I'm a firm believer in the potential of Waco to show me a good time. I'm always on the hunt for a new little restaurant that serves delicious food. Tony Demaria's was just the kind of bbq joint that I needed during final exams. Don't let the exterior or the location fool you, this place has some of the best brisket and ribs in Texas. I recruited a friend of mine to head over around 10:00am (yes, in the morning). Tony's closes at 2:00PM on weekdays or whenever the food runs out. I was told to get there early and now I understand why.
We each ordered a barbecue plate. It comes with a choice of sides. I went with brisket with barbecue sauce and gravy, with a side of beans and potato salad. The brisket was melt in your mouth tender, they didn't even give me a knife--I sure didn't need one. The beans were pretty standard...bacon, sauce, beans. I wasn't too impressed. I tried the coleslaw. I'm pretty picky when it comes to coleslaw, but this cabbage slaw was the prefect cool and creamy side dish for their spicy barbecue sauce. I have a confession, I have a huge sweet tooth. I had to get a slice of the coconut cake. It was two layers of delish white cake layered with decadent white buttercream frosting sprinkled with fresh coconut. They also had a massive drink selection which really impressed my friend. He couldn't resist getting a can of Hawaiian Punch...a cook-out staple when we were growing up.
Overall, the food was great. The people at Tony's were helpful and friendly. I'll definitely be back. Don't let the location or the laid-back interior fool you...those are telltale signs of a wicked-good bbq joint. Enjoy!