Pizza and craft beer – you can’t really have a bad day when those two are involved. Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza serves up some of the best woodfired pies in the Austin area, out in the Hill Country on Ceres Park Ranch right next door to Jester King Brewery.
With plenty of open space, shaded picnic tables and a variety of fresh ingredients to choose from, you won’t regret making the trip out to this place.
Stanley’s environment is farmlike, set in a large, rustic barn surrounded by a generous amount of land, with a few bulls roaming in the distance. The restaurant was actually named after one of the property’s fine bulls, Stanley.
Don’t Miss This Food
Onto the pizza. None of the pies I’ve had ever disappointed me, but my favorite by far has to be the Penelope. It’s the freshest pie at Stanley’s, in my opinion, with smoked speck, a generous serving of arugula, fresh mozzarella, juicy grape tomatoes and just the right amount of salt, pepper and olive oil. The flavors blend together so unbelievably well that I almost wished I had gotten a pie to take home with me after my last visit.
Make sure not to skimp on the garlic knots. They’re surprisingly good, and they’ll tide you over while you wait for your pie…not to mention help soak up all that beer you’ve been drinking.
Keeping It Local
Another reason I like Stanley’s so much is their loyalty to supporting local. They support Texas growers by sourcing the majority of their fresh ingredients locally. You’ll also find several local Texas breweries featured on their beer list.
Stanley’s has close to 20 taps, with the majority being used to rotate local breweries on and off. You won’t be disappointed by their Bottle Barn either, filled with a varied selection of bombers and bottles to pair with your pie.
It may be surrounded by beer, but Stanley’s is very kid-friendly, with an abundance of space for them to run and jump and tire themselves as they please. You can even throw the dogs in the car and bring them along for the day.
The fact that Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza can remain relevant while only being open 3 days a week serves as a true testament to the quality of their pizza. They’re open a combined 19 hours per week and there are still plenty of folks consistently buzzing about the place. Because the hours are limited, they do sometimes have a serious wait on the weekends, but with plenty of good beer, misting fans to keep you cool, and a quality brewery next door, the wait is more than bearable.
Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza is located at 13187 Fitzhugh Road in Austin, and open Friday-Sunday.
Have you ever made the trip out to Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza? What is your favorite pie there?