Peggy’s on the Green
In 2016, noted San Antonio chef Mark Bohanan took the allures of his highly regarded steakhouse and adapted them for small town life. The result was Peggy’s on the Green, which instantly became the destination restaurant in Boerne, population 14,000. It’s located in Ye Kendall Inn, a big limestone building that used to be a stagecoach stop and now houses a hotel. The pretty dining room somehow manages to be both intimate and rambling, with floral wallpaper, well-spaced tables, proper cloth napkins, rustic wood floors, and white upholstered chairs with tall backs. If you eat on the veranda, under a ceiling fan, you may feel like you’ve wandered into a genteel Southern novel from days gone by. Meat is certainly a serious part of the menu (the steak list is a small but well curated lineup of USDA Prime choices from Allen Brothers; the monster double-cut pork chop is a legend in its own time, tricked out in a bourbon piloncillo glaze). But there are many other, lighter options to be had. Shrimp and grits cozy up to andouille sausage and corn relish; there are fried green tomatoes alongside the jumbo lump crab cakes. At noon, tourists and day trippers from San Antonio and Austin take a break from browsing Boerne’s many shops and head here for lunch. The burgers are great—made with Akaushi beef, accessorized with the likes of jalapeño pimento cheese, and served with house French fries—and so is the fruit salad with a blessedly light poppyseed dressing. If all you want is a little R&R, the agreeable bar adjacent to the dining room often has an available stool or two, and it’s open all day.