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Restaurants in San Marcos/New Braunfels

This weekend I'm meeting for dinner with friends who live in San Antonio. Usually we meet halfway-ish at the Grist Mill, but the weather will be too cold to enjoy their patio.

Does anyone have suggestions of a nice or interesting restaurant in San Marcos or New Braunfels? I think we generally like all types of cuisine, and we're looking for something that's not a chain.

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  1. How about the new Coopers BBQ in New Braunfels.

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    1. re: PappyAustin

      I went recently and found that the BBQ is not as good as the Llano location. The pork chop was overdone with black pepper and the sauce was slightly thin. Not that atmosphere matters too much to me, but the interior of the restaurant feels industrial at best.

      What about Herbert's Taco Hut in San Marcos for Tex-Mex? Greasy spoon/dive.

      1. re: exlnghrn

        I think we're looking for something a bit more "nice evening out with friends" than Coopers or Taco Hut.

        (I have been to the New Braunfels and Llano Coopers too, and I agree exlonghorn - the atmosphere is more like Rudy's and everything was just a bit off)

        1. re: heyzeus212

          My list for you would include:
          Gruene Onion
          Myron's Steakhouse
          Macadoo's Seafood
          Huisache Grill

        2. re: exlnghrn

          Herbert's has gone steadily downhill since Herbert died a few years ago.

          Actually stopped at Cooper's in NB on the way back from SA at noon. The brisket was great and the jalapeno sausage was great as well. I think it may be the first time I've had jalapeno sausage that was actually spicy and jalapeno tasting. Didn't have any sides since that's sacrilegious.

      2. For a nicer dinner, you might consider Texas Red's or Grin's. Both are above average and have a variety on their menu.

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        1. re: exlnghrn

          Gruene Onion is awesome. Great food and also has a lounge on one side for after dinner drinks!

        2. I've heard a lot about the Gruene Door. Though I have not yet been (sorry), the menu looks very nice.

          http://www.thegruenedoor.com/menu/Din...

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          1. re: Rene

            I've been twice and loved my food both times. If it was closer, I'd go more often.

          2. heyzeus, where did you end up going? We're planing on meeting up with our San Antonio cousin for a halfway lunch sometime.

            Does anyone else have a favorite lunch spot near the halfway point? We love great food but atmosphere is important too.

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            1. re: Helind

              We ended up going to the Grist Mill in Gruene, on the "stick with what you know" gameplan. But maybe next time we'll try one of the places listed in this thread.

            2. I missed this original post, but in New Braunfels we like Liberty Bistro as well as Huisache.

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              Liberty Bistro
              200 N Seguin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130

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              1. re: Carter B.

                In San Marcos I've really liked:

                Cool mint cafe
                Root cellar cafe
                Tap Room (for their burgers)

                Milts pit in Kyle has the best bbq on I-35 that I've found
                Los Vega in Kyle, great mexican food if you don't mind eating in a cramped trailer.

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                The Tap Room
                129 E Hopkins St Ste 120, San Marcos, TX 78666