Sam's on the Square is a (relatively) new favorite in the Waco lineup, having just opened a couple years ago. Owned by the same folks that have run La Fiesta for years and years, Sam's is slightly more upscale than its Tex-Mex cousin. Sam's operates out of a loft-style space in downtown Waco. Some nights you can find live music, other nights quiz-style trivia throwdowns. And all nights you can experience one or two (or even three) of their delicious gourmet-style tacos.
We're not talking average, run-of-the-mill tacos, nuh-uh. We're talking tender, falling to pieces brisket topped with mango-chipotle salsa, cilantro-lime shrimp tacos with pineapple chutney, perfectly seasoned chicken al carbon with a spicy-sweet glaze.
Showcase sides include cinnamon-sugar french fries (to die for!), black beans, cilantro rice, etc... And the pies de resistance, the Mexican martini. I'm not sure exactly what's in it. I can identify tequila, lime, and brandy before my mind just melts and the deliciousness takes over. They have a major tequila lover's seal of approval.
Nearly ten months ago, we sat down with Grant and Jennifer Kemper at a table on Sam's outdoor patio. We talked and schemed and planned and instantly clicked, and from that evening began to form our Life Together Group. It all started there, at Sam's, over tacos and drinks with Grant and Jenn. And it's become one of the most important and significant things in our lives, this group and these friendships.
And one night last week, we came full circle, sitting over tacos and drinks with Grant and Jenn at Sam's on the Square and beginning to say good-bye. It was purely coincidental. We decided to head up to Sam's and called to invite the Kempers along, only to find out they were already on their way. I guess it's true what they say about great minds thinking alike.