If you haven’t noticed, (how could you not honestly) 8th street has developed as quite the hub. This is one of those locations where you can spend several, several hours working, studying or just hanging out without having to leave for any form of sustenance or entertainment.

Common Grounds, Heritage Creamery and a Milo Biscuit Company food truck are all nestled together in a little 8th street compound of delicious food, desserts and drinks. And the best part is that they all play off of each other.

If you stop by Common Grounds for breakfast, Milo Biscuit company has their delicious, aesthetically pleasing donuts inside of Common Grounds to give your latte art coffee some photogenic company.

And if you happen to stop by for lunch on a Tuesday, they run a special where you can get a sandwich, side and a scoop of ice cream for only $10- and that is a STEAL.

Furthermore, you can take said scoop of ice cream, run over to Common Grounds and have them pour espresso over your ice cream scoop.

**Relatively evident pro-tip- one must think of how well flavors blend together before making this espresso decision…while their new Hibiscus Rose ice cream flavor is absolutely divine, it may not taste the best with a heavy bodied espresso shot. However, the Sweet Cream or Coffee Stracciatella with espresso over it could produce a beautiful balance of flavors. Intentionality is key here, people.**

Common Grounds is also a main hub of events and concerts for Waco. They bring in big name artists like NeedtoBreathe, Penny and Sparrow, Ben Rector, Gunger and most recently Switch Foot… and the list goes on and on. The concert environment is close knit and personal, and tickets fly fast.

If you miss tickets to concerts, you can always pop in for the frequent movie nights, open mic nights or pop-up shops Common Grounds also hosts.

If you need sustenance mid concert or movie, you can run over to Heritage Creamery for the locally produced, gourmet flavored ice cream energy kick you need.

While yes, they all play nicely together, they are all stand out places for eating or drinking deliciousness in Waco.

Common Grounds is the home of Cowboy Coffee. The secret sauce in Cowboy Coffee is sweet and creamy and hard to put into words for an explanation. They also feature several different Holiday menus to keep you on your toes throughout the year. While their fall flavors are iconic and their Winter flavors are festive and comforting, our favorite specialty menu was the Star Wars menu produced when “The Force Awakens” came to theaters. Genius.

Milo Biscuit Company is a food truck that specializes in biscuits (obviously) and true, locally sourced food. Their burger is one of the best burgers in Waco (in our opinion) and is one of the very few that you can eat and still feel good about afterwards. They fry their chicken in sweet tea and put it in between fresh veggies and beautiful, flakey out of this world biscuits. Anything you order here is a winner, and you can feel good about choosing  local, naturally sourced food.

Heritage Creamery creates amazing, gourmet style ice cream flavors in one of the cutest ice cream shops ever produced. Do you like cake and ice cream? They do. Their Red Velvet ice cream LITERALLY has red velvet cake mixed in the ice cream. It’s not Red Velvet ~flavored~ it IS red velvet. If this doesn’t give you an indication of how much these owners care about their customers then you just don’t know anything.

And to top it all off, this is quite possibly the most photogenic area of Waco. Between the eclectically acquired furniture and the abundance of twinkly lights, there’s not shortage of ambiance to fuel your creative needs.

So here’s the deal, if you’re looking for a place to park your car once and hang out for multiple hours, this is the street for you. If you have one stop to show out-of-town guests how trendy Waco is, this is the street for you. If you just want really to feel good about what you’re consuming, this is the street for you.