Venture out to the beautiful Texas Hill Country and treat yourself to an evening at Jobell Cafe & Bistro. Whether you’re headed out for a weekend in Wimberley or just want to do dinner outside the city, I promise Jobell will not disappoint. Its charming, rustic grounds and stylish, modern renovated interior are the backdrop to an amazing dining experience.
Jobell Cafe is a true family-owned restaurant; married couple David and Jessenia Bober moved to Texas to open a restaurant, and this place was legit built and renovated by them. Awesome. Wondering where the name Jobell comes from? It’s a portmanteau of their kids’ names, Joshua and Isabella.
I journeyed out to Jobell with some of my favorite blog friends, Kristin of The Fresh Find, Jane of A Taste of Koko, and Natalie Paramore. The drive was beautiful and went by in a snap, and before we knew it we were among the trees and rolling hills… and about to be presented with more delectable food than we could shake a stick (or a wine glass, I guess) at!
We started with a gravlax plate: house cured salmon, wonton crisps, wasabi sriracha crema, spicy cabbage, and mixed greens. Being a salmon lover (and I mean lover), this totally hit the spot, and its presentation on the Himalayan pink salt slate was absolutely beautiful.
We then moved onto polenta fries with roasted garlic and parmesan aioli plus cheese and charcuterie boards that were to die for. I mean, I’m a sucker for a cheese board in general, but this one was chock full of briny (a lovely assortment of green olives) and sweet (grapes, nuts, jam, etc.) to go with our savory. Paired with some cornichons, a chicken liver terrine, and that glass of champagne? Heaven.
I had already gorged myself on cheese at this point (obviously), but the entrees were still to come. The first one arrived in the form of a giant slab of meat: parmesan-encrusted pork loin with roasted garlic béchamel, broccolini, and cauliflower & sweet potato mash. This entire dish was super satisfying and packed with flavor… we all know I never met a vegetable I didn’t like, so I’d have to say the sweet potato cauliflower mash was my very favorite component!
Never fear, vegetarians, Jobell has your back. We also sampled this cozy butternut squash risotto, which was equally savory and filling.
We paired both of these with a nice bottle of cabernet and it was perfection. While we enjoyed this meal in early summer, between the full-boded red and the pork plus squash, sweet potato, etc. these are going to be menu items I’m craving in the fall.
You’re probably thinking that’s where our meal ends, but NO. No, not at all. We moved onto a more summery entree – and what I consider the pièce de résistance of the entire meal – seafood pasta! To be more precise, lobster tail and lump crab over fresh sundried tomato linguine with cherry tomatoes, asparagus and parmesan cheese. Take a look at this gorgeous pile of luxury.
Even though we were crazy full by this point, we couldn’t stop eating this gorgeous dish. Oops. Worth it.
We were presented with lavender pound cake with fresh berries and whipped cream. Yup. I don’t even know what to say about this one, it was as fresh and decadent as it looks. And I’m not even a big dessert person. Everyone else in the restaurant was staring at this beauty.
We left Jobell feeling ultra full and ultra grateful. I’m so excited I know about this cozy, unique little gem in the rolling hills. Next time you’re headed our for some hiking, swimming, or wine tasting in Hill Country, make a pitstop at Jobell and prepare to be wowed.
Jobell Cate + Bistro treated us to our meal, but the opinions and photos are all mine!