Laurel Tree is 80 miles north west of San Antonio and 2 miles south of Utopia - a hidden oasis in the middle of the hill country. Discovered it via the internet and decided to try it on our visit to the hill country. Beautiful rustic lime stone building in huge fields with 100 year old Oak trees - decor was wonderful country French with covered patio and huge backyard filled with antiques, wishing well all centered around another old oak. The tables had french tablecloths, flowers and candles surrounding a double-sided fireplace. Reservations are required and they are only open for Saturday lunch and dinner. We reserved for dinner which is a 5 course meal. Since it is a dry country, you are allowed to bring in wine, beer, etc and they will gladly serve you - - the staff was friendly and attentive. We were immediately served the appetizer - crunchy banana pepper filled with a light cheese spread, tomato with balsomic glaze and a slice of salami. My favorite was the minced vegetable roasted garlic soup with an herb muffin. I ventured to the back yard during the next course to take pictures and view the garden - lovely. Small chandeliers hung from the trees. Our mixed salad came next - we had a choice of entree - I had the smoked pork chop with grilled peaches (fabulous) and the other guest selected the tile fish coated in artichoke / breadcrumbs with 3 cheeses and light wine sauce. All came with lemon mashed potatos (unique and wonderful) crisp carrots, snap peas and peppers. Dessert was a creme brulee (excellent) with rasberries and a mint sprig - - This was the highlight of our week in the hill country. Chef Laurel Waters dream of creating a fine dining establishment with the "Guest Table" concept in the middle of no where is something to share with everyone! Get out your maps and find this hidden treasure! Such a treat!
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