Happy Friday! I hope you've had a wonderful week. Since I've wrapped up sharing my Memphis trip, I've been sharing about various places here and there. Today, I'm excited to share my favorite restaurants where we live, Waco, Texas. There are so many delicious places to dine in Waco, and new ones are always popping up here and there. But these are my staple faves!
Baris • Hands down my favorite Italian restaurant in town. You'll enjoy watching pizza dough being thrown, stories for the Italian lady who owns the joint, and the incredible pasta dishes. My favorite is the Chicken Cardinal. Be sure to try the pink sauce!
Heitmiller's Steakhouse • Our favorite spot for steaks and cocktails, Heitmiller's has been loved by Waco for as long as I can remember. With the expansion of I35, they have a fancy new location, and the food is better than ever! Dinner rolls with cinnamon butter, rib-eye steaks, and, though I know there are much better drinks on the menu, a strawberry daiquiri in a Big-O are my faves! And, if you are brave, try the calf fries!
Heritage Creamery • For a delicious dessert, pop by Heritage Creamery, next to the now famous Common Grounds coffee shop. Enjoy an ice cream treat in a variety of homemade flavors along with a homemade cone! You can even splurge for a cookie ice cream sandwich.
El Conquistador • My favorite Tex-Mex food in town is El Conquistador, or "El Con" for us locals. The chips & queso are delicious, fajitas amazing, and enchiladas my favorite. Be sure to compliment your meal with a Big Red to drink!
Alpha Omega Grill & Bakery • When I'm in the mood for something different, Alpha Omega is always a great choice. The authentic Greek cuisine is to die for! I love their variety of gyros, and the Greek Feta Fries are amazing! The owner is also a wonderful baker, trying out new treats, so you'll never know what you'll find for dessert.
Portofino's • Another delicious Italian spot is Portofino's in downtown Waco. Right across the street from the famous Hippodrome Waco Theater, where Elvis Presley & John Wayne were once spotted, Portofino's is a great spot for a yummy pasta dish, or my choice, pizza.
Hey Sugar • A great spot to take the kiddos for a treat is Hey Sugar. Enjoy soda in a glass bottle, homemade chocolate treats, or nostalgic candies. I love the cute marquee sign and cute vintage chairs out front to enjoy my chocolate covered potato chips and glass bottle Big Red! #allaboutbigred
Tony Demaria's BBQ • Though I'm not a huge bar-b-que fan, I will make an exception for Demaria's! Nestled in an up and coming historical area off of Elm Street, this spot is my favorite for BBQ in town. Get in line early (they close at 1pm; closed Sundays), or they may run out! My go to meal here? A "Small Order" with a canned Big Red!
Ninfa's • An excellent location if you are in town to visit Magnolia Market. Just down the way from my favorite shop, Spice Village, and on the trolley route to Magnolia Market, so you can hit several Waco staples without having to get in the car and find a new place to park. Be sure to try their Ratones, crawfish enchiladas, and famed Spiderman frozen cocktail to wash it all down!
Dubl-R Burgers • This hole-in-the-wall burger joint is the best spot for an old fashioned, homemade burger in town. They have even been featured on the Food Network! A local lunch favorite, the building and inside isn't much to look at, but you'll soon forget that once you have your first bite of made-for-you burger & curly fries.
Buzzard Billy's • Our hands down favorite spot for seafood in town, Buzzard Billy's puts the spice in cajun! When in season, they are my go to for boiled crawfish and the fixings, but their Chicken Fettuccine Alfredeaux or Shrimp La Grange are also at the top of my list! On a warmer day, sit out on the patio to catch gorgeous views of the Brazos River, or request a booth by the windows facing the West to watch the sunset.
Like I said, these are a few of my favorite, locally owned spots to eat or get a treat. There are so many more great restaurants to try, so I'd love to hear if there are others in Waco that you love! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hey their airplane enthusiasts, I've got a treat for you today! A couple of weekends ago, Lovely & I ventured out to the Heart of Texas Airshow just a few miles from our home. Though the show's planes tend to fly over our house, we just couldn't pass up the chance to be front and center. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were in town for the show, and boy did that bring it! The airshow features pilots & planes from all across the U.S. They have the most incredible talent, stamina for the twirly, swirly tricks, and beautifully painted planes. A couple of the pilots were in their 80s! Talk about living life!
The yearly event is perfect for the whole family, though a little pricey. If you plan on trying to catch 2018's show, I recommend buying tickets in advance on the HOT Airshow Website for a bit of a discount. But you definitely catch an amazing show, and fun for the whole family with vendors, food, military planes you can tour, and much more. The two of us had a blast, and look forward to heading back next year.
Now that the weather is getting nicer, we are spending more time at one of our favorite places in town, the Brazos River, namely Cameron Park & Indian Spring Park. I lump these together because they sort of mesh and run together along the Brazos River. You can often find kids playing on the playgrounds here, families feeding the ducks, college students enjoying a round of Frisbee golf, a mom enjoying a walk with her kiddos, or couples bicycling along the paved walkways. There's so much to do along the riverwalk at these parks. We love to take our pups to walk along the banks of the river, through the trails of Cameron Park, and across the bridges at Indian Spring Park.
I often feel like it's our very own Central Park right in Waco, Texas. When you're in the midst of enjoying the nature around you, you forget you are right in the middle of a thriving & growing metropolis. You can truly (trust me, stay on those trails) get lost in the middle of the city here. There's always something to see and do, animals to watch, or games to be played. Like Central Park is to New York City, these parks are a gem to our Wacotown. I always encourage friends & family to "discover a bit of home" via Cameron Park and the other parks along the Brazos River. So if you're ever in town, park yourself on a bench along the beautiful Brazos and take in the untouched beauty that Waco, Texas has to offer.
If you follow along with me on Instagram, you saw I took a friend through a little adventure through town over the weekend. We went to some of my favorite spots in Waco, including Magnolia Market. But, I feel like folks forget, or don't realize, there is so to do & see here. Made famous by Magnolia Market + Fixer Upper, the Alico Building (one of the first skyscrapers in Texas), and the Waco Suspension Bridge (cattle from the historic Chisholm Trail once crossed here), Waco, Texas has so much to offer! So I put together a little "bucket list" for Waco, Texas to share with you today.
My list includes parks, restaurants, museums, and my favorite shops! I've made a little map for you, but I'm also including more details that aren't listed, so be sure to read on!
1. Cameron Park • Our favorite spot for dogs walks, to enjoy nature, or hike. The park is over 400 acres, and boasts some of the best views in the city! We love the River Trail for walks with the pups and feeding the ducks.
2. Spice Village • Hands down my favorite shopping spot in town! You'll find everything from antiques, home decor, clothes, gifts, and more.
3. Restoration Crown • Another fun spot for home decor in town. You'll know you've arrived by the turquoise station wagon out front. Check out their Instagram for the latest sales!
4. The Craft Gallery • I've been shopping here with my mom since I was a kid. It's a top spot for one of a kind gifts by local artisans.
5. Heitmiller Steakhouse • Our favorite locally owned restaurant and bar. Perfect for drinks after work or dinner for a special occasion. Try the Big O' Strawberry Daiquiri and, if you're brave, the Calf Fries.
6. Parker's Park at West • This park was thought up and brought to life by sweet Parker himself. It's dedicated to his dad and others who lost their lives during the West Fertilizer Plant Explosion on April 17, 2013. Parker enjoyed the West Park before the explosion demolished it, so he came up with a plan to rebuild his favorite spot. Parker's Park doesn't disappoint and can be enjoyed by all!
7. Gerik's Bakery • By pass the famous Czech Stop, and pop in to Gerik's Bakery for the best kolaches in West. Grab my favorite, the strawberry cream cheese puff to curb your sweet tooth. Don't forget to take a few home to freeze for later too!
8. Texas Rangers Hall of Fame & Museum • Learn about Texas history and this cool museum. You'll see artifacts from Texas Rangers' criminal cases throughout the years, enjoy seeing detailed weaponry, and incredible paintings depicting all the Rangers do for Texas.
9. Waco Hippodrome Theater • One of my hands down favorite places in Waco, Texas. This old theatre has served as a live theatre and picture show for many years. It's hosted the likes of Elvis Presley & John Wayne. It's recently been restored to show multiple movies as well as live theatre. The neon sign alone as worth the visit!
10. Cameron Park Zoo • Waco's zoo doesn't disappoint! It's not too big, not too small, and offers a wide variety of exhibits. My favorites are the lemur & otter exhibits. Hop across the street to the Earle-Harrison House & Pape Gardens to get lost in a garden oasis right in the middle of town.
Check out this and so much more during your visit to Waco! I'll be sharing more on Wacotown soon, so be sure to check back!
Can you believe it's already almost 2016? This year has been full to the brim with blessings and adventures near and far. This past year, I've really taken time to explore more right at home. Waco, Texas is overflowing with great places to visit and things to see. A major highlight for Waco this year was the opening of Magnolia Market at the Silos.
Magnolia and Waco have been made famous by HGTV's Fixer Upper, and the town hasn't been the same since! Magnolia Market is frequented by people from all over the country, putting Waco on the map. I have visited Magnolia twice since it opened at the Silos, including the grand opening. I visited for Fall and again in December. I took a million pictures to capture this great, family place. Not only is there shopping, there are plenty of things for the whole family, a lawn for games, a garden, outdoor kids reading area, food trucks, and, in 2016, a bakery (just announced yesterday). I definitely recommend getting there early if you plan on visiting, after that there are plenty of places nearby to visit. I'll do a whole post on that soon! For now, here are lots of photos of Magnolia Market at the Silos for you to enjoy.