The Pride of College Station

6 Dec

Yes, I saved the best for last. You’ve probably wondered why I haven’t written a blog about this place already, but I’ve saving it for the end. If you go to one bar in College Station, make it the Dixie Chicken. The Chicken is hands-down the most popular bar in College Station.

The Dixie Chicken serves the most beer per square foot of any bar in the U.S., which says a lot for College Station, Texas, the bar capital of the world (most per capita). The Dixie Chicken is known for it’s beer, dominos, and hamburgers. While you’re there, go look at the rattlesnack behind the pool tables.

If you plan on going, be aware that the Chicken only serves beer and sangria (for alcoholic drinks). Also, the Chicken is always crowded, especially before, during, and after home football games. If you are lucky enough to find an empty table, hold on to it.

The Dixie Chicken’s rustic feel really makes the atmosphere. Even if you don’t like to drink, I would still suggest going to the Chicken just to look around. The food is all pretty good; the hamburgers are great. The Dixie Chicken has been around forever and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Go to www.dixiechicken.com, to get more information and visit the online store.

God bless and Merry Christmas!

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Whoop!

6 Dec

Entertainment can take on many different forms. One is photography. Whether you like taking pictures or being in pictures, it’s always a lot of fun.

Students often forget about traveling to Reagan, Texas (about a 45 minute drive) to take a picture by the Aggie barn. The class years change each year. The barn makes for really good pictures, if you’re willing to drive a little ways.

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So before you graduate, head to Reagan and get a really good keepsake, you’re parents will appreciate the picture, trust me.

Christmas with David Phelps

5 Dec

Tonight I had the joy of attending a Christmas concert at Central Baptist Church starring David Phelps of The Gaithers. David Phelps is an amazing singer and a great entertainer. The Christmas concert was filled with renditions of classics and new songs written by David.

Like I’ve said before, I love Christmas, so it should be no surprise that I loved this concert. The light show added to the performance, not that David needed any help.

The concert also had a brief stand-up comedian act during the first half. It was entertaining, and gave everyone something different to listen to.

Here’s one of the songs he sang tonight.

If you get the opportunity to ever attend a David Phelps concert, please take advantage of it. It was a true delight and reminded everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.

Visit www.davidphelps.com to find out more information about future concerts.

Shipwreck Grill

5 Dec

I love raw oysters. I eat them during months that end in “r” and I eat them every other month as well. Shipwreck Grill in Bryan has 50 cent oysters on Mondays along with good drink specials.

Shipwreck Grill has good seafood too. I’ve always had quick service at Shipwreck. Good food, good drinks, good service, means a good time. To view their menu and specials, go to their website at www.shipwreckbcs.com.

Take me out to the ballpark

5 Dec

Natalie and I were talking the other day about our favorite A&M events to attend. Her’s are baseball games. This was no big surprise to me, since she is a Diamond Darling. But, baseball games mean more to her than just an organization.

“Baseball games are so upbeat,” Natalie said. “They have their own traditions that make going to a game a unique experience. They’re always something or somebody to watch.”

When I asked her why the student body and members of the community should support the baseball team, she had a good answer. “It benefits everyone. The baseball players feed of the fans’ energy, making it an exciting game. The fans get to watch America’s sport being played by the best student athletes in the country.”

Natalie said what better way to show your Aggie Spirit this Spring, than to support the Aggie baseball team. It takes everyone, the baseball players, the workers, Diamond Darlings, and especially the fans, to make a good game great.

I can vouch for Natalie that Aggie baseball games are one of the best forms of entertainment in town. When Spring rolls around, grab your ball cap, get you a hot dog, and enjoy an Aggie baseball game.

To view the roster, schedule, and other baseball news, visitwww.aggieathletics.com.

Get dirty

5 Dec

Soggy Bottom ATV Ranch is a place to take your dirtbike, four-wheeler, or truck to get a little muddy. It’s located right off of Highway 21 going towards Madisonville. Soggy Bottom offers a an 85-acre private lake, 3 miles along the Navasota River, lots of mud holes and some climb hills.


Soggy Bottom monthly truck races

If you like to camp, you can do that at Soggy Bottom too. It’s free for primitive tent camping and $20 for water/electric sites for campers and RV’s. Admission into the ranch is $5 per person per day and $15 per ATV. If you make an entire weekend of it, Sunday is free. Snacks and drinks are also available.

For more information about Soggy Bottom ATV Ranch, go to www.soggybottomatvranch.com.

The Dry Bean Saloon

5 Dec

The Dry Bean is one of Northgate’s most unique bars. From it’s “shotgun house” set-up, to it’s menu full of shots, the Dry Bean is always a favorite. The Dry Bean is most famous for its elaborate list of shots, shooters, and drop-shots.

We stopped by the Dry Bean last night when we got to Northgate and I wasn’t impressed with the bartender. First off, bartender wasn’t friendly (which is a big no-no to me) and then he didn’t pour our shots correctly. This is the first time, though, that I’ve been displeased with my service here, so I won’t hold it against them.

The Dry Bean isn’t really set-up for you to hang around and socialize. Usually, it’s a get-in-get-out kind of place. The later you go, the more crowded it gets. Since the bar is so small, it can be a major pain to move around when it gets really packed.

If you’re going to this shot bar, I would suggest going early and getting a Pissed-off Japanese Minnow Farmer. It’s a great-tasting shooter that’s one of my favorites.

Messina Hof

5 Dec

At the top of my favorite restaurants list is Messina Hof. Cade took me to Messina Hof for Valentine’s Day this past year and it was absolutely amazing. Messina Hof, located off of Highway 21, is a winery/restaurant/b&b.

Messina Hof is most known for its wines (not suprising). What is suprising, though, is the vast number of different wines they produce. My favorites are the Angel Riesling and the Gewurztraminer, which I still cannot pronounce correctly. Most of their wines are very reasonably priced, especially for the quality that you get.

The restaurant at Messina Hoff, like I said earlier, is very good. It’s very pricey (expect to spend about $100 for two people if you both drink wine), but well worth it. I’ve only been twice, but both times were great. The setting is very romantic, making it a wonderful place to go for a special night.

Messina Hoff also has tours and tastings that I’ve heard good things about. They have even opened a Wine Bar for those just interested in have a glass of wine. Tastings can be done at the Wine Bar as well. For more information about hours, menus, etc, visit their website at www.messinahof.com.

The Corner Bar and Grill

3 Dec

One of the premiere views in College Station is on the third floor of The Corner. You can see all of Northgate and a lot of campus.

The Corner Bar and Grill offers good food and drinks. The last time I went, I had a hamburger that was delicious. They also have good beer specials during happy hour. They have big TV’s that are usually showing some sort of sport.

The Corner has 3 floors, with the top floor being the rooftop. If the weather’s nice, this is the best place to go. Each floor has a bar and bathrooms, which is really convenient. The Corner plays a mixture of music to satisify everyone’s tastes.

The next time you go to Northgate, make sure to stop by The Corner. To see a menu and drink specials, visit www.cornerbcs.com.

Laser Tag!

3 Dec

Last night, some friends and I went to play laser tag at Grand Central Station, off of Highway 6. I hadn’t played laser tag since I was young, so it was going to be a fairly new experience for me. I had heard good things about it, so I went it with high hopes. Here’s a couple of the things that I learned during my laser tag experience:

1. It’s a lot of fun! I really enjoyed playing laser tag. Since there were only 5 of us in our group, we played individually, every man for himself. This is good, because you can shoot anyone (excluding yourself). I would also like to try playing with teams. I think it would put a little more edge in the game, because you have to work as a team. The downside to playing on teams would be that no one would want me on their’s, which brings me to my next point.

2. I’m not very good at laser tag. I may have had fun, but that doesn’t mean I’m good. I’m not an ultra competitive person and I don’t mind losing, which enhances my not-so-stellar performance. I was also playing with 4 highly-competitive people, so should it suprise me that I finished 2nd to last? No, not really.

3. It’s a workout! Laser tag will wear you out with 10 minutes of non-stop running, hiding, going up and down ramps, and adrenaline. I was huffing and puffing 5 minutes into the game. You may think you won’t get all worked-up, but you’ll get in there and get into the game, and get tired. This is why I’m categorizing laser tag as recreation.

4. Wear appropriate clothing. If you really want to be hardcore, dress in all black. It’s a black light setting, so don’t wear white or any light colors, because you will glow. Also, wear good running shoes. My friend wore boots with a small heel. While they were very cute, they weren’t laser tag appropriate. You will run, trust me.

5. It’s afforadable! If you go on a Thursday night after 9:30, you can play unlimited laser tag and mini golf for $12. Individual games are $7. You may not have enough energy to play more than one game. To see more deals, go to Grand Central Station’s website at grandstationent.com.