Sunday, April 12, 2009

Dinner -- 04/11/09

Heitmiller Steakhouse
203 N. Connally Street
Elm Mott, TX 76640



Ramona: house salad, 6 oz. filet, mashed potatoes, iced tea

Jim: house salad, 16 oz. rib eye, mushrooms, baked potato, iced tea

Shared: lemon meringue pie

This restaurant was one of the first Jim visited when he came to Waco in 1993, and he was not impressed in the slightest. The queue to get in, the menus to be filled out before being seated, the worn, wooden bowls, and the complete lack of atmosphere, thrived only because it was in the days before Texas Roadhouse, Outback, Diamondback's, and Logan's Steakhouse. Jim never wanted to go back. Ramona also ate there with a friend quite a few years ago, and she shared Jim's opinion. However, we decided to give the place a second chance, since we heard the Heitmiller family no longer operated the establishment.

We were both pleasantly surprised. The meat was tasty and tender. The sauteed mushrooms Jim got really did "smother" the rib eye. The salad now came in nice plastic bowls and although the decor has not changed much, they do have a separate smoking room. The price was more than reasonable, and while the steaks come nowhere near Outback or 135 Prime, they could stand toe-to-toe with Cheddar's and Logan's.

The pie was great. A huge head of meringue topped a thick layer of filling with a flaky crust. Heitmillers will now find a place on our regular rotation.


Breakfast -- 4/10/09

Cafe Cappuccino
4700 Bosque Blvd.
Waco, TX 76710



Ramona: orange juice, banana-nut french toast, sugar-free syrup, sausage, coffee

Jim: breakfast burrito (egg, potato, cheese, sausage), latte

Since we breakfasted here on a rare weekday, we both picked something completely different.
Neither of us was disappointed. The atmosphere seemed a little different, and the other diners seemed a little different, but the food and the service amounted to what we always expect -- the best breakfast in Waco.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dinner -- 4/4/09

135 Prime
1201 Hewitt Dr
Waco, TX 76712


6:30 - 8:45 PM


Ramona & Jim: Caesar salad, 6 oz. Monroe filet

Shared: (Shrimp) Cocktail Astaire, Audrey's escargot, Lobster risotto, triple chocolate mousse, bailey's cheesecake, Concho y Toro Cabernet (2005).

Well. 5 years. Five wonderful years married, and we could not think of a better place in Waco than 135 Prime, which has now become our official anniversary dining spot. Our server, Emily, did an outstanding job, and made this special evening even more memorable that we thought possible. Best of luck on her upcoming nuptials -- we hope she will be as happy as we are!

The appetizers we shared had the taste for a super intro to the main course. The three sauces with the giant shrimp were all interesting, and we could not decide which we liked the best. The bread was soft, warm, and delicious. The escargot was good, but we have to admit we like the recipe from Le Bec Fin better.

The filets were tender, juicy, and perfectly prepared. The lobster risotto as our side dish was a great compliment, as was the wine. Thanks to 135 for the glass of bubbly in honor of our special day.

The entire meal was exquisite with only one minor flaw -- the Caesar salads were nearly tasteless. Someone forgot the anchovies!

For any special occasion, 135 Prime offers the best experience in and around Waco. Don't let the price deter you! Your partner is worth every penny!


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Breakfast -- 4/4/09

Cafe Cappuccino
4700 Bosque Blvd.
Waco, TX 76710



Ramona: orange juice, mixed berry and nut pancake, sugar-free syrup, coffee

Jim: Gingerbread waffle with sugar-free syrup, latte

Where else could we have breakfast on our 5th wedding anniversary than Cafe Cappuccino? We had our wedding breakfast there five years ago today. Ironically we ran into Jim's former dean who performed the wedding ceremony, and another friend who helped Jim see how much he loved Ramona and brought him to the realization we were meant for each other.

Oh, yes, the food. Excellent as always.


Dinner -- 04/03/09

Carino's Italian Grill
1411 N. Valley Mills Dr
Waco, TX 76710



5:45 - 6:45 PM

Ramona: Caesar salad, five-meat Tuscan pasta, iced tea

Jim: Caesar salad, Chicken parmigiana with spaghetti and marinara sauce, iced tea

To kick off our fifth anniversary weekend celebration, we opted for the restaurant where we had one of our very first dates.

The food was excellent -- isn't it always when a man dines with a goddess? Jim commented that the chicken parmigiana was particularly good, with a large piece of chicken and a generous helping of spaghetti.

Ramona tried a delicious new menu item, which was described as bowtie pasta, meat sauce, Italian sausage, bacon, ham, pepperoni, onions and green bell peppers. As usual, she ended up bringing almost half of it home.

We had dessert at home tonight -- Talenti Italian gelato, Argentine dulce tres leche. If you have never tried Talenti gelatos (available at HEB on Wooded acres), they have numerous outstanding varieties. White chocolate raspberry is our favorite, although this first experience with this flavor makes it a close second. Don't let the price deter you! The taste and texture are worth every penny.


Dinner -- 3/28/09

El Chico
2111 S. Valley Mills Drive
Waco, TX 76706


5:00 - 6:00 PM


Ramona: Chicken enchilada dinner, beans, rice, flan, iced tea

Jim: Chicken fajitas, chocolate chimichanga, iced tea

Shared: chips and queso

We have been meaning to try this place since we started the blog, but somehow never got around to it. Jim spent a lot of time there with fellow graduate students from Baylor. One of the students worked there, and we seemed to get extra chips and dip when Fred was on duty.

The food was good and hot, but not quite as good as La Fiesta. The service was also very slow, although the manager did explain that an unexpected large party had taxed their kitchen.

We had a $5.00 off coupon, but even so, the tab was just a shade over the one $ symbol limit.