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“George's”

George's Restaurant & Bar - Westrock
Ranked #20 of 380 Restaurants in Waco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $16
Cuisines: Seafood, American, Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Many have come and gone, but George’s is still here, for 80 years and counting. The original building, consisting of the bar area with a small kitchen in back, began in 1930 as “Harry B’s,” named after owner Harry Urmeister. Harry was a founding member of the Nose Brothers organization, a long-standing Baylor tradition. An avid sportsman, he developed a strong relationship with Baylor athletics, pairing the two together for all these years. George Etros bought Harry B’s in 1966 and changed the name to “George’s.” It was at this time that our most famous drink, the “Big O™,” received its name. A waitress by the name of Lucille Brown called them Big Oranges, the rest of the staff shortened it to “Big O™,” and it stuck! In 1992, Sammy A. Citrano III was the managing partner at the Elite Cafe and Health Camp on the circle. As friendly competitors, Sammy became familiar with the “George’s” name and the economics of running local restaurants. In November 1993, Sammy was handed the George’s torch. He and his family, with the help of the George’s staff, have taken that little bar that started out in 1930 and expanded its history and notoriety. Sammy has placed George’s at the top of the Central Texas catering list. He and his staff have catered all over the state and been recognized by governors, senators and congressmen – even Barbara Walters – for the quality of food and personal touch that he and the George’s staff provide. George’s had the privilege to cater for President George W. Bush while visiting his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Sammy was honored in 1998 as a recipient of the Greater Waco Chamber Outstanding Business Award. After Baylor became a contender in the Big XII, George’s pushed forward even more by creating “The Party Zone!” for game fans. George’s Big”O” tent continues is the hottest gathering outside of McLane Stadium for the coldest beverages around, during all Baylor home games. The new Party Zone location is at 1314 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. We are equally proud to carry on the partnership tradition of Baylor and George’s. Stop by today and see for yourself what the tradition is about. We’re confident that you will be back again!
Waco, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“George's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

George's is a Waco "institution" (dating from the 1930s), and a generations-old favorite among college students and locals. The food is casual (burgers, chicken-fried steak, great salads (like their Santa Fe salad) and a wide variety of beverages. The original location near I-35 and 18th street is now accompanied by their new, suburban location on Hewitt Drive in the SW part of the Greater Waco area. Always a good choice for casual dining, good food, and very modest prices. Don't forget to ask for some of their rolls.

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“Surprisingly delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

I travel to Waco for business about every 18 months and I have very low expectations, but this badly lit, sadly undecorated, bare bones place on the west side with too many TVs and cheap chairs made our group of 4 very happy. The fish tacos were really tasty and my fellow eaters enjoyed their chicken fried steak- and they are native Texans. The sides were good and we all agreed that the fried mushrooms were the best ever. Seriously. Ever. You won't believe the prices. Would have paid 50% more and thought it fair.

  • Visited November 2013
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Minnesota
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“Great Food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

The food at George's was great. The prices were good. Service was efficient but not friendly. The waitress did her job.

  • Visited October 2013
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“Fun Atmosphere and Outstanding Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

We were in town for a Baylor football game and met some friends at the game who invited us to try this place. It was nearly midnight when we ordered, but they were still serving quality food. Everyone was raving about the "Crazy Wings" — boneless chicken wrapped in jalapeno, cheese and bacon. They were indeed delicious and one of the most unique appetizers I have ever tried. I also had the signature chicken fried steak and onion rings, which this place is supposedly known for. Both were excellent. I particularly like the chicken fried steak, which had great texture and was quality meat with superb flavor. One of the best chicken fried steaks I've ever had. If you're ever near Waco, I would suggest a visit to George's.

  • Visited October 2013
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Columbus
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“Chicken fried”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

George's has the best Chicken Fried Steak and Chicken Fried Chicken in the central Texas area. Fun atmosphere with a Baylor twist.

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