So friends that are local to Boerne have always suggested going to Dodging Duck for their micro-brew and "great food".
It's definitely a family place with a kitschy, country atmosphere. It is in Boerne after all. The wait staff was very young which can be a good thing or a bad thing. Their menu says that everything is made from scratch, to order, so forgive them if it takes a while. I can accept that. I'm a huge fan of fresh, from-scratch cooking. That's how my mother cooked my entire life. It's what I'm comfortable with.
Here's what I'm NOT comfortable with: waiting almost an hour for a burger and a pretzel with sausage.
My boyfriend and I had been strolling Main St. all afternoon and wanted a beer and a snack. Yes, a burger is a snack for my boyfriend. Anyway, I ordered a dark brew that was cold and smooth and delicious. I don't even like dark beer but this was amazing. My boyfriend got their IPA and said it was, "ok."
We ordered quickly because the place was packed (Sunday afternoon...duh) and we spotted an 8 top being seated in front of us. We sipped our beer and checked the time, it had been 30 minutes and no sign of our server with the exception of when she breezed past us once with dirty plates. A male server stopped by and asked if we had ordered or if we were just enjoying some beer. 45 minutes goes by and our server finally stops and grimaces, "Your food will be out soon." I've been a server and currently my boyfriend is a professional server risen from the dregs of chain restaurants to a nationally renowned fine dining restaurant and the thing that bugged us even more, we never received an, "I'm sorry your food took so long," followed by a lame excuse that the kitchen was backed up... or something.
Our food was brought out and what we received were soggy, over-cooked french fries that were brown and bitter, a burger (ordered medium rare) that was so overcooked it was falling apart on top of a soggy bottom bun. My pretzel was good, definitely not fresh, but warm and... satisfactory; the sausage that the menu said it came with looked like half of a small link of sausage cut up for me and heated through. I'm sorry but I don't need my food cut up for me. It was also accompanied by some sad, bland sauerkraut.
The beer was good. The wait was horrendous (every table around us received food before we did, including the 8 top) and the experience was topped off with food that was mediocre at best.
We'll return to buy a growler of beer but we will never eat there again.
That was more of a rant than a review... but it was the most disappointing hyped-up meal I've had in the Hill Country.
Dodging Duck Brewhaus
402 River Rd, Boerne, TX 78006
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