Little Gretel Restaurant established 2009 in Boerne, TX by Executive Chef Denise Mazal and daughter, Veronica Mazal Brown. A restaurant of central European delights. Historically, geographically and culturally our restaurant blends the cuisine from Germany, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic- most of what is referred to as “German” food.
Best Czech/German/Central European Food in the Texas Hill Country.
From Scratch Cooking from our Executive Chef
Welcome to Boerne, TX…Welcome to Little Gretel Restaurant
Call for CURBSIDE DELIVERY 830-331-1368
CZECH KOLACHE & SAVORY KOLACHE
Czech Kolache flavors range from different fruit and toppings. Little Gretel’s three staple kolaches are freshly baked pastry filled with choice of farmer’s cheese and fruit, poppyseed or plum jelly (povidla).
Our savory kolaches, “Wurst” and “Wurst Saurkraut” are surprisingly delicious, made with kiolbassa sausage and our homemade saurkraut. Our sweet kolaches are made using delectable toppings like poppy seeds, farmer’s cheese and fruit. Vanilla sugar is one of our favorite ingredient for Little Gretel’s baking. The batter for Little Gretel’s pancakes and waffles are prepared fresh in small batches to insure yumminess!
Little Gretel – the Most Elegant Lady in Boerne, Texas!
Denise was born in Czechoslovakia. She grew up in Prague, at her mother’s side in restaurants. Day by day watching, learning and practicing her mother’s recipes; dreaming of someday owning her own restaurant. Upon Denise’s defection, she worked in the restaurant and hospitality industries in Paris, France and Germany. Upon coming to the U.S. Denise worked in a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado; where she met Jimmy Mazal. They married and moved to Texas. Denise opened Ewe & Eye Toy Shoppe/Needlework (which is now home of our new BAR Salvador DOBBS), still dreaming of owning a restaurant.
Her daughter,Veronica, has worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry since 2001. She has a degree in public relations and marketing. Like her Mother, she has always wanted to own her own restaurant. Together, with her mother Denise’s passion for cooking and Veronica’s business acumen, they conceived “Little Gretel”. Their passions, ideas and concepts delight us everyday with Czech and German traditional specialties and old world, European “yumminess”.
Their dreams fulfilled.
“The Best Schnitzel In Texas!”
Little Gretel – Created with love and passion, like the skilled Czech chefs who migrated for years to Vienna with their Czech recipes, Little Gretel has selected the best, well-tested recipes from Chef Denise’s own heritage in the Czech Republic, family owned cookbooks and invaluable experience in family-owned restaurants in Boulder, Colorado.
Denise, along with her daughter, Veronica, opened Little Gretel in 2009, using Denise’s mother’s well tested recipes. Her style of cooking is a labor of love, making everything from scratch.
Little Gretel’s cooking, mostly European in flavor, is not an easy affair. It takes time and the working methods must to be followed obediently to preserve the rich flavor of our dishes. Sauerbraten, one of our customer’s favorite recipes, for instance, needs a special technique using bacon and then is marinated in its own stock for up to 72 hours. Schnitzels take a special preparation and are not fried in oil or fats. They are magically finished in a healthy fashion using a German made oven. These ovens are special as they cook, steam, roast or bake individual items at the press of a button. It is truly a remarkable oven – one which is slowly making its way into the better kitchens, culinary institutes and schools around the country. We maintain a spotless kitchen throughout the working day and are proud of the cleanliness and care that we use in our cooking utensils. Most of our pots and pans are made of stainless steel from Fisslers in Germany, insuring a high grade of products to cook in.
All the dishes at Little Gretel have Denise’s prevalent influence and “Old World” flair.
QAre reservations required?
Though not required, they are highly suggested during our peak days/times!
QDo you have a full bar?
No, we have a great wine and beer selection....but you'll have to run next door to Salvador Dobbs (our bar) for the full bar and live music!
QAre you dog friendly?
Well-behaved leashed dogs are always welcome on the patio!
We are regulars for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner! A MUST TRY for anyone visiting Boerne! Eat like a local!
A sunday to remember
Little Gretel’s sunday brunch has become legendary at our house. Every single meal we’ve had there was exceptional – and on cool spring mornings, there is nothing as charming as brunch on the terrace. I’m hungry just thinking about it.