Over the past four years I’ve spent in Waco, I’ve discovered quite a few delicious eateries with some of the best foods that I will miss immensely once I move back home. One thing Waco does not lack is good food! Some of my favorite memories at Baylor are all of the lunches and dinners I spent with Lo and Jonathan eating at our most loved restaurants and dessert locations where we shared endless laughs, funny tears, and moments that we continue to reenact. They’ve also introduced me to most of my now favorite places to which I’ve repeatedly returned.
For breakfast and brunch, I love Milo All Day, which serves homemade biscuits and unique takes on quiche, hash, benedict, and classic egg dishes. The last time I went to Milo with Lo, I had their crispy carnitas hash with candied tomatoes and a fresh peach belini!
Another fun brunch location is Lula Jane’s— a coffee and pastry café founded by a Baylor graduate, which surprisingly made the Yelp Top 100 Places to Eat in the US this year! I love their cookies, cinnamon rolls, and savory quiches.
I don’t usually like Greek or Mediterranean food, but Alpha and Omega makes the most delicious gyro I’ve ever eaten at such an affordable price. The brick location also serves up large plates and beautiful homemade desserts!
My favorite BBQ place in Waco is Vitek’s— one of the first restaurants I tried when I was in high school and still love today. I usually eat their one meat plate with pulled pork, coleslaw, and potato salad, but I recently tried their famous Gut Pak– a mixture of cheese, chopped brisket, fritos, beans, onions, jalapeños, and bbq sauce, and I’m a convert!
Okay here’s a shocking secret: A couple weeks ago, I decided that I now love Mexican food (I KNOW), so Jonathan took Lo and me to Taqueria El Crucero and their carnitas were so mind-blowingly delicious that I returned for another serving two days later! I still dream about the plate everyday so I definitely plan on going back before I leave Waco!
My favorite meal in all of Waco is the fried chicken from Cajun Craft, which I’ve eaten at least two dozen times over the past two years. I’m convinced there’s no chicken in the world more crispy and juicy and amazing as these pieces and I don’t know what my life was like before or what it will be like after this plate.
Twisted Root isn’t a Waco-specific place, but they make some of the best burgers I’ve had. All of the burgers are huge and overstuffed and I can’t get enough of them or their special lemonades (I love their blueberry one!). My favorite burger is the one with lots of cheese, mushrooms, and bacon. Is there anything better than that? Oh yeah, how about crunchy fries and a toasted s’mores milkshake? I just had a heart attack.
My first favorite Waco restaurant was Jake’s Texas Tea House, which I haven’t been to in a while, but still love nonetheless. The location has a retro theme with Southern food and incredibly decadent desserts! I always order their Sunday roast and eat an outrageous amount of their family-style unlimited sides: mashed potatoes, creamed corn, green beans, and black eyed peas!
My controversial favorite dessert place is Homestead Heritage’s café, which is a food gem within a super creepy cult-like compound (Jonathan is still annoyed they haven’t asked him to join). It’s quite a drive to actually get to their community and we somehow always spent at least three-four hours eating lunch. Were we actually poisoned and forgot about time? Their burgers and smashed potatoes are delicious, but the true stars are their homemade ice cream and pies. I adore their peanut butter pie with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. They’re definitely worth the possible forced indoctrination!