Stone Hearth Indian Cafe, a new restaurant in downtown Waco, brings a different flavor for locals wanting to step out for lunch, dinner or a late-night snack.

Schmaltz’s Sandwich Shoppe … for Waco residents the name conjures up a favorite dish, from the mouth-watering namesake sandwich to its Wisconsin cheddar cheese soup, salads and even jalapeno cheese bread, only offered a few times each year.

When customers rave about the unusual flavor combinations, Stephanie Garman understands but is sometimes taken aback. For her, those dishes are everyday fare.

Beyond just a dessert for children, cupcakes are having their moments in the adult world, too.

A retreat from the everyday, One Thirty Five Prime is ideal for an extra-nice dinner out or for special occasions serving a few people or many.

When Noel Jaimes Sr. came to Texas from South Mexico by himself at the age of 19, he had a dream. Friends, family members, coworkers and later even his own wife would shake their head at his dream, but he promised them all he would achieve his goal.

The name Alpha Omega, encompassing the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, emulates a complete eating experience with menu items made from scratch and using the freshest ingredients.

The synergy is taking off as more people are discovering an area of town that is eclectic and welcoming.

When you think of the town of West, what comes to mind is kolaches, Czech heritage and longtime, influential families such as the Geriks. Anderson is probably not a surname that quickly comes to mind — but it should be.

Don Leal’s Restaurant in Robinson has not been content to stay with the same routine. Creating new dishes and expanding to a seven-day-a-week operation has helped the business thrive in its 18th year.

“I believe we provide a unique dining experience here in Waco that cannot be matched.”

The dynamic duo of cupcake bakers, Susie Hughlett and Branda Pavlas, may not be superheroes in the traditional sense. But they work a certain sweet magic in their shop, Cuppiecakes.

Four generations of good eats on historic Elm Avenue in East Waco.

Old World class, made-to-order cuisine and service that makes customers feel like family have earned the restaurant a loyal following.

Take the short road trip to Axtell BBQ for some classic Texas favorites, like brisket and sausage. Just don’t be fooled by the name or rustic location.

Much like the town of West itself, Picha’s Czech-American Restaurant is a cultural dichotomy that blends the best of both into an eclectic menu both European and Texan.

The Texas Cheese House, snuggled among the antique shops in historic “Old Town” Lorena, is the ultimate cheese lover’s paradise. The eatery’s menu offers a delicious assortment of entrees showcasing the artisan cheeses handcrafted onsite.

In a restaurant landscape dominated by drive-throughs, chains and a few landmark spots, one Waco eatery is happily bucking the trend away from downtown and Interstate 35 and is thriving in an area of Waco not known for dining.

Chuck’s Pizza, Pasta & Wings on Lake Shore Drive offers an alternative for today’s on-the-go families who appreciate the convenience of a restaurant meal, but wish to enjoy it in the comfort of their own homes.