Editor’s note: Nibbles is Access Waco’s bi-weekly mini-profile of Waco-area restaurants and food trucks that are new or have had a major change in menu or operations.
Past Nibbles run weekly with the latest Nibbles added and the oldest deleted.
Bella Luna Italian Bistro
5804 Bosque Blvd.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Alcohol: Yes. Full bar.
On the menu: Steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta, pizza.
Good to know: Customer favorites include the salmon piccata, red snapper and steaks.
Restaurant origin: Owner Edmond Metalia opened his restaurant in the former Chili’s building Feb. 5.
1117 Speight Ave., behind Dancing Bear Pub
On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sundays.
Alcohol: No, but available at Dancing Bear Pub
On the menu: Tonkotsu (pork-based broth) and miso (chicken-based broth) ramen, steamed pork and beef buns, beef lemongrass skewers, edame.
Good to know: Guess Family Barbecue supplies the smoked brisket and pork rib meat used in the ramen. Vegetarian options to be added later. Japanese sodas and green tea also available.
Restaurant origin: Owned by Reid Guess of Guess Family Barbecue, koKo Ramen opened Jan. 8 under Cade Mercer as operator.
Texas State Technical College Culinary Arts Connection
Greta W. Watson Culinary Arts Center, Campus Drive and Eighth Street
Hours: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through April 20
On the menu: Menu features a weekly food theme with appetizers, entrees and dessert. Beverages include soft drinks, tea, coffee and specialty coffees.
Good to know: Patrons who wish to dine in should arrive between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Customers can order a meal to go at the counter.
March 14 and 16: Louisiana bayou
March 21 and 23: Mediterranean
March 28: Chef’s choice
April 6: Chef’s choice
April 11 and 13: Chef’s choice
April 18 and 20: Live action buffet
1102 Bubble Tea and
Coffee Secret Garden
804 S. Seventh St., Suite 103
On Facebook and Yelp
Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays
On the menu: Milk tea, tea (black, oolong, green), ice-blend drinks, smoothies, coffee, Italian sodas, drinkable sorbets.
Good to know: Hot pot milk tea offerings allow customers to choose flavor and toppings. Light-bulb milk tea served in light bulb-shaped glassware. Plant pod ice cream shaped to resemble plant pods.
Restaurant origin: Owner Huy Hong, whose family operates another location in Arlington, opened the Waco store in early January.
Milo Biscuit Company
Near Pinewood Roasters, 2223 Austin Ave., Mondays-Saturdays.
Near The Wine Shoppe, 1800 Austin Ave., Wednesdays-Saturdays .
On Facebook and at milowaco.com
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. mornings, 5-9 p.m. evenings. Times subject to change.
Price: $ for mornings, $-$$ for evenings
Alcohol: No, but alcohol served at The Wine Shoppe.
On the menu: Morning menu features locally sourced, biscuit-based sandwiches featuring pork, sausage, bacon, chicken, turkey or ground beef. Evening menu will change often with such items as gourmet burgers and short ribs, vegetable dishes and sides.
Good to know: Menu items emphasize local sourcing whenever possible, high quality food, seasonal offerings and creative recipes.
Restaurant origin: Owner and chef Corey McEntyre is moving his Milo Biscuit Company food truck to new locations after two years of operation at Magnolia Market at the Silos. His Milo restaurant at 1020 Franklin Avenue is expected to open in 2018.
Mi Jalisco Grill #2
800 S. Seventh St., Suite 1
On Facebook and at mijaliscogrill2.com
Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends
Takeout: Yes. Drive-through service also available.
On the menu: Enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, gorditas, seafood.
Good to know: Customer favorites include huevos rancheros and the parrillada mix.
Restaurant origin: Owner Salvador Leon, who uses family recipes in his restaurants, opened his second Mi Jalisco Grill in November.
Amo La Pizza
Mary Avenue Market, 324 S. Sixth St. (weekdays)
Valley Mills Vineyards, 8532 N. State Highway 6 (Saturdays)
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 6-10 p.m. Saturdays
On the menu: Personal-sized pizzas (8-9”) with standard toppings, plus flatbread.
Good to know: Hand-stretched pizza using the same dough as 900 Degrees Wood Fired Pizzeria, cooked in a gas oven.
Restaurant origin: Owners Caleb and Laury Duty debuted their food truck during the recent Waco Wonderland at Heritage Square.