For quite some time, I’ve been hearing about an amazing little restaurant not far from Boerne, called Welfare Cafe. Finally, the stars and planets aligned, and I was able to make this trek with friends this past weekend. Fortunately, we survived the Apocalypse and made our 7:00 p.m. reservation. (stressful, not)
I love small towns, old buildings, general stores, and out of the way places. Once I knew we would be heading to Welfare Cafe, I attempted to embark upon some research about our destination, Welfare, Texas. Good luck with that, there is little information available online, aside from the Welfare Cafe website. So, the following information is poached from the cafe site:
We took some back scenic roads to Boerne, which started the trip out right. The trek from Boerne to Welfare took about 20 minutes. When we arrived at our quaint destination, I could immediately tell that I would love the place. A restaurant in the country, in an old post office, surrounded by barns and other old structures, is just my style.
The menu is American cuisine, with International style, and obvious German influences-not surprising in this part of Texas.
The kitchen is very tiny, with a pass open to the indoor dining room.
There were 5 of us, so we were able to try several different things. For starters, we chose the Potato Cakes with Applesauce and the Boudin Spring Rolls. The Spring Rolls were good, although they didn’t have the distinct boudin flavor I expected. But the Potato Cakes were amazing, because of the spectacular applesauce. The combination sounds odd, but it really worked. (I decided not to photograph my food, so as not to distract our hosts.)
I had a hard time deciding what entree to order, because I had been told that the Ribeye was fabulous, and also that the restaurant’s specialties, the Schnitzels, were outstanding. So we decided to share the Schnitzel with Artichokes and the Ribeye. The ribeye was exceptional. The Schnitzel with artichokes was equally wonderful.
There is outdoor seating with music, or there was on our Saturday.
I can’t wait to go again and try more of the menu options. Fabulous service and food. I am in love with the setting. What’s not to love about an old barn?
There was charm everywhere I turned.
We spent the night in Boerne, and headed home the following day. We took another scenic route looking for some water falls on Edge Falls Road. Sadly, the drought had taken its toll and there was no water to fall, and the swimming hole was empty.