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Chef Ryan Hildebrand’s new restaurant Hildee’s Dine-Inn will focus on Hill Country and Southern fare when it opens over the summer


Former Houston chef Ryan Hildebrand is opening a new casual Hill Country restaurant this year. Hildee’s Dine-Inn will open on 14111 Winters Mill Parkway in Wimberley sometime this summer — ideally August — with dine-in and takeout services.

The menu will focus on Hill Country and Southern fare, with a heavy use of its smokehouse. This means chicken-fried venison served with sawmill gravy (a dish Hildebrand often ate during family hunting excursions in West Texas when he was younger); smoked salmon with a black pepper-potato muffin and caviar; confit tomato pie; and grilled halloumi served with beets, berries, and charred avocado. The full bar will serve up cocktails as well as offer a global wine list with an additional emphasis on Texas bottles.

Hildee’s physical space will include indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a covered patio and lounge seating along the creek and lawn. Takeout, curbside, and limited delivery orders can be placed online or over the phone when it opens.

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