On the advice of a co-worker, we made a day trip to Wimberley, TX this past weekend, and we are glad we did! The Leaning Pear caught my eye with it's emphasis on fresh, local food and brews and reasonable price point. Despite the availability of shaded outdoor seating with a mister system, we chose to sit indoors. Texas in June warrants A/C for daytime dining in my humble opinion. Sophie had the Italian soda special, pomegranate and the adults opted for brews--all from the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, TX.
We felt cooler just looking at Sophie's drink--until she spilled it. The waitress provided bar towels and a replacement drink pronto!
You can't get mad at a face like this.....
My personal favorite....
We were tempted by the Waygu meatloaf special, but with the heat opted for lighter fare--The Hill Country Cobb with grilled chicken, jicama, bacon, avocado and Monterey Jack cheese. Ian subbed blue cheese dressing for the Southwestern ranch.
I had the Garden Panzanella Salad with fresh mozzarella, cucumbers, red onions, Kalamata olives, and grilled foccacia. Delicious, but fewer tomatoes than the average panzanella. You can add chicken for a dollar. Dressed in a red wine vinaigrette. Light, fresh, perfect balance of sweet/salty/creamy/crunchy and a great choice for a summer lunch.
Sophie got the BBLT, minus the T. Bacon, lettuce on sourdough--the extra B is for brie--grilled to a delightful ooziness. She ate half and saved the rest for later having seen the dessert menu.
My father-in-law got the Reuben, not pictured, but reportedly delicious. We all managed to save room for dessert. My in-laws shared the gelato of the day--coconut stracciatella. Topped with more toasted coconut...swoon! It was delicious and rivaled gelato they had in Italy. Ian and I shared the ancho chocolate pate with cinnamon anglaise. Dense, chocolately with a hint of spice--rich and probably enough to be shared by the whole table. Sophie declined once she found out what ancho meant. She ordered the sour cream chocolate cake and proceeded to eat most of the frosting first, correctly calculating that she wouldn't be able to finish the whole piece.
Desserts were outsourced to the Sugar Shack Bakery, also located in Wimberley. Worth a trip!