Travel Guide: Waco, TX
So let's get real - we all know the only reason to go to Waco, TX is to visit something Chip & Joanna Gaine's related.
We made the hour and a half trek from Austin into Waco on a cold, rainy morning and found that the parking lot for Magnolia table was still packed to the brim. The restaurant opens at 6am and stays open until 3pm
We had heard that the wait times can be quite long so even though we arrived at 8:45 we still had a 45 minute wait. The nice thing is that there is a cafe open on the patio where you can grab coffee and a few pastieries while you wait.
You can also browse a menu so you'll be ready once it's your time to go inside. They put your name on a list and then text you when your table is ready. There is individual seating and communal tables but there is a longer wait for the private tables.
If you don't feel like waiting there is a little room off to the side where you can order pasiteries and some other items to go.
Everything about Magnolia Table is just like you imagine. From fake fireplaces, to long farmhouse tables, and amazing tile and signature pieces throughout.
The food are classic, southern staples and of course come served with presentation in mind. Our first dish was the buttermilk biscuits with homemade, whipped strawberry butter.
Then we choose the Oatmeal and Classic Breakfast dish to share.
A 15 minute drive from Magnolia Table is the Magnolia Silos. Parking can be a bit of a drag but there is free parking if you don't mind walking a bit (and hopefully it isn't raining on you like it was for us)
Even the outside of Magnolia is decorated with planter boxes and decor pieces. Can you believe this was actually the side of the walk-in freezer they use for their cafe on site?
Once you make your way inside you'll be greeted by the large Magnolia entrance to the shop. I'm not going to lie the inside of this place was overrun by people. Also now that they have their Target line I couldn't actually see buying any of these pieces are they are more expensive than the Target line and the majority of them you have to ship to your home.
The grounds surrounding the silos have entertainment for kids and gardens for the adults. There is also an abundance of home and lifestyle inspiration everywhere you turn. The wait for the bathrooms is quite long so I highly suggest going before you leave Magnolia Table (and definitely head there first)
The nice thing about the store is it is seperated into sections - Chips Corner and the T-shirt items are on the second level while the home goods are on the top.
Don't forget to snap a photo before you go. There was always a line at every "photo op" spot but luckily customers were eager to take photos of one another. (My husband however opted out of having his photo taken)
Overall I would say it's definitely an experience to have and if you're going to the restaurant you might as well hit up the Silos - but Target is your main resource if you want an affordable piece from the Joanna Gaine's collection.
Let us know if you're heading to Waco and feel free to ask us any questions you have before you go.