If you live in Dripping Springs or your kiddos happen to play baseball for Lonestar Baseball Central, or you find yourself on Hwy 12 for a leisurely drive — Ranch to Market Road 12, that is — you may have noticed all of the cars in the parking lot right near the Fitzhugh Road intersection.
Something’s afoot. But what?
Route 12 Filling Station opened in mid-January and Dripping Springs is buzzing about the delicious food, cold brew, and craft cocktails with local spirits.
It’s a casual, family-friendly spot where you can enjoy a good meal with the kiddos. Playscape approved! Or meet up with friends for drinks. They have a terrific menu from appetizers like Shrimp and Crawfish Fondue to wood-fired pizza to burgers.
A few creative stand-outs include their Southwestern Cauliflower Tacos, Danish Blue Cheese and Bacon Chips. They’re also launching a brunch menu on Sundays from 10am-3pm with unique dishes like Bacon & Sunnyside Egg Pizza and Sourdough Pancakes.
When it’s time to wet your whistle, they have a beverage menu that’s sure to please even the craftiest of craft brew aficionados. The local brew is front and center like 512 IPA, Live Oak Hefeweizen, Thirst Planet’s Thirsty Goat IPA. And they have a nice selection of hand-crafted cocktails with Tito’s, Dripping Springs Vodka, and Treaty Oak Rye Whiskey. Yes, there are perks to having Treaty Oak Distilling as a neighbor! They also carry local Texas wines like Ste Genevieve.
Earlier this week when it was cold and rainy, they posted a pic of comfort food that will make your mouth water – Chicken Fried Steak, or Chicken Fried Chicken, with homemade cream gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans with a side of their Danish Blue Cheese and Bacon Chips. YUM.
Route 12 is open daily from 11am-9pm (until 10pm on Friday and Saturdays). They also have Happy Hour specials Monday-Friday from 2pm-6pm like $4 margaritas and craft drafts.
If you haven’t dedicated a day — or five — to daytrippin’ in Drippin’, you’re missing out.
Dripping Springs, the Gateway to the Hill Country, is home to four of the most notable distilleries in the Lake Travis area: Dripping Springs Vodka, Treaty Oaks Distilling, Swift Distillery, and Deep Eddy Vodka.
On the next warm sunny day, before we hit triple digits, grab your friends and set sail in the Texas Hill Country. You won’t be disappointed.
Remember when Verde’s Mexican Parrilla was the only dining option out Hamilton Pool Road?
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