TOP 5 LOCAL EATS: Waco, Texas

by | Oct 2, 2020 | Local Places, Travel Recommendations, Travel Tips | 0 comments

Waco, Texas…home to the Magnolia Market, Baylor University, and some really, really good food. Check out our picks!


Best Vietnamese: Clay Pot


Located in the heart of downtown Waco. Clay Pot is a locally owned, family run restaurant serving up traditional Vietnamese cuisine and other dishes for the past 20 years! Their featured dish is the Clay Pot…Clay Pot Cooking is a technique of cooking food in an unglazed clay pot which has been soaked in water so as to release steam during the cooking process. At the Clay Pot you can rest assured it’s the real thing! Thanh and Phong Le make sure every dish is filled with authentic Vietnamese flavor. Some of the most popular dishes include Pho, Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings, and their refreshing Spring Rolls!

Best Farm to Table: Cafe Homestead

Cafe Homestead is located in the traditional farming community, Homestead Heritage, and eating here is like taking a step back in time. From the atmosphere to the dishes created using pasture-raised beef, freshly baked breads, and local cheeses it truly is a unique dining experience. To truly immerse yourself in the homestead lifestyle you can take a tour of the farm, gardens and the working craft shops while you wait for a table. It’s truly hard to find a complaint when it comes to this cafe, everything is made from scratch with love and care and you can taste it!

Best Breakfast: Magnolia Table

Magnolia Table is a breakfast and lunch restaurant specializing in fresh, homegrown ingredients and good, old-fashioned cooking…in true Chip and Joanne Gaines style it’s fresh and modern with an overlay of cozy farmhouse. The history of Magnolia Table dates all the way back to 1919, when it was The Elite Cafe. The Elite Cafe was THE place to be and people waited hours to get in, the original location became so popular the owners opened up a second location on the Waco Traffic Circle in 1941, thus the current location of Magnolia Table was born. If you’re hoping to grab one of those famous buttermilk biscuits get there early or make a reservation otherwise you’re in for a decent wait.

Best Prime Steak: 135 Prime

One Thirty Five Prime boasts handcrafted perfection on every plate and fine dining while still feeling like home. With a motto of “All Fresh. All Prime. All the Time” you can expect to get some amazing food. Chefs Richard and Ricardo have curated a menu that goes above and beyond…their specialty 135 Medallions served on top of Parmesan herbed polenta or mashed potatoes and drizzled with Glace de Viande are savory heaven on a plate and the Chateaubriand Dinner For Two is truly an experience you’ll never forget!

Best Texas Home Cooking: Jake's Texas Tea house

“This ain’t no Tea Room” The term “Texas Tea” became popular in 1960’s as a nickname for crude oil aka black gold. Jake’s Texas Tea House describes their culinary style as “Texas home cooking worth leaving home for!” Their killer desserts are made fresh every day and the daily southern specials are finger lickin’ good. We suggest you go for dinner on a Saturday night to get the true Texas Tea House experience… huge meals served family style, Texas hand crafted beers, and you might even find Elvis or Marylin putting on a show.


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