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Staying in a Fixer Upper house next week. Have some question

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Staying in a Fixer Upper house next week. Have some question

My daughters and I are having a girl week in Waco. Our accommodation is the "German Schmere" house seen in the show Fixer Upper. Our evenings are going to be spent in the house cooking and enjoying the home and each other but our days will be spent touring the city. I have been there with my husband, but my grown daughters have not.

1. Is there a good deli or market we could order a charcuterie, nice cheese, dried fruits, nuts and wine? I'm bringing a couple of special bottles from home, but am hoping to find a "gourmet" shop that has everything.

2. Also looking for a good butcher shop to buy nice, grass fed beef steaks and fresh, wild caught salmon to grill.

3. Please list your favorite restaurant and why. We aren't looking for the most expensive nor the most trendy. Rather, we like small, chef owned restaurants which care about the food, where it comes from, the preparation, etc. It can be a hole in the wall Mexican food place which is family owned and uses grandma's recipes or it can be fine dining.

4. We are doing the Magnolia store, cupcakes, food trucks, coffee, breakfast restaurant, etc. What are some other fun stores and coffee shops nearby?

5. Finally, we are going to the Dr. Pepper cafe for a float. I've toured the museum and loved it but don't think the girls will so we are skipping that. Are there other similar unique places in Waco which have a one of a kind experience like having a original recipe Dr. Pepper ice cream float?

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Marlin Texas USA
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1. Re: Staying in a Fixer Upper house next week. Have some question

Hope you and your daughters enjoy every moment of your weekend!

As to a deli or gourmet shop, I'd suggest going to one of the big HEB groceries (there is one on Wooded Acres) and browse their deli section for meats and cheeses. Think of it as a "build your own" charcuterie. There is also a good selection of wines, but Twin Liquors https://twinliquors.com/ has a better selection at better prices. The dried nuts and fruits are also at HEB.

Favorite restaurant? Waco isn't exactly known for fine dining, and is overrun with chain restaurants, but if you like Italian food, Bella Luna https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie… is excellent, in my opinion. I cook a lot of Italian dishes quite well, and they have me beat, hands down.

Look into going to Homestead Heritage https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Revie… for shopping for home-made, hand-made goods from the weavers, blacksmith, potters, and others in the community. Their cafe is constantly rated top in the area--everything grown and made on the premises.

A good butcher shop is Waco Custom Meats and Seafood. I think they also have a small gourmet foods section.https://www.wacocustommarketplace.com/ When we have a special occasion coming up, we head to Waco Meats.

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2. Re: Staying in a Fixer Upper house next week. Have some question

Besides Bella Luna (which I haven't been to), I agree with everything LadyofTexas has suggested. One correction - Waco Custom Meats is not the same place as Waco Custom Marketplace. :) Waco Meats is just meat (where Wacoans buy meat in bulk), the Marketplace has a small selection of meats, but also baked goods and other interesting food products.

1) HEB has all kinds of goodies for charcuterie. I go to the one on Wooded Acres which is the one closest to the German Schmear house anyway. The gourmet cheese section will have sausages, nuts, olives, etc. and you can shop in other parts of the store for dried fruits.

2) HEB also has a meat department which has grass fed beef, and their seafood department has fresh wild caught salmon.

3) I have about ten favorite restaurants, but ones you might like are 135 Prime http://135prime.com/ , 1424 Bistro http://www.1424bistro.com/, Café Cappuccino for breakfast or lunch http://www.cafecappuccino.com/ (the location on Richland is near where you are staying), Jake's Texas Tea House downtown https://www.facebook.com/JakesTexasTeaHouse/, and El Conquistador for Mexican food (Waco Drive location) https:/…. The reason I like all of them mostly is because they have consistently high quality food, good service, and good atmosphere.

4) Stop in at Dichotomy downtown. http://dichotomycs.com/ You might also like Spice Village. https://spicewaco.com/. There really are too many stores to list that are fun to stop in. The Findery is right by Magnolia, Sironia is nearby https:/… (with Junque Queens across the street, Lane's next door, and Salvage Sisters a block away) , there are shops all up and down Austin Ave, Mary Avenue Market https://www.maryavenuemarket.com/ and if you are going out to McGregor to see the Magnolia B&B, stop at Cedar Chest https://cedarchestantiques.com/.

5) Try Pokey O's - it used to be a food truck only (part of the fun was finding it) but now it has a brick and mortar shop in the Hilton. https://pokeyoswaco.com/. Heritage Creamery is a treat http://www.heritagecreamery.com/ and Coco's Shaved Ice is also yummy. https:/…1969331516613891. And kolaches; you have to have kolaches. You may not want to drive out to West to get the best ones, but Waco Custom Marketplace has good ones.

Enjoy your trip!

McGregor, TX
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3. Re: Staying in a Fixer Upper house next week. Have some question

Sorry to double-post, but I had more ideas. :) You've kind of thrown me from the usual tourist recommendations because you aren't staying downtown. LOL.

If you are going to be here on a Saturday morning, go to the Farmer's Market http://wacodowntownfarmersmarket.org/. My daughter especially loves the Waco Cha http://wacocha.com/menu/.

Also, my apologies - Coco's has (or had) two locations - one on Bosque near where you'll be staying and one on Waco Drive. The Waco Drive location has recently become The Mangos. I haven't been there.

There's a really cute candy store called Hey Sugar! downtown on Austin Ave (past Papillon Antiques and Cameron Trading company) https://www.facebook.com/heysugarcandywaco/

There is a gourmet pizza place near where you'll be staying called Moroso http://morosopizzeria.com/. It is close to the original Magnolia, where the whole thing started (before the Silos). That location has been reopened as Magnolia Warehouse shop.

Locals frequent The Grape, also near the German Schmear house: http://thegrapewaco.com/

There's a hole-in-the-wall Greek food place called Xristo's http://xristoscafe.com/menu/ which is close to shops on LaSalle: The LaSalle Shoppes http://www.lasalleshoppes.com/, Junque in the Trunk https:/… The Jumky Monkey https://www.facebook.com/TheJunkyMonkey/

Welcome to Waco!

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4. Re: Staying in a Fixer Upper house next week. Have some question

Thank you, Lady and Owl! Wow, you have blown me away with your terrific answers to my questions. So refreshing...

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5. Re: Staying in a Fixer Upper house next week. Have some question

If you’d like to try some award-winning Texas wines from a local vineyard, check out Valley Mills Vineyard. https://www.valleymillsvineyards.com They make fantastic wines, including a Tempranillo that won double gold at San Francisco!

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6. Re: Staying in a Fixer Upper house next week. Have some question

We'll check it out Christie! Thanks for the heads up.

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7. Re: Staying in a Fixer Upper house next week. Have some question

You have received great lists. One more shop that I love and it is on the trolley route if you want to "park car & ride".

https:/…simply-irresistible-waco

https:/…silo-trolley.asp

Also, Collins Street Bakery is fun, but it is out on IH35 and you need a car to get there. Great for buying breakfast breads/cookies/pastries for the beautiful house you will be in. Have fun.

https:/…collin-street-bakery-bellmead

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