One More Bite

The WacoFork Blog

As I sat at my usual watering hole on a slow Sunday night, piddling on my phone as we are wont to do these days, I came across something on Twitter that made perfect sense.

One of those "Yes!" moments.

And so, I arrived at Common Grounds a little before 9 a.m. to be there for the debut of Taqueria El Crucero breakfast burritos served at that location.

All of the things in the picture with this blog are things that we here at WacoFork want you to have. In fact, we're going to give them to you.

You're thinking there's a catch, right? There is, but not a big one.

Once upon a blissful time, I spent a pre-teen afternoon at my grandparents house gorging myself on flavored popcorn, chocolate cupcakes and root beer

I actually gave myself an upset stomach. A snack hangover if you will. Not to worry, though, I recovered in time to play golf with my granddad that evening.

I write that to write this, it has recently come to my attention that I could recreate that afternoon, if I wanted to, right here in town thanks to What About Cupcakes or The Olive Branch and the newly discovered Off The Cob Popcorn (they've been open since May and went into the WacoFork listings this week).

The dining options in downtown Waco dwindled slightly over the weekend as Billy Garrett opted to close Garrett's Casual Fine Dining.

Garrett, who will continue to run Secret Chef, said he made the decision about a week ago and closed Garrett's on Saturday.

The problem, he said, was plain and simple — not enough traffic.

I know I've written this before, but when I think about Chick-Fil-A, particularly the version located at New Road and Franklin, I think of Yogi Berra.

Berra is my second favorite historical baseball player (this signifies baseball players whom I never saw play in a game and Berra is behind Satchell Paige). The reason I like Berra — and I realize this is kind of obvious and maybe cliché — is because of his Yogi-isms.

In this case, I'm referring to Berra's lament that "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

I've been known to hop in my car and drive more than two hours into the hill country to eat at the pit-barbecue hot spot known as Llano, Texas, home of the original Cooper's.

In fact, I even wrote about Cooper's during the summer while my dad and I were playing golf just down the road in San Saba, Texas.

Well, I have good news, because if the folks opening up a new barbecue joint in McGregor can pull off what they're hoping to pull off, then those of who love places like Cooper's won't have to drive nearly as far.

As of Thursday afternoon, I'd eaten three different types of Asian food in three days — Japanese on Tuesday at Fuji, Thai on Wednesday at Bangkok Royal and Korean on Thursday at Kitok.

And because I'm playing golf in the Kyle Lake Foundation Golf Tournament on Friday, I needed to complete my Tour of Asia on Thursday evening with a stop in Vietnam.

I had options. Waco has a good selection of Vietnamese food with Clay Pot near Baylor and Pho Cafe Saigon in China Spring. But because I wanted kind of a light, chill dinner, I chose Club Sandwich.

Call it the "Kitok quandary."

I assume at least half the people who ever eat at Kitok struggle with the decision whether to take the easy way out and order a lip locker or to be a little more culturally sophisticated and order Korean food.

It's difficult for me to write about Bangkok Royal simply because I feel like there are several issues to address that begin with the name of the restaurant.

Don't misunderstand me, it's perhaps my favorite restaurant name in town.

But maybe the fact that the name is a conversation in and of itself means that I should begin by writing about the name. So I will.

In the so-far established tradition of WacoFork, I'm embarking on another theme week.

You may remember, during the summer I treated myself, and some other WacoFork friends joined me, for Mexican food week and barbecue week. It was as simple as it sounds. I ate Mexican food, or barbecue, for at least one meal per day all week. Well, now I'm doing it again, only with a little better plan of action.

It's not just Asian food week, it's "The WacoFork tour of Asia in Waco." I'm awesome at titles.