If you don't recognize the place on the left, you haven't driven 11 miles north of Fredericksburg on Texas 87. If you have, your mouth is likely waterin' in a big way by now.
The Hilltop Cafe is one of those must-see stops in the Hill Country, a fascinating place for a number of reasons. Owned by Guitar Johnny Nicholas, who just happened to be on the road with Asleep at the Wheel when we stopped in, the Hilltop is a visual and aural treat. There are more antiquities, oddities and unique signage hanging from the walls and ceilings than any place I've ever been to (my favorite: "Rage Against the Corporate Culinary Machine: Support Family Owned Restaurants).
As one-of-a-kind as the decor and the background music is here, the food trumps everything else, and that's frankly a tall order. The menu has plenty to please no matter what you're in the mood for but officially, this is Cajun fare. The pan fried pork chops with rice gravy was delish, as was a little something called the Blind Pig Sandwich. With fresh hot house tomatoes on top it looked like little more than a bacon pizza, but going down it was about so much more.
As for dessert, the manager told us the same woman has been baking pies for the Hilltop for 20 years. It's no mystery why they'd keep her around: the Blackberry Pie was as good a dessert as I've ever had and the missus said the same about the Pecan Pie.
Check out the Hilltop the next time you're in the Hill Country. If you're lucky, Guitar Johnny might even sing you a song. And thanks to Teri Carter for the recommendation.