Taqueria El Tio is situated in a commercial warehouse area at 911 North Ave. just North of Downtown Bryan. If you weren’t looking for it, you’d likely drive right by this humble looking Mexican eatery without even noticing it’s there. Luckily for them, and local Mexican food afficionados, lots of people know right where to go for their El Tio fix, as they more than make up for what they lack in location and signage with excellent, fresh-made food at very fair prices.
We ordered a Chicken Quesadilla and a Beef Torta Sandwich, both $5. Our high school spanish came in handy when ordering, as the person working there did not speak English, though she was more than helpful and would likely be able to help someone with no Spanish speaking skills place an order with a little extra effort.
The Chicken Quesadilla was made with a very large home-made tortilla and was stuffed thick with chicken, avocado, jalapenos, diced tomatoes, lettuce and avocados. The Torta Sandwich was filled with beef fajita meat, lettuce, jalapenos, tomatoes and a little mayo on a fresh, glistening Bolillo roll. Both were served piping hot and ranked among some of the best Mexican we’ve ever had.
Taqueria El Tio doesn’t have a dining room, but they do have a drive through and a few tables out front where locals are known to gather and enjoy great food and cold cervezas if they bring their own.
If you’re looking for a taste of something different, Taqueria El Tio is a hidden gem that’s worth the trip.