Crowned one of Texas's Best Restaurants by Texas Highways magazine readers, Underwood’s Cafeteria exudes western flair with a menu of biting barbecue and sauce-laden ribs. Gnaw on a pound of sliced barbecue beef ($8.99), German sausage ($7.19 per lb.), spare ribs ($8.79 per lb.) or chicken ($6.59 per lb.), or take a tongue dive through saucy straits of tender pork rib. Massive meals include family-sized selections of barbecue and chicken or single dinners with three sides, rolls, a relish tray, and a fruit cobbler, the perfect edible accompaniment to a long day spent translating Latin stereo instructions.
In 1885, behind the counter of Wade Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store on the corner of Six Shooter Junction in Waco, Texas, pharmacist Charles Adlerton was struck by an idea. After observing how much patrons loved the combined scent of the many ingredients hidden within the soda fountain, he decided to create a drink that captured all their properties. He wound up inventing Dr. Pepper, and after one sip, Dublin Bottling Works owner Sam Houston Prim knew he wanted to sell it. Though the famous drink and plant have since parted ways, Dublin Bottling Works continues to celebrate that original legacy by crafting pure-cane-sugar sodas in chilled glass bottles, the way their employees have for more than 100 years.
Today, the bottlers' products find their way onto shelves all around the nation, and they invite visitors to come watch them while they work. They lead tours through their historic plant and the memorabilia-laden museum that now occupies their original offices. At the end of the tour, they make a stop in Old Doc's Soda Shop, where visitors can sample their products from an old fashioned soda fountain and buy bottled goods to drink at home or shake vigorously and then offer to neighbors who keep eating your newspapers.
Lemons' Bar-B-Q crafts a barbecue-charged menu of steaks, sandwiches, chicken and seafood. Appetizing appetizers such as hand-breaded onion rings ($3.59 small, $4.99 large) deftly quell rumbling tummies as they warm up taste buds. Midday meal-seekers can nibble on a chopped or sliced barbecue sandwich ($4.99), then wipe away saucy traces with a juicy cheeseburger ($5.99). Dinner diners can dive fork-first into fried shrimp ($9.49) or chicken strips ($6.99), served with a choice of meal-rounding sides. Larger platters boasting steak, catfish, and savory roasted meats are also available for satisfying suppers. Today’s deal is valid for dine-in or carryout, allowing purchasers to pick their edible destination.
The swift patty-flippers at Mr. Burger fling a menu of made-to-order comfort fare that span the flavor spectrum, from juicy burgers and hand-battered chicken to sweet sundaes and ice-cream floats. Their bounty of burgers is home to the palate-popular mushroom and swiss burger ($3.09) and the hickory-smoked burger ($2.59), both of which can be teamed with a side of tater tots ($1.19+) or curly fries ($1.99) to mute high decibel belly bellows. The chicken fried steak dinner arrives smothered in gravy and shares plate estate with texas toast, crispy fries, and fresh salad ($6.09). A large malt shake is as brawny and sweet as a bodybuilder playing Candy Land ($3.19), while the hand-squeezed cherry limeade deliciously dampens parched jugulars ($0.89+).