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“Moist and tender brisket!”

Tony DeMaria's Bar-B-Que
Ranked #73 of 408 Restaurants in Waco
Price range: $4 - $8
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Lunch
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.
Reviewed June 23, 2013

This place is totally non-descript in a funky part of town they call historic Elm St. This is the real deal, BBQ is served on butcher block paper. We arrived at 11:45 on a Saturday and the line was medium long; by noon it was out the door. The wife and I both got brisket plates, she got regular sauce and I went for spicy. Next time I would opt for no sauce so I could taste the meat. To me the sauce was overpowering. I guess the meat was smoky from the bark but I could not really tell. The brisket was incredibly tender and moist, decadent with fat, a bit too much for my taste but I understand that is why the meat is so moist. My sides were excellent, some of the best I've ever had. Beans are super peppery with great flavor. Coleslaw was sweet. I loved them both. This place is a gem and I would eat here all the time if I lived in Waco.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

The title says it all. Best BBQ in Waco, and named one of the top 50 in the state of Texas.

First off, the food. Their menu is pretty basic: Meat (brisket, turkey, sausage or bologna) sides (beans, potato salad, cole slaw or chips), fountain drinks and a few desserts (chocolate cake, coconut cake). Their brisket is excellent. So is their smoked turkey. Their sandwich special is quite the deal with a hefty sandwich, one side and a drink for around $5. Lately I've been getting their half potato which is half of an enormous potato stuffed with butter, beans, brisket (or turkey), cheese, bbq sauce and sour cream. It also comes with a drink for around $5.

One word of warning: some orders come with "gravy". It is not gravy, but more like brisket drippings. Many folks like it, but I'm not a fan.

They say they close at 2pm or until they run out of meat. Go early. You're pressing your luck after 12:30pm.

Location. Right off of Elm street north of downtown Waco. Not the greatest neighborhood, but it's being revitalized. The building is gray and red and the sign is small, so keep your eyes peeled (whatever that means).

Service. Folks are very friendly. Guys behind the counter keep the line hoppin', and there are a couple folks at all times walking around making sure you're taken care of.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Yes, I called it a joint . It's no fancy restaurant. Seating is picnic benches & you just sit wherever there's room at a table after ordering at the counter.

You have your choice of brisket, sausage & turkey (I think). You can have it on a sandwich, a plate with beans & potato salad, or an "order" is meat & bread on butcher paper.

There's loaded baked potatoes with your choice of meat, or on Wednesday's you can get all- you- can- eat ribs!

Located behind Rapoport Academy Middle School, this place is very popular with the locals. If you have your heart set on a particular item, I recommend you get there before 12:30 pm. Their posted hours state they close at 2:00 pm; however, when they're out of food, you're out of luck.

I must also mention the chocolate & coconut cakes. While not homemade, it's still a must have by me every time I eat there.

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Thank aprilstrick
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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.

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