On our way to go horseback riding in Bandera, TX (a.k.a. “Cowboy Capital of the World“), we wanted to enjoy a nice lunch beforehand.  After going through the list of restaurants on the city of chambers’ website, we thought that Pike’s Place sounded fabulous!

We were not disappointed.  A quick 20 minutes outside of 1604, off Bandera Road (behind an antique store, Country Accent Antiques, in Pipe Creek), we were greeted by the owner, Kurt Pike.  We learned that Kurt and his wife, Suzanne (whom we didn’t get a chance to meet yet) had spent a couple months renovating the farm house they fell in love with into a cozy restaurant that opened in October of this year, 2010.  Both very experienced in San Antonio’s local restaurant scene, Kurt worked w/ Andrew Weissman for the past six years at Le Reve (which skyrocketed to success in San Antonio).  With all the pieces falling quickly into place, they sold their house in San Antonio before even finding a new place in Bandera.

Kurt prides himself on selecting the freshest seafood from Groomer Seafood and ingredients from local farmers and vendors for their Executive Chef Aaron Gonzalez’s (previously executive chef with Neiman Marcus in Michigan) creations.  This translated deliciously in the dishes we devoured, see pictures below.

You’ll fall in love with Pike’s Place as quickly as we did.  Impossible not to.

Website: http://www.pikesplacerestaurant.com

Hours: Open for lunch from 11 am until 2 pm, Wednesday through Friday; from 5 pm to 9 pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday; 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday; and for brunch from 11 am until 3 pm, Sunday.

Facebook Fan:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pikes-Place-Restaurant/111806992218418

NOTE: BYOB right now.

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Why pictures sugar packets? At Pike's Place, no attention to detail was too small or irrelevant. Selection, down to the sugar packets on the table or made to order food is important.

Pike's Place Restaurant now open in pipe creek

Going north on Highway 16 (Bandera Road), Pike's Place was easily found on the left side of the highway behind Country Accents Antiques.

Pike's Place Restaurant steak

Fabulous and tender, flat iron steak w/ hand cut fresh fries and a garlic aioli.

Pike's Place Restaurant chicken sandwich

One of the lunch specials, chicken sandwich w/ avocado was an instant hit.

Pike's Place Restaurant kids meal chicken strips

Hearty kid's meal of chicken strips and fresh cut fries.

Pike's Place Restaurant mushroom soup

Hearty bowl of mushroom soup served w/ a crisp slice of French bread for dipping.

Pike's Place Restaurant

Restaurant filled with antiques and painting for purchase, each telling their own story..

Pike's Place Restaurant

Beautiful place for indoor/outdoor casual dining, celebrating special occasions, and private parties.

Pike's Place Restaurant