When it comes down to it, all food is ethnic food, no?
About the only thing I love more than the outside of Cathay House is the food, but I could eat Chinese food for pretty much every meal. Yet, as a Real Man, I eat almost exactly what my wife tells me to eat. Cathay House is one of the places I suggest for work lunches when she's not around. It's everything you can want in Chinese food, including vegetarian options.
925 Wooded Acres Drive
11am-9:30pm Tue-Sun; Closed Mon
Two blocks down from Magnolia, Fortune Cookie Express has solid Chinese food as well as Boba tea. With great combo specials featuring Garlic Butter Chicken, Jalapeno Shrimp, and your requisite Orange, Sesame, and Kung Po Chicken, you can't go wrong at Fortune Cookie Express.
723 South 6th Street
Staff Pick: Sesame Chicken with Steamed Rice, and a wheelbarrow full of egg rolls.
Opening in 2016, Alpha Omega serves Mediterranean food from an open kitchen. Walk past and have your choice of gyros, hummus, baba ganoush, spanakopita and more. Obviously there are veggie options. Make sure you add a Greek Coffee and head out to the patio to enjoy downtown Waco.
929 Franklin Avenue
10:30am-9pm Mon-Sat; Closed Sun
D's Mediterranean Grill
This is OG Waco Greek food. Falafels are done perfectly, The hummus is perfect, and the gyro plate with the spanakopita? Getouttahere.... Something for everyone, D's is a perfect choice for lunch or dinner.
1503 Colcord Avenue
11am-8pm Mon-Sat; Closed Sun
Mr. Greek Grocery & Grill
Sure you can get chicken and burgers here, but you really need to go Mediterranean on it and get the gyro, or the falafel, or the chicken shawarma. There's a grocery attached to the restaurant where you can stock up on all your at-home Mediterranean needs and also to buy halal and kosher meats.
2625 West Waco Drive
10am-10pm Mon-Thu; 10am-11pm Fri-Sat; 12pm-8pm Sun
Staff Pick: The hummus. All of it. Now.
The eight family members comprising the Xristo's family make sure that you will not regret your visit to Xristo's. The gyro meat is never cooked on a spit - it's always cooked fresh every day, as are all of their other ingredients (including their famous tzatziki).
810 La Salle Avenue
11am-2pm Mon; 11am-7pm Tue-Thu; 11am-8pm Fri-Sat; Closed Sun
Staff Pick: The "Giddo."
Mercifully, there's now an Indian option in Waco, and it's solid from top to bottom. Featuring a legit Tandoor oven (the Tandoori Kabobs with a meat of your choosing are a must-order for at least one person at your table), you can also get Biryani dishes and curries. Level of spiciness is on-demand, and there are great vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options for every eater in your group. And on Mondays, you get 20% off all entrees when you sit at the bar!
506 Austin Avenue
Staff Pick: Cholle Masala
Wako Roll is one of the only places to get not-grocery store sushi. With a light, airy atmosphere and a menu featuring sushi and Korean fare, Wako Roll is a popular destination in Central Texas Marketplace.
2804 West Loop 340 (in Central Texas Marketplace)
11am-10pm Mon-Sat; Closed Sun
This small Korean-American restaurant has been doing it in Waco for almost 50 years. Get yer noodles and burgers, and you absolutely have to order the Oriental Fries.
1815 North 18th Street
11am-4pm Tue-Thu; 11am-8pm Fri-Sat; Closed Sun
At the corner of Franklin and University Parks, Bangkok Royal offers some of Waco’s best curries, Pad Thai, and coconut ice cream you could want. There are loads of veggie options, as well, for those of you that are in to [waves hands] that sort of thing.
215 South University Parks Drive
11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm Mon-Fri; 12pm-3pm, 5pm-10pm Sat; Closed Sun.
Open for just over two years now, Cajun Craft makes “Viet-Cajun” food, and makes it extremely well. Pho is served Tuesday-Saturday, while their lunch specials include Country Fried Pork Steak, Shrimp PoBoy, a Catfish Basket.
601 South 11th Street
11am-3pm Mon-Tue; 11am-8pm Wed-Sat; Closed Sun
This legit Vietnamese restaurant has the best Pho in town and it’s served in a…wait for it…clay pot, and it takes 8-10 hours just to cook the broth. There’s a ton of veggie and vegan options, as well. Can’t decide on what to get? You can ask for “whatever you’re cooking today,” and you’re pretty much going to enjoy whatever that may be. When it’s not so hot that your shoes melt to the ground, make sure you head out back to the patio to escape the noise and bustle of downtown Waco.
416 Franklin Avenue
11am-10pm Tue-Sun; Closed Mon