Carol Hill, whose River House Tea Room has won numerous awards, has opened the Buttermilk Cafe in New Braunfels.
The restaurant offers an upscale twist on classic comfort food, including meat loaf, roasted herb chicken, grilled pork chops, Swiss steak, a veggie plate, fried catfish, chicken and dumplings, and country ham, all available in small or large portions.
"If you're like us, family memories conjure up scenes of bountiful feasts so vivid you can smell 'em," she says on the restaurant's website
. "The joy of good food prepared by loving hands motivates hearty conversation as we gather around the dining table. That's our inspiration at Buttermilk Cafe. Market-fresh comfort foods prepared by people who love to cook, and love to eat."
Other items on the menu giving folks that down home feeling are biscuits and cornbread, fried okra, a bowl of beans and a soup of the day.
For now, the restaurant is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, but breakfast is coming soon. A preliminary copy of the breakfast menu I saw features the same homey goodness you'll find the rest of the day.
Hill has earned numerous awards including San Antonio Chef of the Year and Texas Chef of the Year, while her River House Tea Room in New Braunfels has earned the Achievement of Excellence Award from the American Culinary Federation.
The Buttermilk Cafe is at 1324 E. Common St., New Braunfels. Call 830-625-8700.