High(er)-End

"I stay flossin' in that candy paint / Blowin' Dank / sippin' Drank on 84 swangers" - Mike Jones

135 Prime

  • First-class dining in a comfortable environment? We'll take that all day every day. Akaushi beef, premium Wagyu beef. Fresh-caught deep-water seafood. I teach high school, so I've never been able to eat there, but it sounds awesome. Wine Spectator also gave 135 Prime the Award of Excellence in 2016 and 2017.

  • 1201 Hewitt Drive

  • 4:30pm-10pm Mon-Thu; 4:30pm-11pm Fri-Sat; Closed Sun

1424 Bistro

  • This lovely Rhodesian-inspired bistro offers fresh seafood, beef wellington, beef tenderloin, lamb shank and other delicious entrees and appetizers to go with coffee-infused cocktails.

  • 1424 Washington Avenue

  • 5pm-10pm Tue-Sat; 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm Sun

Diamondback's

  • Whether you want a great steak, fresh seafood and sushi, an intimate spot for your rehearsal dinner, or you just want to split a bottle of wine, or are ready to drop $150 on a Macallan 25, DiamondBack's is the place for you. Complete with happy hour specials, you'll leave with your belly full and your wallet light.

  • 217 Mary Avenue

  • 4pm-10pm Mon-Thu; 4pm-11pm Fri; 5pm-11pm Sat; Closed Sun

Hecho En Waco

  • With authentic Mexican recipes from Michoacan, Mexico City, Puebla and Jalisco, Hecho En Waco is changing the game in downtown Waco with a full menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Their margaritas are made with fresh fruit juice, and their mojitos are second-to-none. Sit out on the patio and enjoy your dinner/drinks from the detached bar/restaurant service.

  • 300 South 6th Street

  • 11am-10pm Sun-Thu; 11am-11pm Fri-Sat

Jon Lillie’s Steakhouse

  • This steakhouse/burger joint/nacho palace/seafood shop can give you pretty much whatever you want. They have affordable kids specials and a full-service bar full of tongue-in-cheek menu titles. It’s an excellent place to hit up when you want something a little bit off the beaten path.

  • 5102 North 19th Street (Lake Shore and North 19th)

  • 11am-9pm Tue-Thu; 11am-10pm Fri-Sat; 11am-3pm Sun; Closed Mon

Magnolia Table

  • It used to be called The Elite, Will Johnson, of Centro-Matic fame (don't know music icons Centro-Matic? Shame on you) left me a copy of his new album behind a flower pot on a Saturday morning at The Elite. Then Chip & JoJo, the Patron Saints of Waco, the reason any of us exist, turned it into Magnolia Table, open for breakfast and lunch. They don't take reservations, so you'll just have to get in line like there's Furbies at the end, or something. Try the Avocado Toast if you want to upset The Establishment. While I like to talk crap for no good reason to the detriment of myself and my family, Jo's Buttermilk Biscuits *are* fantastic, and most of their produce and eggs are locally-grown.

  • 2132 South Valley Mills Drive

  • 6am-3pm

Milo All Day

  • With classic Southern dining and partnerships with local farmers, Milo All Day's menu rotates to suit whatever local produce is the freshest. Milo also features patio dining, so it's a great spot to park it outside and watch Waco go by.

  • 1020 Franklin Avenue

  • 8am-10pm Mon, Wed-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat-Sun; Closed Tue