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Many people will pull up to a drive-through window at McDonald’s and order a McCafe Frappe Mocha in order to treat themselves or a get a caffeine boost. Coffee shops in Waco, however, believe that they’re offering something more than a quick fix –they say that with their coffee and service they’re offering an experience.
Jessie Harris, store manager of Trailhead Coffee Shop on the corner of University Parks Drive and Franklin Avenue, said there is a difference between the “coffee culture” and the coffee industry. Coffee culture, he said, is more about the attitude behind making coffee, whereas the industry of coffee is more about making profits.
“When I first came here, hamburgers were 25 cents, and for a nickel extra you could get an order of fries in a basket, and 15 cents extra was a Coke.”
Longtime Cupp’s Drive Inn customer Fred Winslow, who has been a regular since the 1960s, said he remembers a simpler time at this locally owned diner.
Vitek’s will thank customers for their support in the Best College Eats battle this Thursday with hundreds of free Gut Paks.
They will have a victory party at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Vitek’s BBQ located at 1600 Speight Ave. There will be free small Gut Paks and live music as a way to say “thank you” to the Baylor and Waco community.
Local acoustic duo Brian and Jeremy will take the stage at 4:30 p.m., followed by singer-songwriter Savion Wright, a Jasper junior, at 7 p.m.
People in the Baylor area may be pleased to know What About Cupcakes? has opened a second store located at 1400 Speight Ave.
On April 1 the new location opened in a small plaza next to K and S Properties and the House of Healing therapeutic massage parlor just seconds down the street from the H-E-B on 12th Street and Speight Avenue. There will be a grand opening party on Friday for the location. Admission to the party is free and open to the public, but the cupcakes are priced as usual. The local band Sloppy Joe will play at the grand opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Vitek’s BBQ Gut Pak is officially the Best College Eat, according to a Battle Bracket hosted by the Cooking Channel.
Cooking Channel made the finalized announcement Saturday.
The polls for the Bracket Battle: Best College Eats championship, hosted by the Cooking Channel, appeared to close early Friday with Vitek’s BBQ Gut Pak leading by 1,000 votes.
The polls were scheduled to close at 4 p.m. Friday. Currently, the Gut Pak has 15,025 votes and its final opponent Marquette’s Real Chili’s The Marquette has 14,035 votes.
When I tried curry for the first time, I was in Ireland. It was at a high priced restaurant in Dublin city center. The whole experience was a night of firsts. I had a lamb curry. Here in the States, lamb is not as accessible on a student budget. But while I was eating the curry, I thought this could easily be done with different kinds of ingredients, much like stir fry. It had its simplicity and the ability to involve any kind of vegetable or meat I wanted. As a college student, this was paramount to me.
Baylor Men’s Basketball aren’t the only ones competing for a championship title. Vitek’s BBQ’s Gut Pak beat out University of Montana’s Cascade Country Store’s Breakfast Burrito. They will compete against Marquette University’s chili-topped spaghetti The Marquette in the final round.
Voting will open Thursday until Friday at 2 p.m. central time.
Could Vitek’s BBQ be the best college dive in the nation? The Cooking Channel wants visitors to their website to make that decision, as Vitek’s has been included in cookingchanneltv.com’s Bracket Battle for best college eats.
The Gut Pak, a signature meal from Vitek’s, will go head-to-head in the online polls against dishes from college towns all across the United States. The competition features meals such as the Phat Lady of restaurant Hoagie Haven in the Princeton University area, and the Ho Burger with Cheddar Tots – a dish from the University of Kentucky students’ local dive, Tolly-Ho. Visitors to the Cooking Channel’s website can vote from multiple devices, once per device per day, in the battling brackets for the restaurant dish they think is the best.
Order a bowl of turkey chili at a St. Louis-area Panera Bread cafe and it’ll cost you a penny. Or $5. Or $100. In other words, whatever you decide.
Three years after launching the first of five pay-what-you-want cafes, the suburban St. Louis-based chain on Wednesday quietly began its latest charitable venture that takes the concept on a trial run to all 48 cafes in the St. Louis region.