Friends, in the past two years, our town has welcomed some pretty fantastic newcomers to town.
To hit the highlights, Torchy's, Freebirds and BJ's Brewhouse have arrived and we have pretty solid information that In-N-Out will be coming in the near future. All of that development has happened alongside locals who are innovating and putting their money where their mouths are in terms of betting on Waco.
This is a quick-hit, weekend-starter post.
This is just me telling you one thing I have on my to-do list for the weekend. If you like, you can fill in with your plans in the comment section so that this can be a more well-rounded bulletin for all that's shaking in Waco today, Saturday and Sunday.
[ "How 'bout" is the logical next step to our tagline, "Where you wanna eat?" ]
Well known for its Oriental fries, Kitok pairs such a unique side with a strong diversity of burger options that have attracted attention from all across the state of Texas. The service too is something to smile about, as we have noted in the past, and the price of their menu is just right.
Last Friday, I shared a strawberry cream cake that I had purchased at Cafe Sironia with some good friends during a visit to my favorite local coffee shop and, as I cut into its deliciously balanced strawberry and vanilla flavors, random strangers began to approach me, asking where they could get their own creamy strawberry cake.
It was an interesting experience, I had originally brought the cake to share with my friends over some homework, but as the day went on, I had more and more people that I didn’t know asking if they could try it. Their remarks caught me by surprise.
The secret menu is real.
An abundance of articles can be found floating around the Internet claiming (insert favorite restaurant here) has a secret menu. Since everything you read on the World Wide Web should be approached with suspicion, one often wonders if any of this secret menu talk is real. Wanting to know the truth, I decided to visit some of the most popular places in Waco to see if a regular customer could really order something as crazy sounding as a “Quesarito,” and I was not disappointed.
Waco is seeing some huge growth.
New restaurants are moving into Waco, the music scene is bustling and there are new houses and apartments going up all over downtown. All of these things are good for our striving Waco economy, but with that success, however, comes failure. Places that were once beloved close and old town favorites become a thing of the past, while the new begins to infringe upon our experiences in our day-to-day lives.
I told you earlier this week that Longhorn Steakhouse was open on Franklin Avenue and I also told you I had penciled in dining there and specifically taking down their rib eye.
Done and done as Cory and I met there for lunch on Tuesday.
There’s a lot of folks in town who are excited about the Baylor’s new McLane Family Stadium, but for Buzzard Billy’s the new stadium is both a blessing and a curse.
“It’s been kind of hard just getting in some days,” Buzzard Billy’s manager Mike Hataway said. “But it really is getting better and better. We’re expecting big things when the stadium opens this August.”
BJ’s offers the beer dinner about once every quarter, the next one is being planned for either the end of April or the beginning of May, but at the time of writing, they haven’t decided. The dinner is priced at great value, $30 for nine beer tasters and five menu items. Heck yeah!
I just wanted to brag real quick about beginning the weekend a night early by attending the One Thirty Five Prime bourbon dinner featuring Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery.
My old friend Dr. Shawn Skeen and I signed up after we were given a friendly heads up by One Thirty Five Prime bartender extraordinaire Sarah Blocker. The menu was enough to sell us as it included pheasant, pork belly and venison.