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Family owned for generations in Waco and home of Chip's favorite, the GUT PACK. It's kinda like a Frito pie only with bbq instead of chili.
This is our go to place when in town for breakfast. They have great coffee too! It's directly across the street from the Saturday morning farmer's market, so a great place to hang out while you wait on your table or after you eat. They also have great gluten free pancakes if you so desire!
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locals recommend
Cafe Cappuccino
100 North 6th Street
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This is our go to place when in town for breakfast. They have great coffee too! It's directly across the street from the Saturday morning farmer's market, so a great place to hang out while you wait on your table or after you eat. They also have great gluten free pancakes if you so desire!
A must when visiting all things Magnolia! Here's my tip, either go super early or arrive whenever you like (they only serve breakfast and lunch 6:00-3:00pm) and get on a waiting list. They will text you when your table is ready. You can also log in and see how long the wait is and watch as it goes down. If the wait is an hour or more, I would check out something else in town and keep a close eye on your table wait, then head back when you are less than 30 min away from being seating. It seems it goes faster than they say every time! There's really not much to see right around there that's in walking distance. However, you can get anywhere in Waco in 10+min.
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Magnolia Table
2132 S Valley Mills Dr
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A must when visiting all things Magnolia! Here's my tip, either go super early or arrive whenever you like (they only serve breakfast and lunch 6:00-3:00pm) and get on a waiting list. They will text you when your table is ready. You can also log in and see how long the wait is and watch as it goes down. If the wait is an hour or more, I would check out something else in town and keep a close eye on your table wait, then head back when you are less than 30 min away from being seating. It seems it goes faster than they say every time! There's really not much to see right around there that's in walking distance. However, you can get anywhere in Waco in 10+min.
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Vitek's BBQ
1600 Speight Avenue
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If your stay includes a week day, make sure to try the best sandwich place anywhere! It's just down the street form the house and one of the local favorite. You will pass right by it on your way to the Silos!
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Schmaltz's Sandwich Shoppe
105 S 5th St
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If your stay includes a week day, make sure to try the best sandwich place anywhere! It's just down the street form the house and one of the local favorite. You will pass right by it on your way to the Silos!
One of the oldest restaurants in Waco and some of the best TexMex food around, make sure you save at least one meal for La Fiesta.
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La Fiesta
3815 Franklin Avenue
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One of the oldest restaurants in Waco and some of the best TexMex food around, make sure you save at least one meal for La Fiesta.
My favorite part of this restaurant is watching the reflection of the Silos at sunset...beautiful!
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Hecho En Waco Mexican Cuisine
300 S 6th St
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locals recommend
My favorite part of this restaurant is watching the reflection of the Silos at sunset...beautiful!
A TexMex tradition that started with Mama Nifa in Houston Tx nearly 50 years ago. This place is large enough you don't normally have to wait to be seated unless it's a Baylor weekend. ;) It's only a couple of miles straight up the road.
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Ninfa's Mexican Restaurant
220 S 3rd St
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A TexMex tradition that started with Mama Nifa in Houston Tx nearly 50 years ago. This place is large enough you don't normally have to wait to be seated unless it's a Baylor weekend. ;) It's only a couple of miles straight up the road.
Another Waco and Baylor favorite for decades. Pappa Rollos has it all from fully loaded pizzas with sardines to Vegan and GF options. There's truly something for everyone here and one of our personal favorites. The have a drive up window to pick up orders you call in or a very unique dining experience inside.
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locals recommend
Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 North Valley Mills Drive
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locals recommend
Another Waco and Baylor favorite for decades. Pappa Rollos has it all from fully loaded pizzas with sardines to Vegan and GF options. There's truly something for everyone here and one of our personal favorites. The have a drive up window to pick up orders you call in or a very unique dining experience inside.
Another unique dining experience! Gourmet burgers and plenty of drinks. You will truly be a movie star here! ;)
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Twisted Root Burger Co.
801 S 2nd St
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Another unique dining experience! Gourmet burgers and plenty of drinks. You will truly be a movie star here! ;)
Way more than just bar food... lots of choices and really good food. They have plenty of beer choices, all kept at 33 degrees, thus Bubba's 33.
Bubba's 33
2601 S N Jack Kultgen Expy
Way more than just bar food... lots of choices and really good food. They have plenty of beer choices, all kept at 33 degrees, thus Bubba's 33.
Probably "the" Waco icon when it comes to restaurants. Good southern style cooking and some of the best drink specials around. There are two location and both are good, but be prepared for long waits if it's a busy weekend night, but well worth the wait!
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George's Restaurant Bar & Catering
1925 Speight Ave
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Probably "the" Waco icon when it comes to restaurants. Good southern style cooking and some of the best drink specials around. There are two location and both are good, but be prepared for long waits if it's a busy weekend night, but well worth the wait!
Want a nice steak dinner? Want to make reservations? This may be the best steaks in Waco.
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135 Prime
1201 Hewitt Dr
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Want a nice steak dinner? Want to make reservations? This may be the best steaks in Waco.
Largest beer on tap in Waco
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Cricket's Grill & Drafthouse
221 Mary Avenue
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Largest beer on tap in Waco
One you don't want to miss!
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Jake's Texas Tea House
613 Austin Ave
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One you don't want to miss!
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Alpha Omega Grill & Bakery
929 Franklin Ave
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If you like fruit cakes, this is the place! If you don't like fruit cakes, there many more sweets to choose from and even some really good deli style lunch items. A large area with tables and couches to sit and enjoy coffee, tea and sweets with friends.
Collin Street Bakery - Bellmead/Waco
701 S Interstate Hwy 35
If you like fruit cakes, this is the place! If you don't like fruit cakes, there many more sweets to choose from and even some really good deli style lunch items. A large area with tables and couches to sit and enjoy coffee, tea and sweets with friends.
Lots of options for everyone with a food court style dining experience like no other.
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Union Hall
720 Franklin Avenue
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Lots of options for everyone with a food court style dining experience like no other.
Portofino's
725 Austin Ave
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Vitek's BBQ
1600 Speight Avenue
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The Raleigh At The Hippodrome
724 Austin Avenue
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Cafe Homestead
608 Dry Creek Road
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Best ice cream in town and right next door to Common Grounds. They even have dairy free options and some of the best fresh cookies in Waco!
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Heritage Creamery
1125 S 8th St
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Best ice cream in town and right next door to Common Grounds. They even have dairy free options and some of the best fresh cookies in Waco!
Sightseeing
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Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute
300 South 5th Street
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Waco Tours
211 Clay Ave
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Tours, craft classes and to wrap up the evening... a comedy show!
The Inter-Galactic Shop of Interesting Things
324 South 6th Street
Tours, craft classes and to wrap up the evening... a comedy show!
Waco bucket list
Traveling to Waco is full of more than just Magnolia... Check out some of our favorite places to shop.
Want to see more after you leave the Silos, make sure to make the short walk across the street to visit the Findery. So many beautiful things to see and buy! I always get lots of inspiration here! I've even found a few very cute things to wear. :)
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The Findery
501 S 8th St
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Want to see more after you leave the Silos, make sure to make the short walk across the street to visit the Findery. So many beautiful things to see and buy! I always get lots of inspiration here! I've even found a few very cute things to wear. :)
Remember the player piano in the Fixer Upper episode? Well, this is THE place! So many little antique booths and areas, you will spend hours here. This is probably one of the furthest sights you will want to make time for, but it's only about 20 minutes from the house.
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Cedar Chest Antique Mall
31707 US-84
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Remember the player piano in the Fixer Upper episode? Well, this is THE place! So many little antique booths and areas, you will spend hours here. This is probably one of the furthest sights you will want to make time for, but it's only about 20 minutes from the house.
Whoa! If you like antiques and want to see a historic home all in one, this is the place to go. It's less than 2 miles from the house and only open on Saturdays but a real treasure of antiques and history. Make sure to ask about the original owners... you will find out lots of interesting facts and hear how this house is related to the invention of Dr. Pepper. The elderly couple who run the shop are full of knowledge. The place is also very full of amazing things. They suggest ladies put their bags in the storage cabinet at the front. Don't think this is weird, just know it's to keep little things from getting knocked over. They are fine if you choose to keep your bag with you too.
Show and Tell Antiques
1525 Morrow Avenue
Whoa! If you like antiques and want to see a historic home all in one, this is the place to go. It's less than 2 miles from the house and only open on Saturdays but a real treasure of antiques and history. Make sure to ask about the original owners... you will find out lots of interesting facts and hear how this house is related to the invention of Dr. Pepper. The elderly couple who run the shop are full of knowledge. The place is also very full of amazing things. They suggest ladies put their bags in the storage cabinet at the front. Don't think this is weird, just know it's to keep little things from getting knocked over. They are fine if you choose to keep your bag with you too.
If you are waiting to be seated at Magnolia Table, this is a great stop to make while you watch your phone for the notifications when your table is ready.
LaSalle Shoppes
2223 La Salle Ave
If you are waiting to be seated at Magnolia Table, this is a great stop to make while you watch your phone for the notifications when your table is ready.
Looking for that unique piece, you will likely find it here along with lots of antiques and unusual items. Also close to Magnolia Table.
The Junky Monkey
1715 La Salle Ave
Looking for that unique piece, you will likely find it here along with lots of antiques and unusual items. Also close to Magnolia Table.
Shabby Chic and antiques all tied up with the perfect bow! Don't miss this one!
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Junque In The Trunk
910 La Salle Ave
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Shabby Chic and antiques all tied up with the perfect bow! Don't miss this one!
Joey and Tammy are THE BEST! Don't miss this gem. About 2 miles from the house, you will find all kinds of things here and even more. It's kinda like your one stop shop for all things Waco. From diy classes to Waco city tours, this place has it all. There's even a comedy club... The Silo District Tour and Comedy Club.
Savage Finds Antiques & Oddities
324 S 6th St
Joey and Tammy are THE BEST! Don't miss this gem. About 2 miles from the house, you will find all kinds of things here and even more. It's kinda like your one stop shop for all things Waco. From diy classes to Waco city tours, this place has it all. There's even a comedy club... The Silo District Tour and Comedy Club.
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Magnolia Market Silos
1320 Jack Kultgen Fwy
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The Inter-Galactic Shop of Interesting Things
324 South 6th Street
Parks & Nature
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Cameron Park Zoo
1701 N 4th St
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So much to do!
Cameron Park Drive
So much to do!
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Waco Mammoth National Monument
6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive
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Lake Waco
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BSR Cable Park
5347 Old Mexia Road
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Hawaiian Falls Waco
900 Lake Shore Drive
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Cameron Park
2601 Sturgis Rd
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Essentials
Only about 4 miles from the house and very close to Magnolia Table, this is your best place for a grocery stop. There is an HEB in Bellmead off of I-35, but we highly recommend going to the HEB on Valley Mills. It's a much better store and way less traffic getting there.
It's not the closest to the Crow's Nest, but the BEST!
H-E-B plus!
1821 S Valley Mills Dr
It's not the closest to the Crow's Nest, but the BEST!
If you need a quick doctor visit while you are near downtown, this is a great choice. Fast, friendly and professional.
Premier ER & Urgent Care
221 S Interstate Highway 35
If you need a quick doctor visit while you are near downtown, this is a great choice. Fast, friendly and professional.
Getting Around
Trolley Parking For Magnolia Market
9 Webster Ave

City advice

Getting around
Stop by the Waco Visitors Center for Trolley info
Those of us from Texas love our cars and Waco is no exception. The Silo District has a trolley system that runs through all the major tourist spots and it can be very convenient for those who don't want to drive around or plan on not having a car during their stay. Uber an Lyft can take you just about anywhere and parking in the free Magnolia lots are always an options. Stay tuned for a trolley stop that is scheduled soon right in front of the Crow's Nest.
Getting around
Always feel free to ask if you need help or have questions.
If I'm available, I'm happy to take you to any of your destinations such as the airport or even show you around town. I've been known to take our guest around town for short tours of Fixer Upper homes and some of Waco's best shopping spots for very small fees, so feel free to ask!
Travelling with kids
Need a babysitter?
Our daughter is a Baylor student who is child care certified and loves to help out when she can. She can come to the house and help watch you kids while you enjoy our town.