Like a Local
Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
What do Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett have to do with this rustic saloon-style restaurant? It’s where the two, as former Texas A&M students, used to swap songs and perform impromptu concerts on the back porch. As the oldest bar in the Northgate District, today it’s a Texas A&M icon, specializing in burgers, tacos, fried chicken, and quirky Texas A&M drinking traditions (ask them about the “ring dunk”).
STELLA SOUTHERN CAFÉ
Originally just a place for breakfast, now Stella Southern Café is open daily from 7:00am – 2:00pm serving breakfast, lunch and brunch. Stella Southern Café brings scratch-made Southern breakfast food to the heart of College Station. Fresh made biscuits and stone ground grits will remind you why breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. No matter what kind of day you are gearing up for, Stella will get you ready to tackle it!
THE GARDENS AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
Enjoy the great outdoors in the most beautiful scenery where you can find a quiet place to relax, learn, gather and experience. Pack a picnic lunch and dine al fresco in one of the many outdoor seating areas throughout the seven acres of The Gardens that serve as an outdoor classroom and peaceful sanctuary on the Texas A&M University campus.
YEAR ROUND SPORTING EVENTS
Sports fans can find an athletic event year round to cheer on your beloved Aggies! From baseball to tennis to volleyball there’s always a sport in season where you can catch a live game at one of the Texas A&M state-of-the art sporting facilities.
The best souvenir to remember your trip to Aggieland is a custom hand-created cowboy hat created by Catalena Hatters in Bryan. Producing quality custom hats for over 30 years has been the heart of their family owned and operated business since 1983. Their old fashioned method of making each hat by hand, one at a time distinguishes their hats as the best custom handmade felt hat in the world.
DOWNTOWN BRYAN ART SCENE
As a recognized Texas Cultural District, Downtown Bryan is arts and culture-centric. Galleries, festivals, street murals, art studio, theater and other activities highlight the diverse appeal of the arts. Visit W. 31st street murals for a Texas-inspired photo op you won’t want to miss. You can also sign up for class to create your own art at The Rustic Brush for a social crafting experience or attend an art workshop at Purple Turtle Art Studio to show your creative side.