The Clay Pot
416 Franklin Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays
Alcohol: BYOB, but beer and wine permit applied for.
On the menu: Vietnamese cuisine, including pho and bun nuoc (Vietnamese soups), clay pot dishes, noodle dishes, spring rolls. Beverages include bubble tea and Vietnamese coffee
Good to know: The Clay Pot’s new location has a spring roll bar and an outdoor patio complete with fountain.
Restaurant origin: Owners Thanh Le and Phong Le relocated their restaurant from its longtime Interstate 35 location near Baylor University to downtown, opening in October with a grand opening on Nov. 6.
Brown House Cafe
9110 Jordan Lane, Woodway
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays. Breakfast menu served 8-11 a.m., full menu after 11 a.m.
Alcohol: No. BYOB.
On the menu: Steaks, seafood, soups, sandwiches, salads. Desserts made fresh daily.
Good to know: Family home recipes used for many menu items, including chicken-fried steak, a customer favorite, and pies. Grilled salmon and catfish popular items on Fridays as is handmade chicken salad.
Restaurant origin: Owners Danny and Laurie Brown, who started with a cafe in McGregor in 2015, opened their Woodway location in July 2017.
Hecho En Waco
300 S. Sixth St., Suite B
Hours: 7 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily.
Price: $$ (see below)
Alcohol: Yes. Full bar available.
On the menu: Regional Mexican cuisine including enchiladas, carnitas, fajitas, quesadillas and moles.
Good to know: Dishes prepared with an eye to healthy eating with more vegetables, less fat. Specialty margaritas featuring cucumber, jalapenos, pineapple or avocado.
Restaurant origin: Owners Lupita and Pedro Leon opened their restaurant on Sept. 9.
Butter My Biscuit
1427 S. Valley Mills Drive (inside King’s Landing Games)
Hours: Full menu available 4-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Saturdays; partial menu served during King’s Landing hours, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays.
Price: $ (see below)
Takeout: Yes. Curbside pickup, catering also available.
Alcohol: Craft beer on tap with domestics, wine.
On the menu: Scratch-made biscuits with meal toppings or sandwich fillings, baked potatoes, soups, salads. 18 different add-ons for biscuits and potatoes.
Good to know: Buttermilk and Texas jalapeño biscuits served daily with other flavors including garlic parmesan, Guinness “Irish tenor” and sweet biscuits. Bacon pimento tomato sandwich on biscuit or sourdough bread is a customer favorite as are Saturday morning breakfast specials.
Restaurant origin: Owner and head chef Lee Bankston opened Butter My Biscuit in December 2016.
300 S. Sixth St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.
Takeout: Yes. Special orders also accepted.
On the menu: Pies in 16 flavors and styles including fruit (apple, cherry, blackberry, strawberry/rhubarb), chocolate, pecan, key lime, buttermilk and coconut.
Good to know: Sold by the slice, whole pie and mini pies (single). Crusts are handmade daily. Strawberry/rhubarb and raspberry/rhubarb are customer favorites.
Restaurant origin: The original Pie Peddlers opened in Glen Rose 15 years ago. Owners Summer and Wade Redwine opened the Waco location at Mary Avenue Market on June 23.
Krab Kingz XI
Food truck court at 201 S. University Parks Drive
Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.
Takeout: Yes. Phone-in orders accepted.
On the menu: Southern-style boiled crab and shrimp served with six seasoning/sauces available.
Good to know: Seafood platters include sides of potatoes, corn, sausage and boiled egg; one platter can serve two people. Cajun and honey-garlic sauces are customer favorites.
1211 Speight Ave.
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Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and Mondays. Closed Sundays and Tuesdays.
On the menu: Wraps and salads, fruit bowls, hummus, fresh fruit smoothies, vegan dishes.
Good to know: Drinks include those from green coffee extracts and no-added-sugar fruit syrups. Chips and hummus made from scratch. Take-home meals prepared by CTL+ALT+EAT available. Lifestyle shop also sells hand-sewn clothing, custom-made hats, essential oils.
Olive Branch Express
624 Washington Ave.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.
Takeout: Yes. Patio and interior seating also available.
Alcohol: Customers may bring their own.
On the menu: “Grab-and-go” prepared sandwiches, salads and chef-prepared meals from main Olive Branch menu, breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
Good to know: Take-home meals available. Frozen coffee, fruit slushes are customer favorites. Patio is dog-friendly. Location available for weekend rentals.
Stone Hearth Indian Cafe
506 Austin Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.
Takeout: Yes. Delivery also offered.
Alcohol: BYOB with corking fee. Beer and wine permit pending.
On the menu: A variety of Indian regional dishes. Curries (including tikka masala, vindaloo, rice-based biryanis, korma, saag, samosas, naan; desserts (including kheer (rice pudding), ras malai, galub jamun); lassi (yogurt-based drinks).
Good to know: Customer favorites include butter chicken, masala goli, goat vindaloo and saag paneer. vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Customers can choose from five levels of spiciness and order larger meat portions on dishes. Some customers order extra naan with meal orders.
821 Clifton Street
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.
Takeout: Phone orders for pickup
On the menu: Southern home cooking with meatloaf, smothered pork chops, chicken, catfish, short ribs, barbecue; sides including mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, butter beans, black-eyed peas, yams.
Good to know: Specialties include oxtail soup, cabbage-and-greens and the Texas Fat Boy sandwich (one or more hamburger patties between two grilled cheese sandwiches).
Big Pop’s Old Fashioned Burgers
324 David Drive (corner of Fourth Street and David Drive)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Takeout: Phone orders for pickup
On the menu: Hamburgers and cheeseburgers with variations such as jalapeno, fish, chili pie, taco and chicken burgers; tacos, sandwiches, chicken tenders; sides include french fries, onion rings, fried pickles.
Good to know: Burgers prepared on site to customers’ request. Basket specials Tuesdays through Thursdays. Fried pickles a customer favorite.
Guess Family Barbecue
Located at 324 S. Sixth St.
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Hours: 11 a.m. to sellout Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Price: $-$$ (see guide)
Takeout: Customers can phone in advance meat orders by Wednesday and get a $2/pound discount
On the menu: Brisket, pork spare ribs, beef and pork sausage, chicken and pulled pork, sold by the half-pound; sides of cole slaw, beans, Mexican street corn-on-the-cob, tomato salad or cheese grits, depending on availability.
Good to know: Meat and side dishes all locally sourced. Meat and sides cooked over a fire, not stove or oven.