Ever since we heard Chip and Joanna Gaines bought the old Elite Cafe in Waco to turn it into a Magnolia restaurant, we’ve been dying to go! I have great memories of driving down to Waco and eating on the circle from when I was a little girl. It was “where the elite meet to eat”! On our last trip we finally made it to Magnolia Table… but not quite the way you might expect.
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Our Visit to the Magnolia Restaurant
Yes, the text on the wall boldly proclaims that at the Magnolia Table, “everyone has a seat at the table”. Well, everyone… except us. When we walked up to the front door we were met by a greeter and told that they had closed down the waiting list for the day because the wait was longer than the time the restaurant was open!
But she did invite us in to look around and take pictures.
Luckily, we had several family friends that had been in the weeks before we went and they warned us how long the wait could be. Even though I’d love to taste Joanna’s recipes, I didn’t really want to wait 3 hours for pancakes.
So we had already stopped for lunch at a cajun place (I’ll share that in our next article.) for lunch after shopping at the Magnolia Market and making a few other stops. But we went to Magnolia Table anyway… just to see how much the Elite had changed.
I was happy to see that not much on the outside changed. I’m guessing that’s because it’s a historic building.
There was a large patio with a coffee bar for those that wanted to sit around and wait 3 hours…
And I continued my “restroom tour”. The greeter told us not to miss that.
We walked through the restaurant, taking pictures. It was kind of strange to be walking through the diners while they were eating. But I didn’t want to miss the tile mosaics on the floor.
I love floor mosaics like these. They remind me of the old department stores that we used to go to.
Take Away at Magnolia Table
There is also a “take away” area in the restaurant. MORE stuff to buy and you can get some of the menu items to go.
I’m still thinking about these coffee mugs. I may go back just to get one!
Here’s the complete Magnolia Market Table of Contents… or you can just hit the Next Page button above to go to the next story.
- 25 Things to do in Waco
- Our First Trip to Magnolia Market on Bosque
- Our First Trip to the Silos
- Magnolia Bakery
- Magnolia Garden Center
- Magnolia Market at the Silos, Part 1 – the Grounds + the BEST place to park!
- Magnolia Market at the Silos, Part 2 – Inside the Shop
- Our Trip to Magnolia Table
- Taking a Waco Tour with a Fixer Upper ‘Star’
- 27 of the Best Vintage and Antique Stores in Waco
- Our Favorite Waco Restaurants
- Where to Stay in Waco
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed our trip to the Magnolia restaurant. Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve eaten there. I’d love to hear your opinion of the food.
‘Til the next market,