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BU students list favorite hot spots

Sept. 11, 2003

By Amy Bumgarner, reporter

Many transfer and freshmen students want to know where the best places are to see and be seen, but some may not be familiar with the Waco area.

Older students usually have their own ideas about where to go, and after performing an informal opinion survey of 50 Baylor students on campus, several 'Baylor Bear Favorites' were mentioned.

Fuddruckers, Big Daddy's and Whataburger were popular votes for best hamburgers. Dock's River Front, located on the Brazos River, was rated No. 1 for seafood.

Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant, located in the River Square Center downtown, won for favorite Mexican food. The 'fun atmosphere' and 'great kitchen' makes it a favorite place for students, assistant manager Elisa Caddell, said.

If budget is a priority, Wendy's across Interstate 35 from campus is the cheapest food, according to students. Taco Bell came in second as a place to go for students without much cash.

For an after dinner treat, Katie's Frozen Custard, located on Valley Mills Drive, and Marble Slab Creamery, located in the Brazos Place Shopping Center, tied for the best ice cream vendor.

'Our hours definitely attract Baylor students,' Katie's manager Ranelle Johnson said. 'The gourmet ice cream we serve is creamier and more dense than normal ice cream and is made fresh every hour in the store.'

Katie's favorites include the 'Texas Turtle' topped with hot fudge, caramel and pecans, and the 'Straw-Bana,' a strawberry and banana layered sundae.

Students chose Richland Mall as their favorite place to shop in Waco. The mall offers stores such as Bealls, The Gap, Express, Abercrombie & Fitch Co., American Eagle Outfitters and others. There is also the food court with Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Picadilly and a few others.

The 'good mix of retailers and selection of food offers as many choices for the shoppers' needs,' Kandace Menning, mall general manager, said.

At second for the best place to shop is Wal-Mart Supercenter in Bellmead, because it provides food, clothing, entertainment and automotive products all in one stop, students said.