The Restaurant at Market Hill

 Chef Preston Higgins. Photo by Lacy Lange and courtesy of Market Hill

Chef Preston Higgins. Photo by Lacy Lange and courtesy of Market Hill

Even the most casual shopper will work up an appetite in Round Top. The Restaurant at Market Hill is open daily for lunch and dinner service, and provides an atmosphere of comfortable dining where you’ll want to sit around the table, share stories from the day, and make new friends. 

When you get to know Paul Michael, you will learn he has a passion for bringing people together. He has a brick oven that he built himself in his office in Lake Village, Arkansas, for baking and breaking bread with family and friends. It’s in this spirit that he wants to host annual pig roasts at Market Hill. Hearing him talk about it, he enjoys the seven-to-eight-hour process and the way people gather around to watch. There’s real curiosity, camaraderie and community around the fire pit. This fall, the restaurant will add a state-of-the-art, stainless steel rotisserie hog roaster.

What you can expect each day at the Restaurant is a similar passion for people and for food. Preston Higgins, chef and owner of Baxter Catering Company in Bastrop, Texas, has 20 years of experience in the industry and takes great pride in his work. Everything prepared in his kitchen at Market Hill is grilled, roasted or smoked (there is no fryer) with the intention of preparing fresh, healthy, delicious meals for Market Hill customers and vendors. 

 The special meals to be had here include Paul Michael’s signature whole roasted hog. Photo by Lacy Lange and courtesy of Market Hill

The special meals to be had here include Paul Michael’s signature whole roasted hog. Photo by Lacy Lange and courtesy of Market Hill

Daily lunch specials and dinner offerings include lamb, beef, chicken, fish and vegetables like Brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, asparagus and potatoes. 

When you walk up to the counter, go down the line and pick out which items you’d like, you’ll see Chef in the kitchen, working hard with a smile on his face. 

After your plate is made, you move down to the cashier where you can choose from a large selection of beer and wine or sparkling water and other beverages – anything cold sounds good after a day in Round Top – and homemade desserts. Then you find a table – the long tables in the restaurant are set up to be experienced family-style – and enjoy good food and conversation. Meet again at dinner. There’s also live music most nights during the show. Market Hill is more than a shopping destination; it’s a gathering place.