San Marcos has long been in need of some better dining options, and it seems as though a bit of relief will come next year, when Austin-based Blue Dahlia Bistro opens at 107 Hopkins St. on the town’s downtown historic square.
Owners Amy and Sam Ramirez, who have split their time between Austin and San Marcos since they married in 2008, plan to open the bistro in January. The French-inspired restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with a menu that includes items like croissants, frittaras, crêpes salade Niçoise, a selection of tartines (open-faced sandwiches), and traditional French entrees such as beef bourguignon, mussels Provençal, ratatouille and coq au vin.
“Our mission has always been to create a restaurant that serves as a dining destination, but also acts as a community hub for friends and neighbors to come together, relax and enjoy a leisurely meal,” Amy Ramirez said. “Blue Dahlia is our answer to the casual bistros that act as community centers in small villages and country towns throughout Europe.”
Blue Dahlia in San Marcos will be located in an 18th-century building at the corner of Hopkins and North Guadalupe streets, and like the original on East Sixth Street in Austin, it will feature indoor and outdoor seating, including a front patio and back garden.
“Opening Blue Dahlia in San Marcos is definitely a passion project for us,” Sam Ramirez said. “It has been an honor and pleasure raising my family in San Marcos and we are thrilled to bring new business to this growing town and offer a new dining destination for our wonderful community.”