What are the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Waco?

By Ebony Porter, June 10, 2016, Family

Welcome to Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Texas! In this Bounce Energy series, we’ll share our favorite dining establishments in major Texas cities that are perfect for the whole family. Just don’t look to us for chain restaurants and popular entertainment pavilions – we’re going outside-the-box!

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Our tour across Texas to find the most family-friendly restaurants brings us to Waco. Located half way between Dallas and Austin, Waco is a smaller city with its own quirky place in Texas history. The town is filled with interesting old architecture and attractions as unique as the taste of Dr Pepper – which originated in Waco:

  • Take the kids to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum to learn about the legendary law enforcement agency founded by Stephen F. Austin in 1823.
  • Stroll across the Waco Suspension Bridge. Built in 1869 to span the Brazos River, it contains a whopping 3 million bricks. At the time of its construction, the Waco Suspension Bridge was one of the longest single-span suspension bridges in the world.
  • Visit the Dr.Pepper Museum where you can learn about our nation’s oldest soft drink while soaking up some old-timey soft drink memorabilia!

But where to eat? Follow along as we take you to the friendliest, most welcoming places to eat in Waco with your kids.

Jake’s Texas Tea House

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I’m going to assume that Jake’s cleans the hubcaps before your kids eat off them.

Dinner at Jake’s Texas Tea House is served family-style in a 1950’s style cafe – complete with the food being served in hub caps! Their walls are covered with old car and oil company memorabilia, and the “tea” in the name, means oil, of course. After all, this IS Texas.

Serving southern comfort food, their chicken fried chicken, real mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and hot rolls will make everyone at the table happy. Be sure tosave room for dessert, as their bread pudding with raisin rum sauce is out of this world. If you’re lucky, ’50s pop culture icons like “Elvis” and “Marilyn Monroe” might wait on you!

Lula Jane’s

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Scones are under-appreciated as a tasty breakfast treat.

A charming little coffee house and cafe, Lula Jane’s is located in a historic part of Waco and serves up food made in-house and from scratch using only the freshest ingredients. There is a vegetable, herb, and flower garden out back, as well as a water collection system to serve as inspiration and model for all you green families out there.

Breakfast is the main meal, and you can choose from a variety of scones, baked breads, breakfast pies, or baked oatmeal with blueberries. With coffee starting at 50 cents a cup and a steady rotation of pies that include lemon chess pie with raspberry, a fudge pie, or Big Mama’s buttermilk pie, bringing the family into this little diamond whose motto is “Good Food, Good Folks” for breakfast or an afternoon treat is a must.

Health Camp

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Never settle for less when it comes to good batter on a corn dog.

There is a theme going on with these Waco restaurants, and it seems to be a throwback to a simpler era. The Health Camp is another 1950’s old-fashioned burger-and-shake shack. Jack Schaevitz started the business in 1948 as a mobile canteen to serve ice cream and burgers to all the military personnel at the Air Force Base in Waco. As popular as it was, he opened a brick and mortar just one year later called the Health Camp.

Once you arrive, go super-Texan and order a Frito Pie or a chicken fried steak sandwich. The kids will love the corn dogs, and it will be hard to resist one of their frozen custards for dessert. Go out on a limb and order the toasted marshmallow, root beer, cherry chocolate, or peach flavor!

The Czech Stop

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Kolaches – the superior form of danish.

If you happen to be traveling into Waco from the north, then just 15 minutes before you hit town, you’ll travel through the small town of West. There, you’ll find The Czech Stop right on the I-35 corridor. A bakery and restaurant, The Czech Stop preserves the heritage and delicious flavors of the Czech people through their traditional and delicious kolaches, available in ham, sausage or fruit flavors. They also bake cookies and serve fresh sandwiches. Welcoming and warm, the Czech Stop is a place to stop with the kids, and refuel, literally.

Are you a Waco resident or frequent visitor? Share your favorite kid-friendly restaurants in the comments below!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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