Since our great-great grandfather came over on the first boat with settlers from Germany to found New Braunfels, we periodically venture to New Braunfels to celebrate our German heritage.
This last trip war fantastisch (was fantastic) for two reasons: 1) Lots of our family members were there together, and 2) We had a blast at Friesenhaus Restaurant.
Coursing through my German veins is a passion for independently owned businesses in America. Perhaps it’s because of my heritage that I’m such a believer in living The Great American Dream.
Günter and Cornelia Dirks, came to New Braunfels from Germany with their family, just six years ago. They had that same dream in their hearts. Their story is told well on the “About” page of their website. They planted their authentic restaurant in the old Krause’s location (an endorsement in itself) with the goal of helping to preserve the German heritage and traditions of the area.
There were 13 of us dining that Saturday evening, so we ordered just about everything on the menu. Since I didn’t want to hopscotch over everyone else’s plates, I sampled a few that we personally ordered. We were told the Schnitzels were all good, so we ordered the two most popular ones. These were scrumptious. The prices tip-toed over our $10 mark in the evenings, so we shot a couple of pictures of lunch specials for you to
check out. I also tasted the sausage with sauerkraut and German potato salad. Sausage and sauerkraut make me think of my mama, so purely for that reason, I think it’s what I’ll order when I return.
The Dirks Family provides a really fun venue for the whole family on Friday and Saturday nights. The accordion player passes out lyrics to traditional songs for an old-fashioned sing-along. Once the accordion starts playing, children all come to the dance stage for a little
Kid-Friendly-Texas-Version-Polka Dancing (hardly recognizable to true polka enthusiasts, but clearly delightful for the kids).
Space limitations don’t allow me to tell you about all of the attractions at Friesenhaus, but there’s plenty of info to fill in the blanks on their website. Between the live German music, dancing, huge “Beer Boots,” gift shop, imported tea selection, bakery (did we mention Apple
Strudel?) and good food, Friesenhaus is absolutely a family adventure you won’t want to miss.
Glücklich Essen! (Happy Dining)