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13 Essential Waco Restaurants

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Once only thought of as the home of Baylor University and a pit-stop on the way to Austin — at least in terms of road trips — Waco is now coming into its own as an actual destination. Thanks to the success of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, Waco’s own Chip & Joanna Gaines have brought a huge influx of new tourists into the city of Waco, along with the usual new Baylor students and their families and Texas travelers.

Whether heading off to college or to check out the new Magnolia Market, these 13 restaurants are essential stops in Waco. Ranging from Cambodian cuisine to light Mediterranean fare, there’s more here than meets the eye.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kitok Restaurant

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1815 N 18th St
Waco, TX
(254) 754-1801
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This small Korean eatery ain’t fancy, but where else in Waco can you find solid bulgogi, kalbi, funky kimchi, and a great cheeseburger in the same place?

2. D's Mediterranean Grill

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1503 Colcord Ave
Waco, TX
(254) 754-6709
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There’s so much more in Waco than just burgers and barbecue, and spots like D’s Mediterranean are proof. Keep it light with crunchy falafel, beef kebabs, and (of course) plenty of hummus. If greasy diner fare is what you seek, D’s also serves fried catfish, burgers, and chicken fried steak.

3. Jake's Texas Tea House

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613 Austin Ave
Waco, TX
(254) 756-2522
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During breakfast, this service station-themed eatery serves up Southern breakfast classics a la carte. But when dinner rolls around, the tables at Jake’s become home to epic family-style spreads of chicken fried steak, creamed corn, green beans, rolls, and cornbread. Fortunately, there’s plenty of Texas-brewed beer to help wash it all down.

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4. George's Restaurant & Catering

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1925 Speight Ave
Waco, TX
(254) 753-1421
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A popular haunt for Baylor students, George’s serves up giant, 18-ounce margaritas (or beers) alongside Southern comfort food. Dig into burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and an equally large brownie sundae served in one of its “Big O” glasses.

5. Health Camp

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2601 Circle Rd
Waco, TX
(254) 752-2081
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It might be a bit of a misnomer, but at least Health Camp’s burgers are good for the soul. This old-school spot serves up a perfectly greasy burger, tots, and fries, and the super-thick milkshakes are substantial enough to almost qualify as a meal.

6. Schmaltz's Sandwich Shoppe

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105 S 5th St
Waco, TX
(254) 753-2332
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A Waco institution since 1975, Schmaltz’s has moved around a few times, but the sandwiches have always been the same. The bread at this no-frills spot is baked in-house, then piled high with pastrami, salami, corned beef, or deli meats.

7. Taqueria El Crucero

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2525 Robinson Dr
Waco, TX
(254) 662-3359
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Open for breakfast and lunch, Taqueria el Crucero is a solid stop for tacos, breakfast burritos, migas, and so much more, including options for vegetarians. Definitely try the queso, and order a jamaica (hibiscus) agua fresca.

8. Silos Baking Co.

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601 Webster Ave
Waco, TX

Owned by Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, this sweet little bakery serves up pastries that are perfect for eating whilst walking around Magnolia Market. Bonus: there’s even a cupcake named after shiplap.

9. Vitek's

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1600 Speight Ave
Waco, TX
(254) 752-7591
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A favorite of locals and tourists alike, Vitek’s is a Waco institution. If the infamous Gut Pak, a massive pile of smoked meat, Fritos, cheese, beans, pickles, and barbecue sauce, is a little too overwhelming, a simple brisket sandwich will totally hit the spot.

10. Cupp's Drive Inn

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1424 Speight Ave
Waco, TX
(254) 753-9364
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Open since 1947, Cupp’s is the spot for a classic cheeseburger with a side of tots. Breakfast is also on offer, including a budget-friendly breakfast special of two eggs, toast, and hash browns that will only set you back $6.

11. The Blasian Asian

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202 S University Parks Dr
Waco, TX
(254) 640-2940
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This quirky food truck serves up a small menu of Cambodian favorites, like yellow chicken curry, grilled pork sandwiches, and ridiculously crispy egg rolls. Order the lemongrass beef stir fry, and crank the heat level up to five for a seriously spicy lunch.

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12. Clay Pot Restaurant

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920 S Jack Kultgen Expy
Waco, TX
(254) 756-2721
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This cozy Vietnamese spot serves up pho, vermicelli bowls, and other favorites, but the real star of the menu is the namesake clay pot dishes. Order up chicken curry or Stan’s clay pot, a unique bowl packed with veggies and protein awash in a creamy sauce and topped with cheese. Pair with a bubble tea for the perfect lunch.

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13. Lula Jane's

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406 Elm St
Waco, TX
(254) 366-0862
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There’s really no disputing the greatness of a bacon-cheddar scone, especially when it’s served in a charming spot like Lula Jane’s. On the sweet side, find treats like buttermilk pie, bread pudding, and classic chocolate chip cookies. If your pooch is along for the ride, score a treat for him here, too.

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1. Kitok Restaurant

1815 N 18th St, Waco, TX

This small Korean eatery ain’t fancy, but where else in Waco can you find solid bulgogi, kalbi, funky kimchi, and a great cheeseburger in the same place?

1815 N 18th St
Waco, TX

2. D's Mediterranean Grill

1503 Colcord Ave, Waco, TX

There’s so much more in Waco than just burgers and barbecue, and spots like D’s Mediterranean are proof. Keep it light with crunchy falafel, beef kebabs, and (of course) plenty of hummus. If greasy diner fare is what you seek, D’s also serves fried catfish, burgers, and chicken fried steak.

1503 Colcord Ave
Waco, TX

3. Jake's Texas Tea House

613 Austin Ave, Waco, TX
Jake’s Texas Tea House/Facebook

During breakfast, this service station-themed eatery serves up Southern breakfast classics a la carte. But when dinner rolls around, the tables at Jake’s become home to epic family-style spreads of chicken fried steak, creamed corn, green beans, rolls, and cornbread. Fortunately, there’s plenty of Texas-brewed beer to help wash it all down.

613 Austin Ave
Waco, TX

4. George's Restaurant & Catering

1925 Speight Ave, Waco, TX

A popular haunt for Baylor students, George’s serves up giant, 18-ounce margaritas (or beers) alongside Southern comfort food. Dig into burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and an equally large brownie sundae served in one of its “Big O” glasses.

1925 Speight Ave
Waco, TX

5. Health Camp

2601 Circle Rd, Waco, TX

It might be a bit of a misnomer, but at least Health Camp’s burgers are good for the soul. This old-school spot serves up a perfectly greasy burger, tots, and fries, and the super-thick milkshakes are substantial enough to almost qualify as a meal.

2601 Circle Rd
Waco, TX

6. Schmaltz's Sandwich Shoppe

105 S 5th St, Waco, TX

A Waco institution since 1975, Schmaltz’s has moved around a few times, but the sandwiches have always been the same. The bread at this no-frills spot is baked in-house, then piled high with pastrami, salami, corned beef, or deli meats.

105 S 5th St
Waco, TX

7. Taqueria El Crucero

2525 Robinson Dr, Waco, TX

Open for breakfast and lunch, Taqueria el Crucero is a solid stop for tacos, breakfast burritos, migas, and so much more, including options for vegetarians. Definitely try the queso, and order a jamaica (hibiscus) agua fresca.

2525 Robinson Dr
Waco, TX

8. Silos Baking Co.

601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX

Owned by Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, this sweet little bakery serves up pastries that are perfect for eating whilst walking around Magnolia Market. Bonus: there’s even a cupcake named after shiplap.

601 Webster Ave
Waco, TX

9. Vitek's

1600 Speight Ave, Waco, TX

A favorite of locals and tourists alike, Vitek’s is a Waco institution. If the infamous Gut Pak, a massive pile of smoked meat, Fritos, cheese, beans, pickles, and barbecue sauce, is a little too overwhelming, a simple brisket sandwich will totally hit the spot.

1600 Speight Ave
Waco, TX

10. Cupp's Drive Inn

1424 Speight Ave, Waco, TX

Open since 1947, Cupp’s is the spot for a classic cheeseburger with a side of tots. Breakfast is also on offer, including a budget-friendly breakfast special of two eggs, toast, and hash browns that will only set you back $6.

1424 Speight Ave
Waco, TX

11. The Blasian Asian

202 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX
The Blasian Asian/Facebook

This quirky food truck serves up a small menu of Cambodian favorites, like yellow chicken curry, grilled pork sandwiches, and ridiculously crispy egg rolls. Order the lemongrass beef stir fry, and crank the heat level up to five for a seriously spicy lunch.

202 S University Parks Dr
Waco, TX

12. Clay Pot Restaurant

920 S Jack Kultgen Expy, Waco, TX
Clay Pot Restaurant/Facebook

This cozy Vietnamese spot serves up pho, vermicelli bowls, and other favorites, but the real star of the menu is the namesake clay pot dishes. Order up chicken curry or Stan’s clay pot, a unique bowl packed with veggies and protein awash in a creamy sauce and topped with cheese. Pair with a bubble tea for the perfect lunch.

920 S Jack Kultgen Expy
Waco, TX

13. Lula Jane's

406 Elm St, Waco, TX
Lula Jane's/Facebook

There’s really no disputing the greatness of a bacon-cheddar scone, especially when it’s served in a charming spot like Lula Jane’s. On the sweet side, find treats like buttermilk pie, bread pudding, and classic chocolate chip cookies. If your pooch is along for the ride, score a treat for him here, too.

406 Elm St
Waco, TX

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