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Brunch in Wimberley at The Leaning Pear

13 September 2009 3,980 views 11 Comments

One of my favorite weekend activities is to take road trips to all of the great small towns in the Hill Country. Today Adam and I joined the KGSR “Late Show” guys and their ladies for brunch at The Leaning Pear in Wimberley.

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GO TEXAN

We were invited for a meal by the folks promoting the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up, a statewide event Sept. 28-Oct. 2, where participating restaurants serve a special Texas menu. A portion of the proceeds may go to food banks across the state and The Leaning Pear chose the Hays County Food Bank in San Marcos.

In Austin proper there are about fifteen participating restaurants including III Forks, the 1886, 360 Uno Trattoria, Carmelo’s, Chez Zee, The Driskill, Eddie V’s, Fion Wine Pub, Kerbey Lane, McDonalds (wha??), Opal Divine’s, Roaring Fork, Sagra, Southwest Bistro, and TRIO. For a complete list of Round-Up participants by city, click here.

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THE LEANING PEAR

Andy and his girlfriend Kris picked us up and we drove for about an hour from the Old Airport through the Y in Oak Hill, Dripping Springs, and on to Wimberley where we met Bryan and Judy in front of The Leaning Pear at 11 a.m.

The restaurant opened in 2006 by Rachel and Matthew Buchanan, a young couple who restored Lowery House, a stone structure that is one of the oldest  in the Wimberley Valley to create this cozy and welcoming space.

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Our lovely server Leslie welcomed us and filled our glasses with water and our mugs with much-needed coffee. We wanted to try as many things as possible from the regular menu as well as upcoming specials for the GO TEXAN event so we ordered strategically.

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The Leaning Pear is mostly a lunch spot but opens for dinner on Friday and Saturday night. The menu is filled with soups of the day prepared with fresh local ingredients, a handful of salads, and about ten different sandwiches. They also offer specials that vary based on the meal and what is fresh and available. Individual menu items range from $4 for a cup of soup to $8 for a sandwich or salad.

gazpacho

We started off with their soups of the day — Rachel and Matthew knew we were coming so they offered their GO TEXAN soups including Blanco’s Real Ale Brewhouse Brown and Sharp Cheddar with croutons and Gazpacho featuring Seguin’s Wholesome Harvest Cucumbers and Peppers topped with creme fraiche.

From there we moved on to salads — Leaning Pear’s House Salad with shallot vinaigrette, spiced pecans, local goat cheese & pear garnish and the Texas Iceberg Wedge with ranch dressing, dried figs, and crispy tortilla strips.

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Entrees included:

Their version of the BLT — the BBLT — with applewood smoked bacon with romaine, tomato and double cream french brie on toasted sourdough.

Local purple hulled pea, spinach and bacon quiche featuring Wimberley’s Montesino Farms duck eggs.

The Leaning Pear Migas

Grilled Texas Gulf Shrimp with local squash, quinoa and lemon-saffron beurre blanc. [a GO TEXAN special]

shrimp

For dessert we split the GO TEXAN Pear and Apple Crisp with pecan ice cream, blackberry-peach cobbler with buttermilk ice cream, and Wimberley Sugar Shack’s Triple Chocolate Sour Cream Cake.

I tried a little bit of everything and my favorites were the Gazpacho that featured the last of the season’s tomatoes from the restaurant garden, the BBLT, amazingly sweet Gulf Shrimp entree, and the chocolate cake. The crisp and cobblers were great too — especially the blackberry-peach. Yum.

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WIMBERLEY

After brunch we wandered around Wimberley’s adorable square where old buildings house antique, shops, restaurants, gently used cowboy boots, Nudie suits,  local crafts, and more.

I asked Rachel where she would recommend folks staying that want to spend a weekend out in Wimberley. She suggested Blair House, Creekhaven Inn, or the Inn Above Onion Creek where she had Matthew first met and evenually married.

People visit Wimberley to swim in Blue Hole, shop at Market Days, visit hill country wineries, and more. For more pics from our visit today, check out this online gallery. If you decide to check out Wimberley and The Leaning Pear during the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up or some other time, take me with you!

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  • Lindsay Lehfeld

    Hi Jodi! Luke and I drove out to Blanco to visit Real Ale Brewery, but we made a special stop in Wimberly to visit the Leaning Pear since I remember you talking about it over a year ago. Wow, it really lived up to your rave review. Everything was so fresh there, they had great local options. Overall, it was a lunch I could really feel good about. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • jodibart

    I'm so glad you two had a lovely day. Looking forward to reading the blog post as I've never visited Real Ale before!

  • Lindsay Lehfeld

    Hi Jodi! Luke and I drove out to Blanco to visit Real Ale Brewery, but we made a special stop in Wimberly to visit the Leaning Pear since I remember you talking about it over a year ago. Wow, it really lived up to your rave review. Everything was so fresh there, they had great local options. Overall, it was a lunch I could really feel good about. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • jodibart

    I'm so glad you two had a lovely day. Looking forward to reading the blog post as I've never visited Real Ale before!

  • Lindsay Lehfeld

    Hi Jodi! Luke and I drove out to Blanco to visit Real Ale Brewery, but we made a special stop in Wimberly to visit the Leaning Pear since I remember you talking about it over a year ago. Wow, it really lived up to your rave review. Everything was so fresh there, they had great local options. Overall, it was a lunch I could really feel good about. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • jodibart

    I'm so glad you two had a lovely day. Looking forward to reading the blog post as I've never visited Real Ale before!

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