I would consider myself a casual Fixer Upper fan. I enjoy the show but after about 3-4 episodes I need a break. I also used to live in Austin, which is about 90 miles from Waco, where the show takes place, and happen to know they make it look WAY nicer than it is (sorry, Waco, you know it’s true) but that’s besides the point. Anyways, when I heard Chip and Joanna were opening a breakfast joint, I knew I needed to drag myself to Waco one way or another. Fortunately, my dad and I were in Austin back in October for his favorite event of the year, the US Formula One race, so we decided to spend one more night in Texas and go have breakfast at Magnolia Table.
I had heard of other people who had waited up to three hours to eat here, but was hopeful that by going on a Monday morning things wouldn’t be so bad. We arrived by 9am, and was told it would be a 45 minute wait, which was about what I expected. After taking some photos, I enjoyed a delicious coffee in the outdoor waiting area. I could see in the Texas summer this might be miserable, but it was perfect on a fall day.
After almost exactly 45 minutes we were seated and I have to say everyone who works here could have not been nicer and the service was very quick but we never felt rushed. The coffee flowed freely and I had at least four of what are probably the best biscuits I’ve ever had. Remember, I’m from Texas, so I’ve had a lot of biscuits, and I don’t feel like I’m exaggerating here. (We loved the biscuits so much, I made them at Thanksgiving from the Magnolia cookbook and they weren’t too shabby, if i say so myself).
For my main dish, I got eggs benedict, which I mostly got because it involved more biscuits. My dad got pancakes and eggs, which came with what was probably the best tater tots I’ve ever had.
After we finished eating our weight in biscuits, it was time to check out the famed Silos, where we headed straight for the bakery. Although the line for this place was out the door, it was actually only about a 20 minute wait. Since I was flying back to New York that evening, I opted for some cookies to go, while my dad bravely got some cupcakes to transport back to my mom in North Carolina. While I wouldn’t say the cookies were life changing, they were still pretty darn good.
We then wandered the store and the grounds of the Silos. It’s really quite impressive what Magnolia has going on in this sleepy college town in the middle of Texas. Should you drive 600 miles (like someone on Trip Advisor did) to come here? Dunno. Maybe wait until you are in the area and swing by. Is it worth the 45 minute wait? Absolutely. Would I wait three hours? Ehhh, no.
But will I think about those biscuits every day for the rest of my life? Probably.