By Lexi Masarweh | Editor-in-chief
From food trucks to niche restaurants, Waco offers a diverse range of establishments.
The Taquisa Waco offers authentic Mexican cuisine. It has several food trucks in operation, but its main location is at 1425 La Salle avenue at the Food Park & ââBar on Route 77.
According to Route 77 Food Park website, Taquisa Waco makes the best authentic street tacos in town, and their tortillas are hand dipped in secret spices and toasted right in front of you.
While Taquisa Waco has been in business for six years, its food trucks have only been around for two years. It hosts parties, weddings, baby showers and more.
As a family business, Lillianna Gallegos is the owner, with her niece, Ana Amador, working alongside her and translating for her. Gallegos’ son works in Austin and also comes to work in one of the food trucks for her.
âShe’s more connected with her family,â Amador said.
Gallegos said many Baylor students frequent its main location. Amador said the business has grown, now stretching from Temple to the Dallas area.
Across from I-35, Bangkok Royal also offers authentic cuisine, located at 215 S. University Parks Drive. It bills itself as a contemporary Thai restaurant that offers curries, noodles, and fried rice dishes with vegetarian options.
Jacob Kane, an employee of Bangkok Royal, said he had only been actively working there for a year, but had been employed there for five years. He also said he had been eating at the restaurant for 20 years.
Kane said that compared to other Thai restaurants he has dined at, such as those in Houston, California and Alaska, the Bangkok Royal is very good but has less emphasis on seafood.
Kane said the owners, Supranklux and Vichai Anantasomboon, are very kind and have owned the business for 20 to 22 years.
âI understand the owner, Vichai, he was born in China, but he lived in Thailand, and that’s where he met Su, and she’s from Bangkok,â Kane said. “They lived there for a long time, then moved to Las Vegas with their son, Pom.”
Kane said the family had lived in the United States for about 30 years and moved to Waco after living in Las Vegas.
âWe have a lot more teachers than students, I would say,â Kane said. âIn my experience, we have a lot of students, but not as many as you might think to be here in the city center.
These are just a few authentic dining places in Waco. Try exploring the various restaurants in Waco and see what you think.