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Above, Jobell Cafe & Bistro's half sandwich and cup of soup, featuring an avocado and tomato grilled cheese sandwich and southwestern corn soup. Below, a Wagyu burger served with a 6-ounce patty, jalapeno bacon, goat cheese, pickles, spring mix on a poppy seed kaiser roll and side of fries. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter

Foodie Friday: Jobell Cafe & Bistro

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Hays County is full of great eating places — from food trucks to fine dining — it’s all here.

If you travel out to Wimberley, just a few miles North of downtown on Ranch Road 12, you’ll come to one of my favorite restaurants, Jobell Café & Bistro.

The owners, David and Jessenia Bober, describe their menu of “sophisticated simplicity.”

The two have labored to create a dining experience unlike anything else available in Wimberley.

“From the artfully renovated, intimate main dining room and relaxing outdoor decks, to the delicious rustic French-inspired Bistro fare and thoughtfully selected wine list, every aspect has been tailored to fulfill the highest expectations of those who wish to enjoy finely prepared dishes amidst the charm of Texas Hill Country,” their website reads.

On the day of our visit, knowing I had a hectic afternoon ahead of me, I opted for a lighter selection. That said, I chose the half sandwich and cup of soup. The sandwich was anything but ordinary. It was an avocado and tomato grilled cheese sandwich served on sourdough bread. The marrying of flavors and textures made for the perfect sandwich. Oh, and the cheddar and Swiss cheese was awesome. While the sandwich was delicious the soup really stole the show. I wish I had taken some for later. The soup was a southwest corn soup that was simply out of this world. The pairing came in at $12 so I thought I scored a good deal.

My dining companion had a little heartier appetite and decided to select the Wagyu burger. Wagyu beef is special and said to contain a higher percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and more monounsaturated fats than other beef. This “soft fat” has a low melting point and not only creates a wonderful texture but also holds most of the flavor.

The 6-ounce patty came perfectly cooked and had jalapeno bacon jam, goat cheese, pickles, spring mix, and a poppy seed kaiser roll. I managed to sneak a few bites and it didn’t disappoint. With fries added I thought it was a good deal at $19.

Suffice it to say I’ll be back to try another one of their delectable lunch entrees, perhaps the Braised Pork Sliders which come with beer braised pork tenderloin, mango BBQ sauce, apple slaw, brioche slider buns $15. Or maybe the Cranberry Chicken Salad with lettuce and tomato on toasted croissant $14.

Don’t forget to try their dinner menu which is something special. On a previous visit I had the Steak Diane. The steak came from Rosewood Ranch Texas Wagyu Bavette with a cognac shallot cream sauce, fries, and honey glazed carrots $32.

I love this place!

If you go:

Jobell Cafe & Bistro is located at  16920 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley, TX, 78676

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and 5-10 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Jobelle is open from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. on Sundays. The Wimberley eatery is closed on Mondays.

Phone: 512 847-5700


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