Here’s our guide to some of the best Mexican Food in the Brazos Valley. Several excerpts from complete articles on our favorite places are included below, click on the links for the whole story on each featured Mexican eatery.
Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant 840 University Dr. E., College Station, TX • 979-260-3400
Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant combines homemade cooking with rich flavors of coastal and interior Mexican cuisine.
Casa Rodriguez Mexican Restaurant 300 N. Bryan Ave., Bryan, TX • 979-779-0916
Casa Rodriguez has been a family tradition in Bryan since 1978.
Cilantro Mexican Grill 106 N. Parker Ave., Downtown Bryan, TX • 979-704-6751
Cilantro Mexican Grill serves authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes in Downtown Bryan.
Chimy’s – College Station 203 University Dr., College Station, TX • 979-703-6106
Chimy’s – College Station serves up great Tex Mex and American favorites right across from the Texas A&M Campus.
Chuy’s (College Station, TX) Hwy. 6 & Harvey • 979-329-6022
Chuy’s serves authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere full of color and personality. The menu offers family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients.
El Sol De Mexico 705 N. Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX • 979-821-2400
El Sol De Mexico is situated just North of Downtown on Texas Avenue in Bryan. Well known for their Menudo.
Fuego Tortilla Grill 108 Poplar St., College Station, TX • 979-703-1804
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 & Bakery is well known for fresh tacos, lunch plates, Mexican sweet breads, flan, fresh baked cookies, and friendly “know you by name” service.
La Carreta Mexican Grill 1605 San Jacinto Ln., Bryan, TX • 979-823-5929
Established in 2011, La Carreta Mexican Grill is family-owned and strives to offer great quality service and delicious authentic Mexican food.
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 Dorada, the bakery right behind El Nopalito and raved about the breads and sweets. Read more.
Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant strives to delight you every visit with Always Fresh food, awesome drink specials, and the best possible “wow” service.
Lupe Tortilla 813 Texas Avenue South, College Station, TX • 979-693-6761
Lupe Tortilla makes it their business to serve the best tasting, most creative, colorful, and consistent Mexican food possible. Casual dining. Kids are welcomed.
Mad Taco 404 Jane Street @ University Dr., College Station, TX • 979-704-6266
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 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.
Papa Perez Mexican Cuisine 200 S. Main St., Downtown Bryan
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but even the succulent photo accompanying this review cannot do the Shrimp Ceviche at Papa Perez Mexican Cuisine in Downtown Bryan justice. Marinated shrimp, tomatoes, onions and avocados in their famous ceviche sauce. Heaven on a fork…or cracker. The salsa and chips were good, and the sour cream enchiladas were well prepared. They offer charro or refried beans, so I got beans and rice. Both sides were flavorful and fresh. Nothing compared to the ceviche though. Papa Perez nailed it! Best in town.
Pepe’s Mexican Cafe 3312 S College Ave Bryan, TX • 979-779-2457
Pepe’s Mexican Cafe has been located in the same Bryan, TX spot since 1969. They serve delicious Tex Mex food including tacos, burritos, fajitas, specialty queso, and more.
Polly’s Cocina 12675 Wellborn Rd., Bryan, TX • 979-695-7500
Polly’s Cocina is one of the most excellent Mexican restaurants in College Station. Great prices, just fantastic food and service and once you walk inside and see all of the walls covered with full 8×12 photos of all of the people that have eaten here, you will get it. One of the most popular Mexican restaurants for A&M staff at lunch. Lunch for three today was under $20 for nice big full plates and they have some of the best queso cheese on the face of the planet. (Words by Greg Deeter)
Raspas El Payasito 1005 S. Coulter St., Bryan, TX
Raspas El Payasito is one of our favorite places to go the morning (to us…like 11am-ish) after a night of revelry on Northgate. Authentic Mexican deliciousness!
The Tacobar 1411 Wellborn Rd., College Station, TX • 979-704-6636
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
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
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 : 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.
Taqueria La Perla 111 N. Brazos Ave., Bryan, TX • 979-775-7116
Taqueria La Perla is an authentic Tex-Mex taqueria in Bryan, just east of Downtown. Open until 3am on weekends.
Torchy’s Tacos (College Station) 1037 Texas Ave. S., College Station, TX • 979-329-6900
Torchy’s keeps it simple: Damn good tacos.
Yole’s La Familia Taqueria previously known as “La Familia” was established in 1990 by Yolanda and Otilio Agguire in Bryan, Texas. Today, 25 years later the legacy of “La Familia Taqueria” continues to strive strong in the Bryan-College Station area. The late Yolanda Aguirre passed in August of 2013, but her husband (Otilio), daughter (Melissa Serna), and son-in-law (Fidel Serna) are still keeping the business alive in booming today. The restaurant was recently featured in the Texas Monthly (December 2015 Edition) for The 120 Best Tacos You Must Eat Before You Die.