Cru Crunch
Sep14

Cru Crunch

Looking for the best donuts in town? DONUT give up yet! Located at 2805 N Loop 121, Daylight Donuts is giving other local donut shops a run for their money. With donut prices ranging from $0.82 -$14, the value is unbeatable. Soft, sweet, and reasonably priced, these donuts are fantastic. “We come in most mornings,” said local high school students Riley and Garrison. “The apple fritter is so good, and so are the bear claw and strawberry filled. And the glazed are just really good. The donuts and the people here are so friendly.” Not only are the donuts divine, the staff is sweet and down to earth. They take the time to individually greet each customer to their store. Stepping into Daylight Donuts was a delight all around. Leo Camden, partner and owner of the store, spoke highly of the company. “We fell in love with Daylight because the product is so good. The company is about as fair and good as you could ask for. Everything’s fresh, everything’s made. Two weeks ago when Hurricane Harvey evacuees were here in town, we were feeding a lot of those evacuees, donating donuts and things. I called corporate and told them ‘we’re feeding these guys’ and they said ‘well we’re sending you a truckload of donut mix.’ Just a great company.” While there, try out the glazed donut. It’s simple and savory, with each bite seeming more sweet and easy to bite into than the last. It is easy to tell these donuts are crafted fresh each morning for their customers’ delight. When asked which donut was his favorite, Camden found it hard to choose. “All of them, but the sour cream old- fashioned is amazing.” Camden and his business partnerJeremy Jimenez are excited to be so near UMHB. They both grew up in the area so they are familiar with the CRU family. “We’re getting a ton of customers from UMHB. The football team has been hitting us pretty hard the past few days,” Camden said. “One of the coaches came in this morning and said ‘I’m buying some more for the guys,’ and so we’re excited. In between classes we’ll get some students come in here and they’ll hang out and enjoy a donut.” With savory menu items, friendly staff, and good prices Daylight Donuts is a quick and tasty treat for those in the UMHB and Belton...

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Cru Crunch: The best eats and treats around Belton
Aug23

Cru Crunch: The best eats and treats around Belton

Of all the adjustments that come with moving to a new place, finding great places to eat out is one of the most important things to college students on the go. For instance, those coming from big cities to small town Belton may have a difficult time adjusting to the limited restaurants that are available. As a result, when faced with the choice of attempting to find a tasty local eatery or simply sticking to fast food, many decide it’s simply easier to stick to fast food options. But I didn’t want to be stuck with just a few restaurants, so with a little curiosity and some help from handy resources such as Yelp and Google reviews, I developed my own list of foodie favorites. It’s called “Cru Crunch” and I hope it will inspire students to eat local and explore their new home town. 1. Los Compadres Street Tacos Food Style: Street Tacos, Authentic Mexican food Price Range: $2-$8 Location: 1228 N Main St, Belton Seating: Lighted outdoor picnic-style seating Something to try: The street taco special, which comes with five corn tortilla tacos and a drink, for $7. Its filling and absolutely worth the visit. Taste: The food here is well priced and authentic Mexican food. Servers are prompt, and these savory treats can be taken to-go or eaten under a small canopy. Rating: 4.5/5 2. Black Megs Food Style: Burger Joint Price Range: $1-$7 Location: 572 E Central Texas Expwy, Harker Heights Seating: Dine-in only Something to try: The Cowboy is sure to leave all southern comfort food lovers full and satisfied. The burger comes with an onion ring and barbeque sauce. It leaves you craving more for weeks. Taste: Savory, juicy, mouth-watering. With a wide variety of menu options, the possibilities of taste-bud approving meals are endless. Rating: 4.5/5 3. Saigon Café Food Style: Mix of Asian Cuisine Price Range: $2-$14 Seating: Dine-in Location: 220 SW H K Dodgen Loop, Temple Something to try: A bowl of Pho, Vietnamese soup, is served fresh here for $7. On cold days, this is a good place to warm up and enjoy the atmosphere. Taste: Filling, flavorful, and always satisfying. Saigon Café never lets your taste buds down. This spot is definitely worth the drive. Rating: 4/5 4. Krab Kingz Food Style: Seafood, Crawfish Boil Price Range: $2-$25 Location: 1518 S Ft Hood St, Killeen Seating: To-go only Something to try: The Krab Kingz Large Shrimp Tray comes with 15 shrimp, one sausage, and three sides. Because you get big flavor and a lot with your meal the combo is well-priced at $17. Taste: The food here is...

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Cru Crunch: Desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth in the Belton area
Apr26

Cru Crunch: Desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth in the Belton area

1. Sweet Confections Cafe Price Range: $1.50-$27 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 2449 N Main St., Belton Seating: Indoor, Sit-down Something to try: Try one of the various flavors of cake balls. Buy one at $1.50, or a dozen for $15. Taste: This is a sweet stop for those looking for a quick sweet tooth fix, and it is conveniently close to campus. Rating: 3.5/5 2. Smallcakes Cupcake & Creamery Price Range: $3.50-$78 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 6102 W Adams Ave., Temple Something to try: A regular-sized Choco-holic is every chocolate lover’s dream. It is a cupcake topped with chocolate buttercream and chocolate sprinkles, that costs $3.75 per cupcake Seating: Indoor, Sit down Taste: Sweet and filling, the desserts from Smallcakes are sure to leave your tummy full (if you’re willing to leave your wallet empty). Rating: 3.5/5 3. La Unica Michoacana Smoothies Price Range: $2-$10 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 817 E. 6th Ave., Belton Something to try: Looking for something sweet with a kick? The Mangonada, a traditional latin dessert, is served here with a straw and spoon for only $4.00. Seating: Outdoor, Picnic-style seating Taste: With a wide variety of menu options, there is something sure to please everyone. Latin food lovers are sure to be pleased with these traditional options. They are all sweet and overabundant in portion size. Rating: 4/5 4. Weigh Station Yogurt Price Range: Varies Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 219 S East St, Belton Seating: Dine-in only Something to try: With various flavors of yogurt to choose from and a toppings bar, you can make your favorite combination here. I personally prefer the vanilla yogurt with fresh strawberries and cherries. It’s a sweet treat without a lot of calories. It is sure to please. Taste: Appealing to our independence, the do-it-yourself nature of this shop is sure to please with its always fresh and sweet yogurt. Rating:...

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Cru Crunch: Burger joints around the BTX area
Mar29

Cru Crunch: Burger joints around the BTX area

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. B Town Burgers Price Range: $2-$8 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 508 Sparta Rd, Belton Seating: Indoor, Drive Thru Something to try: The cheeseburger special comes with fries and a drink for the low cost of $6.25. Taste: The food here is well-priced and sure to please many low-budget college students with big appetites. With a bit of variety, the homestyle cooking has great flavor. Rating: 3.5/5 2. Crow’s Burger Shop Price Range: $3-$7 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 613 Waco Rd, Belton Something to try: A large shake costs a $2.59, and comes in four different flavors. With a homemade feel, this place really can’t be beat. Seating: To-go stand only. Taste: The menu is simple, but the taste is unbeatable. At such a low cost, a lunch here leaves customers feeling nostalgic for homemade burgers and fries. Rating: 3.5/5 3. Big Chew Chew’s Burgers Price Range: $2-$9 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 8150 W Adams Ave, Temple Something to try: The Cajun Burger is a good choice for those looking for something on the spicier side. It is reasonaly priced at $3.89. Seating: Dine-in only Taste: With a wide variety of menu options, there is something sure to please everyone. But being diverse doesn’t take away from the flavor — smoky and savory is the overall impression diners get after having a meal here. Rating: 3/5 4. Black Meg’s Price Range: $1-$7 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 572 E Central Texas Expy, Harker Heights Seating: Dine-in only Something to try: The Cowboy is sure to leave all southern comfort food lovers full. The burger comes with an onion ring and barbeque sauce on the burger and leaves you craving this unique dish for weeks. Taste: Savory, juicy, and mouth watering, Black Meg’s burgers and fries will leave you wanting more. With a wide variety of menu options, the possibilities of taste bud-approving meals are endless. Rating:...

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Cru Crunch: Trying out food trucks in the Belton area
Mar08

Cru Crunch: Trying out food trucks in the Belton area

Published in the March 8, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. Los Compadres Street Tacos Food Style: Street Tacos, Authentic Mexican food Price Range: $2-$8 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 1228 N Main St, Belton Seating: Lighted outdoor picnic-style seating Something to try: The street taco special, five corn tortilla tacos and a drink for $7.00 It’s filling and yummy. Taste: The food here is well priced and authentic to that of classic Mexican food, often prompt and can be taken to-go or eaten under a small canopy. Rating: 4.5/5 2. BOBO’s BBQ Food Style: Southern style BBQ Price Range: $3-$20 Cru Cash accepted: Yes Location: 2101Commerce St, Belton Something to try: The pulled pork sandwhich is a classic southern comfort food, but also very yummy and priced reasonably at $5.50. Seating: None Taste: The food is classic southern barbeque, and very tasty, but can be somewhat pricey. Rating: 3/5 3. Fire Street Pizza Food Style: Pizza Price Range: $11-$30 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 8490 W Adams Ave, Temple Something to try: The Pimpchee Pizza is a great fusion of Korean and Italian classic, with sweet and spicy BBQ sauce, cheese and a sweet glaze. Seating: Outdoor picnic-style seating Taste: This pizza place brings an Austin feel to the Belton/Temple area, with fresh pizza that’s better than just ordering take-out. Rating: 2.5/5 4. Krab Kingz Food Style: Seafood Price Range: $2-$25 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: 1518 S Ft Hood St, Killeen Seating: None Something to try: The Krab Kingz Large Shrimp Tray comes with 15 shrimp, 1 sausage, and 3 sides, it is flavorful and very filling, priced at $17. Taste: The food here is pricey, but is worth it for seafood lovers. The meals are large and flavorful, and the menu offers a variety of seafood dishes. Rating:...

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Best and worst of local Chinese food
Feb22

Best and worst of local Chinese food

Published in the February 22, 2017 issue of The Bells 1. Jake’s Chinese Buffet Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffet or delivery Price Range: $2-$11 Cru Cash accepted: Yes Location: Belton Taste: Overall, Jake’s is mediocre. Though they have good soup and rice, the sauces seems to be Americanized and not as authentically chinese. Rating: 2.5/5 2. China Cafe Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffett, Sushi, Delivery Price Range: $2-$10 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Belton Taste: The food has a more authentic taste overall, but the restaurant doesn’t have a wide variety of menu option. Rating: 3/5 3. Saigon Cafe Delivery: Yes, but only to the Temple area. Dining style: Sit in, Take out Price Range: $2-$14 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Temple Taste: The food here is flavorful and there is a wide variety of food to choose from. Rating: 3.5/5 4. Dynasty Delivery: Yes Dining style: Buffet, sit down., take out, delivery Price Range: $2-$12 Cru Cash accepted: No Location: Temple Taste: The food is more authentic, and the variety to choose from is huge. The taste and sauces are very good, and the lunch menu has a wide variety of options. Rating:...

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