Chicken lovers flock to Bush's Gold-N-Crisp Chicken in Waco's Heart of Texas neighborhood.
Bush's Gold-N-Crisp Chicken is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Easy parking is accessible for Bush's Gold-N-Crisp Chicken's diners.
You can fill up on Bush's Gold-N-Crisp Chicken's delicious fare without spending an arm and a leg — in fact, typical meals there run under $15.
It's about time you took advantage of Bush's Gold-N-Crisp Chicken's full menu of chicken offerings for a great meal out any night of the week.
Bush's in Waco on N New Rd is a well-known restaurant, delivering a family-oriented ambience with terrific chicken and good fast food. It's a culinary destination for visitors interested in good food.
While the prices may be low, you can bet that the ingredients will be fresh.
One of the better fast-food chains in the area, a trip to this Bush's is definitely worthwhile.
Take a dessert detour to Coco's Shaved Ice, and boost your mood with a simple scoop of ice cream.
At Coco's Shaved Ice, gluten-free and healthy eaters will appreciate the well-crafted menu items.
Catering from Coco's Shaved Ice will take your party to the next level.
We're happy to report we have parking available onsite. We'll meet you here.
Coco's Shaved Ice serves up some innovative and tasty ice cream options, so stop by today and treat yourself to a yummy dessert.
Head to Starbucks for a steaming cup of joe.
For healthy meals low in fat, check out Starbucks.
The patio seating at Starbucks is perfect for those warm summer days.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Starbucks.
The coffee shop also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Starbucks to your next party or event.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Starbucks.
If you have a busy day ahead of you, grab a coffee from Starbucks and stay energized all day long.
Enjoy a freshly tossed pizza loaded with toppings at Mama Lena's Pizzas and Subs in Waco.
Drivers will find parking not far from the pizzeria.
Meals at Mama Lena's Pizzas and Subs are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
So when pizza is calling your name, head on over to Mama Lena's Pizzas and Subs and give into your craving.
For those who crave more than one type of cuisine, try Hemingway's Watering Hole's Asian-fusion fare in Waco's Heart of Texas area.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Hemingway's Watering Hole.
Musical groups perform live at Hemingway's Watering Hole, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd.
Drive to Hemingway's Watering Hole and find parking in the area.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Everyone will love Hemingway's Watering Hole, where all kinds of Asian fare and flavor come together in one place.
The office holiday party is an annual rite of passage for almost every American worker. But even though it’s meant to inspire good cheer and camaraderie, the office party can fill people with dread instead. How do you navigate all those free cocktails, free snacks, and awkward conversations with the company CEO without tarnishing your workplace reputation?
Well, luckily we came up with a list of party-etiquette dos and don’ts to get you through your next office shindig unscathed.
Don't be "that guy." You know the guy I'm talking about. He slides up to the boxed wine at 4:59 p.m., refills his mug eight times, shouts, "Seriously, how have we never hung out outside of work?!", then naps it off in the cafeteria until the cleaning staff needs to roll him over so they can mop.
In his mind, he's channeling Don Draper. In reality, he's slurring the lyrics to “Frosty the Snowman” over and over again.
Look, the office holiday party is a beautiful thing. It invites you to learn more about your coworkers and to cultivate well-rounded relationships with the people you see each day. Unfortunately, a dose of booze can make the borders of work-you and you-you more malleable, and getting inappropriately drunk in the office is a major faux pas—one that folks will probably remember well into the new year. So sip consciously. Besides, who wants a hangover at 7 p.m.?
Do label hard drinks clearly. Are there two types of cider? If so, label them with easy-to-read signage. For health reasons, religious reasons, driving-home reasons, and more, some people prefer to skip the spirits.
Unfortunately, a dose of booze can make the borders of work-you and you-you more malleable, and getting inappropriately drunk in the office is a major faux pas.
Don't subject fully grown adults to peer pressure. This is a combination of the above two items. Even pretend outrage ("Really? No beer? Lame!") can put guests in an uncomfortable position, so let the liquids go and talk about the cookies or your dreidel-spinning techniques instead.
Do plan your potluck. Consider fridge space, bumpy train commutes, and the dietary restrictions of your coworkers.
Do wash your dishes. Everyone loved your peppermint-chocolate cupcakes. But those candy cane crumbs clinging to the bottom of your Tupperware? They're not going to look so good on Monday morning. Clean your stuff, or bring it home—no matter how sleepy you are from those two cups of mulled cider.
Don't insult the cooks (also known as your coworkers). This seems like a no-brainer. If you don't like the caramel corn, or your HR manager mistook salt for sugar when baking the cookies, be discreet. You have to work with these people, remember?
Don't insult the DJ. Picking music for a diverse group of people is a tricky task. You might think you're making fun of a Pandora station or a song that was chosen ironically, only to find out that you're ragging on your boss's carefully curated playlist. With that said …
Don't play Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." It's just awful.
Don't post pics without permission. People have varying comfort levels when it comes to this, especially if there's a generation gap in the office. Ask permission before you post someone's likeness. Ask twice if they're double-fisting glögg in front of the company logo.
Do suggest a hashtag. Not only is this a fun way to aggregate all the party pictures in real time, but it can also help people find (and vet) public pictures of themselves.
Do brag about your job. Why not? You work hard, and you do it at a place that values it. Some of your online followers may roll their eyes, but there's nothing wrong with a quick caption that says, "Full of cupcakes. My job rules!"
Ps & Qs
Do say “thank you.” Even the most seemingly simple parties require rigorous, invisible work on the back end to plan. Find out who's responsible and express your gratitude. After all, that mistletoe didn’t hang itself.
Do help clean up. If the party's winding down and you're still there, you may as well lighten the load for your generous hosts.
The holidays aren’t about challenging each other’s beliefs. They’re about challenging one’s own stomach with way too many snickerdoodles.
Do tip well. If the party takes place off site or your company has brought in a bartender, tip generously. It's the holiday season, and the caterers probably had to sit through just as many slurred renditions of “Frosty the Snowman” as you did. (Is he still asleep in the cafeteria, by the way? He is? OK, just leave him for now.)
Don't bring religion into it. The holidays are rooted in spirituality, but in multicultural and secular spheres, December is more about friendship, generosity, and refined sugar. So decorate in a way that acknowledges more than one holiday. Say "Happy holidays" when you don't know a person's background. And genuinely wish them well in their out-of-office endeavors, whether their plans involve church, synagogue, or watching the Star Wars Holiday Special on repeat. The holidays aren’t about challenging each other’s beliefs. They’re about challenging one’s own stomach with way too many snickerdoodles.
Of course, in a religious organization or a smaller workplace where everyone knows one another well, it might be appropriate to ignore or bend this rule. Use your best judgement.
Do, if you can. Yeah, you'll be at the office till 7 or 8 on a Friday. And yeah, you might have to choke down some nog or make small talk with your department's most notorious CrossFit evangelizer. But office parties can be really fun, and it’s the best way to show that you appreciate the party planners' hard work. So go for at least 20 minutes—you may be surprised at how much you laugh or how many new friends you make. At the very least, you'll get a free sugar high that'll carry you through Sunday.
Don’t, if you're sick. Yeah, it stinks to miss Wanda's signature double-frosted sugar cookies and the weird thrill of pumping a keg 3 feet from your desk. But you know what stinks even more? Missing your friends' and families' holiday parties because someone sneezed on the karaoke machine.
Don't reply-all on your email RSVP. Unless it's to tell everyone that they're not allowed to play "Wonderful Christmastime."
Do invite me. It's the polite thing to do.
Images: Punch photo by Timothy Burkhart, Groupon. Tips, Not Bribes photo by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon. Christmas sugar cookies with redhots by Flickr user OakleyOriginals under CC 2.0.
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Nobody wants to be a jerk when confronted with a check or tip jar. But it's hard to talk about cash, and it can be even harder to calculate how much to tip when closing out a bar or restaurant tab. Plus, tipping etiquette is constantly evolving, which makes the process a tad more stressful than it needs to be.
So, let's make it easy.
We've enlisted an anonymous restaurant server, Emily (surname and workplace withheld), to share her two cents about leaving dollars and cents. She’s slung plates and collected tips in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Phoenix, and Chicago, amassing a multi-city body of knowledge on the subject. With Emily's help, and with no holds barred, we'll visit this complicated, hush-hush intersection of money, morality, and math.
How much to tip at the bar?
If you're closing out a tab on a card, leave 20%. If you're using cash to pay as you go, do what Emily does and slap down singles. "I tip a dollar a drink on simple things," she says, referring to items such as beer and shots. However, she says:
"I tip 20% on craft cocktails," even when using cash.
That's because she's paying for the bartender's time. In the three minutes it takes to grate rare snozzberry zest over an artisanal negroni, the bartender could have netted a dollar each on six simpler drinks. Paying for time also means that a gold-star patron will tip a dollar on a free glass of water.
What about the coffee shop?
Tipping at coffee shops is similar, but not identical, to tipping at bars. Even Emily sometimes skips the tip at a café. "But never at a restaurant or bar," she adds quickly. "I would die." Baristas understand that they won’t receive tips from everyone. Just as with bars, however, you want to respect their time. If you look down at your cappuccino foam to find a painstaking replica of a Hieronymus Bosch triptych, then go ahead and tip more than one lonely Washington.
What if there's a tip jar?
It's always nice to help fill up a tip jar, especially if you appreciate the employee's help or craftsmanship. It's not as crucial as tipping on a bill or tab, but you can’t go wrong with generosity—especially if you’re a regular at the establishment in question. When it comes to tip jars, don't worry about percentages or dumping in a few coins. Emily says servers don’t mind change:
"Change adds up! It's fine.”
She then issues a swift, salty addendum, which we'll sanitize here so you can send this article to your mom: "I mean, but still, eff your pennies."
What if I'm at a restaurant?
Simply put, always tip at least 20%. Then double-check your math and confirm the 20%. That’s because you're actually paying your server's wage at a restaurant. "If they under-tip," Emily explains, "the server is still taxed on [the expected total], and also needs to tip out other parts of the house based on sales." In a cruel twist of algebra, Emily says this sometimes means that "the server pays to serve that table."
So, what if I'm at a restaurant with a Groupon?
Again, you're tipping for time and service, not ingredients. So if you have a Groupon, tip 20% of the full, pre-Groupon value of the bill. Think about it: with or without a Groupon, your server is still balancing the same heavy plates, fielding the same questions about substitutions, and knitting the same napkins by hand. Of course, 20% is just a rule of thumb. If the service is particularly good, tip 25% or more. If it's dreadful, take it up with the manager.
What if I'm with a large group?
"If you are a large group," says Emily, "it's often that you are the majority of the server's [financial] intake for the night, so just be respectful."
Servers’ biggest group-related grievance? Check-splitting.
The primary reason servers hate split checks has to do with—and here’s that word again—time. First, the server tracks down the order of every individual in the gaggle. This is an especially time-consuming feat at the end of the night, when food comas and multiple rounds of drinks muddy diners' memories. Then, it’s time to re-enter the whole meal into the restaurant’s system.
According to Emily, there's a second reason servers hate to split checks, though, and it's even more serious: "When tables split checks, often the tip gets screwed up. A lot of times, the last person is supposed to tip on the total bill but only tips on their amount, screwing the server over."
If you absolutely must split the check, then let your server know ahead of time, double-check your calculations, and communicate with your tablemates. If you follow these simple guidelines on how much to tip, both your server and your dining party can leave the restaurant without any regrets.
More stories to brush up on your table manners:
Who Should Pick Up the Check on the First Date
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Neil deGrasse Tyson estimated that if you collected every beer coaster, cocktail napkin, and bar tab on which someone scribbled their number for a bartender, they’d stretch to Jupiter and back a thousand times. That’s 365 billion miles of digits that—let’s be real—were mostly left undialed.
Even though we invented that very believable statistic, flirtatious customers remain about as ubiquitous as Miller Lite remain for bartenders and servers. With a well-meaning patron, a little harmless flirting is just that. But as Emily told us, “‘Flirting’ can be defined in many ways, from friendly banter to creepy uncle.” So when is it too much?
We talked to a bunch of servers and bartenders who broke it down for us. Here are their flirting tips for five common scenarios.
Editor’s note: These largely reasonable points of view express the opinions of the servers and bartenders therein. This advice does not guarantee successful flirtation, but may prevent you from being tossed out of the bar.
Scenario No. 1: You’re a flirtatious person, but you don’t mean anything by it.
“It is important not to have any expectations other than a good conversation.” – Stephanie, Edinburgh
“There's nothing wrong with flirting, as long as he or she knows there are boundaries that must be respected—this includes being able to aptly read any verbal or physical cues the bartender is broadcasting regarding his or her own comfort with the situation.” – Mark, Chicago
“Even if the server or bartender picks up what you're putting down, always assume it begins and ends with flirting. … Restaurants and bars can be sexy environments, but we're not sex workers. We are not obligated to respond in kind. Stop flirting in front of your date, and for God's sake—no touching.” – Liz, Brooklyn
“If you are bringing sexual things up, you are straight-up creepy. Go home. Stay there.” – Emily, LA
“There's nothing wrong with complimenting someone. … If the bar patron, however, takes it one step further (i.e. ‘Wow, you must work out a lot,’ etc.) and said server or bartender doesn’t reciprocate, obviously that's [a] problem. – John, Cleveland
“Never refer to your bartender as ‘sweetheart’ or any other overly familiar form of address. It’s not flirting. It’s condescending.” – Anonymous
Scenario No. 2: You’d definitely be chatting them up, if only you could get their attention.
“Never expect a bartender to flirt if the bar is busy. Bartenders are there to do a job, not to stroke egos or pursue romantic liaisons.” – Mark
“Be polite and cognizant of the fact that they have other patrons to tend to. Always tip like a baller, even if it doesn't seem like it's going your way. Leave your number, but don't ask for theirs. Definitely do not ask what they're doing after work.” – Sydney, Chicago
“Just go for it, but don't get too upset if said bartender or server is too busy. They may be interested but actually care about doing their job. Don't take it personally.” – James, Brooklyn
Scenario No. 3: You think the bartender or server is flirting back, but you’re not sure.
“If you're questioning the intention, then the answer is likely no.” – Stephanie
“If the bartender is being courteous but keeping a bit of distance, said individual isn't warming to your song. The best measure I know of is body language.” – Mark
“It is 100% always the server or bartender performing their job until THEY prove otherwise. They will make the move. If you want to leave your number to be proactive, cool. Let them call if they want.” – Liz
“If they're making the kind of small talk you'd have at a bus station, they aren't interested.” – Sydney
“Eye contact means everything.” – John
“If they check on you more than usual, [or give away] a free shot or drink. If they look at [you] while taking care of other customers.” – Rebecca, Chicago
Scenario No. 4: Major swoon alert. You’ve already named your hypothetical first-born child.
“Just don't force anything. That turns creepy really quickly.” – Stephanie
“Picking up the bartender can absolutely be done. If the guest keeps it low-key, it can be a fun part of the job. It's still best to go into [it] with the idea that you'll probably be rejected.” – Sydney
“I'm there to be personal and give you good service, not be a real-life Match.com.” – James
“I've seen both of sides of this coin happen. A [coworker] met her boyfriend serving him and his grandma. They were together for three years. I've had to also, unfortunately, stop serving a man who was making rude comments to a female server. So it's key to know where the buffer zone lies.” – John
Scenario No. 5: You might have become a regular in the hopes of eventually landing a date.
“It's probably a bad idea to hit on a tipped employee somewhere you're a regular. The economics of the situation make it incredibly awkward for the worker to say yes or no regardless of what they want.” – Sydney
“Being super friendly is awesome. Making friends with people who work at your regular spots is also awesome. But while in the bar, don't mention anything sexual. Don't even comment on the server or bartender's looks. They are at work. Respect that.” – Emily
Some of these quotes have been edited and condensed.
Check out more guides to restaurant etiquette:
Who Should Pick Up the Check on a First Date?
A Server’s Uncensored Thoughts on Tips, Tip Jars, and Split Checks