Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar

1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130 | Get Directions
Phone: 830-625-0684
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Trek an hour south of Austin to the quaint historic district of Gruene, where you’ll find not only the state’s oldest dance hall but also a chicken-fried steak worth the requisite post-meal nap. Formerly the boiler room for the town’s cotton gin, the rickety three-story Gristmill, on the banks of the Guadalupe River, was transformed into a restaurant in 1977. Ever since, it’s been a beacon for chicken-fried steak fans, thanks to a fluffy-but-still-crispy buttermilk batter that barely clings to the cubed steak, which is packed loosely to maximize the juicy flavors.

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