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Francesca's at Sunset Restaurant Review: The La Cantera Hill Country Resort complex, dominating an area that overlooks Hill Country golf courses, the Fiesta Texas theme park and an upscale shopping enclave, is a citadel of conspicuous consumption. But at Francesca’s that consumption centers on altogether down-to-earth local produce in a menu that says South Texas without resorting to clichés. The theme may be stretched a tad with an appetizer of Hudson Valley foie gras, but it’s served with local watermelon. Hill Country Axis venison is totally regional, however, as are most of the salads. A brace of Bandera quails graces the entrée list; they’re stuffed with mushrooms raised in Gonzales. Grilled Wagyu rib-eye might be served with Texas strawberries in season. And “sustainable” salmon may well arrive with a Texas fingerling potato salad. Servers are well-trained, and the wine list offers plenty of bottles with the moxie to match full-throttle foods --- the Hill Country antelope steak Diane, for example. The informative sommelier’s recommendations are bracketed within the encyclopedic document, in which wines are arranged by style, and there are tasting flights on offer as well.