First Bite: Lunch at Pivovar in Downtown Waco

I stopped in for a late lunch at Pivovar Waco this week. It was my first time visiting the new restaurant, brewery, bakery, spa, and hotel at 320 S. 8th Street, across from the Magnolia Silos in Downtown Waco.

I ordered a Caprese Salad with Balsamic Drizzle and a bowl of Tomato Bisque with Cream from Pivovar’s “Lighter Side” lunch menu. Both items were well-prepared with high-quality ingredients. The tomatoes and Caprese Salad were crisp and flavorful. The Balsamic Drizzle and Mozarella were also on-point. The Tomato Bisque has just the right amount of cream and was on the spicier side. The flavor profile isn’t overpoweringly spicy or hot, just more robustly spiced than most.

I’m looking forward to coming back after working hours sometime soon to try a pint of the Czech beer that’s brewed onsite. There’s also a Czech bakery. The place can be packed with tourists during weekends, but it’s a chill, more-local scene Mondays through Wednesdays.

The entire facility is beautifully built and furnished. Pivovar is another great reason to visit, dine, and live in Downtown Waco.