If you’ve ever experienced Boerne’s local restaurant scene, you know there is an abundance of choices! The most romantic day of the year – the beloved Valentine’s Day, is just around the corner now. Well, we did the work for you with the hope of inspiring you to indulge completely and order all your favorite courses from all your favorite restaurants in town! Ever heard of a “progressive dinner”? That’s what we’re going for here! You can choose to make this one big night of favorites, or spread out your dates over multiple occasions. You might find that Cupid knows how to wiggle his way into your heart… through your stomach!
We recently wrote a blog post on some of Salvador Dobbs’ holiday cocktails, and those bad boys are truly delicious! Dobbs serves martini’s, spiked hot cocoa, and everything in between. We know you’ll enjoy their perfectly curated cocktail list as a great start to your Valentine’s dinner. You can also opt for draft and bottled beers, wine, and champagne! Next to that, the Dobbs stage is typically full on the weekends with live music performances. So get ready to boogie with local Texas Hill Country artists!
Appetizers or “Bar Snacks” at the Cibolo Creek Brewing Co. are made with the freshest of ingredients. CCBC sources from local, Texas farms. That being said, the tastes are definitely something you don’t want to pass up! Opt for a “Bier Bun” which contains browned goat, cabbage, cheese and a fried egg all wrapped in a potato roll – um, YUM! Or pair their Market Board (complete with artisanal cheeses, meats, and pickled seasonal veggies) with house-made jam and beer-infused mustard. But get ready folks – this is only the warm-up for the food marathon we have set out for you!
Boerne Soup Kitchen has a brand-new menu every week, and it’s always unique! Garden fresh ingredients are a priority every day, and everything is made from scratch! This team loves having the opportunity to provide the Boerne community with fresh cuisine, and they pride themselves on being 100% gluten free. So, feel free to indulge yourself in savory soups that are so good, you could swim in them! If you can’t choose which soup fits your fancy, try their soup shooters for a chance to taste them all. If salads are more your thing when it comes to multiple-course meals, fresh mixed greens with nuts, fruits and veggies drizzled in house-made vinaigrette are available for your devouring pleasure as well. You’ll want to keep coming back!
Main Course –
Alright, we know you’ve been at the edge of your seat waiting for the main course choice! The philosophy at Valeria Ristorante Italiano is that “life is too short to eat bad food”. That statement rings true here, as they are another Boerne restaurant that bring fresh local ingredients to the table! The extensive dinner menu at Valeria will make it hard to choose what to have for your main course, but hey – who doesn’t like to have options? Every kind of pasta you can think of is available, paired with farm-raised meats and doused in delectable Italian sauces (ranging from red to creamy white) that will inspire your palate. You may even decide to devise another date night by taking advantage of their cooking classes (sign up for that via email at firstname.lastname@example.org). Enjoy a glass of exceptional wine with your dinner as well – the chef is an expert on pairing wines with his entrees and will have several recommendations!
Okay, maybe you’re the type that’s all about the sweets, and the main course isn’t the course that’s keeping you on your toes all night (guilty!). It’s time to get to dessert, folks! SmallCakes Cupcakery and Creamery carries decadent, rich cupcakes topped with sugary sweet frosting. They have flavors like hot fudge sundae, lemon drop, peanut butter cup, and red velvet – just to name a few! Freshly churned ice cream is also available for anyone who prefers a frozen treat. Try their 24 Karrot cream cheese ice cream infused with carrot cake cupcakes, or Lily’s Strawberry layered with fresh strawberries. Perfection!
After Dinner Drinks –
If we’ve done our job right, you should be in a comfortable food coma by now. But while your meal is settling, opt for after-dinner drinks with Peggy’s On The Green! Here, you’ll find a full bar with wine and cocktail menus (both are 3 pages long). Try a signature cocktail or order your favorite go-to drink. Their bartenders are sure to please! Beer is in no short supply either – even non-alcoholic beers are available. Finish off your night in the relaxing, upscale bar Peggy’s has created inside the historic Ye Kendall Inn. This will be a date to remember!
Written by: Erika Yount, Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau Admin
Photo Credit: Wayfarer Photography, SmallCakes, Valeria Ristorante Italiano, Salvador Dobbs