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Otto’s German Bistro | Fredericksburg, Texas

October 23, 2013

Otto’s German Bistro opens in the Historic Texas Hill Country

Last week I had the pleasure to work with some incredibly talented culinary friends down in Fredericksburg, Texas. Otto’s German Bistro is one of the newest restaurants to open it’s doors in this quaint little town, just seventy miles west of Austin. Otto’s is dedicated to serving dishes that reflect authentic regional German and Central European cuisine. Their focus on food, drink and ambience is simple, fresh and local. “What you see on your plate has been grown, raised or pickled by us or friendly farmers down the road.”

ROASTED BEET SALAD Das Garten beets & arugula, Cambozola, riesling vinegar, herb oil

ROASTED BEET SALAD
Das Garten beets & arugula, Cambozola, riesling vinegar, herb oil

The team of business creatives, brilliant food minds and cocktail designers is comprised of owners John & Evelyn Washburne, Sommelier Adam Ehmer and Chef Adam Yoho. “We came to Fredericksburg along different paths, but were all drawn by its history and potential as a food and wine destination. After working in local restaurants, we understood that there was an opportunity for a new direction in dining. Our direction pays homage to Fredericksburg’s German heritage while bringing an emphasis to local ingredients, attention to cooking technique and presentation, and an attitude of excellence and creativity. Plus, we love interesting wines, unique beers and special spirits and we are always pleased to suggest pairings with your meal.”

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Otto’s German Bistro Interiors & Owner John Washburne

GRAVLAX SMORREBROD Dill-cured salmon, Dijon horseradish creme fraiche, pickled red onions, capers, fried quail egg

GRAVLAX SMORREBROD Dill-cured salmon, Dijon horseradish creme fraiche, pickled red onions, capers, fried quail egg

For the locals in town : you all have a great restaurant to call your own. Go and enjoy a seat at the bar, try anything Chef Yoho is humming about in the kitchen, ask Ehmer his favorite wine to pair with your duck, and ask John to whip up his favorite cocktail of the month : you will not be disappointed.

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CHEVRECAKE goat’s milk cheesecake, pistachios, riesling & elderflower poached oranges

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And for those visiting Fredericksburg : there are so many amazing places to eat, drink, and enjoy. But I promise that you won’t be let down if you find yourself a seat in this cozy place and enjoy a night at this amazing restaurant. The staff, the cocktails, the wine & beer, the local produce, the fresh bread, the music, the twinkle lights on the patio and the way you feel like you belong there — are just a few of the reasons why I think you’ll want to come back again.

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LUCKENBACH FALLOW VENISON : pan-roasted backstrap, sweet potato purée, Pedernales Valley green beans, cherry demi-glace
SCHLACHTPLATTE : Burgundy Pastures pork chop, confit pork belly, saucisson d’Alsace, caraway weinkraut, spätzle CHESSE & CHARCUTERIE BOARD an ever-evolving selection of artisan meats, cheeses, pickles, condiments, & Josh Raymer’s bread

Everything on the menu is delicious, but the simpler and more local it got, the better it was in my book. My favorites had to be the delicious fresh hot bread and butter, the beet salad and the goat’s milk cheesecake. It was Heavenly.

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John Washburne, Owner :: Adam Ehmer, Sommelier :: Adam Yoho, Chef

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BREAD & BUTTER : artisan bread baked by Josh Raymer, with Plugra butter, Cypriot salt & pepper

Thank you John, Evelyn, Adam and Adam and your team for a fabulous two day fall photoshoot – full of incredibly delicious dishes, amazing wines and cocktails, beautiful attention to detail, simple yet stunning design, and truly, fabulous company! Otto’s is a comfortable place to share a drink or a meal, as well as, hear a story and tell your own story. I know I already look forward to my next trip to Fredericksburg. And in the meantime, I hope you all enjoy these images and hopefully a meal at Otto’s!!

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CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE BOARD an ever-evolving selection of artisan meats, cheeses, pickles, condiments, & Josh Raymer’s bread

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FLAMMKUCHEN : German-style flatbread with creme fraiche, Fontina Val d’Aosta, caramelized onion, speck
CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE BOARD : an ever-evolving selection of artisan meats, cheeses, pickles, condiments, & Josh Raymer’s bread

Otto’s German Bistro | 316 East Austin Street | Fredericksburg, TX 78624 | 830.307.3336 | http://www.ottosfbg.com

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. david permalink
    January 21, 2014 10:31 pm

    From what I could tell, this place is excellent. They had run out of most dishes and were closing up when I arrive (albeit 45 minutes before 11 on a Sunday night). I was unable to find anything else in the town that even approach the quality displayed in that restaurant, all I saw were a lot of tourist trap german-kitsch restaurants and some faux-mexican grills, please correct me by naming a few of your favorite establishments?

    • January 22, 2014 1:35 pm

      You’re right David! Otto’s is one of the best! For other types of food I’ve always enjoyed Hondo’s, August E’s, The Nest, Hilltop Cafe and others! Hope that helps next time you’re in town!

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