The Ultimate Guide To Aggie Football Weekends In Bryan-College Station, Texas

“Howdy!” That’s the official greeting at Texas A&M University, and something you’re sure to hear from friendly folks throughout Aggieland on any visit. Whether you bleed maroon, you’re a fan of the visiting team, or anyone in between, you’ll find that Aggies are the friendliest football fans in the country.

Aggie Football season is our favorite season here in the Brazos Valley, and there’s no shortage of activities on Aggie home game weekends. So pack your bags & get ready to discover all the best of Bryan on Friday, stand with the 12th Man on Saturday, and then sit down for brunch on Sunday. View the 2021 football season schedule here.


Need a ride to the game? Downtown Bryan offers the only free shuttle in Bryan-College Station straight to Kyle Field for every game! Read more.


Use the buttons above to navigate through a day-by-day itinerary for the perfect Aggie Football weekend.


Book your stay today!

Rest up and relax with your family and friends at the #3 Hotel In Texas, or enjoy the best in Aggie hospitality at one of our bed-and-breakfasts. Book your game weekend home base, just minutes from Kyle Field.

Find lodging options here.

FRIDAY

Hang out at a First Friday in Historic Downtown Bryan

First Fridays
September 3 (TAMU vs Kent State) | October 1 (TAMU vs MS State) | November 5 (TAMU vs Auburn)

Enjoy live music, art and an array of shopping and dining options in Historic Downtown Bryan! This is a free, family-friendly event that typically features live performances at The Palace Theater, as well as performances hosted by various Downtown businesses. You can expect to find members of the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market selling their goods on Main Street, as well as shops & restaurants open extra late into the evening.

Click here to learn more about First Friday

Grab dinner and drinks…

Chicken Oil Co.
3600 S. College Avenue

Known for its great burgers and ice-cold brews, “The Chicken” offers a unique atmosphere and has been around since 1977. With a menu offering a wide selection, including burgers, salads, chicken fried steaks and our famous Tijuana Fries, Chicken Oil is sure to have something for everyone.

Check out the menu here.

Enjoy live music and handcrafted cocktails…

Hershel’s Bar
4100 Lake Atlas Drive | Live Music Friday & Saturday 8:00PM-11:00PM

Savor classic and specialty cocktails served alongside small bites and shared plates. Featuring some of the best selections of single and small batch bourbons in the Brazos Valley, Hershel’s menu is complemented by a selection of premium wines by the glass. Semi-private areas are available for group gatherings.

Learn more about Hershel’s here.


SATURDAY

Grab a bite and cup of Joe…

Polite Coffee Co. at The Kyle House
800 S. Bryan Avenue | Open every day 7AM-5PM

Home to Polite Coffee Co. this 1800s Victorian home was once the residence of Edwin Kyle, the namesake of Texas A&M’s legendary football stadium. Featuring barista inspired coffees with names like “Breakfast in Bed” and “Slap Fight”, spacious seating, and charcuterie boxes this shop will have you bright-eyed and ready for the game!

Politely order your coffee ahead of time here.

Harvest Coffee Bar
101 N. Main Street | Open every day 7AM-8PM

Serving specialty coffee and a gourmet menu this local favorite features handmade from scratch pastries with fresh, natural ingredients. Exposed brick walls and warm lighting, combined with picturesque views of Main Street through the front window create a cozy atmosphere unlike any other in Bryan-College Station.

See Harvest Coffee Bar’s menu here.

Snag some local produce and snacks…

Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday | 8:00AM-12:00PM

The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market is a pet-friendly, year-round farmers’ market supporting our region’s farms by connecting consumers directly to local food producers. The Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8AM-12PM at 500 N. Main Street in Historic Downtown Bryan. The market features more than 50 vendors, and is your go-to spot for locally-grown foods!

Learn more about the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market here.

Peruse numerous eclectic and diverse shops…

Savage Diva
108 N. Bryan Avenue

Located alongside the Frame Gallery in Downtown Bryan, this emporium of goodies has everything you never knew you needed!  From cheeky sayings stamped on coffee mugs to quirky art prints, this shop will easily become your new favorite spot for a much-needed retail therapy session.

Follow Savage Diva for shop news and more here.

Old Bryan Marketplace
202 S. Bryan Avenue

Filled to the top with unique finds of home decor, florals, accessories, collectables, and more, Old Bryan Marketplace is a treasure trove that will draw you in. Owned and operated by a fourth generation Bryan resident, this establishment is sure to give you a warm, Bryan welcome to you and your friends. 

Take a peek at the online store here.

Check out more shops in Historic Downtown Bryan below:

The Frame Gallery
Catalena Hatters
Brazos Glassworks
Corner of Time Antiques
Ed’s Bookstore
Velvet Leaf Cigar Lounge
Rabbit Hole Antiques
Texas Rose Boutique
Sweet Repeat Resale
The Chocolate Gallery
String & Horn Shop
The Attic Antiques & Collectables

Take the FREE Texas A&M Shuttle to Kyle Field…

Free Downtown Shuttle To Kyle Field
3 hours pre-game | during game | 1 hour post-game

After you’ve had your morning coffee, grabbed a bite, and shopped, hop on the free shuttle that departs Downtown Bryan and drops off at the Memorial Student Center right next to Kyle Field! Free parking is available in surrounding city and county lots, or guests can park for a fee in the garage in downtown.

Click here for shuttle & parking information.

Have a few celebratory clinks and drinks…

Art of War Saké Bar
419 N. Main Street

Inspired by the owners’ journeys into the far east and a desire to bring innovation to his quaint but thriving downtown – Art of War is a unique destination with a menu that features delicious sake-based cocktails, flights featuring both Texas-made and imported sakes, and small plates highlighting various Asian cuisines like ramen, spring rolls, and Takoyaki. 

Learn more history about the bar here.

Carney’s Pub & Grill
3410 S. College Avenue

Serving as the local watering hole for decades, “Carney’s” is a must-try spot on any trip to Aggieland. Located in Bryan’s up-and-coming Midtown area, this pub serves a variety of craft beers on tap, mixed-drinks, melt-in-your mouth steak quesadillas, tasty tacos, large salads, and more.

See Happy Hours and updates here.


SUNDAY

Gather up the squad for brunch and bubbles…

Ronin Farm & Restaurant
800 N. Main Street

Ronin features farm-to-table cuisine with a constantly evolving menu based solely on ingredients available from locally grown produce. Set in the historic Ice House, Ronin’s brunch offerings include mimosas paired with hand-pressed juices, bar bites, fresh salads, beignets (with their seasonal dipping sauce) and the house-made, fire-roasted Bloody Mary.

Learn more about Ronin’s Farm here.

Public & Main
4401 S. Texas Avenue

Dubbed “the social kitchen, where every hour is happy,”  Public & Main is the spot where everyone can dine, drink, and play. Serving an approachable, affordable menu of casual pub cuisine and brunch classics, paired with a refreshing list of cocktails and a build-your-own mimosa bar, this spacious restaurant is perfect for the entire family. Guests can enjoy ping pong, skeeball, air hockey, 8 man foosball, multiple flat screens, a shaded outdoor patio and much more.

Check out the brunch menu in advance here.

Snap some shots of Bryan’s urban art murals…

W. 31st Street Murals
Downtown Bryan

Created by a collection of artists and very much so Insta-worthy, the various murals in Downtown Bryan encompass the essence of our historic city and the diverse Texas art scene. Quirky and honest, each of these murals represent a unique aspect and are not to be missed.

Check out more murals in Bryan listed below:

Caffe Capri | 222 N. Main Street
Casa Rodriguez | 300 N. Bryan Avenue
Stage Center Community Theater | 218 N. Bryan Avenue
Taco Crave | 308 N. Main Street
Blackwater Draw Brewery | 701 N. Main Street

Sip fine wine and snack on charcuterie…

Messina Hof Winery
4545 Old Reliance Road

Located right in Bryan’s backyard,  Messina Hof Winery is one of the most-renowned wineries in the state. Family owned and operated, Messina Hof has been producing top-rated Texas wines for over 40 years and offers wine tastings, winery tours, gourmet dining, and more in their wine bar, tasting room, and at The Vintage House Restaurant.

Book a winery tour here.


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Meet The Blogger

Alex Beckman

Alex is the Content Coordinator for Destination Bryan. She strives to capture the tales of local legends that are often just as tall and wide as our great Lone Star State. When not behind the camera, Alex can be found enjoying local brews and chews with her pup Viola.


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Alex Beckman

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Brazos Valley Juneteenth Parade

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The Brazos Valley African American Heritage And Cultural Society is excited to invite you to the Brazos Valley Juneteenth Parade! The parade will begin at 10:00AM, and the route will run from Kemp-Carver Elementary School to Sadie Thomas Memorial Park. More festivities will follow at Sadie Thomas Memorial Park after the parade.

Learn more on the Facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/5ri9xPYoJ

Brazos Valley Blues Fest

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Support Black-Owned Restaurants In Bryan

Bryan, Texas is a vibrant, diverse community built by converging cultures and incredible people from so many different backgrounds. The best way to experience all that Bryan has to offer is to immerse yourself in our shared culture, and explore all the threads that have woven together to form the beautiful fabric of our community. Our black-owned restaurants are essential to that very fabric. We hope you’ll join us in supporting them. You can find a list at destinationbryan.com/black-owned-restaurants

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Visit the Brazos Valley African American Museum

Located in Bryan, TX, the Brazos Valley African American Museum is the official repository of artifacts, oral history, media reports, and other important historical source material for the African Americans who settled and lived in the Brazos Valley of Texas. It is a living museum that reflects the rich diversity of the historical and cultural legacy, present and promise of African Americans in Texas.

In honor of Juneteenth, the Brazos Valley African American Museum will be open with free admission on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The museum will open after the conclusion of the Brazos Valley Juneteenth Parade, at approximately 1:00PM.


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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.

Black-Owned Restaurants You Can Support In Bryan, Texas

Bryan, Texas is a vibrant, diverse community built by converging cultures and incredible people from so many different backgrounds. The best way to experience all that Bryan has to offer is to immerse yourself in our shared culture, and explore all the threads that have woven together to form the beautiful fabric of our community. These black-owned restaurants are essential to that very fabric. We hope you’ll join us in supporting them.


Know of another black-owned restaurant in Bryan that’s missing from this list? Send us an email at marketing@destinationbryan.com with the details, and we’ll get them added as soon as we can.


Lamar & Niki’s Pit BBQ & Soul Food Café

2516 Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX

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. They were recently recognized by Yelp as one of the Top 100 Places To Eat In Texas For 2021.

Click here to learn more.

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Tuesday – Saturday | 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Monday – Sunday | CLOSED

Fargo’s Pit BBQ

1701 South Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX

Established in 2000 by Alan Caldwell & Belender Wells, Fargo’s Pit BBQ has become a favorite for BBQ lovers all across the Lone Star State. The delicious variety of ribs, brisket, sides and everything else you come to expect from authentic Texas BBQ promises to satisfy even the biggest of appetites. They were even named one of Texas Monthly’s “50 Best BBQ Joints In The World.”

Located deep in the heart of Bryan, Texas & right down the road from Texas A&M University in College Station, Fargo’s is a family-run restaurant which is open Tuesday through Saturdays. Click here for more information.

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Sunday – Monday | CLOSED

Remnant of Nawlins

1416 Groesbeck Street, Bryan, TX

In August 2005, as the Gulf Coast braced for the impacts of oncoming Hurricane Katrina, Korey Thomas and his family fled New Orleans and headed west. They managed to find their way to Bryan-College Station a couple days later, receiving a warm welcome from one of the friendliest communities in America. They decided to stick around for awhile, and now 15 years later they’re still here sharing the flavors of their home city with residents and visitors in Aggieland.

The Remnant of Nawlins is a must-try in Bryan, offering cajun favorites like poboys, crawfish, gumbo, and more. They even offer seasonal items throughout the year, like King Cake on select days during Mardi Gras.

Click here to read more about Remnant of Nawlins.

HOURS

Monday – Saturday | 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Sunday | CLOSED

Shannon’s Cafe

601 San Jacinto Lane, Bryan, TX

An Aggieland soul food favorite, Shannon’s Cafe serves delicious, homestyle breakfast like chicken & waffles and chicken fried steak & eggs, and daily lunch specials like oxtails, smothered porkchops, fried catfish, and so much more. Visit their Facebook Page for more info, and then be sure to try it for yourself!

HOURS

Monday – Saturday | 7:00AM – 4:00PM

Sunday | CLOSED

The Chocolate Gallery

211 North Main Street, Bryan, TX

The Chocolate Gallery is Bryan-College Station’s premier spot for sweet treats! Located right in the heart of Historic Downtown Bryan, The Chocolate Gallery creates beautiful & tasty works of chocolate art, cookies, cakes, and more. Stop in for gelato, cupcakes, or chocolate truffles next time you’re in town!

Learn more here: bcschocolategallery.com

HOURS

Tuesday – Thursday | 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Friday – Saturday | 10:00AM – 9:00PM

Sunday – Monday | CLOSED

Honey’s Favored Sweets & Eats

5809 Highway 21, Bryan, TX(Inside Halftime Bar & Grill)

Indulge in some of the sweetest creations around at Honey’s Favored Sweets & Eats! From tasty funnel cake confections, to “wacky waffles,” and fried Oreos… Honey’s is sure to satisfy every sweet tooth. They also serve savory dishes like fried chicken, onion rings, and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Click here to learn more on Facebook.

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Daily | 11:00AM – 10:00PM


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JLM’s Chicken & Waffle Food Truck

Various locations & events throughout the community

JLM’s Chicken & Waffle is a food truck that has become a staple at events throughout the area. You’ll often find them serving their delicious chicken & waffles, and other tasty dishes, at The Local, as well as other events and businesses around town. Follow their Facebook page to keep up with them as they move around the area.


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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.


7 Asian American-Owned Restaurants & Bars In Bryan, Texas

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and we’re wrapping up the month by celebrating the the AAPI business owners in our community! From delicious Thai restaurants to a one-of-a-kind sake bar, we’ve put together this list of Asian American owned restaurants & bars in Bryan, TX so that you can support them all year long.


Keep scrolling for the full list, or click here to learn more about AAPI Heritage Month from Texas A&M University.


Art of War

419 North Main Street, Bryan, Texas

Art of War is located inside the historic Parker Lumber Building in Historic Downtown Bryan Texas. Inspired by the owners journeys into the far east and a desire to bring innovation to his quaint but thriving downtown – Art of War is a unique destination that will have you returning time and time again.

Art of War’s interior reflects cultivated Asian stylings while also paying tribute to a refinement seen in bars from days gone by. The multi-room bar offers the choice to relax in the Moshito Lounge furnished with retro-hinted furnishings, the more bustling main service bar, or the exclusive 108 year old vault.

Their menu features delicious sake-based cocktails, flights featuring both Texas-made and imported sakes, and small plates highlighting various Asian cuisines. Learn more here.

Kluay Kluay Thai Restaurant

3203 Freedom Boulevard Suite 700, Bryan, Texas

Kluay Kluay opened in 2015 with the dream of bringing authentic Thai cuisine to the Brazos Valley. They’re known for their spicy dishes, but they have plenty of options for everyone! Kluay Kluay will have you coming back for more time and time again. Click here for more info.

Bangkok Thai Kitchen

507 North Harvey Mitchell Parkway, Bryan, Texas

Bangkok Thai Kitchen, located near the intersection Harvey Mitchell Parkway & Villa Maria Drive, is somewhat of a hidden gem in Bryan-College Station. It’s right in between The Stella Hotel and the Brazos County Expo, and they serve some of the best Thai food in Aggieland. Their Pad Thai is not to be missed. Click here for their Facebook page.

T. Jin China Diner

2305 Boonville Road, Suite 650, Bryan, Texas

T. Jin China Diner, or just T. Jin’s as it’s affectionately called by Aggieland locals, has become a go-to spot known for their friendly service, fresh ingredients, and delicious Chinese food. Located near Boonville Heritage Park, this BCS favorite is a must when you’re craving Chinese food. Click here to learn more & view their menu.

Master Yakiniku

3700 South Texas Avenue, Suite 900, Bryan, Texas

Master Yakiniku is the top spot for Korean BBQ in the Brazos Valley. They’ve got delicious entrees sure to satisfy anyone’s cravings, and they provide a dining experience unlike any other in Bryan or College Station. Check out this review by food blogger Hungry Mind, Hungry Stomach to see why you need to stop by Master Yakiniku next time you’re in Bryan.

Click here to find Master Yakiniku on Facebook.

Imperial Chinese & Sushi

980 North Earl Rudder Freeway, Bryan, Texas

This modern spot for Asian classics opened in 2014, and has been providing quality meals & good times to the Bryan area ever since. With options ranging from handmade sushi, to American-Chinese classics, and beer, wine, and sake – Imperial Chinese & Sushi is sure to have something for any fan of Asian cuisines.

Learn more at https://imperialbcs.com/

Pin Toh Thai Cafe

4345 Wellborn Road, Bryan, Texas

Located just a couple blocks from Texas A&M, this Aggie favorite serves tasty, made from scratch Thai classics with a variety of spice levels available. They also offer great deals daily, so you’ll definitely want to keep up with those on their Facebook page.


Looking for more local favorite restaurants, hidden gems, and things to do in Bryan, Texas? Check out our other blog posts!


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.

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 www.lamarandnikis.com

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!


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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.

Where To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2021 In Bryan, TX

May is always a great month here in Bryan-College Station, Texas, and it features one of the most fun days of the year – Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Over time, this day has become a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage with amazing traditions such as street festivals, live music performances, lots of amazing food, margaritas, and more.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Mexican culture in Bryan, so keep scrolling to find out what makes Bryan the place to be for Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Aggieland.

6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Casa Rodriguez

300 North Bryan Avenue, Bryan, TX

Featuring live music, street vendors, a live DJ, and plenty of tasty food, margaritas, and more, the 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Casa Rodriguez in Historic Downtown Bryan is the Brazos Valley’s ultimate Cinco de Mayo celebration. The party starts at 4:00PM on Wednesday, May 5, 2021! Click here for more information.

Papa Perez Mexican Cuisine

200 South Main Street, Bryan, TX

Papa Perez Mexican Cuisine has been a BCS staple for 15 years now, so you know it’s a great place to be on Cinco de Mayo! Pro tip: try the Mama P’s sour cream enchiladas. They’re seriously mouthwatering good. Click here to learn more about Papa Perez.

Raspas El Payasito

1005 South Coulter Drive, Bryan, TX

Raspas El Payasito is home to some of the best, most authentic Mexican food in the entire Bryan-College Station area. With delicious elotes, great fruit cups, and some seriously amazing tacos, this place is a must try for any fan of Mexican cuisine. They’ve earned quite the reputation for their tacos de matamoros, and the torta norteña is a local favorite. Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/Elpayasito07

Cilantro Mexican Grill

106 North Parker Avenue, Bryan, TX

Cilantro has been serving amazing authentic Mexican & Tex-Mex dishes in Historic Downtown Bryan for a few years now, and they have yet to disappoint. They’ve got great drinks, too, so it’s the perfect spot to spend your Cinco de Mayo. Visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/cilantrobcs

Taco Crave

308 North Main Street, Bryan, TX

Another Downtown Bryan favorite, Taco Crave serves street tacos like you’d expect to find in Monterrey. The “Crave Chicken” is their signature item, but the tacos al pastor and carnitas are incredible, too. Learn more about Taco Crave here: www.facebook.com/tacocravebcs

Tequila & Mezcal Tasting at Christopher’s World Grille

5001 Boonville Road, Bryan, TX

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Christopher’s World Grille is showcasing some of their favorite quality tequilas and mezcals. While you enjoy each taste, Chef Christopher Lampo will serve hors d’oeuvres to enhance the flavor notes of the tequila & mezcal. For the tasting lineup, tickets, and more information, click here.

The Angry Elephant

4282 Boonville Road, Bryan, TX

Angry Elephant is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party of their own, complete with some of the best margaritas in town! Visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/angryelephantBTX


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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.