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. 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”).
Museum of the American GI
Located 10 miles southeast of the heart of College Station, this museum specializing in World War I, World War II, and later-era American military vehicles may be small, but it’s unlike any other because all the vehicles are fully operational. That means, during any given visit, you can expect to see jeeps, armored cars, and tanks crawling the grounds, as well as a WWII drone and a Bell helicopter circling overhead.
Revolution Cafe and Bar
Follow the little sign on Bryan’s Main Street that says “down the alley and turn right” to find this quirky hidden restaurant and bar that is a breath of fresh air among the town’s many rowdy college bars. Set in the back of the old Hotel Bryan, the small, dark, moody space features an eclectic selection of local art that you can buy right off the wall. In the summer, the outdoor patio hosts entertainers, from stand-up comedy to rock and reggae to poetry, against a Van Gogh Starry Night–inspired mural.
Lick Creek Park
Located in the southeastern corner of College Station, this little-known park boasts 500 acres of hardwood forest, open marshland, meadows, and sandy prairies. Several miles of trails provide plenty of opportunity for hiking, cycling, bird watching, and nature study (there’s often deer), while a brand-new 2,400-square-foot Nature Center offers an amphitheater, native plant displays, and a monarch butterfly garden.
Ronin’s Full Moon Dinners
Each month, under a full Texas moon, Ronin Cooking Farm hosts a spectacular nine-course tasting menu outdoors amid the forested setting of its 15-acre family farm in Bryan. Guests find their seats under a canopy of trees located next to the property’s barn, which is outfitted with a commercial kitchen from where servers bring out each dish. At the end of the feast, guests take a candle-lit walk through the woods to a garden to finish off the night with coffee and dessert in the company of moonlit flowers.
This walkable neighborhood just across the street from the bonfire memorial features shopping from both local and national boutiques like Runway Seven, Merge, and King Ranch Saddle Shop. Food options range from nitrogen ice cream made right before your eyes to Italian street food.