Tate Gregory and Matthew Smith, two winemakers from William Chris Vineyards in Hye, take their lunch break at Wakepoint LBJ in Kingsland. Wakepoint is a hotspot for boaters and locals in Kingsland that overlooks the merge of the Colorado River, Llano River and Lake LBJ. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey
Kingsland and Granite Shoals stretch along the shores of LBJ Lake and offer unrivaled lake access, great meals and cold drinks. These small lakeside communities are sure to attract your inland lake bums.
The Colorado River and Llano River merge into Lake LBJ in the heart of Kingsland, and Granite Shoals boasts 19 city parks along the lake. You’ll work up an appetite and thirst as you explore all that these Highland Lakes hamlets have to offer.
Start your day with a leisurely cup of coffee at Kingsland Cafe Where The town center square. If you are on the move, park at the drive-in at The lazy heron Where The thirsty armadillo for a quick cup.
swing in Fun lake designs if you miss a chic lakeside wardrobe.
After exploring nearby Inks Lake State Park Where Longhorn Cavern State Parkmeet in town and have lunch at Wakepoint LBJ Where Tequila Jalisco. Wakepoint has the all-American menu you’ll crave after a day on the water, and La Tequila Jalisco has arguably the best Mexican food in Kingsland.
As sunset approaches and thoughts turn to dinner and drinks, stay lakeside at Wakepoint LBJ and watch the sun go down with a cold beer from the upper deck or head out to Grand Central Cafe and have an impeccable meal in the historic railroad district.
An unbeatable day on the lake deserves unbeatable bites and drinks. Make sure you don’t miss a thing when you choose Kingsland and Granite Shoals as your LBJ Lake getaways.
1001 Kingsland Court
A quiet coffee shop attached to the historic Antlers Inn in Kingsland. Stop here to enjoy the shade and scenery of the old railroad district.
Lazy Heron Cafe
The Lazy Heron is a bustling cafe with indoor seating if you want to relax or drive-thru if you’re on the go.
The thirsty armadillo
The Thirsty Armadillo is a small drive-thru cafe with a surprisingly wide selection of coffees, teas, refreshments and health-conscious options.
The town center square
1910 RR 1431 West
The Place Downtown serves sandwiches and sides with its coffee and has ample indoor space to escape the rugged Texas climate.
Grand Central Cafe
1010 King’s Court
The Grand Central Cafe is an upscale restaurant located in the old railway district of Kingsland. Although it looks quaint, it is actually the exact house used in the filming of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.
14757 Route 1431 West
Wakepoint LBJ is more than a restaurant; it is the Mecca of lake life. Smokers cook up Texas barbecue while grillers sizzle burgers, cold beers flow from taps upstairs and live music plays downstairs. Boats come in from LBJ Lake to fill their tanks, and the cleanest convenience store in the county sells everything you need for a successful day on the lake.
14124 RR 1431
Although La Tequila Jalisco is part of a chain of outstanding Mexican restaurants spread across Texas, that doesn’t take away from its delicious local menu. It’s hard to beat the margaritas, fajitas, and tortillas after a long day on the lake.
Boat Town Burger Bar
151 Melody Alley
Boat Town Burger Bar is a casual lakeside hangout where you can listen to live music, grab a cold drink, and grab one of the best burgers in town.
3003 RR 1431 West
Crazy Gals is the must-do country dinner experience. All-you-can-eat catfish, award-winning fried chicken steak, fresh bread and gigantic portions. What more could you ask for?
SHOPPING IN KINGSLAND
Fun lake designs
Lake Fun Designs is a one stop shop for fashion and fun. Stop to buy a sundress or a pair of patriotic earrings before heading to the lake or taking a tour of Hill Country wineries.
Kloset deja vu
1513 RR 1431 West
Kloset Deja Vu is an active consignment shop in the heart of Kingsland. Browse deal after deal on handpicked, quality fashion.
GRANITE SHOALS RESTAURANTS AND MORE
Nelly’s homemade ice cream
1808 United States 281 North
Stop by Nelly’s Homemade Ice Cream for frozen treats, snacks, popsicles, fruit bars and, of course, homemade ice cream.
If you pass by Granite Shoals, head to El Tapatio for delicious Mexican food at a bargain price.
7005 RR 1431 West
La Cabana is a great choice if you are looking for a relaxed dining experience with tasty Mexican cuisine.
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