50 Things To Do in Greater Austin, TX #12 Walburg German Restaurant

12. Don’t Fear the Wurst! Go German (Texas Style) in Walburg!

Before I moved to Central Texas, I actually had no idea that there are tons of German folks living here and even many cities in the area with German names like Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, and Heidelburg. There’s even a German dialect here called Texas German or Texasdeutsch. Who knew?! 

fullsizerender-1I’m a Midwestern girl of German/Irish descent. So, let’s just say ‘I like me some German food!’ 😉 When I realized I now live right near a German town called Walburg and I heard about the Walburg German Restaurant & Biergarten, I knew it was only a matter of time until I tried it.

Glad I ended up there on a night that the Walburg Boys were playing. My friend Steve Quenan is the drummer and he had mentioned to me that they are one of the house bands. The ‘Boys’ are alot of fun! Here’s how they describe themselves on their Facebook page…

Genre: German, Country, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Polka, Waltz, Zydeco, Disco, Party, Blues            Influences: Ain’t but two kind – good and bad – and we have dabbled in both

I think that pretty much says it all.

The band was a blast and kept everybody entertained all night while we sampled the German beers (or biers) and feasted on the buffet. I like a little bit of everything so that was the way to go for me. I’ve had alot of good German food up in Chicago and so far, that can’t be beat! But, for a buffet in the middle of Texas, I’d say this one was pretty darn good! I was so happy that they had my sauerkraut and red cabbage-Yum! The brisket was mouthwatering too!

The venue is old school and very homey. It was built in 1882 and used to be the Walburg Mercantile way back when. There’s a warm, inviting fireplace and a wall of beer steins. German flags hang from the ceiling and the walls are covered with murals of mountains and towns that look like they are right out of ‘The Sound of Music’. The atmosphere is casual, lively, and lots of fun!

One of my favorite things about the place is the communal seating. The night I was there, my date and I were seated across from the nicest couple, John Hand and Saronna Maldonado. Saronna is a Texas girl and John is originally from Minnesota and lives down here for part of the year now. They have been to the Walburg German restaurant many times before and they love it! They like that the ‘communal tables create a very lively atmosphere.’ I totally agree and I’m sure this is especially true out in the Beer Tent. But, we were there on a chilly night in February, so no beer tent that night. But, I think I’ll head back up during Oktoberfest cuz I hear they do it up right!

It’s alot of fun meeting new folks in this way and Texas boasts more than her fair share of friendly and interesting people. Another one of my favorite new friends, who just happened to be at the restaurant that night, is Willi Eitel aka ‘Sunshine Willi’. He and his utterly adorable little dog, Priscilla, are regulars here. They love to listen to the German music and soak up the atmosphere! Willi is a retired music teacher from Munich, who has been visiting central Texas for over 20 years and finally settled here 2 years ago. He plays ‘Loffel’ (we call ’em Spoons) and lots of other instruments and sometimes he joins the bands up on stage!

So, as you can see, if you like fun music, hearty food, a great big beer selection, and awesome people, then you have lots of reasons to make your way on up to the Walburg German Restaurant ASAP! Parking is a breeze and there is lots of room for you and your friends. So, Kommen Sie zu Besuch, y’all! …that’s ‘Come Visit’, Texasdeutsch style! 😉

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