If you aren’t an Aggie, you might consider a day trip to Aggieland worse than community service. Yet, believe it or not, there is more in College Station than just lots and lots of Aggies.
Texas A&M University
If you are headed to Aggieland, you might as well make a stop by the campus of Texas A&M University to see Aggie traditions such as the Century Tree, the statue of Sullivan Ross and Kyle Field. On the north side of Kyle field, you’ll see the tombs of past Reveillies complete with private score board so that mascots past won’t miss a single touchdown. While on campus, visit the George Bush Presidential Library — he wasn’t an Aggie, but loved the Aggie tradition so much that he put his Presidential Library on campus.
Lovers of class and other fine things might want to head to the Messina Hof Winery, one of the most-decorated wineries in the state. These folks have been making fine wines since 1977, and you’ll surely taste this long tradition as you sip a glass.
One thing every college town has is great grub. College kids need to eat and Bryan-College Station provides. Near campus, you might want to grab a burger and beer at the Dixie Chicken, the kind of establishment Aggie legends are made of complete with full bar, dominos and rattlesnake cage…. and don’t be surprised if you see students dropping their rings into towering mugs of beer.
Laynes Chicken Fingers
Check out Laynes Chicken Fingers, a place so passionate about its golden fried chicken fingers that all it serves are chicken finger baskets and chicken finger sandwiches.
Chicken Oil Company
Unfortunately, due to a fire, Chicken Oil Company in Bryan has been closed since April. We are hoping that it is only a temporary closure. When it reopens, I highly recommend grabbing a Snuffy burger — order it with “Death” if you want to dance with danger (your burger is cooked with flamin’ jalapenos and green chiles).
Mr. G's Pizzeria
Sadly, this long time pizzeria in downtown Bryan has permanently closed since we filmed this episode.
For outdoor lovers, Lake Bryan is a great place to go swimming, to fish for bass, crappie or catfish, or to mountain bike along its 20 miles of well-kept trails.
Bryan-College Station, TX