Restaurants & Bars

Rails at the Depot, Kerrville

singlemalt | Jun 2, 200803:14 PM

As far as I am concerned this is the only place to eat in Kerrville and get an approximation even of decent food. I have eaten at all the places to eat there, most several times and this restaurant is the one that seems to be really professionally operated. The physical plant is an old depot and is divided in to several rooms offering a cozy and more intimate dining experience. There is also a stone patio that looked private and inviting as well.

I have been there two times. The first time I got what they listed as "sea bass". I don't know whether it was sea bass or the Patagonian toothfish( I should be able to distinguish them by now) but it was tasty, cooked to about the right level of doneness(or lack of, depending on how you look at it) with a nice white cream sauce, perhaps a little too much of it, as these smaller places are wont to do. With it I had sauteed spinach, tasty, under seasoned and asparagus, crunchy enough to be good.

They have a fairly decent but short wine list but did have a sparkling wine by the glass, which gives them points in my book. Service there was very friendly, as is service most places in Kerrville because it still has a bit of small town element, and attentive. One of the waitress whizzed around like the Energizer bunny carrying huge trays of food, kicking open the door to the patio with one foot while balancing a huge tray on one hand.

After my meal I asked for a double espresso which was made by my waitress and got what I considered a good cup of coffee but not a true espresso. They use Starbuck's coffee.

On my second visit, the next night, I had the osso bucco that consisted of two pieces of shank, somewhat small but more than enough to eat. They were cooked to the point of being quite tender, fork tender and had a good flavor but not terrific.

All in all, I had two good meals there and would rate the place a basic good, maybe comparable to a three star in Austin, but definitly the best place to eat in Kerrville.

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