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3 Places in Texas for the Best Foodie Vacations

September 16th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Enjoy steak on the best Foodie Vacations to Texas
Barbecue, Mexican cuisine, and steaks. This is the holy trinity of food in Texas. Wash any of these hearty meals down with your favorite beer or Texas Hill Country wine, and you have the makings of the best foodie vacations. With so much amazing food in the great state of Texas, you’ll never run out of options. Regardless, here are three great places in Texas to visit on your foodventure.

Find out more about all the fun things to do near the Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and do whether you’re here for the best foodie vacations or to relax and unwind at our gorgeous ranch.

 

1. Fredericksburg Foodie Heaven

Just an hour outside of Houston, Fredericksburg is the capital city of Texas wine. And, where there’s wine, there’s great food. Places like Fredericksburg make Texas one of the world’s best foodie destinations. Here are a few reasons why.

  • Vaudeville blends inspirations from both the South and France. The bistro offers incredible lunch options and crafts an upscale dinner menu. On Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant offers an elevated “supper club” tasting menu. On it, you see delightful dishes like braised akaushi beef salad and blackberry sorbet.
  • Cabernet Grill just sounds like a fancy restaurant. Famous for its decadent, thick-cut steaks, and fine wines, this stop offers some of the best in Texas cuisine. Offering everything from certified Angus beef to bacon-wrapped seafood, you’ll be sure to find something mouthwatering. Pair your meal with local wine and experience what it means to dine Texas-style.
  • Otto’s German Bistro hearkens back to Fredericksburg’s deep German heritage. Using locally-sourced meat and produce to craft a seasonal menu is a source of pride. Try their molasses-cured pork chop and duck schnitzel and see what a Bavarian Texas could taste like. 

2. The Best Foodie Vacations Start (and End) in Brenham

Brenham is another Central Texas delight just an hour or so from Houston. Famous for Blue Bell Ice Cream, you’ll want to headquarter here so you can finish your trip with dessert. The best foodie weekend getaways start in Brenham! Here’s why.

  • Nathan’s Barbecue is the place to get Texas barbecue. This family owned and operated joint oozes goodness like their ribs ooze barbecue sauce. You can taste the heart and soul put into each plate. BBQ and comfort food were made for each other. Be sure to stick around for live music, too!
  • Kay’s Cuisine for the Soul is like a religious experience. Sit down and feel the love that Kay puts into her food–you’ll feel like you’re at home again with mama’s cookin’. Nothing is worse than soulless food, so stop on by and taste the talent and love!
  • Unique to Brenham is the Home Sweet Farm Market’s Farm to Market dinners. The special culinary experience hosts different chefs every month who feature local ingredients in unforgettable ways. You won’t want to miss the chance to try in-season, locally sourced food made by the highest quality chefs Houston and Austin have to offer! 

3. A Few Houston Hideaways to Try

Houston has long had the reputation of a sprawling metropolis and one of the best foodie vacation spots. In a way, though, it’s been like a track stuck on repeat. Here are few restaurants that are doing things differently in the city.

  • The Pass and Provisions is two restaurants in one. Chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan form a power couple of creativity. The restaurant has two sides, offering edgy, creative cuisine at the Pass and a whimsical, a la carte menu at Provisions. Come try their stone-oven-baked pizzas with toppings like duck confit with pickled currants or sausage with kale.
  • Underbelly strikes you with the odd name, but more importantly its motive and method. Farmhouse-style communal tables adorned with wildflowers are the perfect setting for Chef Chris Shepherd’s  snout-to-toe philosophy. Known to wheel a whole hog through the dining area, you’ll delight in the rustic menu featuring pork roasts and cornbread.
  • Caracol pushes an upscale take on authentic Mexican food, rarely associated with high-class eating. Hugo Ortega is trying to change that perception. Soulful interpretations of coastal Mexican food  like ceviche and crudos will inspire your taste buds to try new things. Try their scallops tossed with mango, papaya, and lime or their roasted oysters in chipotle butter. 

Finish with Dessert in Brenham

You definitely don’t want to forget the ice cream! Blue Bell Ice Cream in Brenham makes the cozy town the perfect place to finish your trip. Stay at the Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast where you’ll find the comforts of home. It’s just minutes away from most things on this list. If you need more ideas on things to do during your visit, download our free Vacation Guide. Book today!

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6 of the Best Brenham TX Restaurants

January 26th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Brenham TX restaurants offer a wide variety of fine cuisine from down home goodness to upscale gourmet!  In this post we will offer our top 6 of the Best Brenham TX restaurants to enjoy during your stay at our world class bed and breakfast.  Murski Homestead is located within an easy drive to any of the five restaurants we recommend, making your stay with us even better…..no long, tedious drive home after a delicious meal when all you want to do is snuggle up in a comfortable bed after a really good meal with relaxing libations.  Not ready for bed, there is always the option of the outdoor spa for extending that relaxing vibe into the night.  Or just a short drive away is the Kenny Store, a cool country dancehall/bar that always has some good live music for bootscooting!

Now for the food!  These restaurants are in no particular order as they all offer up delicious grub, each with their own spin…..

Volare:  This Italian restaurant is just 5 minutes away from the ranch and your home away from home.  Owned and operated by Italian chef, Silvio, this Brenham TX restaurant is housed in a beautiful home with Italianate decor and music inside.  The food always fresh is authentic to Silvio’s roots and when paired with one of his wine selections proves to be a meal to remember.

96 West:  One  of our newest Brenham TX restaurants, it is fast becoming a favorite of locals and visitors alike.  This eclectic Tapas/fusion  Wine and Craft Beer  restaurant has outdoor seating on the courthouse square and a really cool vibe inside as well.  The menu changes weekly so you are always in for a new treat!

BT Longhorn Saloon:  Located in a super cool historic building just a block off of the downtown courthouse square, this Brenham TX restaurant offers a mix of really good seafood and steaks.   The Fish Tacos I had for lunch recently consisted of perfectly flaky, crisp fish steaks, coleslaw, fresh tortillas and a delicious smoky chipotle sauce.  The perfect compliment to local brew!

Nathan’s BBQ:  The BBQ here is pure Washington County style BBQ as perfected by long time local, Nathan Winkelmann.  Don’t let the fact that this restaurant is attached to and located in the back of his convenience store fool you!  If BBQ is your thing, you don’t want to miss out.  On weekends, you might even be treated to a local band playing over in the back corner!

Los Cabos:  This Mexican Grill/Steakhouse is not only home to some very fine Mexican cuisine and delicious steaks but also to a manager who treats patrons to some amazing vocal opera renditions upon request! This  Brenahm TX restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11-9 each day.  They also boast a really good bar with plenty of room to just hang for a cold one and some appetizers if you just need a snack or want to whet your whistle.

Kenny Store:  Now this establishment is a favorite haunt for not only the food but the live music and dancing too!  The food is what you call down home country upscale fare…..you will find  chicken fried ribeyes, juicy burgers, gizzards, quesadillas, hot wings, homemade onion rings and even calf fries plus  more!

All of these Brenham TX restaurants are located within a 10 minute drive of the ranch,  so book your room today and don’t fear for what your gonna have to eat,  for  there’s  plenty to choose from during  your stay!

 

4 Places to Eat in Brenham TX

June 5th, 2015 by Pamela Murski

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If you’re looking for a culinary experience in the south, don’t overlook small town Texas as a place to find a myriad of American delicacies. Brenham, Texas is in Washington County amidst acres of farmland, and equidistant from the urban centers of both Houston and Austin. Known for its epic wildflower season and those memorable bluebonnet blanketed fields, this charming town is worth a visit both for its scenery, and for a unique culinary experience at one of the many places to eat in Brenham.

Whether it’s Texas barbecue you’re looking for, or a taste of the local landscape by way of its faithful farmers, you’re sure to find it at one of these places to eat in Brenham TX.

  1. Nathan’s Barbecue – For a taste of the unique Texas style barbecue, this locally owned and operated restaurant is the best place around to get it. Owner and barbecue master, Nathan, learned to cook from his grandmother, and her heart and soul are alive in his menu. The atmosphere is welcoming and laid back, with guests leaving both relaxed and full after a delicious meal. Friday nights are great for family time with live music and comforting food.
  2. Kay’s Cuisine for the Soul – If you want some good home-style cooking for either lunch or dinner, this is the place to find it. Kay, the owner and founder, opened this business to serve people with her love and talent in the kitchen, and offers her guests both the option of sitting down for a relaxing meal, or picking up food to take out for some exploring around Brenham. Whichever route you decide to take, you won’t be disappointed by the delicious meal you are served. This is one of the best places for lunch in Brenham, Texas!
  3. Farm to Market Dinners – If you’re looking for an unmatched culinary experience, look out for the next farm dinner put on by the Home Sweet Farm Market. Hosting different chefs every month to serve guests nothing but locally sourced and craftily made meals, you don’t want to miss a chance to eat what these folks are serving up. The chefs often come into town from Austin or Houston and are intimately aware of the agricultural seasons and local farmers. You can also check out their new Biergarten while there!
  4. Volare – If you’re in the mood for traditional Italian food, Volare is the best place to find it among the places to eat in Brenham. A menu full of surprising flavors from the Matera countryside is accompanied by an impressive wine list, leaving guests sated and ready to rest after a wonderful evening out.

This is just an introduction to all the great places to eat in Brenham TX, so don’t stop your culinary adventure at the end of it. A stay at the Murski Homestead is a foodie treat in itself, as we proudly serve much homegrown and locally sourced produce prepared to please. We believe we’re one of the best Brenham restaurants for breakfast, in our opinion. If you’re planning a trip to the area, for eating or otherwise, peruse this free Washington County vacation guide for more ideas of where to find the best restaurants in Brenham, Texas, as well as other great things to do in Brenham, Texas.

Brenham Local Food, Foodies, Locavores, Local Business

September 14th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

 Here at our Brenham TX Bed and Breakfast, we use locally sourced products as much as possible when teaching our cooking classes.  During our Foodie Events, we take cooking class participants into town to explore the local market and procure items to incorporate in the menu of the day.  Showing them how to use seasonal, fresh and local is a focus of each and every cooking class we teach.  Our local Farmers Market and local Brenham businesses were featured in Edible Austin magazine and we are super proud!   This will  give you a little taste of what to expect when coming to Brenham, enjoying one of the dining experiences and/or taking one of our cooking classes.   Below is the article and photos from the online  version.

Agri-newal in Brenham

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by Nicole Lessin
Photography by Nuri Vallbona

In spring, when Mother Nature rolls out her indigo-and-orange-hued coverlet of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes, visitors flock to Brenham-area bed-and-breakfasts for a weekend of winery visits, Blue Bell ice cream and Texas history. But Brad and Jenny Stufflebeam, founders of the organic Home Sweet Farm and a new retail market in Brenham’s historic district, where most growers and producers are limited to those within a 50-mile radius of Brenham, are working tirelessly with area chefs, growers and food artisans to put the city on the map for yet another reason.

“The vision I have for this place is that Brenham starts to be known again as a local food destination,” says Brad. “We’re literally on the local food front lines, here where it’s actually being grown.”

While the Stufflebeams’ farm and nine-year-old community-supported agriculture program were initially geared more toward selling to the Houston metroplex, the focus of Home Sweet Farm has expanded in recent years to include their local community as well. “We’ve got food deserts right here in rural areas where food is being grown,” Brad says. “And we’re trying to put value back into local food in these rural areas and trying to prove to folks that by doing it, you can start to make a living through farming again.”

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Located in a late-1800s railroad warehouse with exposed-brick walls, Home Sweet Farm Market features a large assortment of the family’s organic fruits and vegetables grown just outside Brenham, as well as those from Finca Pura Vida in Fayetteville, Yellow Prairie Farm in Caldwell and even backyard growers. “We have got a lot of old-timers out here that have some big gardens, and we can supplement their income,” Brad says. The year-round market, which the Stufflebeams have been offering on Wednesdays and Sundays since they opened last April, also features meats and eggs from pastured animals, handmade local bath and body products and cut flowers. In addition, the family sells an array of artisanal foods, such as Redneck Cheddar soaked in Texas beer from Veldhuizen Family Farm in Dublin and pickled wild grapes from Dai Due. On Wednesday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m., the market hosts a free get-together featuring samples of cheeses and wines from such local purveyors as Saddlehorn Winery and Pleasant Hill Winery, or craft beers from area microbreweries. Currently, the Stufflebeams are working on expanding to another building downtown where they will offer weekly workshops on everything from home canning to raising cattle for grassfed beef. They are also planning to host monthly farm-to-table dinners prepared by local chefs tasked with using only products from the market in Brenham.

Just around the corner, in an elegantly restored 1870s-era home with shiplap walls and vintage light fixtures, Kay Briscoe, owner of Kay’s Cuisine for the Soul, has been more than happy to incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients from the market into her Asian-fusion cooking. “I smell like garlic, basil and tomatoes right now,” she says with a laugh from her sunlit kitchen. “I bought [Home Sweet Farm’s] heirloom tomatoes, and I roasted them and made a torte this morning. Right now, I’m rolling them in some fresh mozzarella and some basil, and oh, it’s going to be beautiful.” Briscoe says it has been amazing to be able to work with the Stufflebeams, who even deliver fresh produce to her door and then brainstorm with her about possible menus. “Brad and his family are just beautiful,” she says. “They give me a lot to play with and a lot of ideas.”

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In a historic former blacksmith shop in the heart of the city’s downtown, Chef Elizabeth McColgin recently began offering weekly farm-to-plate specials at Funky Art Café, a popular tourist spot. On a recent Wednesday, her market-inspired menu featured a lemon and summer squash bisque with lavender crème frâiche, pattypan squash stuffed with grassfed ground beef and a roasted heirloom tomato gazpacho she topped with feta from Blue Heron Farm. “This has been fantastic,” says McColgin, who honed her craft at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. She also uses seasonally available fruits to prepare handmade sorbets that are for sale at the café and the market.

Nearby, at Mobius Coffeehouse, owner Patty Dalrymple has utilized the local market as well, and is now offering a new organic juice bar featuring Home Sweet Farm carrots, greens and strawberries. Brad notes that Dalrymple’s business has expanded because she was able to get the produce needed for the juice bar. “That’s what I want to prove,” says Brad “That supporting local agriculture has this whole ripple effect across the local economy.”

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While much remains to be done, Stufflebeam says the small businesses of this town will continue to work together to make Brenham and the Brazos Valley region—historically considered to be the birthplace and breadbasket of Texas—a food destination once more. “That’s why our whole vision is local people supporting local agriculture,” he says. “Because we really want to celebrate our agricultural heritage.”

Book your cooking class and room now to experience true seasonal, fresh, local cuisine!  Call us for any questions @ 979-830-1021.

A Few American & Homestyle Restaurants in Brenham TX to Try

March 7th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Restaurants in Brenham TXWhether you are visiting the Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast for an elopement or wedding or if you are taking a few days to enjoy the Texas scenery, one fact remains the same: you will need to eat! While Murski covers your first meal of the day with a made-from-scratch Texas breakfast, you’ll have plenty of opportunity during the rest of your afternoon and evening to dine at some of the local restaurants in Brenham TX. We’ve recommended a few that are sure to satisfy your palate.

Jernetta’s Soul Food at Smitty’s
Make sure you visit Jernetta and have some of the finest soul food in Washington County. You will get a variety of old-fashioned cooking at Jernetta’s, including smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and sweet potato pie.

Bevers Kitchen & Gifts
At Bevers Kitchen & Gifts you will get to eat some excellent home cooking. Expect a friendly atmosphere in an antique house, and before you go, be sure to peruse the gift shop.

Brenham Grill
Are you looking for a piece of chicken or steak? Or would you prefer some salmon or lobster? At Brenham Grill you won’t have to make that decision until it is time to order. This restaurant offers a wide variety and gives you the option to sit on the patio if the weather is nice.

Ernie’s – An American Bistro
You can find Ernie’s right in the heart of downtown Brenham. This restaurant features a wide array of foods, including salads, sandwiches, grilled meats, and seafood. In addition, be sure to select the perfect wine to complement your meal from Ernie’s extensive list.

R Place at Washington-on-the-Brazos
If you are looking for an affordable option, be sure to consider R Place at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Everything on the menu is less than $10 (including a glass of wine!), and you can finish off your meal with some local Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Southern Flyer at Brenham Airport
Go to the Southern Flyer diner located at the Brenham Airport if you are looking for a blast from the past. You’ll get homemade cooking from the 1950s, but the nostalgia doesn’t end there. You can also play a song from the jukebox, while the girls will be wearing their poodle skirts.

Cafe in the Garden
At Cafe in the Garden you can enjoy the elements and dine outdoors. Have a good, old-fashioned hot dog or top it with chili or sauerkraut to add a little extra flavor. Cafe in the Garden also offers its guests live music on Saturday nights.

Cannery Kitchen
You will get your American food favorites at Cannery Kitchen, all of which will be available to you in a buffet style. While dining, you can also support Faith Mission, a local charity.

Smitty’s Cafe and Bakery, Inc.
Smitty’s Cafe and Bakery is opened early and stays open until 3 p.m. every day of the week. There are lunch specials each day, as well, to go along with fresh baked goods, cakes, pies, and more. Everything at Smitty’s is made from scratch.

Funky Art Cafe
Funky Art Cafe certainly lives up to its name and offer and interesting and eclectic mix of food. If you’re a person who likes to try different food all the time, Funky Art Cafe can accommodate you by itself, as the restaurant changes its menu every four months.

Kay’s Cuisine for the Soul
Recently opened in November 2013, Kay’s Cuisine for the Soul offers delicious lunch, dinner, and bottles of wine. Kay began by providing box lunches for local businesses in 2010 and still offers that service to go along with her restaurant.

Must Be Heaven Sandwich Shoppe
You won’t be lacking for sandwich options at Must Be Heaven Sandwich Shoppe, while each choice comes with chips, a pickle, and a mint. Be sure to stick around after your meal to enjoy a slice of fresh-baked, homemade pie.

The town might be small, but there is no shortage of restaurants in Brenham, TX. When you go to Brenham to dine, don’t forget to book your stay at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast.

Photo courtesy Josh Grenier