Thursday, March 26, 2020

Your Perfect Guide: Eat/Drink in Gruene Historic District

Just off the Guadalupe River, Cantina del Rio is perfectly positioned for your post-float taco fix. But this hot spot doesn't just serve muy bueno Tex-mex favorites they serve some serious burgers! The Bean Burger is a legend with its juicy beef patty, topped with refried beans, Fritos, red onion and melted Cheez Whiz. (Yeah, they went there.) Not hungry, just thirsty? Cantina del Rio's margarita has been voted the Best in New Braunfels every year since 2012!

As seen in Southern Living magazine, Fickle Pickles makes the best homemade pickles you've ever tasted! With complimentary samples, it's easy to fall in love with their sweet, crunchy, spicy recipe. (They also have an extra spicy option that is to die for!) Put the Fickle Pickles on a hamburger or sandwich, in deviled eggs or a bloody mary! Available by the jar, half-case or full-case.

If sitting in the shade, sipping your favorite wine or craft beer is your kind of thing, The Grapevine is your kind of place. With picnic tables tucked under the giant oak trees, they feature one of the largest selections of Texas wines, as well as carefully curated wine from around the world. Not a wine drinker? They have Texas craft beer, too! Offering a menu that changes with the season and a knowledgeable staff to help guide you to the perfect pour, it's the ultimate spot to sit and sip awhile. 

One of the most unique dining spots in Texas, the Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar is located in a century-old cotton gin overlooking the beautiful Guadalupe River. If the amazing view isn't enough to lure you in, how about fall-off-the-bone ribs, a huge chicken fried steak, or juicy fire roasted chicken? Almost there? Bookend your meal with a tower of legendary onion rings to start and Jack Daniel's Pecan Pie to finish.

Not your average coffee shop, Gruene Coffee Haus roasts their beans in-house and only as needed, giving new meaning to the phrase "fresh cup of coffee". This is as fresh as it gets! But don't forget to check out the rest of their menu. This cozy spot also offers a full espresso menu, cold brew, smoothies, Italian sodas, and pastries made locally from scratch. Ready for happy hour? They also offer locally brewed beer and wine from Dry Comal Creek Vineyards.

Sample over 50 different flavors of fresh olive oil and balsamic vinegar fresh from the tap. Plus gourmet chocolate, pastas, pesto, sauces and so much more! This beautiful shop makes upscale ingredients delectably accessible. Not sure where to start? Try some samples to get you going. The staff knows every single item and can help with pairing suggestions and recipe ideas!

In a casually rustic setting where the all-sports TV's and air conditioning are always on, Mozie's features a full bar and all-day menu of favorite American classics. From the fresh and light fish tacos to the hearty and juicy Top Sirloin, this menu truly covers all the bases. Where else can you get a 100% beef hotdog grilled and topped with jalapeno mustard, dill relish, and/or sauerkraut? Nowhere, that's where. Belly up to the long bar and have a specialty cocktail or ice cold beer while you mull over the menu. It takes a while to make a selection when absolutely everything is craveable.

Locally sourced from Texas farmers, the River House has a menu that brings people together in the name of scrumptious food and feel-good atmosphere. This is the place you'll find home-cooked meals like chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, chicken pot pie, and even brisket enchiladas. But don't sleep through the weekend brunch! The Gruene Eggs and Ham Benedict is so rich and savory, it's the perfect companion to their classic mimosa.