September 05, 2022
Located in Central Texas, Waco sits between Austin to Dallas – some people will come here for a day trip or stop on the way up to Dallas. Waco is also a college town with Baylor University – so there are always students around looking for good food.
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If you’re looking for some good eats while in Waco, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a little something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for American cuisine and Texas barbecue, tacos and Tex-Mex, or a coffee and some sweets. I’ve dined at some of the Waco restaurants but am sure to discover more over the years in my continued search for the best food.
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As a college town, there will be no shortage of coffee spots in Waco. Beyond wanting to know about the best restaurants in town I commonly get asked about where to get a good cup of Joe! However, if you are looking for the best coffee in Waco, these are the places you need to go.
If you’re looking for a quaint place to relax and enjoy a good cup of coffee, Magnolia Press is the perfect spot. Waco’s most famous residents, the Gaines family, are the creators of Magnolia Table. Given the fact that they are popular for their home renovations, interior design, and lifestyle design that was showcased on HGTV and many other shows and publications the design is spot on. The restaurant serves classic Southern dishes with a modern twist. This charming little cafe is located in the heart of Waco’s trendy Magnolia Silos district and offers a wide variety of coffee drinks and pastries. You can also purchase souvenirs from the gift shop attached to the cafe.
418 S 8th St, Waco, TX, magnolia.com
Common Grounds is one of the most popular coffee shops in Waco and for good reason. The coffee is great, and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. The original coffee shop is near Baylor University, with others popping up around the city. A back room has been designated the Bear Den created for the ideal environment for students needing a quiet place to poke their laptops and cram for tests! Given its location, you will always find college students out here studying or just hanging with friends.
1311 S 5th St, Waco, TX, cgwaco.com
This coffee shop is not only known for its great coffee but also for its unique atmosphere and dining experience. The shop is located in an old cotton mill and has an industrial feel to it. The coffee here is some of the best in town and they have a delicious food menu. This spot is starting to become more of a co-working spot with tons of folks working out of here during the day, slowly transition from coffee to cocktails!
508 Austin Ave, Waco, TX, dichotomycs.com
Milo’s All Day is a great restaurant in Waco for food. They serve up all sorts of delicious dishes that are made from scratched and sourced locally. You will never go wrong ordering their famous chicken fried steak. The restaurant has a casual atmosphere and is perfect any time of day- breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Milo’s also has outdoor seating that lets you take in seasonal Texan comfort food under the warm sun.
1020 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee to start your day or a brunch spot, Cafe Homestead is the place to go. They offer a variety of coffee and tea drinks, as well as breakfast pastries and sandwiches. The cafe is located in a traditional craft village in a sustainable, organic farming community, so you can be sure that you’re getting fresh, natural food. They’ve been serving up delicious food since 1994, so you know it must be good! While you’re there, be sure to take a tour of the farm and gardens, and enjoy a hayride to a scenic vista overlooking the Brazos River.
608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX, cafehomestead.com
If you love food, then you need to put Magnolia Table on your list of places to visit. This restaurant is owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, and it offers a great dining experience. The menu features southern-inspired dishes that are sure to please any palate, and the atmosphere is perfect for a casual meal with family or friends.
Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Magnolia Table has something to offer. For breakfast, try the biscuits and gravy or the chicken-fried steak. Lunch options include the pulled pork sandwich or the shrimp and grits. And for dinner, you can’t go wrong with the chicken-fried chicken or the grilled salmon.
In addition to great food, Magnolia Table also offers a beautiful setting. The restaurant is located in an old cotton mill, and the decor is inspired by Joanna’s love of antique finds. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you eat here, and the experience is sure to be one that you’ll remember for years to come.
If you’re looking for a distinctive and tasty dining experience while in Waco, Texas, Magnolia Food Trucks is the place to be. This range of food trucks offers everything from tacos and pizza to ice cream, with something sure to please everyone. So whether you’re in the mood for some southern comfort food or something a little more exotic, Magnolia Food Trucks is the perfect spot to get your fix and get some takeout.
After hours of exploring the Magnolia Market, I was famished. I decided to head to one of the Magnolia Food Trucks for a bite to eat. I chose the Club Sandwich truck because it had really good reviews online. The food was incredible,! Naturally, I opted for one of their bowls doing half rice, half cabbage with chicken bulgogi. The spicy porked looked good too when folks next to me sat down to chow. The owner Youngdae was out in front of the truck and after seeing him I felt I made the right decision with my order.
If you’re looking for a delicious steak dinner in Waco, Texas, look no further than Saltgrass Steak House. This award-winning restaurant is renowned for its perfectly cooked Certified Angus Beef steaks, and its casual Texas-themed atmosphere is perfect for a night out with friends or family. The menu features something for everyone, from chicken and seafood to tempting appetizers and sides. And be sure to try one of the signature cocktails from the high-end bar – you won’t be disappointed! Whether you’re a local or just passing through, Saltgrass Steak House is definitely worth a visit.
5600 Legend Lake Pkwy, Waco, TX saltgrass.com
If you’re looking for a unique dining experience in Waco, Texas, look no further than Union Hall. This food hall offers a range of different cuisines from local chefs and entrepreneurs, all under one roof. And with communal tables, it’s the perfect place to gather with friends and family. But Union Hall is more than just a great place to eat. They also host special community events throughout the year, celebrating the history and culture of their Franklin Avenue address. So whether you’re looking for a delicious meal or a fun community event, Union Hall is the perfect spot.
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Pull up to the counter eatery that feeds ya Texas BBQ and sandwiches. Jasper’s is the oldest BBQ spot in Waco and full of history.
The Waco Downtown Farmers Market takes up a city block every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. This is a great place to find fresh produce, baked goods, and local crafts. This market is year round but definitely slows down in the winter.
500 Washington Ave., Waco, TX wacodowntownfarmersmarket.org
George’s Restaurant Bar in Waco, Texas is a popular spot for hearty American fare. Folks have been enjoying this laidback atmosphere since 1930s. The chicken fried steak here is some of the best in the area, and the beer selection is also very good. If you’re looking for a relaxed spot to grab some food and drink in Waco, George’s is definitely worth checking out.
A popular spot for chicken fried steak and Big O Beer in a laid-back atmosphere to Central Texas since 1930
George’s branch 1- 1925 Speight • Waco TX
George’s branch 2- 1201 Hewitt Drive • Waco TX
For a more modern upscale Italian restaurant pop over to Di Campli’s Italian Ristorante. This spot is a family run with Massimo Di Campli living out his dream with his wife Kristen and three children. I was very happy with my linguine with clams and calamari starter. My friend tried the lasagna but it was pretty hefty so I got a bite of this in the after-hours back in our hotel.
6500 Woodway Dr Suite 121, Waco, TX 76712
As a retro diner, it’s themed as a gas station with Southern fare. The pork roast came with a couple of sides and I went for the mashed potatoes and gravy. While I was stuffed I saw the Key Lime Pie come out for another table. Save room for dessert.
613 Austin Ave., Waco, Texas, 76710
Alpha Omega is a great spot for a bite of Mediterranean. Located at Franklin Ave, this spot is popular for its gyro sandwiches, Mediterranean grill, and baked goods.
Alpha Omega 929 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 alphaomegawaco.com
D’s Mediterranean Grill is a casual Mediterranean and Middle Eastern eatery. I tried a delicious lamb gyro and tried out a flaky spinach pie.
1503 Colcord Ave Waco, TX 76707
Baris is a casual Italian eatery frequented for its traditional pastas and pizza. They’ve got a BYOB set-up and serve big dishes and are a popular spot for families visitng their children at Baylor. and are a great spot for plates & pizza in an easygoing, BYOB setup.
MOROSO Wood Fired Pizzeria in Waco, Texas is the perfect place to enjoy authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas and other Italian dishes. The MOROSO menu offers a variety of mouth-watering options based on family recipes and Dan Moroso’s upbringing as the grandson of Italian immigrants chasing the American Dream. The friendly staff makes everyone feel like family, and the inviting atmosphere is perfect for a casual night out with friends or a romantic dinner for two. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, MOROSO is sure to please. Reservations are highly encouraged. Buon appetite!
4700 Bosque Blvd, Waco, TX 76710 morosopizzeria.com
For fresh Vietnamese food, many people recommended heading over to Clay Pot Restaurant. They’re popular for pho, rice bowls, bubble tea, and of course, Vietnamese coffee.
416 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701
Harvest on 25th serves great vegan food and is popular for gluten-free pancakes. They promote clean eating and keep things local.
112 N 25th St, Waco, TX 76710 harvest25th.com
The menu at Hecho en Waco features a variety of traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist. The tacos are made with fresh, handmade tortillas and the fillings are creative and flavorful. The fajitas are served on a sizzling platter with all the fixings, and the burritos are stuffed with hearty ingredients. The queso is creamy and delicious, and the salsa is fresh and zesty. You can’t go wrong if at Hecho en Waco you’re searching for a Tex-Mex restaurant in the Silo District.
300 S 6th St b, Waco, TX 76701 hechoenwaco.com
Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant is a great place to celebrate a birthday or any lively occasion. It’s known for the great food, a legacy of Mama Ninfa the original owner. Conveniently, located at River Square Center it’s a great place for Mexican food- carnitas, fajitas, nachos, and quesadillas. If you’re hungry there are bottomless chips and salsa.
215 Mary Ave, Waco, TX 76701-2233 ninfaswacomenu.com
Vitek’s is a 4th generation family-owned and run restaurant famous for their Gut Paks. Those seeking BBQ won’t be disappointed, the Gut Pak which is a combination of Frit’s corn chips, brisket, sausage, beans, pickles, onions, and jalapenos.
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One Thirty Five Prime is a steakhouse in Waco, Texas that offers prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, and farm-to-table produce. The restaurant has been in business for over a decade and has a commitment to serving the best quality food possible. Expect to pay high prices for a meal at One Thirty Five Prime – it’s best suited for an anniversary or intimate celebration. The restaurant has patio seating and a banquet room that are perfect for special occasions.
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If you’re a fan of sweets, then Waco, Texas won’t disappoint. The charming city is home to some of the best bakeries and dessert shops in the state. From cookies and cakes to ice cream and pies, you’ll find everything your sweet tooth desires in Waco.
Milk Bottle Cookies is one of the most popular spots for desserts in Waco. This bakery specializes in cookies, but they also offer a variety of other sweet treats like cupcakes and cake balls. The decor at Milk Bottle Cookies is fun and whimsical, making it the perfect place to enjoy a treat with friends or family.
218 S 11th St, Waco, TX 76701 milkbottlecookies.com
Dough Re Mi is another excellent choice for dessert in Waco. This bakery offers a wide variety of baked goods, including cookies, cakes, pies, and pastries. The staff at Dough Re Mi is always friendly and welcoming, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a sweet treat.
720 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76701 doughremitx.com
If you’re looking for a more traditional dessert shop, then Silos Baking Company is the perfect place for you. This bakery offers a wide selection of pies, cakes, and other desserts. The bakery is also home to the famous Silos Biscuits, which are delicious biscuits topped with butter and honey. As part of the Gaines’ family business, this place is quite popular and can have pretty long lines but still very much worth the wait.
601 Webster Ave Waco, TX 76701 magnolia.com/
If you’re looking for a place to drink in Waco, Texas, you’ve got plenty of options. One Day Waco is a great spot for coffee or cocktails, while the Undercroft Social Club is perfect for beer lovers. And if you’re looking for something a little different, check out Balcones Distilling. Here’s a closer look at each of these bars in Waco.
One Day Waco is a hip spot for coffee or cocktails. The coffee is excellent and the cocktails are even better. The bartenders are knowledgeable and passionate about their drinks, so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. The atmosphere is also great – it’s perfect for catching up with friends or relaxing after a long day.
618 Columbus Ave STE B, Waco, TX 76701 seeyouoneday.com
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The Undercroft Social Club is a member-only club, but it’s worth signing up for if you’re a beer lover. They have an impressive selection of beers, as well as a knowledgeable staff who can help you find the perfect drink. The BYOB social club also has a great atmosphere – it’s dark and cozy, with plenty of seating so you can relax and chat with friends in the middle of downtown Waco.
712 Austin Avenue Waco, TX 76701 (rear entrance) undercroftwaco.com
Balcones Distilling is a must-visit for any whiskey lover. They offer tours of the distillery, so you can see how their award-winning whiskey is made. And of course, you can sample some of their products in the tasting room. If you’re looking for something truly unique, Balcones is definitely the place to go.
225 S 11th St, Waco, TX 76701 balconesdistilling.com
If you’re looking for a great American Grub spot in Waco, Texas, Brazos Bar & Bistro is the place for you. Tucked away in the hip Hotel Indigo on Clay Ave, Brazos offers seasonal dishes with a unique twist. The cocktails are also not to be missed – definitely try the Brazos Mule! This is a great option for those coming into the city late. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a relaxing meal, or a night cap, Brazos has you covered.
211 Clay Ave, Waco, TX 76706 facebook.com/BrazosBarBistro/
Cricket’s Draft House and Grill is a neighborhood sports bar that specializes in beer and pub grub. It has pool tables and shuffleboard as well. Over 100 draught beers are available at the local pub and grill, which also serves a from-scratch menu. With a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, excellent service, and reasonable prices, this is a place you’ll want to visit. The fish and chips were delicious, as was the kitchen sink burger.
211 Mary Ave, Waco, TX 76701 cricketsgrill.com
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WRITTEN BY: Jane Ko
Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin’s top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.
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