Restaurants and Shopping

Nearby Restaurants and Shops

After hours, attendees and visitors can turn to Downtown Waco for an evening of dining and unwinding. Here’s a limited list of nearby restaurants, starting with the closest and going to within easy walking distance of the Waco Convention Center.

Brazos Grille – Waco Hilton. Next door to the Convention Center. (Limited hours due to COVID)

Chowtown Food Truck Park – Food trucks near the corner of University Parks Drive and Franklin Ave. The trucks change from time to time, and can include burgers, BBQ, and sweets.

Riversquare Center – across Franklin Ave.

  • Bangkok Royal
  • Teriyaki Park
  • Wingstop
  • Oh my Juice!
  • Crickets Grill & Drafthouse
  • Diamond Backs
  • Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Spice Village (shopping)
  • Trojan Cork and Keg

On Elm Ave and nearby:

  • 310’s Kitchen
  • Lula Jane’s
  • Revival East Side Eatery
  • TruJamaica (Near Taylor St. and Cherry)
  • Hillard BBQ
  • Boardwalk on Elm
  • Tony DeMaria’s BBQ
  • Brotherwell Brewing

On Austin Avenue and nearby:

  • Austin’s on the Ave Bar
  • Coach’s XXX Smoke BBQ
  • Dichotomy Coffee and Spirits
  • Halftime Bar
  • Jake’s Texas Tea House
  • Stay Klassy Wine Bar
  • Schmaltz’s Sandwich Shop
  • Waco Hippodrome
  • Portofino’s Italian Restaurant
  • and many more!

On Franklin Ave:

  • Barnett’s Pub
  • Truelove Bar
  • Clay Pot