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Getaway Recap: Waco

This recap is long overdue.

I lived in Waco for 3.5 years during college (sic’em) and visited for a roommate reunion almost a month ago. So here we go:

Friday Night:

My dear friends Faith, Molly and I celebrated Faith’s birthday at a Waco favorite: Poppa Rollo’s. Their pizza is delicious and service is great. It was a wonderful spot to devour a meal after long drives for each of us.

Saturday was a very busy day, so let me split it into chunks:

Saturday morning:

We woke up “early” around 9:30 a.m. to go to Magnolia Table, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new restaurant. We got in line to get in line for a table at the restaurant, giving us 2 hours to kill in-between once we were on the wait-list until we were called. Thankfully, with Magnolia Table, it’s possible to leave and come back while waiting.

We went to the Farmer’s Market where Faith grabbed a pre-brunch crepe, browsed handmade goods and admired locally made products. The Farmer’s Market is always a good experience for me. It’s eclectic, yet charming.

We also stopped by Dichotomy, a great coffee shop-turned-bar at night. Though it was a quick stop, I always love visiting my favorite Waco coffee shop. Note: there are plenty of new coffee shops in Waco I haven’t tried yet, I really need to get around to reviewing them.

After our long wait, we finally at at Magnolia Table. It was delicious and well worth the wait. I scarfed down my Eggs Benedict, Molly ate french toast, Faith had a combination of breakfast items. It was also – surprisingly – reasonably priced, as well.

Saturday midday/afternoon:

The sun was shining and it was HOT, so we went to Spice Village, a market of sorts that holds a bunch of vendors. I bought a new ball cap with the shape of Texas on it – you know, for those days when I don’t wash my hair (it happens). Spice Village is a great place to stop for air conditioning and finding any and all new clothing items, home decor and more.

Like the true Baylor Bears we are, we had to go by Common Grounds. This coffee shop located right across the street from Baylor is quintessential Waco: quirky and hip decor, great snacks and drinks, and owned by locals.

We also swung by the Baylor book store for Faith to purchase a running shirt. For all Baylor students, to-be students and graduates, don’t forget to pop by this shop.

Saturday night:

For dinner, our little gang ate at Wako Roll – a sushi place I had never tried before. It’s really great sushi that tastes fresh and served quickly. There are several different items on the menu in addition to sushi, as well.

Post-dinner, we went to the Klassy Glass downtown. This wine bar is quaint, stocked with games and includes some very helpful bartenders. The crowd was definitely post-graduates/young professionals, no undergrads here.

Lastly, we nostalgic alumnae walked around the Baylor campus and soaked in all of our memories we made there. Baylor was good to us and we were good to it in return. The fondest moments were cherished during our stroll.

Sunday morning:

For our last reunion meal, we went to a local hot spot: Cafe Cappuccino. Brunch was way cheaper than Magnolia and the portion sizes were the same, if not larger. It’s a great alternative to Chip and Jo’s restaurant and a budget-friendly brunch option.

It’s no secret I love Waco.

I love the people and place and things about the town. Returning to Waco is magical and dreamy and nostalgic on every level. I recommend a quick weekend trip to Waco to all Texans and even those beyond our borders.

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