Recently, I had the opportunity to try Svante’s in Downtown Round Rock. Read on to hear the story behind the restaurant and why I think everyone needs to try it.
I just love it when new restaurants open in Round Rock. I mean, we have our fair share of chain restaurants, so it is really nice when a local restaurant opens – it’s really refreshing! I especially love it when they open in Downtown – It’s great to see the streets packed with people – both during the day for lunch and at night for dinner.
I had been hearing rumblings about a new “burger” restaurant opening downtown – bringing stuffed burgers to Round Rock. Svante’s opened a few months ago and sits right next to Prete Mani Street Plaza. Originally started in a food truck, we are so thankful they chose Round Rock for their brick & mortar. Wanna know why? Read on.
But first you need to know that Svante’s serves only their beef – from their family ranch in West Texas. We are talking 100% grass-fed, all natural beef. This family has been ranching in that area since 1882, but they originally landed in the Central Texas area, right here in Round Rock. Svante’s is named after the owner’s great great grandfather, Svante Swenson, the first Swedish immigrant to arrive in Texas in 1838. At one time, Swenson owned much of the Brushy Creek, Palm Valley, and downtown Round Rock – including the building the restaurant is housed in today. How’s that for full circle.
When the owners were looking for a spot to open, they didn’t even realize the history until they did a little research. It was meant to be. There is more to the story and even more interesting ties, so make sure you read all about it on their menu.
All this talk about the history makes for a nice story, but what we really want to know about it the food. How was it?
The owners perfected cooking this all-natural beef when they started in their food truck. They have a variety of burgers to choose from. Here’s a sampling:
Space Jam – sweet bacon onion jam, pepper jack chess, garlic aioli, & fresh greens
Bevo Black & Bleu – For bleu chees lovers, topped with sautéed mushrooms, chipotle aioli, & cheese.
Jersey Breakfast – Cheddar cheese, bacon, farm-fresh egg, & local greens.
Texas Pride Burger – Smoked cheddar, jalapeño, pickles, onions, & BBQ sauce.
And yes, they have the good ole’ All American – a classic choice. I couldn’t decide which one, so I had the sliders, which gave me the All American, the Space Jam, & Black & Bleu – y’all – ALL THREE were delicious – I loved getting to taste them all and it would be hard to choose a favorite.
Svante’s also offers steaks, stews, chili, and ribs, as well as farm fresh fish, chicken, and vegetarian options. Also good to know, all their ingredients are from local farms – they have great relationships with local farmers for produce as well.
Svante’s has a gourmet pastry chef who makes pies, cookies, and seasonal options. The week I was there, she had made a pumpkin flan. We tried the macaroons – so light and airy – so delicious!
And they offer a Sunday brunch with steak & eggs, swedish pancakes, and make-your-own omelets. I can’t wait to try it.
Svante’s Retail Store
In the coming weeks, Svante’s will open a retail store in the restaurant, selling beef from their ranch, as well as salad dressings and jams they make in house.
But don’t take my word for it – go in and try their burgers and tell me what you think. But remember, there is so much more behind Svante’s than just burgers. Let’s give them a warm welcome to Round Rock – and make sure they stick around for a long while.
201 Main St Suite 102
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Mon-Thu: 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am-3:00 pm