Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Best of Waco

Every year, the Wacoan magazine comes out with the "Best of Waco" issue. This is our third (!) year to enjoy this annual tradition.

Well, the thing about Waco is...there aren't really that many places here. And since most of the "Best of" categories revolve around food and drink, it tends to get a little repetitive. Basically, the same three or four restaurants just keep rotating around in different orders to be the best entree, drink, appetizer, etc... It's been this way every year, but instead of recognizing the absurdity of it, they just keep adding more categories!

This year, we have reached a new level of ridiculousness. Without further ado, here is a sampling of the "Best of Waco 2009."I've limited it to the Mexican restaurant portion of the list because there are ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN categories total.

Best Chips and Salsa
1. Ninfa's
2. La Fiesta
3. On the Border

Okay, I guess that's good to know. But wait - what if I want to order an extra appetizer? Well, luckily, there's another list:

Best Chile Con Queso
1. La Fiesta
2. Ninfa's
3. On the Border

Phew, that cleared things up for me - I almost would have gone to the number TWO restaurant on that list if I'd just seen the Chips and Salsa List! Okay, now that that's cleared up, where should I go to get the best main dish?


Best Quesadillas
1. Ninfa's
2. La Fiesta
3. On the Border

But wait! Quesadillas are only tortillas and cheese. What if I want tortillas, cheese, and meat?

Best Enchiladas
1. La Fiesta
2. Ninfa's
3. El Conquistador


...with some salsa and lettuce?


Best Tacos
1. La Fiesta
2. Ninfa's
3. El Conquistador (wow, this underdog came out of nowhere!)

Okay, fine, but what if I want veggies with that too?! HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE TO GO?

Best Fajitas
1. Ninfa's
2. La Fiesta
3. On the Border

I need a drink. Oh, great, that's here too:

Best Margaritas
1. Ninfa's
2. La Fiesta
3. On the Border

Hmm, you might be thinking. That's got to be it. What else could they possibly have people vote on? Well, here's your answer:

Best Mexican Rice
1. Ninfa's
2. La Fiesta
3. On the Border

Charro Beans
1. La Fiesta
2. Ninfa's
3. On the Border

5 comments:

Mike said...

What can I say, we like our Mexican food. And specific hings about it. What troubles me about this list every year is all the little, home grown restaurants get overshadowed by the chains. Why anyone would eat at On the Border here baffles me. But that's Waco for you.

Kristi said...

I know it - I would have loved to know which taquerias are actually worth going to - they are all a little intimidating for those of us not from around here! But I would have thought at the very least that Taqueria Arandas would have had a mention.

Mike said...

I can tell you , I enjoy Mi Tequila on Valley Mills across from McDonalds. There is another good one on Valley Mills as well, across from Fuddruckers. Taqueria Altos de Jalisco in Hewitt is one of my favorites. Lolita's on Franklin is great for breakfast. Avoid the one on Waco Dr at 17th at all costs. We finally got up the nerve to try it one day, it was awful. El Charro on LaSalle used to be good, I haven't been there in forever. And Leals in Woodway is a good lunch time only. I could go on, one more. El Siete Mares for seafood, it's on Dutton.

Kristi said...

Thanks!! So good to know. We actually have been to Siete Mares several times actually, it's amazing. Se Cocina is about the only other Mexican restaurant we frequent. I can't wait to try some of the ones you suggested!

Diana said...

On the Border should just pack up and go, I don't think they scored 1st in any category>