The State of (downtown) Brunch, Fall 2017

There’s so much discord in our world right now. Let’s talk about something we can all get behind …


Downtown eateries have made a significant effort over the last year or two to bring brunch options to Downtown Waco. There are a handful of boozy brunches and some really tasty dishes to choose from. And, maybe best of all, you’ll likely never experience the big city brunch wait.

Here’s a rundown of some of the brunchy hot spots downtown right now.

Casey’s stuffed french toast at the Waco Hippodrome

Waco Hippodrome: 724 Austin Ave. Saturday and Sunday, 10a – 2p. Boozy, $8 mimosa carafe.

A favorite is Casey’s Stuffed French Toast which features two pieces of French toast with a cream cheese mousse in the middle alongside fresh berries, topped with honey and candied pecans.

Barnett’s Public House: 420 Franklin Ave. Saturday and Sunday, 10a – 2p. Mmm, deliciously boozy

HUGE cinnamon roll at Barnett’s

The best things about Barnett’s brunch menu are the chef’s specials. They’re fresh, innovative and they go fast so get there on the earlier side if you’re hankering for a special.

Cricket’s: 221 Mary Ave. Sunday, 10a – 2p. Boozy? You bet your Bloody Mary it is!

Bloody Mary at Cricket’s

We liked the Green Migas, served over a hash brown puck. Everyone at our table loved the hash brown puck.

Hotel Indigo’s Brazos Bar and Bistro: 211 Clay Ave. Saturday and Sunday, 7a – 2p. Boozy (full bar + specials).

Sizeable brunch menu with a lot of choices, sweet and savory. And coming very soon, the fall brunch menu!

The Backyard: 511 S. 8th St. Sunday, 11a – 3p. Boozy? Heck, yes.

Customer favorite? The chicken and waffles, appropriately dubbed the Bird and Batter Breakfast.


Breakfast all day (Brunch’s close cousin)

Lula Jane’s: 406 E. Elm St. Saturday, 8a – 3p. Not boozy.

They serve breakfast all day but now and then have special brunch items. A recent brunch at L J featured a stuffed tomato with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon as an option.

The Olive Branch: 215 S. 2nd St. Saturday and Sunday, 8a – 3p. Not boozy.

TOB has been doing brunch before brunch was cool … or boozy. It’s hard to nail down just one specialty item but founder and owner Leah Stewart said the giant omelettes are a pretty big hit, especially the farm fresh omelette.

Café Cappucino: 100 N. 6th St. Saturday, 6a – 2p and Sunday, 7:30a – 2 p. Not boozy.

Omelettes, waffles and much more, including a large a la carte section. People have raved about the pancakes for years.


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