The Best Food in New Braunfels: Restaurants & More!
Unlike most of the stops on our foodie road trip from California to Maryland, we didn’t visit Texas Hill Country for the food in New Braunfels. In fact, we had no idea what to expect. Why did we visit New Braunfels? It was on our route, the right distance from our last stop, and we needed to use one of our points certificates that was expiring soon at a Radisson. So we were pleasantly surprised to find awesome New Braunfels restaurants and some local specialties!
Food in New Braunfels
Although Texas Hill Country wasn’t on my foodie bucket list, it is most definitely a foodie destination. There are local wineries and tasting rooms in most of these towns. This wine region is more like Malibu wine country than Napa Valley.
But, any foodie knows, where there’s good wine, there’s good food too! And the New Braunfels food scene is happening!
Lots of people flock to New Braunfels not only for the food, but to tube down the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. After tubing, these people need to eat, so the best New Braunfels restaurants fill quickly. Make a reservation if you can or be prepared to wait.
Best Restaurants in New Braunfels
Muck and Fuss—Best Casual Food in New Braunfels
For creative takes on some traditional Texan foods, Muck and Fuss is the ticket! If you have to wait for a table, grab a local beer from the outside bar.
We started with the Fried Green Tomatoes. What made them special? Bacon jam! Enough said.
Then we ordered the Piggy Tacos. I felt a little piggy ordering them but our server urged us to try them. Pulled pork, with pimento mac ’n cheese, and tabasco fried onions sounded a little over the top, but they were delicious! I even “out piggied” them, and put some slaw in my taco, it was even better!
Billed as a “Craft Beer and Burger” place, we had to try a burger too. I’m always looking for a burger sauce that rivals mine, but we decided to go to the extreme, and shared the Poutine Burger. Topped with pulled pork, fries, cheese curds, and mushrooms. If you’re thinking this is huge, you’re right! But you should also be thinking YUM!
Gruene Grove—Music & Best New Braunfels Food Truck
The Gruene historical district is located in the town of New Braunfels. This area boasts German buildings from the 1800s. It’s a quaint little strip with shops and restaurants that’s worth a walk through.
If you followed our lead and had a huge late lunch at Muck and Fuss, you won’t be looking at New Braunfels restaurants for dinner. A simple snack from the food tuck at the Gruene Grove will hit the spot. And since this is a German Texas town, the truck is called Wurst in Gruene, and serves a variety of Bratwurst sausages. We got two Germans: House kraut, onions, mustard, curry ketchup on a pretzel bun. Enjoy your wurst and a Texas Mule or beverage of choice while listening to some music under the stars.
Alpine Haus—Best German Food in New Braunfels
If you want to experience true German food in this Texas Hill town, head to Alpine Haus where you’ll find much more than German sausages. Alpine House offers all kinds of German specialties like schnitzels, sauerbraten, goulash, and roulade. And for dessert, don’t miss the Black Forest Cake or Apple Strudel.
This New Braunfels restaurant can be found right in the downtown area in a little Alpine-type house with decor of the same style.
Naegelin’s Bakery—Best Bakery in New Braunfels
As the oldest bakery in Texas, Naegelin’s should not be missed! Of course all of the usual bakery items like breads, cookies and cakes are on offer. But, if you’re looking for a New Braunfels food specialty, you must try the Kolaches.
Kolaches are a Czech pastry with a bit of a controversy about them. In Czech tradition, Kolaches are usually filled with cheese or fruit, NOT meat. And the Kolaches in New Braunfels and other German Hill towns in Texas usually contain only meat.
Don’t let the controversy deter you! When you’re visiting here, it’s a traditional New Braunfels food, not Czech! So, the New Braunfels Kolache will most likely have a local sausage in it. Just eat it, and enjoy it!
Gristmill River Restaurant—Best New Braunfels Restaurant Ambience
Overlooking the Guadalupe river in the historic Gruene district, the Gristmill Restaurant serves traditional Texas fare in a building that used to be a cotton gin dating back to 1878. The stone building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and provides a unique atmosphere where it can be hard to tell if you’re inside or outside at times.
Go early, especially in the summertime—the wait can be 2 hours or more. If you have to wait, get a drink at the outside bar and sit at a picnic table and listen to some music. And of course, roam around and take some photos of this beautiful setting.
Drinking Before or After New Braunfels Food
Whether you’re a foodie, a tuber, or both, the food in New Braunfels will surely impress! And just like any good foodie town, there are lots of places to enjoy locally made beer and wine if you just want a beverage before or after your meal.
Pour Haus: Your best bet for a late night cocktail in New Braunfels. Listen to live music in a rustic outdoor setting. Snacks are also available.
The Grapevine: Located in historic Gruene, The Grapevine has a large selection on Texas wines and beer. Imbibe outside with live music. If it’s hot try a frozen Sangria or Peach Bellini.
Water2Wine: Sip a glass or share a bottle of locally made wines. You can even partake in the winemaking process.
Visiting New Braunfels?
If you’re planning to visit New Braunfels, I’d love to hear if it’s for riding down the rivers, or for the food in New Braunfels. And either way, which New Braunfels restaurant do you look forward to visiting? Let me know in the comments below!