131 E. Mercer St.
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
This is a mother-daughter operation, dining inside and out, music on most nights, with a full bar and real Hill Country ambiance. This place has ratcheted things up on the Dripping Springs dining scene. And it’s a fun experience.
You want to start with something good? How about the deviled eggs? Add bacon and jalapenos, and the texture and taste are perfect. You can order them individually, but we usually order eight! Does that tell you something about them?
I had a wedge salad the other night with Bibb and romaine lettuce along with grapes and a tangy fennel vinaigrette. Lovely!
One of their best dishes on the dinner side is the Chicken Schnitzel which is beautifully battered and sautéed chicken cutlet along with house made noodles and a killer beurre blanc sauce. I’ve had it twice now, and it’s going to be one of my keepers. Also try the Shrimp and Grits, a tastefully prepared and wonderfully balanced dish from Colorado chef Mark St. Germain. The flavors in this dish speak volumes, and it all seamlessly blends together to create a marvelous taste profile.
I also tried the Steak Frittes and was bowled over. I thought the epicenter for this dish was Justine’s in East Austin, but they’ve got a serious competitor in Homespun. The simplicity and searing flavors of this country French staple is captured by Germain with a couple of flourishes uniquely his own. Try it!
They also don’t serve bread to start the evening off but rather house-made potato crisps with a dipping sauce. Know what? Didn’t bother us a bit!
There will be more trips to Homespun to come for the Balons and not because we’ve recently moved into the area. I’d drive from North Austin as well! And so should you.