Taco Tuesday Hotspots in #BCSTX : Fuego, Jesse’s, Torchy’s, Nopalito, Mad Taco + More

Here’s our guide to some of the best tacos in the Brazos Valley. Several excerpts from complete articles on our favorite tacos are included below, click on the links for the whole story on each featured taco eatery. Happy taco eating!

Casa Rodriguez Mexican Restaurant 300 N. Bryan Ave., Bryan, TX • 979-779-0916


Taco Loco at Casa Rodriguez.

Casa Rodriguez has been a family tradition in Bryan since 1978.

Chef Tai’s Mobile Bistro Bryan-College Station • 979-268-3251


Calamari tacos by Chef Tai’s Mobile Gourmet.

Chef Tai Brings Gourmet Dining To A Parking Lot Near You I’m addicted to the Calamari Tacos which isn’t a regular menu item but shows up every other week or so. Crispy calamari and the amazing Asian Slaw wrapped up nicely in a corn tortilla. I always tell myself to stop after the second taco but never do.

Fuego Tortilla Grill 108 Poplar St., College Station, TX • 979-703-1804


Faves at Fuego Tortilla Grill. Image by Blonde Creative.

Fuego Tortilla Grill : Fresh, Hand Made Mexican Food… Fast! I got a little adventurous on this visit and tried the Dr. Pepper Cowboy ($3.79) taco with brisket, grilled onions, Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce, chipotle Cream corn and jack cheese on a hot, thick, hand made flour tortilla. The brisket was impressively prepared, tender and flavorful enough to be the pride of a small town barbecue joint. The chipotle cream corn and barbecue sauce were a perfect compliment to the brisket. I like a lot of sauce and flavor and the Dr. Pepper Cowboy did not disappoint. While eating this saucy taco had the potential to be a messy affair if the tortilla were to break, that didn’t happen and is unlikely to because the tortillas are so darned thick.

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


Jesse’s Taqueria is situated near Blinn College in Bryan.

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.

Mad Taco 404 Jane Street @ University Dr., College Station, TX • 979-704-6266


Chiles en Nogada Specialty Taco by Mad Taco. Image by Mad Taco.

Mad Taco Stands Out For Its Tortillas… & Lack Thereof The Chile Rubbed Salmon Taco featured seared salmon with cheese, avocado, marinated red onion, chile oil and cilantro aioli. It was all wrapped up in one of the best tortillas I had ever tasted. About the thickness of a Gordita shell, warm, soft, slightly sweet, heavenly!

Michoacana Taqueria 1322 S. Texas Ave., Bryan, TX • 979-823-1177


Michoacana Taqueria. Photo by Greg Deeter.

Michoacana Taqueria Is “Mind Blowing” Good The tacos were served from hot holds and then you add your own toppings from the bar like onions, cilantro, marinated purple onions, pico, limes or cucumbers. Cucumbers? Yes. There are also four types of sauce that you ladle on, two red and two green.

The Proudest Monkey 108 S. Main St., Bryan, TX • 979-361-4777


Breakfast taco and brisket taco at Proudest Monkey in Historic Downtown Bryan

Proudest Monkey Makes Monster Tacos Had a breakfast taco and a brisket taco. They were big, really big, but I ate every bite because they were good, REALLY GOOD!

The Tacobar 1411 Wellborn Rd., College Station, TX • 979-704-6636


El Carnal Taco by Tacobar.

Tacobar On Wellborn: Marinated Meats Make The Menu 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.

Taco Crave B/CS 308 N. Main St., Bryan, TX • 979-485-5460


Street tacos by Taco Crave in Downtown Bryan. Image by Taco Crave.

Taco Crave B/CS specializes in simple, homemade, authentic Street Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, Tortas, Bowls, Desserts, Kids Meals. Street Food. Mom & Pop vibe. Small business. Friendly, kind service.

Taqueria El Nopalito 216 Martin Luther King St., Bryan, TX • 979-402-2414


Brisket tacos at Taqueria El Nopalito.

Taqueria El Nopalito: Authentic Mex, Fast & Fresh That 1am taco run from Revs became the start of a regular love affair between me and El Nopalito. My favorite is the Brisket Taco. They make the tacos street style, wrapping them all up together in foil so they keep each other nice and warm. Cilantro, onions and meat on your chioce of tortilla…simple goodness!

Taqueria El Tio 911 N. Bryan Ave., Bryan, TX • 979-775-8054


Taqueria El Tio offers outdoor dining, carry-out and drive-thru.

Taqueria El Tio : Hidden Gem In Bryan Offers Fresh, No Frills Mexican Fare 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.

Torchy’s Tacos (College Station) 1037 Texas Ave. S., College Station, TX • 979-329-6900


Torchy’s is situated on Texas Avenue between Cane’s and Layne’s.

Torchy’s keeps it simple: Damn good tacos.


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