5 New Waco Restaurants You Must Try This Summer


When we moved to Waco almost two years ago now, we knew the restaurant options would be much slimmer than we had in San Diego.  Thankfully, we aren’t big restaurant connoisseurs, and we had plenty of local spots to try in the course of our first year.

But it’s always exciting when something new comes to town!  So while we wait for the promised La Madeleine in the near future, and while I keep my fingers crossed for a Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Whole Foods, there have been some new delicious eateries on the Waco horizon.

  1. Hecho en Waco 
    300 S. 6th St.
    no hours posted yet
    The sign alone is alluring. “An upscale restaurant specializing in fine Mexican cuisine from interior Mexico.”  The rumor is that they will be opening in July!  This location is just across the tracks from the Magnolia Silos in the newly-built stylish Mary Avenue Market.
  2. Pie Peddlers 
    300 S. 6th St.
    Open everyday 9am-8pm
    Who says pie can’t be a meal?  This newly opened shop is also located off Mary Avenue, walking distance from the Magnolia Silos.  They have a delicious daily assortment of 16 pies by the slice or you can take home a whole one for the family.
  3. Gaucho Pie Shop 
    open Saturdays at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market
    “We create gourmet sweet & savory hand pies, inspired by the classic Argentine empanada.”  This is an exciting new addition to the Waco food truck landscape.  Currently, they are open at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market but hope to be additionally parked in downtown and eventually have their own café.  Yum!
  4. Stonehearth
    506 Austin Ave.
    Monday-Saturday 11am – 10pm
    Sunday Closed
    “Stone Hearth Indian Cafe is a fast-casual Indian Restaurant providing Waco and the surrounding areas with bold, unique and exotic Indian dishes.”
    In addition to adding diversity to the food options in Waco, its building adds another updated storefront along Austin Avenue.
  5. Cajun Craft
    601 S. 11th Street
    Monday- Friday 10-30am – 6:00pm
    Saturday 10.30am – 4:00pm
    Sunday Closed
    This restaurant opened in an unexpected location at 11th Street and Clay  where Krispy Chicken used to be (but they still serve fried chicken).  According to their website, the owner “Kim grew up on the coast of Rockport, TX. Just like Kim’s family, thousands of Vietnamese refugee families  moved to the coast where there was a demand for experienced shrimp and blue crab fishermen. As the Vietnamese communities settled into the costal life style, cajun cuisines influenced the Vietnamese-American culture. They call this kind of cuisine ‘viet-cajun.'”  As an Arizona/California girl, I don’t know the first thing about Cajun food (and I have a shellfish allergy), but the restaurant decor has me intrigued.  The back patio appears hip and eclectic.

Have you been to any of these?  What are your thoughts about what you tried?  I recommend following each of these new places on social media where you’ll learn more about their menu and location (in the case of Gaucho Pie Shop).  Summer is the perfect time to try new places to eat – so get out and support our local restaurants!