Home of Texas A&M University, College Station boasts a mix of lively hangouts, frequented by its student population, and fine-dining restaurants. From casual burgers and barbecues to upscale, award-winning steaks and global fare, our guide to the city’s best restaurants will make sure you will never go hungry in College Station.
Dixie Chicken is located in College Station’s Northgate district next to Texas A&M University. It is very popular with students, who have been enjoying its tasty chicken, burgers and refreshing, cold beer for generations. Featuring a saloon-style interior, complete with country music in the background, guests can relax with a plate of mouth-watering chicken fried steak, double-meat hamburger or chicken fajita tacos.
Hullabaloo Diner is a 1940s New York-style diner opened in 2005. Plenty of wholesome, home-style dishes such as meatloaf and pot roast are served alongside burgers and its popular Train Wreck Fries (topped with blue-cheese crumbles, bacon, cheddar cheese and green onions), while its comfy, retro booths make the perfect spot in which to feast on its tasty diner food.
From its humble beginnings as a small fast-food restaurant opened in 1994, Layne’s has grown into one of College Station’s favorite restaurants. With its famous chicken fingers and secret-recipe sauce drawing in guests again and again, its a must visit location. Inside, Layne’s is simple with checkered floors and booths giving the restaurant a relaxed, retro vibe.
The Republic is a fine-dining establishment renowned throughout town for its mouth-watering cuisine, comprehensive whiskey selection and award-winning wine. Guests can enjoy steaks, craft cocktails, live music and an elegant atmosphere, and discover why The Republic became College Station’s first AAA Four Diamond rated restaurant.
Head down to Koppe Bridge and treat your taste buds to one of the restaurant’s award winning burgers. Its burgers aren’t the only reason why Koppe Bridge has kept diners coming back over its 20-year history: guests can also choose from other tempting options, such as fried catfish served with coleslaw, fries and hushpuppies, and the BBQ brisket available with sides including fried okra and potato salad.
Christopher’s World Grille is the realization of the lifelong dream of a well-traveled chef who has sailed the globe cooking on private yachts, and opened the elegant restaurant in 1999 in a renovated 100-year-old ranch house in neighboring Bryan. Christopher’s World Grille features a number of dining rooms, each with their own distinctive style, while its eclectic menu offers international food, expertly prepared.
Veritas Wine & Bistro is an adventurous concept from a talented executive chef, who effortlessly combines French, American and Asian bistro dining with the restaurant’s cosmopolitan, contemporary vibe. Focusing on creativity, freshness and quality, Veritas conjures dishes bound to please the palate of discerning foodies. Don’t leave without sampling Veritas’ extensive wine list.
For mouth-watering Mexican food, local diners head straight to Fuego Tortilla Grill; a vibrant and fun restaurant with three branches across Texas, including its original location in College Station which is open 24 hours a day. Try the carnitas; pork, slow-simmered in a tangy mix of citrus, garlic, orange juice and a dash of Coca Cola.
Regularly hailed by local and visitors as the best place for pizza in all of College Station, Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen is an independently-owned restaurant, focusing on homemade food and tasty drinks. Diners not in the mood for pizza can choose from a number of pasta dishes or grilled dishes. The restaurant’s interior; a stylish, inviting mix of wood and brick, makes it the perfect setting for an evening of delicious food.
With three locations in the College Station-Bryan metropolitan area, C&J Barbecue is undoubtedly one of the region’s most popular and successful barbecue joints. Everything you would expect from an award-winning barbecue joint is featured on the menu, from pulled pork and ribs to smoked sausage and turkey, with desserts, such as cheesecake or blueberry cobbler, also available.