The Longdogs

The Longdogs
Willy, Harley (back center), and Gretchen

Frank's Cafe, Canyon Lake, TX

Frank's Cafe is a rather unique cafe located out at Canyon Lake west of New Braunfels, TX.  I've passed it numerous times on my way to the COE park and, even stopped one day, only to find that it is closed on Mondays.  The sign says Cafe Frank's but it is actually Frank's Bait and Taco.  With a name like that, I was expecting more of a fast food type of cafe, you know, tacos and chips in a basket.  Not so....

There is a bait stand but it is separate.  The outside appearance is taxi-cab yellow but you can't really see much of the building itself.  Between the entrance and the front doo, there is a patio with unique items for sale.


Once you are actually inside the door, there is a little store area on the left with a lot more "stuff" to look at and maybe purchase if something catches your fancy.

Finally, you enter the dining room itself which is best described as sensory overload.  It is definitely eclectic and there is plenty to keep you occupied once you have ordered your dinner.

The menu is full of delicious Mexican food items.  But you should know in advance that this is not a tacos and burgers joint as you might think and they do not charge fast-food prices.  It is a restaurant.  The food is homecooked and delicious.  Even the tortillas are homemade.  They do not take credit cards either so come with cash.  Expect prices in the $10-$15+ price range without drinks.  I had a quesadilla, half-chicken and half-beef.  It was very good.

The birthday girl had carne guisado-pork and it was also delicious.

There is a patio at the back with tables if you want to eat outside.

"Frank" the owner and waiter is really "Eddie" and he takes time to chat with each of the customers and encourages you to look around while you wait for your dinner and afterward.  "Mrs Eddie" was in the kitchen cooking.  An interesting dining experience!

I had intended to stop at the Canyon Lake Info pull-off on my way out to the lake but it was crowded with photographers; however, I just had to stop on my way home.


The wildflowers are everywhere and they are sooooooo beautiful this year.  You'll be seeing more of them over the next couple of weeks.

11 comments:

  1. Lunch looks great. I have not been to Canyon Lake, for a reason. My x wife lives there and I would surely run into her.(Not in the truck!)

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  2. Great looking food. The owner of the Harley store in New Braunfels is a really great guy if you ever go in there. Has some gorgeous bikes. But it was cold while we were there and we didn't do very much exploring.

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    1. One of my DH's favorite haunts. Too bad you didn't get around more. Hope you got to Gruene at least.

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  3. That restrauant is a surprise! I would have thought the same as you did. I've only seen a few bluebonnets here, need to head out further to see them. But I'm kind of stuck for the next few weeks. Maybe I can sneak out this weekend just for a drive.

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    1. I think the wildflowers will be winding down in a week or so. You don't want to miss them.

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  4. What a crazy looking place that I'd want to explore for a while. Food looks good, but a little pricey for Mexican. The blue field is exquisite.

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    1. Food is delicious and it is an experience to check it out but I agree that it is expensive.

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  5. One would never guess what awaits inside at Frank's Cafe. :)

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    1. It was definitely a surprise. You could spend a long time checking out all the memorabilia.

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  6. Yummy looking food.

    I wonder how much that flamingo was, I want it!!!!

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