A couple of months ago we headed down to Waco for a special tour of the city. We wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to make a few other stops so we left around 10:30. I drove through the hardest rain I’ve seen in YEARS to get there! A little scary on I-35 but it didn’t last long. Since it was already 11:30 when we got to Waco we thought we should eat first, then hit a few shops before getting our Waco tour so we tried Vitek’s BBQ, since we’d seen Chip Gaines eat their famous “Gut Pak” on Fixer Upper.
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The outside of the shop didn’t really convey what’s inside! It’s in a very nondescript building. Looks like it might have been an old grocery. And they still sell a few groceries down at one end. Mostly things that would complete the BBQ that you pick up to take home for supper. And LOTS of Fritos! You’ll see why in a minute.
The serving staff was super helpful explaining all our options. We were all able to customize our lunches with exactly what we wanted: brisket, pork, sausage? on a potato, Fritos, sandwich, or plate? sauce? onions, pickles, and jalapeños?
We each ended up with something different. I got a half Spud Pak, half of a baked potato with chopped brisket, pinto beans, extra sauce, and a few jalapeños.
My adventurous sister-in-law, aka my restaurant critic!, tried the Gut Pak. I’ve seen Chip Gaines order that a couple of times on Fixer Upper.
My sister stuck with her favorite, chopped beef brisket sandwich with coleslaw and potato salad.
Tex got one of his favorites, the rib plate! It included ribs and two side. He also chose the coleslaw and potato salad.
My Spud Pak was amazing! But after living in California for 12 years I appreciate pretty much any real Texas BBQ I can get! My Texas family was a little pickier than I was. But that brought up a whole conversation about how different people like different styles of barbeque. So even if we tell you that Vitek’s is not our favorite BBQ restaurant in Waco there will still be PLENTY of people who will argue with us. And, you know what? We’ll all be right!
None of us liked the coleslaw. That’s another preference. We prefer creamy, slightly sweet, coleslaw and this one was vinegar based and a little too acidic for us.
My dad said he still prefers Rudy’s ribs. He likes their spices better and thought their ribs were more tender.
So, overall, this is our second favorite BBQ restaurant in Waco, right behind Rudy’s. At least for now. Our restaurant critic found a few other places on our tour that day that she wants to try out. We’ll report back to you.
We ate pretty much everything on our plates and still had time to hit some vintage shops before our Waco Tour. If you’d like to see more of our day, check out these stories:
- Shades of Shabby – COMING SOON
- Shabby La Chic Boutique/La Grange – COMING SOON
- Waco Tours: Tour of Fixer Upper Homes, Where to Shop & Eat, & Waco History
And from other trips in Texas:
- Our Farmhouse Style Lunch at Farm Luck in Waxahachie
- Old Home Supply in Fort Worth
- Storiebook Cafe, Glen Rose
Thanks for reading and let us know what YOUR favorite Waco BBQ restaurant is in the comment!
‘Til the next market,