Foodies Guide to Brenham and Washington County

Variety of plated Italian dishes at Brossa's

Brenham and Washington County is a charming community known for its rich history, picturesque scenery, and vibrant community spirit. Beyond its beautiful landscapes and historic sites, the county also boasts a diverse food scene. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, there are plenty of culinary delights to discover in this quaint Texas community. Join us as we take a tour of some of the best dining spots Brenham and Washington has to offer. 

Bevers Kitchen 

Exterior of Bevers Kitchen
Bevers Kitchen, Downtown Chappell Hill

Bevers Kitchen is a true gem in Chappell Hill, offering a taste of traditional Southern hospitality. This quaint restaurant serves up homestyle dishes that will make you feel right at home. Whether you’re in the mood for chicken fried steak, burger, or a slice of their famous buttermilk pie, Bevers Kitchen is sure to satisfy your cravings. 

Blue Willow Cafe

Banana pancakes with bacon
Blue Willow Cafe, Downtown Burton

Nestled in a charming corner of Burton, Blue Willow Cafe offers a delightful dining experience with a touch of Southern charm. Known for its cozy atmosphere and delicious dishes, this cafe is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re stopping by for a hearty breakfast, a leisurely brunch, or a comforting lunch, Blue Willow Cafe delivers with its mouth-watering menu and friendly service. 

 Brossa’s Cibo e Vino

Brossa’s Cibo e Vino, an Italian bistro that offers a delightful selection for  lunch and dinner options, as well as brunch on Sundays. Known for its homemade pasta, fresh salads, and hearty sandwiches, Brossa’s is the perfect place to have an authentic Italian meal. Don’t miss out on their signature coffee, which pairs perfectly with their sweet treats. We can’t believe we are saying this about an Italian restaurant, but there are great gluten free options available here as well!

LaJefa Homestyle Birria  

Two tacos next to a mixed drink.
LaJefa Homestyle Birria, Downtown Brenham

LaJefa is a must-visit for lovers of authentic Mexican cuisine. This vibrant food truck offers a menu filled with flavorful dishes, specializing in homestyle birria. Be sure to grab a margarita from Salud that pairs perfectly with the food served at LaJefa. 

Las Americas Latin Cuisine

Shrimp tacos and a flight of mimosas from Las Americas.
Las Americas Latin Cuisine, Downtown Brenham

If you’re craving true Latin American cuisine, Las Americas is the place to be. This vibrant restaurant serves up traditional dishes from various Latin American countries, with a focus on fresh ingredients and bold flavors. From savory empanadas to succulent carne asada, every dish is a celebration of Latin American culinary heritage. 

Main Street Uncorked 

Martini lovers will find their haven at Main Street Uncorked, a charming martini bar offering an impressive selection of cocktails and wines from around the world. Pair your favorite drink with one of their charcuterie boards or indulge in their jumbo lump crab cakes, escargot stuffed mushrooms, or braised short ribs. The relaxed, intimate setting makes it an ideal spot for a romantic evening or night out with friends. 

Must Be Heaven 

Must Be Heaven, Downtown Brenham

Must Be Heaven is a local favorite that’s always bustling with people. This delightful bakery and café is famous for its pies, all made from scratch with the freshest ingredients, which you can pair with Blue Bell ice cream, of course. In addition to their tempting desserts, they also offer a variety of soups, sandwiches, and salads, making it a great place for lunch. 

Ninety-Six West 

Close up of a martini and two different dishes served at 96 West
Ninety-Six West, Downtown Brenham

Located in the heart of downtown Brenham, Ninety-Six West is a chic, contemporary restaurant that offers an eclectic menu inspired by global flavors. From fresh seafood and perfectly cooked steaks to vegetarian-friendly dishes, there’s something for everyone at Ninety-Six West. Their extensive wine list and craft cocktails add the perfect finishing touch to a memorable dining experience. 

Smitty’s Cafe & Bakery

For a taste of down-home Southern cooking, Smitty’s Cafe is the go-to spot in Brenham. This charming eatery offers a menu filled with classic comfort foods, from fried chicken and mashed potatoes, to catfish and hushpuppies. The warm, welcoming atmosphere and friendly service make Smitty’s a beloved spot for locals and visitors alike. 

30 North Gastropub 

Half eaten pizza with paper that says Texas underneath. 30 North Gastropub
30 North Gastropub, Downtown Brenham

For a modern twist on classic pub fare, head to 30 North Gastropub. This trendy spot offers an innovative menu featuring gourmet pizzas, craft beers, and creative cocktails. With its stylish décor and lively atmosphere, 30 North is the perfect place to unwind with friends and enjoy a delicious meal. 

Volare Italian Restaurant 

Volare Italian Restaurant has been a favorite amongst locals since 1998. This eatery serves up classic Italian dishes made with the freshest ingredients. From handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas to rich, flavorful sauces, every dish at Volare is a taste of Italy in the heart of Texas.  

Craving BBQ?

Map of the BBQ locations in Brenham & Washington County.

No visit to Texas is complete without indulging in some mouth-watering barbecue. Brenham is home to several fantastic BBQ joints, and if you’re a true BBQ enthusiast, you won’t want to miss our dedicated blog post all about the Brenham BBQ Trail. This guide will take you on a smoky journey through the best barbecue spots in town! Check out our Brenham BBQ Trail blog for a detailed look at where to find the most tender brisket, juiciest ribs, and tastiest sides that Brenham and Washington County has to offer. 

Don’t Miss Out: Burgers in Brenham 

Burger and fries in a paper container with blurred out food and wine in the background. From Country Sunshine Food Truck.
Country Sunshine, Downtown Brenham

While you’re exploring the culinary delights of Brenham and Washington County, don’t forget to check out our dedicated blog on the best burgers in town. Washington County boasts an impressive array of burger joints that cater to all tastes, from classic American cheeseburgers to creative gourmet options. Whether you’re a burger aficionado or simply looking for a great meal, our burger blog will guide you to the must-visit spots for the juiciest, most delicious burgers in Washington County. 

Brenham and Washington County is a food lover’s paradise, offering a diverse array of dining options that cater to every palate. Whether you’re in the mood for savory barbecue, comforting Southern dishes, or exotic international flavors, Brenham’s culinary scene has something for everyone. So, next time you’re in town, be sure to check out these fantastic restaurants and savor the unique flavors that Washington County has to offer.

Happy dining!