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Restaurants and bars that serve good food in Waco

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Restaurants and bars that serve good food in Waco


We are coming to Waco this summer for a hot air balloon championship in July. I'm always on the lookout for those small places that the only the locals know and want to keep a secret. We are staying at the Extended Stay with the other balloonists so we don't need hotel recomendations, but I would appreciate any advice for breakfast, lunch and dinners. Also good food shopping. Can you tell my priorities? Food , ambiance(not fancy) and good cool drinks.



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1. Re: Restaurants and bars that serve good food in Waco

It isn't a secret place but Elite Cafe on the traffic circle is good.


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Breakfast -

Leals - A hole-in-the-wall mexican restraunt that serves the greatest burritos you will ever taste. Located in Hewitt (right outside of waco). I reccomend a combo w/cheese for lunch or A bacon,egg, potato, and cheese for brekfast. Make sure to try the hot sauce. YUM

Shipleys - Not sure if this is a national chain but it is a donut shop with Kolaches to die for. 2 locations. 1 in hewitt, and 1 in waco on Valley Mills Dr.

Lunch -

Dubl-R-Burgers - The greatest burgers on the face of the earth, hard to find but definetley worth it.

Schmaltz's Sandwich Shoppe - Comparable to Schlotskys but WAY better. This is an amazing little restraunt. I reccomend The Original and Sweet Tea.

Supper -

Georges - Amazing Chicken Fried Steak in downtown Waco, also home to the famous Big-O margaritas.

Crickets Bar and Grill - Nice game room, great bar, fun atmosphere.

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Actually, Leal's is in Woodway (very close to where you're staying) rather than Hewitt but I strongly and heartily second the endorsement. :-) If you go on Saturday morning at about 10:30, you'll see my husband picking up our order. Likewise, Shipley's is a Waco tradition. We go there every Tuesday.

Dubl-R Burgers is awesome, so is Kitok's 9another good burger joint) on 19th Street.

One of my very favorite lunch places is in McGregor, but it's hardly a drive from Extended Stay. I'm guessing you'll be spending time near the Curves International building. If you continue out Hwy 84 to McGregor, in about 10 minutes you'll be at Texas Tea and Coffee:


I haven't been to Hog Creek Icehouse since it opened at its new location in March, so I can't vouch for the food but judging from the crowded parking lot, the place has SOMETHING fun to offer! :-)


A quaint little lunch place, attached to a quaint little store (sells things like candle holders, purses, knick knacks) is called Scavengers and No. 13 Cafe. Scavengers is the store, No. 13 Cafe is the restaurant. It's on Hewitt Drive (no website).

Another lunch place is Cafe Cappuccino on Bosque near the Heart of Texas Coliseum. They serve dang good breakfasts too. Wish they had a website.

I also like Beatnix, although it's not very close to where you're staying.


If you want to go downtown, a place that "everyone's buzzing" about is The Green Room Grille. I haven't been there yet, but it's a good dinner spot from what I hear.

Also towards downtown is a restaurant called 1424, which is located at 1424 Washington Ave. Casual, quite dinner place. One of my favorites.

The Northwood Inn is fine dining in Waco, and is closing at the end of the summer much to our chagrin.


For barbecue, we always go to Jack's Smokehouse in McGregor (1st choice) or Uncle Dan's at Valley Mills and Lake Air. Michna's also has a good reputation. No website for Jack's, but Uncle Dan's is:


And finally (because this is getting too long - LOL) La Fiesta is a Waco tradition. It's a Mexican restaurant not unlike many other Mexican restaurants, but it always seems to win "best of Waco" awards. The original location is on Franklin Ave. at Valley Mills, but they've opened a new location at Westrock Center in Hewitt.


Hope that's enough... phew!! Let me know if you need more... there ARE more...

As far as "good food shopping"... uh... That's what the internet is for! LOL.

But in all seriousness, all we have in the way of food shopping is H-E-B which is pretty good but nothing like Whole Foods or anything.

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Hello rayslane, if your looking for a good place to eat with great food and atomosphere Lake Brazos Steakhouse is the place. All the food is made from scratch and it's good. Prices are reasonable. The steak house sets right on the river and has a real 70 person paddle boat that will take you on tours up and down the river. On thur, fri and sat nights there is a live band on the deck. You can enter in through the front of the restaraunt or float up in a boat in the back. The steakhouse is family owned and has been there forever. It's located on Martin Luther King BLVD. It's also the home of the 88oz steak which is the bigest that I know of. If your wondering how I know so much i used to work there. Tell them that L.L. sent you and you'll get happy hour all night and just about any table you want.

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