Bryan Restaurant Recognized By Yelp Among Top 100 Places To Eat In Texas For 2021

Bryan, TX has made quite the name for itself in the Texas foodie scene over recent years, with several restaurants consistently listed among the best in the state across various types of cuisine. Now, a local barbeque and soul food establishment is being heralded by Yelp as one of the Top 100 Places To Eat In Texas For 2021 – and that’s no small feat in a state as large & diverse as ours.

Keep reading to find out which restaurant made the list, then follow Destination Bryan on Instagram for even more top restaurants in Bryan!

Lamar & Niki’s Pit BBQ and Soul Food opened in 2014, fulfilling a long-held dream for owners Lamar & Niki Cole. They’ve been serving up some of the best, most authentic soul food & barbecue in the Brazos Valley ever since.

This year, they’re being recognized by Yelp has one of the Top 100 Places To Eat In Texas For 2021. In a state with thousands-upon-thousands of restaurants to choose from, being ranked among the top 100 is a pretty big deal. According to Yelp, these rankings were based on the following:

We identified businesses in the restaurants category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews between January 1, 2016 and April 16, 2021. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of April 16, 2021.

This small, family owned and operated restaurant is featured on Yelp’s list alongside some of the most well-known restaurants across the state thanks to an incredible number of 5 star ratings on the popular restaurant review site. Check out a few of the 5 star reviews below from some of Yelp’s reviewers:

“Wow!!! The food is AMAZING! I got the smothered turkey wing, yams, dressing, and it comes with cornbread. My wife got the same except cabbages instead of dressing. I also got the peach cobbler. EVERYTHING was on point and didn’t need any seasoning!!! It rang up to $26.50. This place reminds me of my grandma cooking. I’m making the drive from houston back here because it’s THAT good” Review by Clarence G. from Houston, TX

Bottom Line:
Great flavorful home cooking!!! And the price won’t pinch your wallet. Best part is: super friendly folks working there.”
Review by Yelp “Elite” reviewer, Rok J. from Albuquerque, NM

This place deserves 5 stars all around and If you haven’t been here , I’m going to let you know why you should!!!

Service 5 stars- we were greeted with a friendly hello from the 2 women behind the counter serving the food. They were outgoing and welcoming , reminded me of going home for a meal. You can also tell it’s a small family business you’re supporting , which I love.

Atmosphere 5 stars – there’s something homey about a small little restaurant with caring people . I loved the cafeteria style serving , and everything inside seemed perfectly in place.

Food 5 STARS!!!!- the food was out of this world , and super reasonably priced . We went on a Saturday ( so they had bbq for the weekend ) and I ordered a 2 meat plate , 2 sides , with all the helpings , and it was under 13.00. Insane . Also, every piece of food on my plate was outrageously delicious . The yams in particular were my favorite , never have I had such good yams in my 20 years on this planet.

Please, do yourself a favor and hit this spot for some good soul food, or bbq on weekends!!!! Review by Yelp “Elite” reviewer, Kerra S. from Austin, TX

Lamar & Niki’s serves classic, homestyle soul food Tuesday-Saturday, and mouthwatering pit bbq plates every Friday and Saturday. To find their full menu and operating hours, visit

Be sure to stop by and congratulate them next time you’re in the Bryan-College Station area, and try some of their signature dishes to find out what all those Yelp reviewers are raving about.

For more top restaurants, things to do, and places to stay in Bryan, Texas, follow Destination Bryan on Instagram!

Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

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