Driving up to The Laurel Tree in a town called Utopia, TX, I knew I was in for something special. As I made my way further from the bustle of San Antonio and deep into the Texas Hill Country River Region, it became clear that this town was aptly named. Getting out of the car, I had one of those Crap, this place is Instagram gold moments, and I consider myself a good judge of such situations, regardless of how douchey that sentence just read.
Picture this: Outside, on the restaurant's impeccable grounds, the first thing I see is a vibrant red poppy field which has conveniently parked itself next to an even brighter red 1950s pickup truck. Around the corner, I spot *the* reason I came to see this place, an impressive 450-year-old oak tree which Laurel Waters, chef and owner, has turned into quite the exclusive private dining room with the help of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters.