Guide To Round Top
Many of you may know the town of Round Top, Texas for the internationally recognized antique show that takes place each season. Once the crowds of designers, buyers and shoppers from all over have come and gone, the town remains just as magical as ever, something we like to call “The Round Top Magic.” The town is a now a year-round destination that offers a reprieve from the city life and takes you back to the simpler times. Below, you’ll find a list of our favorite things to do while in Round Top any time of the year. If you’re looking for a guide to the Round Top Antiques Week, we’ve got that covered too.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
GARDEN COMPANY FEED & FIREWATER
The Garden Company is a delicious eatery located in Rummel Square. The Garden Company always has the freshest food and uses only quality ingredients for their farm to table concept. We suggest starting off with the Crispy Brussel Sprouts (Smoot's favorite!) or their Baked Brie Cheese. You can't go wrong with any of their entrees, among our favorites are the Strawberry Fields Salad, Gourmet Grilled Cheese, or their Rack of Lamb. Finish off with one (or all!) of their daily dessert selections and a cup of decaf coffee.
ROYER'S ROUND TOP CAFE
A Round Top legend, Royer's Round Top cafe is known for it's delicious food and quirky atmosphere. With sweet tea served in mason jars, and a list of pies that will make your mouth water for days; Royer's Round Top Cafe offers the best of the best when it comes to dining in Round Top. For lunch, we suggest trying out their Glorified Grilled Pimento Cheese (make sure you order a cup of tomato soup, perfect for dunking!) or their Shrimp BLT Salad (our go-to!). Dinner brings choices like Shrimp N Grits, Jud's Great Steak and Audrey's In Yo Face Grilled Fish & Pasta. Of course you can't leave without ordering a slice (or five) of their world-famous pies; we recommend Texas Trash or classic Cherry, and don't forget the scoop of ice-cream on top!
Serving up some good old fashioned Texas cooking, like Frito Pie and Chicken Fried Steak, Teague's Tavern offers a relaxed atmosphere and live-music on the patio on the weekends. Teague's is also a popular spot to grab a cold beer on those hot summer days, or if you need a break between shopping around town their patio is a the perfect place to sit back for a few.
THE STONE CELLAR
Speaking of relaxing with a cold one in hand, The Stone Cellar offers a wide variety of craft and local beers with live music every Friday & Saturday in addition to the most yummy wood-fired pizza.
ROUND TOP MERCANTILE COMPANY
In a town as small as Round Top, the deli counter at the only grocery store in town is considered a great place to eat too! Need a quick bite? We suggest heading over to the Round Top Mercantile Company and ordering a sandwich from the deli, you can create your own or order one straight from their menu. Whatever you get, be sure to get it on their Sourdough bread.... it's some of the best bread we've ever had!
PROST WINE BAR
Our favorite place to grab a glass of wine by far is Prost Wine Bar. With a worldly selections of wine, the comfiest inside atmosphere, and an even better patio for those warmer months; you could easily spend an entire afternoon here. They also offer light bites, like a delicious cheese plate, to snack on while you're there!
ROYER'S PIE HAVEN
Royer's Pie Haven is our favorite stop for a quick coffee and maybe even a slice of pie (okay - always a slice of pie!) Grab a good book and come relax on their southern porch that will remind you of the time spent at your grand parents house. Enjoy a cup of hot coffee or one of their gourmet coffee drink selections with coffee roasted by Two Sparrows Roasting Company just next door!
From the owners of Armando's, a Houston institution, Mandito's is sure to satisfy your cravings for authentic Mexican food. Our favorites from the menu are the house-made chips and fresh guacamole, a bowl of tortilla soup, or shrimp fajitas. The lively atmosphere and memorable margaritas make this one of our favorite places to visit!
Located in Bybee Square, Lulu's is a great spot for a night out with its beautiful interior and delicious Italian fare. The historic atmosphere alone is worth the trip, but you can't go wrong with a glass of wine and one of the classic pizza or pasta offerings.
BISTRO 108 in LA GRANGE
Bistro 108 in LaGrange is a short drive from Round Top, but well worth it. This quaint bistro serves dishes such as Pecan Crusted Chicken Breasts, Shrimp Scampi and our favorite, the 108 Salmon Salad. Next door, you'll find Vin 114, a wine bar that offers a robust selection of wines from around the world.
JW's in CARMINE
If you're looking for a nice, juicy steak head 20 minutes the opposite way to find JW’s in Carmine. This true Texan steakhouse is a hole-in-the-wall that serves up some of the best steaks, burgers and of course their Catfish Platter! We highly recommend heading to JW's before you head out of town!
Saddlehorn Winery is just down the road in Burton and is a great spot to sip delicious wine and take in the beautiful views of their 390 acre ranch. The Black Spanish wine is a must try! You can add this spot to your list any day of the week, since they are open daily from 11-6 pm.
ROHAN MEADERY in LA GRANGE
Located on Blissful Folly Farm, Rohan Meadery offers a wide variety of meads, wine, and ciders made with sustainably sourced, local ingredients. Their tasting room hours are Thursday - Sunday from noon to 6 pm. Stop by for a glass after a day of shopping Round Top!
BLUE MULE WINERY in FAYETTEVILLE
A new favorite among Round Top locals, Blue Mule Winery is located about 20 minutes away in Fayetteville. They offer wine tastings from Thursday to Sunday from noon to 6 pm. The winery is built on the family's homestead, making it a family affair!
WHERE TO SHOP
After the crowds have dispersed, and the fields are cleared, there are still plenty of place to find one-of-a-kind antiques, local goods and unique artisanal brands. In Round Top, there are 3 main town squares with great shopping as well as a couple other shops throughout including Junk Gypsy's Headquarters and Old Glory Antiques (originally a vendor at the antique show, who decided to open a year round shop!). During the summer months, you can also find the find the Round Top Farmer's Market located on Mill St. by the Courthouse on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9 am-1 pm.
Right across the street from Bybee Square is Henkel Square. This square includes an event hall named, Henkel Hall, and a wedding chapel that often hosts small, intimate weddings. On a sunny day, you'll often see families scattered across the grounds either on a picnic table, or playing on the lawn. With many shops to see in Henkel Square, you'll also find Royer's Pie Haven, Two Sparrows Roasting and Teague's Tavern. Shops include; Humble Donkey, Dapper Deer, Indian Creek and Second Market & Company with art gallery, Copper Shade Tree Gallery.
Last but least is Rummel Square, with shops and dining such as The Garden Company and Prost Wine Bar. Shopping in Rummel Square includes Townsend Provisions, Curate by Stash, Bad Hombres, Lark, and Espressions Coffee and Art (also a great place to grab a cup of coffee!)
SURROUNDING AREA SHOPPING
If you wish to venture out to the surrounding areas of Round Top for a little more shopping, we suggest some of our favorites like Flown The Coop - Burton, Old World Antieks in LaGrange, Leftovers in Brenham, or the Shops in Carmine.
Just like any town, new shops and restaurants are popping up all the time! Be sure to check out Round Top's Chamber of Commerce for an updated list on where to eat and shop while in Round Top.
WHERE TO STAY & WHAT TO DO
WINEDALE HISTORICAL COMPLEX
Open Monday through Friday, Winedale Historical Complex is a division of The University of Texas Center for American History featuring tours of nineteenth century buildings, housing early German Texas furniture and decorative arts.
ROUND TOP FESTIVAL INSTITUTE
A world-renowned Summer music festival presented for six weeks in June and July featuring chamber and orchestral concerts each weekend, as well as monthly concerts and educational forums during its year-round "August-to-April" Series. The complete festival schedule can be found here.
ROUND TOP AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Tour the historic complex and learn more about the history of Round Top, its people, and its cultures. Tours are available on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 12:00-3:00 PM with free admission. More information can be found here.
TEXAS COTTIN GIN MUSEUM
The country's oldest operating cotton gin is located just outside of Round Top in Burton, Texas. The museum is open from Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm with daily guided tours of the historic 1914 Burton Farmers Gin from 10 am - 2 pm. The property boasts a 9-acre complex consisting of a Visitor Center and four historical buildings including a 1933 Cobblers Shop, the Burton Auto Garage, the Cotton Warehouse and the 1914 Farmers Cotton Gin.