40 Local Food Hotspots & Hidden Gems

Here are 40 of the “Foodie Hot Spots” that your Eat BCS crew loves, loves, loves…

1. Shiraz Shish Kabob 110 Dominik Drive, College Station, TX


If you like being a carnivore, you will love Shiraz Shish Kabob. Read complete EatBCS.com review.

2. Grub Burger Bar


Stepping into Grub Burger Bar, the modern, high-end interior finishes evoke an urban feel making you think, for a second, you could be in a big city like New York or LA. However, when the folks at grub greet you at the counter with a sincere smile, and kindly explain the menu and make enthusiastic recommendations, you know you’re in Aggieland. Read complete EatBCS.com review.

3. The Village Cafe

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Breakfast and lunch at The Village Cafe in Historic Downtown Bryan is an experience in itself: with their made-from-scratch staples, farm fresh ingredients and their emphasis on all things local, they give a little extra love to your daily routine. But they’re not stopping there. Read about the Village Cafe’s Dinner Service.

4. Cafe Eccell


If you ask folks who are into brunch where the best brunch in Aggieland is, they will likely mention Cafe Eccell as a contender if not their very favorite. Nine times out of ten. Read more about the famous Cafe Eccell Brunch.

5. Madden’s Casual Gourmet


While the menu is simple, the soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees all feel delightfully, creatively complex. I ordered the Grilled meat loaf served on a bed of sautéed cabbage with corn bread and hand made mashed potatoes on the side, topped with a flavorful but not overpowering tomato sauce. Read complete Madden’s review.

6. Fuego Tortilla Grill


Don’t let the crowd scare you off though, the folks at Fuego are very quick, both at the counter and the drive through. You will be tasting fresh cooked Mexican food within a few minutes no matter how busy they look. Continue reading Eat BCS review.

7. Blackwater Draw


While Blackwater Draw Brewing Company is becoming well known for their locally brewed beers, they are also considered to be one of the best restaurants in town according to locals, students, and review sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor. Here’s a look at some of their kitchen’s recent mouth-watering daily specials.

8. Antonio’s Pizza


Antonio’s Pizza By The Slice has been adding flavor to the Northgate scene since 2003. While you CAN get an “normal” 1 or 2 topping pie, Antonio’s stands out for their specialty slices and pies. Click for a few mouth watering examples of recent specialty slices of the day at Antonio’s.

9. Blue Baker


Founded in 2001 in College Station, Texas, Blue Baker is cool, blue, contemporary, artisan bakery cafe serving made from-scratch breads, pastries, sandwiches, soup, salads and stone-oven pizza. They recently made the EatBCS.com quest for the best pizza in B/CS.

10. Babe’s Donuts


Babe’s Doughnut Co. is now open at 3409 Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX. The former owner of Kai’s Doughnuts is the proprietor of Babe’s. You can also get Babe’s products fresh daily at Gogh Gogh Coffee Company in south College Station.

11. Fargo’s Pit BBQ


The owners were both working behind the counter helping customers and were very friendly, noticeably so, but not smarmy…just good, kind people serving the food they love. They live up to the praise they get from Texas Monthly.

12. Koppe Bridge


Simple, no-frills, traditional burgers that have been called the best in town and even ranked in the state by several media outlets. Fries are fresh cut. Atmosphere is hunting lodge chic. They made the EatBCS.com Best Burgers List.

13. The Tacobar


Tacos & tortas any way you want ’em. Everything fresh and flavorful. Great service behind the counter. That’s the simple formula The Tacobar is executing to earn rave reviews for their newly opened Taqueria, specializing in authentic, border-style Mex fare. Reviews like this one on their facebook page, are piling up for this delicious addition to the B/CS restaurant community: “The food is delicious, finally a place with authentic Mexican cuisine! The place and staff are very welcoming and friendly. I had chicharron en salsa roja and rajas con queso and they are both to die for!! Highly recommend it. Aggie owned and operated!”

14. Layne’s Chicken Fingers


When a place keeps the menu simple and names the joint after the main menu item (i.e. In-N-Out Hamburgers or Layne’s Chicken Fingers) you know it’s gonna be good.

15. Sweet Eugene’s


The Monterrey Turkey Panini with mesquite turkey, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing on spicy hawiian bread and chips served on the side makes a tasty light lunch. As does the Chicken Caesar Wrap served warm with roasted chicken, provolone, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach and ceasar dressing at Sweet Eugene’s.

16. Messina Hof Winery


Messina Hof is a family owned winery based on the 3 cornerstones of family, tradition, & romance. Est in 1977. Most awarded winery in Texas.

17. Casa Rodriguez 300 N. Bryan Avenue, Downtown Bryan, TX


Tacos, enchiladas, margaritas, queso & good people in Downtown Bryan. Casa Rod has been a local legend since 1978.

18. Caffe Capri 222 N. Main St., Downtown Bryan, TX

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Caffe Capri is a beautiful and cozy restaurant in downtown Bryan. The menu has all the classic Italian dishes you could ever want. And if longevity is any indicator, the people of Bryan-College Station want them a lot, so much that they’ve been in business for 21 years this week. The restaurant was founded by Aggie Rami Cerone right after he graduated from Texas A&M University.

19. Taqueria El Nopalito 216 W. Martin Luther King, Bryan, TX


20. Veritas 830 University Dr. East, College Station, TX


How about some live jazz music, creative and delectable food and excellent service on a Friday night? Try Veritas, you will be so glad you did!

21. Top Of The Hill 2444 Lakewood Dr., Bryan, TX


Image by Greg Deeter

Head to Top Of The Hill in Benchley for one of the finest burgers probably in the history of Texas. They take about 10 minutes each to arrive yet they are made with love obviously and they are almost exactly like what my Mom makes. Fresh buns are toasted in butter, meat is flat grilled where the edges are carmelized, lettuce is fresh and shredded, cheese melted perfect (a Bobby Flay requirement), tomatoes are fresh vine ripened local grown and the jalapenos are in-house pickled. All real food, fresh never frozen beef. Simply a kick ass burger! 10 Minutes from College Station.

22. Blue Moon BBQ


Blue Moon BBQ has been serving the Best BBQ on the OSR since 2007! Come visit Rick, Toni, and Matt Moon weekly Wednesday 11-3 Thur-Sat 11-7 and Sun 11-3 for your BBQ guilt trip! Blue Moon is a Texas Monthly Top 50 ‘cue joint worth the drive out to the middle of nowhere. The middle of nowhere is usually somewhere special when you’re in the beautiful Brazos Valley. Only thing that can make one feel more Texan than a drive down OSR on a crisp, sunny day is the smell of smoked meats wafting your way.

23. Jesse’s Taqueria & Bakery 3310 East 29th St., Bryan, TX • 979-485-9841


Jesse’s Taqueria & Bakery is well known for fresh tacos, lunch plates, Mexican sweet breads, flan, fresh baked cookies, and friendly “know you by name” service.

24. Ronin Cooking 363 Creekside Dr., Bryan, TX


Ronin Cooking is a catering company headquartered on Don Ganter’s old place in Bryan. It makes great use of the facilities to host monthly dinners and catered events. Much of the food served is grown onsite. The farm’s dinners are open to the public, tickets are sold in advance on the site. They also have farm tour days throughout the year. Ronin Cooking plans to open a restaurant more accessible to the public on a regular basis in 2017 in Downtown Bryan’s Ice House Redevelopment.

25. RX Pizza 200 W. 26th St., Downtown Bryan • 979-721-9158


Recent EatBCS.com Review: “Tried a take out pie from Downtown Bryan’s RX Pizza today and it was great. The crust tasted as if the dough is made from scratch and it reminded me of the two wood fired pizza places in College Station, Napa Flats, West End and the two in Bryan – Amico Nave and Cafe Eccell. This should be a hit in Downtown Bryan which did in fact lack the combination of a well mixed adult beverage and and adult pizza. Easy parking and located in what used to be a drug store for decades. Great prescription for a successful eating & drinking establishment.”

26. Kamei Sushi and Grill 951 William D. Fitch, College Station, TX


Image by Greg “Taco Monster” Deeter.

Kamei Sushi and Grill at 951 William D. Fitch is most certainly one of my favorite restaurants in College Station. The music in here is great, unlike any other place in College Station and all of the food is top notch. Try the new garlic edamame side for sure. Service is also top shelf, prices are great, there’s not a thing less than 5 stars about this place.

27. Mighty Slice Pizza 303 University Drive. 979-846-8806


Get Texas size pizza by the slice at Mighty Slice Pizza on Northgate. 28 inch pies and 14 inch slices. Size does matter and still some of the best pizza in town.

28. Abu Omar Halal Food Truck at Northgate Gig ’em Market

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In 2011, Abu Omar (owner and founder of Abu Omar Halal) opened Houston’s first halal food truck. Now they have 10 locations in the Greater Houston Metro, including the Gig ‘Em Mart on Northgate across from TAMU.

29. Good Bull BBQ 326 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX


Former Yell Leader Roy May and crew started Good Bull BBQ because they love barbecue and we want to change the world! Now you can too! They provide a meal for the less fortunate for every meal they sell. Feed yourself, feed the world, now that’s GOOD BULL!

30. 1541 Coffee & Pastries 1808 Brothers Blvd., College Station • 979-703-1878

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1541 Pastries & Coffee is a lovely, out of the way, coffee and pastry shop. There’s always interesting international music to listen to. Their Morning Glory muffins are heavenly tasting. They have delicious croissants and panini for breakfast and lunch plus many other sweets. There’s free, fast wifi and the service is great. Check it out, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

31. Blake’s Steaks Sandwich Shop University Drive, College Station, TX

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The closest you can get to a real Philly Steak is an Original “OG” Sandwich from Blake’s Steaks Sandwich Shop. Now open on University Drive in the old Mickey’s Sliders location.

32. Frios Gourmet Pops – Aggieland Pop Trailer & Scooter Delivery


Frios Gourmet Pops – Aggieland now offers FREE delivery on 10+ pops! We’ll pack and scooter ship them straight to you. 3.50 each. Call or text 979-224-8601 or email ashley@friospops.com for flavors and delivery times.

33. Tanaka Ramen 1617 S. Texas Avenue, College Station, TX


Tanaka Ramen features fresh gourmet Ramen and rich bone broths. Atmosphere looks chic and high-end but prices are affordable.

34. Downtown Uncorked Wine Bar 206 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX • 979-823-4837


Downtown Uncorked Wine Bar is a fun and vibrant space, designed as a place to meet for a quick pizza, dessert or glass of wine before dinner. They feature great Old World/New World wines that taste good and aren’t too expensive. Enjoy warm atmosphere complete with couches, outside seating and the bar.

35. La Espiga Dorada 210 W. MLK in Bryan • 979-779-9594


After a night of good times and great music at Revolution on Carnegie Alley in Downtown Bryan, local burger legend Charles Stover introduced me to his favorite local taco stand, El Nopalito on MLK. He also pointed out La Espiga Doradathe bakery right behind El Nopalito and raved about the breads and sweets. Read more.

36. Amico Nave Ristorante 203 E. Villa Maria, Bryan, TX • 979-703-1953

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Amico Nave Ristorante is the sister restaurant to Shipwreck Grill and the name literally means “Friend of the Ship”. Amico was born of a passion for great food in a comfortable atmosphere. Owner Wade Beckman’s stepfather, Tony, is from Sicily and lived in Bryan for most of his life. Tony passed down his grandmother’s sauce recipes to Wade who paired them with modern dishes to give our menu that old world charm, with a modern flair.

37. Azure Fusion Bistro & Saké 3975 State Highway 6 S., College Station, TX • 979-693-7836


Azure Fusion Bistro & Saké features Asian food with flair in chic environs. Convenient to South College Station on the Northbound Hwy. 6 service road.

38. Burger House 3310 S. College Ave., Bryan, TX


Burger House is cozy and interesting inside with what appear to be a good number of regular patrons. For those that do not know this used to be a Shipley’s donuts and was a hot spot in this part of Bryan for many years. A lot of the same people still come here for the burgers. Image by Greg Deeter.

39. Honolulu Poke House 1617 S. Texas Avenue, College Station, TX


Honolulu Poke House serves Traditional Hawaiian Poke Bowls! IT’s like sushi in a bowl without the seaweed wrapping sushi normally has. When mixes well, a Poke Bowl can be a delicious and healthy eating experience. Good folks behind the counter to guide your rice and protein selections, toppings and add-ins, and sauce choices are essential to Poke newbies. Honolulu Poke House has helpful people to guide you and make sure your first poke experience is a delicious one you are compelled, by craving, to repeat again and again.

40. Fat Burger – Bryan 1801 Texas Avenue South, Bryan, TX


Aggie owned and operated, a local tradition. Nothing fancy, just good burgers and creative specialty sandwiches. Off menu items like the Chopped Barbecue Cheddar Fries are the bomb!


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