Casual Eating in New Braunfels
Where would you recommend for a casual place with good food that has more of an ice house environment or bar with food? It will be a larger group of family visiting from Back East and some newly transplanted hosting Texans? If we were in Houston, for example, I would have us go to Ragin Cajun, Kenneallys, La Mexicana, Christian Totem (original), Berryhill (on Revere), Breakfast Klub and Lankfords. We need both family-OK and adult options. I need some recs that would make my Yankee family feel like they were truly in Texas and marvel at our cold, affordable beers and margaritas and be impressed by awesome burgers, enchiladas, and/or bbq. Live music would make it nirvana.
Also, once the kids are in bed and the adults venture out, where would you recommend we have drinks and hear music where we could sit (we're late 30s/early 40s so starting to get cranky about standing and being pushed around by college-age students but we can hold our own and can get wild when provoked by the right buzz and music)?
We stopped at Rudy's in NB a few months back and got some really good wet brisket. I'm no fan of Rudy's but that location was very good. The prime rib was not that great, I wouldn't recommend it. Other than that, I haven't eaten in NB in ages.
A few places come to mind.....Mozie's in beautiful downtown Gruene (good burgers and very laid back atmosphere) and right across the street is Gruene Hall where you could drink and dance, Clear Springs Cafe @ 3 miles south of New Braunfels on Hwy. 46 (great onion rings and good catfish), Cooper's Old Time Pit Barbecue in New Braunfels on 46, and Herbert's Taco Hut on n. Walnut St. for some good Tex-Mex. There's also the Red Rooster on San Antonio St. that has good food and an adjacent antique store.....I believe it has some live music on occasion.
I ate at the Gristmill Restaurant a few years ago. I think it fits your requirements. I would second the Cooper's rec over Rudy's. You can get Rudy's anywhere.