1424 Washington Avenue
Wed.-Fri. 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sat. 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Sun. 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Reliable lunch and dinner option with a delightful outside patio. Especially good with their Greek dishes (like the grilled lamb chops) and their dessert options (white chocolate bread pudding). As an aside, their Austin cream pie is, in fact, a chocolate cake with creamy layers, and one that should be tried.
1509 Austin Avenue
Tues.-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
A perfect place for ladies who lunch, but the desserts are so good that the men are willing to navigate the chicken salad plate, too. Do not miss the buttermilk pie. Try the one with coconut baked on top, too. While you're at it, throw in a slice of Italian cream cake.
215 South University Parks Drive
Super-fresh Thai food only minutes from campus. You absolutely must end each meal with a scoop of their homemade coconut ice cream.
904 North Valley Mills Drive
Best pizza in town. If you like sausage, pay a bit extra for the Italian sausage upgrade.
420 Franklin Avenue
Tues.-Wed. 4:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Thurs. 4:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Fri.-Sat. 4:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Irish pub with some pretty good grub.
100 North 6th Street
Mon.-Sat. 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sun. 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Good breakfasts and light lunches. For pancake fans, try the banana pecan.
825 Wooded Acres Drive
Long-running Chinese restaurant with deliciously plump pan-fried dumplings.
5501 Legend Lake Parkway
Sun.-Thurs. 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Austin-based chain with delish Mexican food; top-notch tortilla soup.
1123 South 8th Street
Mon.-Sun. 7:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
The go-to destination for a morning coffee, an afternoon espresso meeting, and the occasional live music at night. Indoor couches, outdoor patios.
221 Mary Avenue
Sun.-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.
Pub grub with shuffleboard, pool, and video games.
D's Mediterranean Grill
11503 Colcord Avenue
Impeccably prepared, extraordinarily fresh Lebanese food. Made with love and care by the owners.
214 South 3rd Street
Mon.-Thurs. 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Steakhouse with a can't miss happy hour with cheap, good appetizers like kobe beef sliders, spinach artichoke dip, and portabella quesadillas.
1925 Speight Avenue
Mon.-Sat. 6:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Iconic local joint with food that everyone loves; a favorite of former president George Bush, country singer Pat Green, and a host of other international figures. Order at least one round of crazy wings-a morsel of chicken breast and pepper-jack cheese wrapped in chopped jalapeno and a slice of bacon, and then deep fried. You dip it in ranch dressing, in case you were wondering.
608 Dry Creek Road
Mon.-Fri. 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sat. 7:00a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Enjoy food from their fields, tilled by horse-pulled tools, cheese made from the milk of their cows and goats and sheep, loaves and loaves of freshly baked breads, and a jalapeno sweet potato soup to die for. Dessert would require another full paragraph.
Katie's Frozen Custard
602 South Valley Mills Drive
Mon.-Sat. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
The best soft serve ice cream. In. The. Universe. (Especially during hot Texas summer nights.)
1815 North 18th Street
Greasy-spoon hamburger joint run by Koreans and written up in the New York Times; skip the bulgogi and order the double lip-locker with cheese and their oriental fries.
1911 Franklin Avenue
Tues.-Fri. 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sat. 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sun. 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Local favorite for breakfast tacos and their unusual (but addictive) queso.
220 South 3rd Street
Mon.-Thurs., Sun. 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Houston-based Mexican food chain with a fantastic location here in Waco. The best Ninfa's around, we promise!
The Olive Branch Bakery and Café
Shops at River Square
215 South Second Street
Mon-Fri. 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Students love their delicious quiche, soups, salads and sandwiches. You'll want to save room for Leah's homemade cookies and cupcakes. If you're looking for breakfast, drop by for French toast or an omelet.
Schmaltz's Sandwich Shop
1412 North Valley Mills Drive
Local sandwich joint with made-to-order sandwiches reminiscent of Schlotsky's.
Tony DeMaria's Bar-B-Que
1000 Elm Street
Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sat. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Barbecue, Waco-style, with high kudos from Texas Monthly. (Chosen as one of the 50 best in Texas, no less.) Don't arrive too late. It officially closes at 2pm, but when the meat's gone, the doors close.
Uncle Dan's Barbeque
1001 Lake Air Drive
Mon.-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Waco natives love this place. The former US Ambassador to Sweden, Waco native Lyndon Olson, Jr., has been known to FedEx an entire fete of Uncle Dan's 'cue over to the embassy so the Swedes can get a taste of some slow-smoked beef and a side of his famous potato salad.
For a complete list of Waco Restaurants and locations, see: www.wacocvb.com.