Restaurants

Our Favorite Restaurants

When we arrived in Bryan/College Station in 1971, there were really only three places to eat.  You chose between barbeque on butcher paper at Arnold’s, upscale at  The Texan Restaurant, or the Holliday Inn.

Great News!  We now have wonderful dining selections available.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Cafe Eccell

101 Church Ave.; College Station, TX 77840    (979) 846-7908

At Café Eccell the fresh seafood is cleaned in-house daily, the wood burning pizza fire is built by hand, and the kitchen sizzles with food that excites the senses. In addition to serving fresh seafood within 24 hours of arrival, there is a plentiful selection of fare such as the Famous 101 Church Chicken Salad, the Certified Angus Beef Steaks, and the Shrimp BLT. Also known for their pastry chef’s dessert offerings, Café Eccell is a true grill and fresh seafood bistro.

This is a favorite of A&M students, faculty, and alumni.  Many of our long-time guests dine at Café Eccell on every visit to Aggieland.

C&J Bar-B-Q Market

4304 Harvey Road College Station, TX 77845  (979) 776-8969

105 Southwest Parkway College Station, TX 77845  (979) 696-7900

Voted best BBQ in the Brazos Valley every year since 2002. Specializes in the best of barbeque and all the fixin’s – chicken, beef, ribs and sausage, plus potato salad, cole slaw and beans. You can buy barbeque sandwiches, plates or by the pound.

Our guests often call in advance, and C&J prepares or caters orders for parties or get-togethers at the B&B.

Cheddar’s

1701 University Dr. E.; College Station, TX 77840  (979) 260-1701

Cheddar’s is unique in casual dining, and a favorite of Aggie students. The contemporary upscale décor complements the fun, high-energy service and ambiance that accommodates casual and special occasion guests alike. From “falling off the bone tender” baby back ribs and choice aged steaks to fabulous chicken tenders and sumptuous half pound hamburgers, and a selection at heart healthy entreés from “a restaurant guide to low-fat dining in the Brazos Valley.” Each menu item is prepared from the highest quality products available and made from scratch daily. And with such large portions of food and libations, you will wonder how the prices are so reasonable.

NOTE:  A “must go” for Aggies when their parents come to visit.  Cheddar’s is often crowded and the wait can be long.  When the lot is full, and the line is long, George often bypasses the wait by eating in the bar.

Chicken Express

800 S Earl Rudder Frwy.; College Station, TX 77840    (979) 846-7781

We are a dine-in or drive thru restaurant specializing in some of the best, lip-smacking, tummy tickling, taste-bud loving chicken in town. Combined with our friendly service and clean and homey atmosphere, you will find your new favorite place to enjoy your meals. We specialize in hand-battered chicken tenders, buffalo wings, chicken pieces and livers and gizzards; So stop by and you’ll be glad you did!

If you like great fried chicken, cream gravey, and fresh biscuits, this is a “don’t miss”

Christopher’s World Grille

5001 Boonville Rd. (FM 158); Bryan, TX 77802    (979) 776-2181

A jazzy, upscale dining spot where chef-owner Christopher Lampo’s menu is making an impression far beyond the city’s borders. Fast taking its place among top restaurants in the world, it has quickly become the premier restaurant in the Brazos Valley. Enjoy an original menu from around the globe, live jazz, incredible décor and delicious dishes ranging from almond-crusted brie with apricot-mango chutney to pecan-crusted chicken stuffed with smoked queso fresco, spinach, and roasted tomato. Reservations recommended.

This is a “must” for special occasions and that big business lunch!

Freebirds

319 University Dr. (846-9298), 3525 D Longmire Dr. (485-8829) 2050-C Texas Ave. (695-0151). 700 Earl Rudder Freeway (260-9086)

Freebirds is not just a restaurant, it is an “Awe-Inspiring Experience” like no other. Take in the uniquely creative décor and high energy atmosphere while you try to finish a Monster®. Add an order of chips and salsa or queso to your meal for an even better experience! Freebirds offers a fantastic meal at a very reasonable price. Voted Best Burrito in Brazos County, Houston, Austin and Dallas!

Aggies often see Air Force fighter pilots wearing their flight suits who “drop in” for lunch while on routine training flights.

Koppe Bridge Bar & Grill

11777 Wellborn Rd., College Station, TX 77845    (979) 764-2933

3940 Harvey Rd. , College Station 77840  (979) 776-2833

Koppe Bridge Bar & Grill offers the casual crowd the Best Big Burger in town, pool tables, color TVs and patio for spring and fall fun. Winner of the Best Burger in the Brazos Valley from 1999-2007, this is a must try for visitors to Bryan-College Station.

La Riviera Restaurant & Bakery

3700 S. Texas Avenue Suite 300, Bryan, TX 77801    (979) 846-5913

Opened in early December 2007, La Riviera Restaurant & Bakery provides the unique combination of an eclectic Restaurant and European patisserie. If that weren’t enough, we also offer house-made gelatos, sorbets and a full espresso bar.

La Riviera has become a favorite of our many returning guests.

Sweet Eugene’s House of Java

1702 George Bush Dr. E.; College Station, TX 77840    (979) 696-5282

Sweet Eugene’s is a delicious marriage of an eclectic coffeehouse and retro bakery/donut shop. It’s an extension of one’s home where everyone is family. We begin by serving the freshest coffee beans from our giant in-house coffee roaster, then brewed using only purified water. Our friendly staff will create a delicious Java Shake, rich Cafe Mocha, or smooth Cafe Caramel. Reward your tummy with one of our seductive sandwiches, crepes or gourmet cinnamon rolls, or indulge in a life-changing slice of cake or creamy cheesecake. Finally, nestle into a comfy couch and ponder intriguing art adorning the walls.  Life is sweet…taste for yourself! 

This is George’s favorite coffee bar, where he often meets with students and colleagues.

Wings N’ More

1511 University Dr. E., College Station, 77840    (979) 691-2100

Voted “The Brazos Valley’s Choice” for buffalo-style chicken wings since 1989. Wings N’ More offers delicious, comfortable, and affordable dining. In addition to award-winning wings and irresistible, tender baby-back ribs, all four locations feature a diverse selection of tasty appetizers, grilled chicken breasts, fish, shrimp dishes, salads, soups, sandwich combinations and delectable desserts–plus a special kid’s menu. More than a restaurant, Wings N’ More is a great place for any size get-together. Groups can order party trays, dine-in comfortably, or on covered decks, enjoy a variety of cold beverages and watch sports on big screen TV’s.  Happy Hour 4-8 w/nightly specials. Coldest beer in town.