Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gourmage -- Good in New Braunfels

Last Friday Denny and I celebrated the end of the work week by sipping and snacking at Gourmage.  Stephanie Richardson, the owner, stood behind the cheese counter, making sure everyone got what they wanted. She's owned this cute shop/cafe for a couple of years and the town is richer for it. 

The shop carries a blend of comestibles and decoratives.  I tend toward the food end--unique cheeses and matching wines, a quartet of good olive varieties, the best french baguettes in 50 miles.  Plus things I'd never think of, like house-made marshmallows in black cherry, dulce de leche, lavender honey, Chai Spice and tomorrow's inspiration flavor. 

And oh yes, house-made ice cream.  You wouldn't believe the tangy goodness of goat cheese ice cream or the hot bite of spice as cinnamon slides down your throat.  And rumor has it that sugar-cured jalapeno slivers will soon spike the avocado ice cream. 

The cafe section is open for brunch/lunch.  

Try the chocolate croissant for a worthy calorie-splurge wake-up.  

Lunch fare includes house-made soups and salads, and sandwiches you won't find anywhere else. I love the roasted duck breast on sourdough. Denny loves the chicken salad.  

But I'm having lustful thoughts about exotic grilled cheese -- Harvarti with rosemary ham, or Washed-rind Chimay cheese with salty-sweet house-made Bacon Jam or Nutty Manchego cheese with thinly-sliced salty prosciutto and sweet fig preserves. 

Don't take my word for the experience, wander down to New Braunfels' historic downtown and give Gourmage a try for yourself.  

Say hello to Stephanie for me.

Gourmage 
270 W San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130 
(830) 214-6471, gourmage@gmail.com
    
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Light breakfast and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Copyright 2009-2012 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

7 comments :

Elizabeth said...

The sandwiches sounded especially divine to me -- the cheeses, too.

I have been meaning to email you to let you know how much I enjoyed Denny's book. I am putting into practice some of his advice and am grateful to read such a clear and loving voice. I will keep you posted on how it all goes -- please tell him, though, how good I think it is and how unique and easily read the format. I love the character parts most --

N2 said...

You write wonderfully generous posts about the sweet spots in your area, Kathleen. This one made me want to join you at Gourmage for lunch. x0 N2

Pit said...

Hi Kathleen,
Thanks for the tip! Sounds like a place I need to explore sometime soon. Normally we go - as we did last Friday - to the Friesenhaus there, as I - naturally - like to have German food once in a while, and theirs is really good and authentic. And I also like to buy their sausages [Mettwurst & Landjaeger] and tinned herring. Everything soooooo yummy!
Best regards,
Pit
P.S. re rain gauge here: we've had 15.43 inches so far this year, and that's more than in the whole of 2011 [15.3 inches]. Wonderful, isn't it? Let's pray for more, though, as this country desperately needs it still.

Abbey said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I am going to stop in the next time my I-35 travels take me through New Braunfels.

Desert Dweller said...

Looks good! I keep telling myself that for every good restaurant I see in TX, that is one good mountain bike ride. Keeps me from gluttony!

R. Sherman said...

Sounds like the place to grab stuff for a a picnic. I need to find such a place in my neck of the woods.

Cheers.

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The good surrounding can affect our appetite. Nice and clean places can encourage me to eat more.