The weather is getting warmer and the nights are getting longer here in central Texas, and it’s time to take your dining outdoors! Downtown Waco is full of opportunities to grab a bite to eat while taking full advantage of the sunshine or the cool evening breeze off the river, and The Cotton Palace Bed and Breakfast is located within minutes of some fabulous local dining!
Though your gourmet breakfast at The Cotton Palace Bed and Breakfast is sure to leave you anything but hungry, you might find yourself in need of a light lunch later in the day. Just a 10-minute stroll down the shady, tree-lined Austin Avenue will take you to Sironia’s, a collection of local boutique vendors boasting a great selection of unique gifts, apparel and home decor. Sironia’s is also home to Amelia’s on the Avenue, a cafe with a small patio where you can enjoy delicious soups, salads, and baked goods, all made fresh daily. The Amelia’s Trio, a plate with chicken salad, vermicelli salad, and fruit salad, is one of the most popular dishes, but be sure to save room for dessert, as they have an incredible selection of cakes and pies that are worth any amount of guilt. Be sure to plan ahead, as the cafe only serves lunch between 11:30 and 2:30, Tuesday through Saturday.
For “fine food, wine and conversation,” try 1424, a cozy bistro with delicious food and plenty of outdoor seating. Also a 10-minute walk from The Cotton Palace Bed and Breakfast, 1424 is perfect for a date night or a lunch with friends. The eclectic menu has a wide variety of appetizers and entrees, and includes options like escargot, orange vermouth seared scallops, and roasted lamb shank. While all the dishes are beautifully presented, the real show-stopper is the Saganaki “Flaming Kasseri Cheese,” which is lit on fire at your table and absolutely incredible! 1424 serves lunch from 11 am to 2 pm, Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, and has a happy hour from 5 pm - 7 pm, Tuesday through Thursday. Reservations are encouraged.
Whether you want something quick or just want to be closer to nature, check out the local food trucks parked at the corner of Franklin Avenue and University Parks Drive. Waco’s selection of food trucks has exploded in the past year, even boasting their own aisle at the Texas Food Truck Showdown earlier this month! Waco food trucks made us proud as they managed to bring home two of the awards at the event this year. Many of the food trucks travel around the downtown Waco area, so look them up on Facebook to confirm their location. However, you can usually count on Xristo’s (yummy gyros and other Greek cuisine), Billy Bob’s Burgers (winners of the People’s Choice award), Mrs. Thompson’s Most Wonderful Cupcakes (clear winners of the Best Dessert category), and 900 Degrees (delicious woodfire pizzas), to be parked side-by-side on University Parks Drive ready to satisfy the hunger of locals and visitors alike. Most of the food trucks serve lunch until 2 or 3 pm, or until they run out of food. Enjoy your meal on one of the tables provided, or take it to-go and walk across the street to Indian Springs Park. Find a shady spot on the banks of the Brazos River, stroll the riverwalk or head out on the Suspension Bridge for a great view of Baylor’s McLane Stadium!
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