Wunsche Bros. Cafe & Saloon


Address: Old Town Spring. 103 Midway, Spring, Texas 77373

Cost: Reasonable

Appropriate Age:  Any age
Our Review: Wunsche Bros. first opened in 1902 as a hotel and saloon. It is still operating today as a very popular cafe and saloon. The interior is a rough saloon with lots of charm.   There is plenty of free parking on the streets of Old Town Spring or in the lots.


We went on a Saturday at lunch time. It was very busy and we had a short wait. We were able to walk around Old Town Spring, so it was no big deal. Once we did get in, the staff was friendly and happy to have kids in the restaurant. They brought over crayons and high chairs and helped to get us settled.


Wunsche is famous for their sausage sauerkraut balls and their beer bread. You can find the full menu HERE.  I’d love to order nothing but beer bread and ice tea, but am afraid people might start to comment about my beer bread hips. As it was, I just ate my slice and the left overs from my kids and…


To go with my beer bread, I got the side Vegetable Plate ($7.99) with the choice of three side dishes. I got the green beans, garden salad and onion rings. The green beans have bacon in them… so vegetarians (like my mom who ordered the same thing) should beware. For me, it was all very good.


My kids got the chicken tenders ($4.75) and cheeseburger ($4.25).  Both baskets were big enough to feed and adult.  Service was fast and our drinks were kept full.


The food and service was all great, but it wasn’t the best part about the restaurant. Wunsche Bros. is right next to the railroad tracks. Several times during lunch, a freight train would rumble by outside and the floors would shake and my kids would have a front seat view of the diesel engines. The only thing better than this would be a train and a firetruck… and maybe a little construction.


For those keeping track, James was along for the trip, but even the saloon ruckus and trains couldn’t wake him up.

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Old Town Spring Home for the Holidays


Address: Old Town Spring. Spring is at the end of Spring-Cypress Road one mile east of Interstate 45 where Hardy Road crosses the railroad tracks.


Cost: Free

Appropriate Age: Any age

Our Review: Old Town Spring is about 25 miles from downtown Houston. It is a quaint little town with Victorian style shops and restaurants. It is located near the original rail yards built in the early 1900s. It is a fun place to shop any time of the year, but is especially charming at Christmas time. From November 12 to December 24, Old Town Spring hosts Home for the Holidays with entertainment and family activities.


All of the shops are decked out for the holidays. There are also special areas set up for train rides, a petting zoo, and pictures with Santa.


I took my kids last weekend and they had a blast. We went on Saturday at lunch time and were able to easily find free parking in the large lot. There is also street parking if you can find it.


We visited the petting zoo ($1 for feed) and the pony ride ($4 each). Their favorite was the train ride ($3 each) that took us around the Old Town Spring loop. There was a line for Santa, and we already visited him at the mall, so we skipped this part. There were also horse and carriage rides where the driver told you about the small town.


We also spent time shopping and eating. A favorite of ours is The Loose Caboose, a real caboose with a kitchen inside. Here you can get BBQ and the like and eat outside on picnic tables.


We also like Wunsche Bros, located right next to the train tracks. The food is good, and when the trains come by, the place shakes a little. The only thing better than this would be a train on the tracks and a firetruck on the street.


Go check out Home for the Holidays before Christmas. If you miss this, be sure to check out Old Town Spring any other day of the year. Even James loves this place.