Where to Eat

Common Grounds

If you would like to get a feel for student life off campus or are just looking for something great to eat, be sure to visit some popular hangouts close to Baylor's campus.

Common Grounds

1123 South 8th Street
This cozy, alumni-owned coffee shop is on the corner of campus at the intersection of 8th Street and Dutton Avenue. Students enjoy studying, hanging out, and listening to live music at Common Grounds. Grab their famous Cowboy Coffee or the 254 or Lake Waco (for non-coffee drinkers).

Vitek's BBQ

1600 Speight Avenue
Looking for authentic Texas BBQ? Grab the famous Gut-Pak from Vitek's (imagine a Frito pie, but even better!). Located at the corner of Speight Avenue and 16th Street.

George's Restaurant

1925 Speight Avenue
Located off the access road after the light at 17th-18th Streets near I-35, George's is a student and alumni favorite. Featuring southern style foods, this is always a hot spot on game day. You'll want to try the Crazy Wings and chicken fried steak or chicken.

Schmaltz's Sandwich Shoppe

105 South 5th Street
If you're looking for a great sandwich and want to check out Downtown Waco, visit Schmaltz's. The menu features a variety of sandwiches on artisan bread made fresh daily. The signature Schmaltz sandwich is amazing.


220 South 3rd Street
Located downtown in a former train depot, Ninfa's is a local Tex-Mex favorite. If you're coming in from out of state and want a real taste of Texas, this is a must-try. We recommend the fajitas or the Pechuga Alfonzo.

Shorty's Pizza Shack

1712 South 12th Street
Offering New York style pizza by the slice, hot wings, and great lunch specials, Shorty's Pizza Shack is a student favorite. Shorty's is a great place to catch a game or relax with friends, and it's within walking distance of campus.