The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Waco Breakfast Crawl

Savory or sweet, find your perfect breakfast spot

2 weeks ago

By McKenna Joyce & Hank Holland

When I first moved to Waco, it was difficult to find just the right breakfast spot to fill that early (or mid-) morning craving. It can be so hard figuring out what kind of food to start the day. Do I go for sweet or savory? The usual, or do I try something new? After some exploration of what Waco has to offer, we finally landed on some tried and true favorites, and are just a few of the reasons to love Waco.   

We’ve compiled our list of must-try breakfast places that is sure to have something for everyone. Whether you’re one to opt for a sweet or savory breakfast, it’s still a big decision so a having a short-list to choose from is going to make your decisions that much easier. And if you’re looking for some fun, we’ve got Sunday brunch options as well.  

 

For those looking for a sweet tooth remedy: 

Waco Waffle Co. (Sun-Mon: Closed, Tues–Thurs: 7–11:30 a.m., Fri–Sat: 7–11:30 a.m. & 5:30–8:30 p.m.)  

Waco Waffle Co., 224 Halbert Lane, started out as a simple booth at the Saturday Waco Downtown Farmers Market and as of nine months ago, they have moved to their permanent location where they get to serve their waffles five days a week! This homey restaurant — complete with outdoor picnic tables and a water wheel to create a serene, natural ambience — is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Waco Waffle Co. prides themselves in how their beautiful craft of flavors work together to truly show how versatile their waffles are across their vast sweet and savory options. 

When you’re craving a sweet, sugary breakfast (or even if the craving hits on a Friday or Saturday night), stop by and get your fill. One of their most popular choices — and my personal favorite — is “The Webster”. This waffle will engulf you in their fresh strawberries and whipped cream, topped with a drizzle of sweet cream and Nutella.  

— McKenna Joyce 

Our Breakfast Place (Sun–Tues & Thurs–Sat: 7 a.m.–2 p.m., Wed: Closed)  

Located just off Franklin, Our Breakfast Place, 4600 Franklin Ave., Ste. 100, has been proudly serving Wacoans since 2012. With its folksy atmosphere and classic small–town feel, Our Breakfast Place is one of Waco’s favorites. 

Try some of their sweet indulgences, with a favorite being their Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, complete with sliced apple and granola. This giant pancake comes topped with their unique cinnamon butter with a side of two eggs of any style, and your choice of bacon or sausage. A breakfast that will start your day off right in Waco! 

— Hank Holland 

 

For those looking for that scrumptious savory start to the day:  

The Olive Branch (Sun: 10–2 p.m., Mon, Wed–Sat: 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Tues: Closed)  

The Olive Branch, 215 S Second St., is known for their consistent, good quality food on top of the amazing experiences they are able to provide. They like to incorporate the idea that good food and drink is the reason for bringing people together. Their open layout makes an ideal space to eat with your family which pairs flawlessly with their summer special. This summer, they are offering free plain or chocolate chip pancakes for kids Monday through Friday 8–10:30 a.m. with any dine-in adult meal. As for the menu, you will be able to find a wide variety of breakfast bowls and plates, as well as some pastry options at the front of their establishment.  

Looking to hit your protein and vegetable goal early in the day? Just order the Power Bowl — two eggs with bacon mixed in with a vegetable medley of avocado, zucchini, tomato and potato, all tied together with a basil pesto — wrapping the bowl’s flavors up in a delicious bow. This breakfast is surely a healthy and filling option for those busy days and early mornings.  

— McKenna Joyce 

 

Harvest on 25th (Sun: 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Mon–Tues: Closed, Wed–Sat: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.)  

Just down the street from Pinewood Coffee, Harvest on 25th, 112 N 25th St., is one of Waco’s newer local restaurants. Back on its feet after a devastating fire, Harvest retains its great vibes and food. Harvest offers a quaint atmosphere, with the perfect view of the local businesses and bustle going on behind Franklin Avenue. Starting off here for a tasty breakfast before making your way down Washington Avenue to explore, shop — and maybe even grab lunch down the road — is a foolproof plan for your morning!  

There’s a great selection of food at Harvest as they excel at both sweet and savory dishes. They have their signature chocolate orange pancakes as well as their hearty breakfast sandwich. This sandwich consists of a toasted sourdough English muffin with an over-easy egg, braised collards and caramelized onions. The sandwich is then topped with a vegan mayonnaise, raw cheddar cheese and their very own house fermented hot sauce.  

— Hank Holland 

 

For those who are here for a weekend, a Sunday brunch is a must:  

Segovia Wine Bar (Sunday hours: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.)  

Segovia Wine Bar, 300 S Sixth St. suite F, is known first for their wine but once Sunday rolls around, they bring out their delicious spread of brunch for those who are looking for a morning mimosa and a place to mingle! With a mixture of jazz music and twinkling string lights, you are sure to find a welcoming and intimate environment to enjoy your Sunday brunch. And if you are a jazz lover, stop by each first Sunday of the month for their Jazz Jam Brunch — sponsored by Central Texas Jazz Society.  

Here, you’ll find their unique take of the eggs Benedict dish: the Spanish Benedict. This dish is a toasted ciabatta bread with Jamon Serrano — cut straight from a pork leg that is at the entrance when you walk into the restaurant. On top, you find your usual poached egg but instead of the normal hollandaise sauce, there is a covering of romesco sauce, which is unique to Segovia and their Spanish background. The smoky and bold contrast to the egg and side of rosemary potatoes creates the perfect morning brunch. 

— McKenna Joyce 

 

Lounge ‘93 (Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)  

Lounge ‘93, 5401 Crosslake Pkwy SUITE 400, can be a special place for a couple’s brunch, or even an enjoyable going-out experience with your friends. What started as a couple’s project to provide a romantic place for couples has now become a staple in the Wacoan to-do list. With natural views overlooking a small pond, and often featuring live music, Lounge ‘93 is a great place to both start and end your day. 

With a unique menu of everything from eggs Benedict to their signature Tanglewood rolls, Lounge ‘93 has a lot to offer for every couple’s brunch needs. Their rusty pork hash was our favorite; this skillet of pulled pork, potatoes and an over-easy egg is covered in chipotle sauce,  which I hear pairs surprisingly well with a bloody Mary. 

— Hank Holland