Foodies have been salivating for months waiting for the opening of Tavares’ newest eatery. They will no longer have to claw at the door, as Burgers Tacos Waffles (BTW) finally starts dishing out its specialities in early April.
Rebecca and Craig Williamson’s idea was to combine three different food truck concepts that whip up fresh street food and build them into a single brick and mortar location. Most of the warm industrial decor of the fast-casual restaurant was crafted by the Williamsons from salvaged finds like vintage windows, wood pallets and weathered, corrugated tin.
True to its name, the restaurant will feature a variety of fresh, inspired burgers, tacos and waffles rotating according to seasonality. The menu offerings are enough to make lovers of gourmet street food drool.
The Angus burgers are made with BTW’s own combination of brisket and short-ribs seasoned with a house-blend of spices. “Chicken & Waffles” are made on a malted buttermilk Belgian-style waffle. Other savory offerings include Korean BBQ tacos, “BFD Burger” (“Breakfast for Dinner” burger), poutine with stout and short rib gravy, and “The Shroom” vegetarian taco.
Sugar junkies can indulge in dessert waffles made with housemade banana bread or red velvet batter and covered in decadent toppings. Overall, there are more than thirty items on the menu. Entrée prices range from $7- $18.
“Our goal is to offer high-quality, delicious food at a reasonable price. All while encouraging people to try some deliciously handcrafted food that they may not have thought about making themselves,” said Rebecca, who hopes to start working with some farms to bring in fresh, local ingredients.
This is the Williamsons’ second business venture in downtown Tavares. In 2015, they opened Bru Tap House, a popular craft beer bar located next to BTW. The bar will now be able to serve patrons BTW food that pairs with its 30 craft beers on tap.
Rebecca, raised by two parents in the restaurant industry, said. “I can remember when I was a little girl unwrapping pots and pans in restaurant kitchens.” Eventually, she would tend bar and manage several different restaurants since her beginnings at a Perkins at 16.
BTW is located at 115 E. Main and will be open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner and closed on Mondays. On Fridays and Saturdays it will stay open until 1 a.m. to accommodate a late-night crowd.