The historic old post office, at 196 N. Castell, attracts a mailbag full of people everyday from 3:00 to 6:30. No, it’s not local business people rushing to beat the deadline to send mail. The 103 year old building, with the immense classic columns is not a post office anymore but many people, locals and tourists alike, think it’s where you’ll find the best happy hour in New Braunfels. Situated just a brief walk away from the downtown square, the old post office now houses McAdoo’s Seafood Company, featuring Creole and Cajun specialties.
Take a look around and you’ll discover many photos of the building’s construction. Look even closer and you’ll find that many pieces of equipment and machinery from the original post office have been reused for decoration. The website, www.mcadoos.com, explains that “in 1915, William G. McAdoo, then the Secretary of the Treasury, was commissioned to build the city of New Braunfels its first federally built United States Post Office. Once completed, the Post Office quickly became a first-class facility for locals to send and receive mail, conduct financial business in the Treasury Department, and as many have told it, “to catch up on the news and gossip around town.”
It’s the perfect place to enjoy Texas Creole favorites or authentic Cajun specialties like etouffée, gumbo, shrimp, cheese grits or fresh fish. You’ll find just the right atmosphere in either the indoor dining area with high ceilings and beautifully renovated wood and marble features, the Treasury Bar or the fully covered New Orleans-style courtyard where there is live music frequently. The patio is perfect most of the year and so is the Sunday brunch where you’ll find Cajun classics like Atchafalaya blackened catfish. McAdoo’s even offers custom creations, allowing you to choose two or three items from an extensive list to a DIY dream meal. Options include everything from seafood gumbo to jambalaya to brochette shrimp.
The sangria and wine selection is delicious and there are several favorites for sharing a small bite, like catfish fingers, seafood fondue and crab cake sliders, while enjoying a drink. The manager is quick to add, “Did we mention the Bloody Mary Bar? Start out with a glass of Tito’s vodka and add fixings to your heart’s content. It’s practically a buffet on its own.”
McAdoo’s is also a popular place for special occasions. They have the perfect spot to make special events ones to remember. The banquet room or the Postmaster’s Office, will comfortably seat up to 40 guests while the courtyard will accommodate over 80 guests.
You will definitely want to send word about this phenomenal Cajun-style seafood and upscale restaurant. McAdoo’s Seafood Company’s happy hour drink specials, appetizer specials and a great time, any time, fits your expectations to the… letter.