Waco Brunch is a thing. Brunchin’ is the best way to start the day, and is very trendy in the “big cities,” and 2017 trendy Waco has some pretty stellar options.
To be completely honest, brunch is my favorite meal period. It sets the scene for a fun day, it balances the perfect combination of salty and sweet and it is frequently accompanied with mimosas.
This place has amazing omelets and coffee. The 254 blend is nutty with a hint of vanilla and it is delicious. Their pancakes are a really cool consistency, and have the best texture. The pancakes are more on the substance side than the fluffy side so its a truly hearty meal. The croissant sandwich is super inexpensive and hugged between two perfectly toasted, kind of chewy but in a delicious way, croissant slices.(Best croissants in Waco honestly.)
The Hippodrome brunch has the best home-fries around. The dinning room is elegantly decorated and the view of Austin Ave is chic. They have mimosas, bloody Mary’s and the option of making your coffee Irish if you know what I mean. The french toast is the best option in my opinion, perfectly fluffy and not too heavy with the fruit on top.
The Coffee Shop Cafe in McGregor is ALWAYS a good idea. With chicken fried steak and eggs and the feeling of being away from all the hustle and bustle it creates a morning escape. If you get there in time you can take advantage of their buffet line, which is the best buffet experience in Waco. Can’t decide between salty and sweet? Grab a nice serving of both, sit and enjoy the homegrown ambiance.
Barnett’s has an absolutely fabulous brunch and great prices for mimosas. This one is particularly tricky with being open, because they are predominantly a bar before they are a food place so it’s hard to track their food down, but let me tell you it is absolutely worth the risk. Get to know the bartenders and they will keep you in the loop.
Lula Jane’s is another tricky place for being open but they have the most incredible breakfast pie. Their policy for hours on Saturday’s is “open until they run out” if that gives you any indication for how delicious their food is. Check out their social media before heading out there to see what their serving up for the day! It’s definitely worth the trip. And if you miss the breakfast, eat one of their incredible cookies cause I mean there’s arguably a good amount of protein in those…enough to potentially add it to the breakfast category.
Cafe Cap obviously has incredible, big-as-yo-face pancakes. They’re bigger than your face so be forewarned that few can eat more than two in one sitting. Their eggs Benedict is delicious, they make french toast out of banana bread (genius) and their breakfast tacos are heavenly. Pro tip- if the downtown one is absolutely packed there are several more locations you can try with much shorter lines
The Egg and I is exactly what it sounds like. If you’re in the mood for a good skillet, this is the place for you. They have many different skillet options with different flavors and ingredients, so no matter your mood you can find a skillet that fits your cravings. Warning- their pancakes are huge so if you intent on ordering a pancake “on the side” of your skillet, split it with someone else.
Moroso’s is the newest addition to this list. They take the ingredients of their pizza very seriously, and brunch is no different. Their frittata’s are fresh and their potatoes are roasted with rosemary to give it that extra burst of flavor. And yes, they have mimosas. Check them out, they are a true Waco gem.
Milo’s food truck locations serves up some of the best breakfast items in Waco. They source their ingredients locally, cook their biscuits to flaky perfection with an extra pop of butter, they bring in grass fed beef and no matter what you eat, you leave feeling refreshed instead of bogged down by their food. (Be on the lookout for their Tuesday special, it’s one of the best daily specials in Waco.)
Harold’s was the curve ball breakfast place we’ve always driven by but never been into. Their suspension bridge mural is peppered with pancakes and if that’s not dedication to brunch we don’t know what is. The inside is covered with wood paneling and Harold himself takes you to be seated. It has the cutest, homestyle breakfast feel. It’s one of those places where you randomly strike up a conversation with the table next to you and no one feels weird about it. The omelets are delicious, the waffles are golden and perfectly fluffy and as the name suggests, steaks are a normal accompaniment to your breakfast. So if you have a significant other who isn’t as much about the brunch scene, this place is the relationship compromise you’ve been looking for.
This list is constantly growing, and we will update you as we find out more information. Not only do we have the new and Magnolia improved Elite Cafe to look forward to, but rumor has it a brick and mortar version of Milo is in the works.
And, as always, if you know something we don’t know, let us know! We’re constantly on the lookout for new information and articles.
Happy brunching, Waco.