onion rings, Texas Hill Country, Harper, Longhorn Cafe

A Tale of Two Texan Onion Rings


On a recent trip to the Texas Hill Country I chowed down on some amazing onion rings. “Onion rings?! Big deal!” Well, they are a big deal; especially in Texas. Not all onion rings are created equal and there is more than one kind of onion ring. Fill up the car with some gas because you will be wanting to hit the road soon to try these two.

Longhorn Cafe
23624 W. US 290
Harper, TX 78631

onion rings, Texas Hill Country, Harper, Longhorn Cafe
Harper, Texas is home to the Longhorn Cafe. They are known for their good food. Look at those onion rings. I’ll wait…..They look delish don’t they? They were. The sweet onions were dipped in a cornmeal-based batter. The batter here is substantial and the onion slices have to be big enough to handle the batter. There is nothing worse than biting into an onion ring and having all the crispy batter crumble to bits or worse yet, bite into the onion rings and have the hot onion slide out of the crust and burn your chin. No worries here. Each bite of these onion rings left me with a perfect ratio of batter to onion. No crumbles. No burnt chin. Don’t forget the ranch for dipping. Yep, we have a winner here.

Hondo’s on Main
312 W. Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Over in Fredericksburg, I had another type of onion ring: the onion string. At Hondo’s the onion are thinly sliced and coated with just enough buttermilk batter to make them happy…not drown them. There is a little spice thrown into the batter to balance with the sweet of the onion. Unlike the former onion rings that are savored one at a time; you grab a handful of these lovelies and dab them with some of Hondo’s famous creole or “fireball” Ranch dipping sauce.
onion strings, Fredericksburg, Texas HIll Country

And because one cannot live on onion rings alone, I HIGHLY recommend Longhorn Cafe’s chicken fried steak and Hondo’s donut burger.
chicken fried steak, Texas HIll Country, Harper donut burger, Texas HIll Country, Fredericksburg

Are you in the car yet?!

Dawn Fisher

I have called Dallas my home for many years. This is a perfect city for a foodie. There are always new restaurants and food events going on. I was born in San Antonio, TX. The Texas hill country will always have a place in my heart. When I was young, I spent every summer at my grandparent’s house in a small town north of Corpus Christi. They owned a restaurant and I spent many hours in that restaurant enjoying the food and the people. On Monday’s, when the restaurant was closed, my grandparent’s and I would drive to all the small towns and try new restaurants and visit some old joints. I learned to not only appreciate food as life-sustaining but also as a form of conviviality and fellowship. I love traveling and immersing myself in the food and culture. I have been blessed to travel to Europe and many places stateside. When I am not teaching school, I am busy whittling away at my restaurant bucket list, updating my food and travel blog, Fenomenale, writing travel experiences for Guidrr and spending time with family and my sweet dog. I am pumped to be joining Girls on Food. So let’s have fun and eat it up!