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.
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 early 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.
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