What do you think of when someone mentions Lockhart, Texas? Usually, there’s some sort of signal that passes between your brain and stomach with the simple message of: BBQ now!
Droves of people travel to Lockhart each year to experience what the BBQ Capital of Texas has to offer. This growing and exceptionally welcoming town is just 30 miles south of Austin, so it makes for a fantastic day trip. The historical town square is a great place to start. With a mixture of new and old, here are some great spots to see in Lockhart while you’re out for a stroll.
Loop & Lil’s Pizza
Located downtown in a stunning structure built circa 1903, Loop & Lil’s Pizza is one reason to believe that timing can be everything. A group of best friends from Austin (Chris Hoyt, Layne Tanner, Richard and Miranda Platt) got together and opened a cool, family-style pizzeria in June 2015.
They have a rotating selection of Texas craft beers on draft, but my favorite things about this place are the very “punny” weekly house pizza specials. The dough is made fresh every night and they selected their cheese after a long hunt for perfection. Also featured on the menu are hot sandwiches, desserts and fresh salads. Go and grab a slice!
107 N. Main St. – Website
Desiderata Estates Wine Lounge
Have you ever read the poem by Max Hermann, “Desiderata”? It’s wonderful and honest, just like Desiderata Estates Wine Lounge in Lockhart. (Bonus: the poem is hand-painted on the wall).
You can find this little oasis located next door to Loops & Lil’s. Desiderata’s owners, Tony and Bernadette Bowen, have created a sacred space to chill out with a glass of wine. They serve over 80 wines and only two are from outside of Texas.
Events are plenty, as they feature live music on Friday and Saturday nights, “Open Mind Night” on Wednesdays, a live performance by Greg Hall (“The Human Jukebox”) on Thursdays and a blues jam from 3-6 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday of the month.
Plan to spend hours here because you’ll want to; I promise. Also, if you like what you’re sipping on, you have the option of grabbing a bottle on the way out.
115 N. Main St. – Website
Market Street Cafe & Apothecary
Market Street Cafe & Apothecary thoughtfully and successfully combines two concepts: flavorful food and local herbal remedies. Hailing from Austin, Chef Sutton and Monique VanGunten have given Lockhart a place to enjoy a healthy, delicious meal while exploring the world of herbs.
VanGunten is dedicated to searching for and providing natural healing methods through botanicals. The food is some of the best in Lockhart, with sandwiches loaded with goodness, such as the “Ruby Shoes” with house smoked pastrami, house fermented sauerkraut, swiss cheese and sweet chile chipotle ranch on marble rye bread. Be sure to try the fresh iced tea or “Watermelonade” with your meal.
102 E. Market St. – Website
And what would a list of Lockhart establishments be without BBQ…
Kreuz Market has been serving dry rub BBQ for over a hundred years. What’s unique about them is their “no barbeque sauce” policy because they believe their spices provide perfect flavor on their own (you’ll find this at other BBQ spots in Lockhart, too). There are also no forks in the house because why change tradition? The brisket with burnt tips and a couple jalepeño-cheese sausages make a damn fine lunch.
619 N. Colorado St. – Website
More to See in Lockhart, Texas
Additional restaurants and shops to check out while you’re in Lockhart:
- Lilly’s – Amazing burgers
- Chaparral Coffee – Delicious coffee drinks
- Heritage Boot Co. – If you’re in the market for new boots, this is the place
- LuLu’s Lunch Box – Creative and healthy menu items
- Spellerberg Projects – Pop-up art gallery
- Lockhart Bistro – Upscale dining
- T&C Cafe – Classic deli sandwiches
- Henry’s Restaurant – Traditional American cuisine
- Flash Candy and Toys – Fun store coming soon
For fear of sounding ridiculously cheesy, Lockhart is full of heart. The sense of community is undeniably strong and getting stronger as the migration of Austinites continues. Take a short day trip to check it out for yourself!
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