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“Deservedly named in top 50 TX BBQ” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tony DeMaria's Bar-B-Que

Tony DeMaria's Bar-B-Que
Ranked #54 of 378 Restaurants in Waco
Price range: $4 - $8
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We are a family owned and operated business, that began in 1946. We have been serving, cooked fresh daily, barbeque to Waco for over 60 years. We provide meat by the pound for the whole family or single plates with sides to fully loaded, massive potatoes with all the fixings. We also offer full services catering, just call or come in for details.
Dallas, Texas
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“Deservedly named in top 50 TX BBQ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

I'm going to warn you, this was not an easy place to find on Elm Street in Waco. Also, the hours are not convenient, since they close either at 2PM or when the meat runs out. I suspect the meat runs out before 2.

From the outside, the parking lot is mostly gravel, and the building is plain, don't judge the food by the building. The first clue you have that you have arrived are the cars and people streaming in and out. The second clue is when you open your car door and that waft of smoke hits your nose.

Step inside, there are a number of tables different sizes, and people sitting in nearly every chair, but your focus should be the line snaking toward the back left blocking your view of the tiny counter back there.

If you are hankering for the old style BBQ with a thick smoke ring that just falls off the bone, well, you have found your nivana. When you close enough, look up at the board behind the cash registerand decide what you want, the menu is limited so it won't take long. Walk up to the counter, place your order. Side choices are limited. Dessert choices are limited. Soft drink fountain choices are limited. If you want twenty choices of mediocre meat and sides, then keep on driving, there's probably a Dickey's around Waco somewhere. The folks at Tony DeMarias do a few things, and they do them incredibly well. The gal at the counter will call out your choices, meat is ordered by the pound, served on white paper with thick slabs of soft fluffy white bread.

Place was crowded with people, but seemed many of the locals bought their orders to go, and those that did eat in did not linger after their meal; this is serious meat and serious people eating, once your done, you are ready to roll out the door because you will feel so full. There were a few older folks, some in wheelchairs, the dining room accomodated them easily. The guy working the dining room really hustled; as soon as someone got up, the table was cleared and cleaned for the next person, there were no dirty tables. We are pretty picky about cleanliness, and even with a stream of people going in and out, the dining room was spotless. Restrooms were also very clean at the end of a busy Saturday.

One warning, ribs are only sold once per week, and darn it, not on weekends.

Bring your appetite, and come early, you don't want them to run out before you get there.

  • Visited September 2012
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