never thought the presentation alone of a soup could be so impressive, but it was, joined by a basket of homemade bread complimenting a perfect meal.  The Scenic Loop Café also provides a weekday lunch menu with a variety of choices from half-sandwich combos to Tex-Mex, all reasonably priced, not to mention an inviting dinner menu.   After our incredibly filling lunch, Lori gave me a tour showing me the many other rooms tucked away throughout the establishment, such as the Amistad Room, which accommodates small intimate wedding receptions and group events or the San Miguel Room, a side-room adjacent to the main dining room perfect for smaller business meetings or larger family gatherings.  A few short steps upstairs, visitors will find themselves the beautiful Cielo room with large windows and outdoor patio overlooking the scenic Texas Hill Country.  And for guests with disabilities? Kudos to the Scenic Loop Café for providing an elevator and ramp access.  Visit their website to view the rooms and more information about bookings.


Above: Patio Bar
Below: Cielo Room

Photos by Susan Rauch


 

From the main facility built in January of 2000, the Scenic Loop Café has grown to include the larger events rooms and a Patio Bar, which serves up award winning – yes, I did say award winning – custom-made Margaritas.  And what better way to enjoy those Margaritas than with local, live music right on the Patio stage.  On Mondays through Thur ladies can benefit from happy hour specials with a coupon located on the Scenic Loop and Café Facebook page.  Additionally, there are two other patio sections separate from the outside bar - one complete with waterfall and the other with an enclosed kids play area - the perfect solution for families with small children looking to eat out while enjoying the Texas ambiance.  Don’t worry - there is also a kids menu.   Misters are also strategically placed throughout the three patios on those hot Texas days or evenings. Some other noteworthy mentions:  There is never a lengthy table wait, although reservations are accepted for parties of 8+; preferred seating for numbers 8 and under, and parking is plentiful, with lots adjacent next door to George Strait’s “San Antonio Rose Arena.” 

For out-of-town visitors, The Scenic Loop Café is the perfect stop along the Scenic Loop Road or trips to/from Bandera or San Antonio, and the complete package for visitors searching for a place to eat and hang out with the taste, look and feel of the Texas Hill Country. 

For more info contact:
The Scenic Loop Cafe
Open:
Monday thru Saturday 11:00 am
Sunday brunch 9 am
Closed:
Sunday thru Thursday 9:30
Friday and Saturday 10:30

Location:
25615 Boerne Stage Road (at Scenic Loop Road)
210.687.1818 Voice    210.687.1819 Fax
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For Directions and Map
:
Go to website , then click Contact Us link

UPCOMING EVENTS / REMINDERS:

Wine Tasting Event
Where: Scenic Loop Cafe and Bar
When: September 15, 2009, to include appetizers and approximately 4-6 wines. 
Reservations are highly suggested.
***Call for more details or to make a reservation.

Ladies Night is Monday-Thur 5pm-7pm.  Visit their Facebook page for more info and to access coupons. 

Music: Nightly Thur-Sunday, see website for schedule. 

Comments

  • Carl Germann 5 years ago

    Great travel article by Susan Rauch very informative and well layed out, takes you right into the story with the pictures, I can hardly wait for Susans' next adventure.

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