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Best places in Waco?

Kitok's is still there. Looooove me one of their burgers.

Buzzard Billy's moved across the river to Dock's old location--the one next to I-35 that hangs over the river. Just tried the new location and it's pretty good. The portions are huuuuge.

Marie Callander's isn't even here anymore. Went out of business. I think the Cameron Trading Company? or one of the antique places downtown sells homemade pies, though. Haven't tried it myself, but that's the only pie place I can think of in Waco.

(Oh, and the Dude--DQ's chicken-fried steak burger--is my favorite thing there. I can't find it out of state and that makes me very, very sad.)

Jun 23, 2008
puffalumps in Texas

Regional Fast-Food Chains

I wish someone had a recorder out when this happened...

...we caught our HS principal professing his love for Dick's. The whole conversation sounded way, way, way naughtier than it actually was.

Jun 23, 2008
puffalumps in Chains

Best places in Waco?

Buzzard Billy's actually moved across the river from downtown now--where Dock's used to be in that building next to 35 that's built over the river. Just tried the new location and it's pretty good--the portions are huge, too.

Big fan of Cricket's, too. Their quesadillas and CFS are divine...not to mention the beer selection.

And yes, Dairy Queens here rock. I can't find a Dude (burger with chicken-fried steak) out of state. That's my favorite thing at DQ. :o)

Jun 23, 2008
puffalumps in Texas

Best places in Waco?

Haha, yep--just found it the other day when I was looking for somewhere new to take my folks in town.

And yes, I do enjoy the George's. A lot.

Jun 23, 2008
puffalumps in Texas

Regional Fast-Food Chains

In Texas, we have a small Spanish-speaking chain in town called Taqueria Arandas. Good Mex-Mex. Freebird's is like Chipotle, but soooo much better, IMHO. Also, Rudy's, Bodacious, and Dickey's for BBQ. Bush's and Chicken Express for fried chicken. DoubleDave's Pizzaworks. Katie's Frozen Custard. Braum's for burgers, ice cream, and even groceries. And Texas Burger.

Our Dairy Queens in TX are a bit different, too--I can't find a Dude (a hamburger with chicken-fried steak in place of the patty) out of state, which is a shame because that's my favorite thing there.

In Washington, there was Ivar's, Taco Time, Shari's (not fast food--sort of like a west-coast Denny's), and Azteca was starting to branch out and compete with Taco Time when I left. And I do second the love for Dick's...[insert bad pun here].

Jun 20, 2008
puffalumps in Chains

Has anyone ever had a good experience at IHOP?

Hear, hear!

We called ours the Holy Cathedral of Pancakes. There's just something about that pointy roof...

Jun 20, 2008
puffalumps in Chains

'FESS UP! You know you love chains!

Oh dear...I second all the Sonic-love...the first thing I wanted when I came back to Texas was a chili cheese coney.

Other places:
Taco Bell: chicken quesadillas, ranchero chicken soft tacos, beef meximelts, cheesy gordita crunches, and can they PLEASE bring back the zesty nachos with the baja sauce on top? oh yes.
Red Lobster: cheesy garlic biscuits.
Fazoli's: breadsticks
Long John Silver's: cod...in THAT batter...with lots of malt vinegar
Cotton Patch: Shiner-batter fish & chips
Posados: queso...on everything.
Ivar's fast-food joints: clam chowder
Olive Garden: endless salad, breadsticks
McDonald's: sausage egg McMuffins with cheese, breakfast burritos, and I really miss the breakfast bagel sandwiches
Whataburger: taquitos after everything closes
Panera: sun-dried tomato cream cheese, Greek salad
Carino's: that olive oil and bread
Starbucks: passion tea lemonade, the sammiches
Red Robin: three cheese cheeseburger
Krispy Kreme: the original glazed doughnuts
Popeye's: spicy chicken
Cheesecake Factory: white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake, Godiva cheesecake
Jack in the Box: breakfast sandwiches
Chili's: southwestern eggrolls, spinach and artichoke dip, quesadilla explosion salad
Ninfa's: the Ninfarita...oh boy.
Krystal burgers

Jun 20, 2008
puffalumps in Chains

Best places in Waco?

I can't find a recent Waco topic, so here goes.

What's everyone else's favorite spots? Anything off the beaten path to try? Anywhere new open up?

Jun 20, 2008
puffalumps in Texas

Absolute best burger in Texas?

Some relative in the Jucy's family opened up Burgers Only in Overton--has anyone tried it yet? Does it measure up to Jucy's?

(If all else fails, AJ's in Overton makes a darn fine burger, IMHO. Maybe not the best in the state per se, but it's a definite surprise in Overton.)

Jun 20, 2008
puffalumps in Texas

Absolute best burger in Texas?

I second the Health Camp nod. There's probably some fancy gourmet burger place out there that I'd like better for burgers, but as far as greasy guilty pleasures--Health Camp.

The sides--namely the tots and the shakes/malts--make the meal, IMHO.

Jun 20, 2008
puffalumps in Texas

Chili's

Amen!

I was a TX transplant in WA...imagine how dismayed I was to find that Chili's--somewhere we never went to much in TX, but knew was based in TX anyway--didn't have real chili.

But it does have a queso-like substance that wasn't bad. It and Z'Tejas were the only restaurants we could find in the Seattle area with some kind of tasty Tex-Mex-like cheese dip on our end of the 'burbs.

I recommend the appetizer sampler. Deep-fried goodness. Get a couple of the dips to do with said friedness. It'll do.

The CFS will do in a pinch, too.

But their chili? Good riddance. Damn yankees and their damn beans!

Jun 18, 2008
puffalumps in Chains

California dessert wine

I don't know why, but everyone's recommended the Bonny Doon Framboise, but it doesn't do much for me. Kind of tastes syrupy.

Either find a small-small batch berry wine and get it locally (best wine I've ever had: a blackberry up in WA made in tiny batches--I couldn't remember the name in a million years, either), or try for a Moscato. Even Texas moscatos aren't that bad.

Jun 18, 2008
puffalumps in Wine

Is corkage the way to go?

My solution? Find a place with no cork fee. Ever. And then try EVERYTHING.

There's a Vietnamese-American place in my town that serves a little bit of everything and never, ever charges corkage. So, I try a little bit of everything there with a little bit of every wine. Try before taking it out on a date, I say. Then the corkage will be worth it 'cause you've found the perfect thing to do with beef this, chicken that, etc.

I don't really like the cork fees anyway. I don't see how BYOB/corkage encourages anyone to drink a better wine when most folks will be trying for the best wine they can get for the best price. If it's <$8, then so be it, and all the better, right? When corkage isn't there or is really, really cheap...then go for it!

I'm definitely not fond of a banded corkage, though. WTF will they do when someone brings in something not on their list?!

Jun 18, 2008
puffalumps in Wine

Subs, Hoagie's, etc.

In central Texas, it's a sub. On rare occasions, someone will call one a subway, kind of like a tissue's called a kleenex.

Or a sammich, if you're being cute. ;o)

Po' boy here usually refers to a certain kind of sandwich at a Cajun restaurant.

I did see an ad for subs at a gas station that called them "stuffed flats," though. I've never seen that before.

Jun 18, 2008
puffalumps in General Topics