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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!

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.

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.

Abbott and Donahew

1 Dec

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Tonight, Casey Donahew and Josh Abbott will both be performing at Hurricane Harry’s. This should be a great concert to attend. Both of these performers make my list of favorites, so I will more than likely be attending (if I get all my homework done). I’m not positive, but I assume this will be an acoustic concert. Either way it will be a lot of fun to go to. Tickets are $10 in advance and can purchased at Cavendar’s, Traditions Bookstore, and online at outhousetickets.com. Look forward to seeing everyone at Harry’s tonight!

Abuelo’s

22 Nov

I’m a big fan of Abuelo’s and an even bigger fan of their Sangria Swirl margaritas. There is no better time to have one of these awesome margaritas than during their happy hour. Happy hour is Sunday through Friday from 4-7 (not quite sure about the starting time, but I know it ends at 7).

During their happy hour, they run specials on their drink and have special appetizer-like foods for a reduced price.If you’re planning on getting their happy hour specials, you must sit in the bar area of the restaurant though. That’s very important! If you want more information about hours, location, and the menu, here’s their website www.abuelos.com.

A night to remember

17 Nov

Last week, my roommates, friends, and I completed the infamous Aggie Rink Dunk. This event has turned from celebratory fun to an almost “right of passage.” I had dreaded this event since arriving to Aggieland, but after making a pact with my friends, I knew there was no backing out. Our ring dunk, which we named Dunks Unlimited, turned out to be a hit.

Zapatos Facebook page

The location was key. We had our dunk at Zapatos Cantina on Northgate. Zapatos was a pleasure to work with. The owner and his staff were very friendly and catered to our needs. We served the famous “trashlid nachos” that everyone enjoyed. The outside patio was a perfect fit for all of our guest and, thankfully, the weather was nice.

Zapatos had plenty of tables and chairs, a stage, and an outside bar that we actually stood on for the dunking. They also had washers, which entertained a lot of the guys. It turned out really great and I think everyone had a great time.

Next time your at Northgate, head over to Zapatos for a drink on their patio. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Los Cucos

28 Oct

Sorry that I’ve been out-of-touch for the past week and half. It’s been a busy past couple of weeks and I just haven’t had the chance to get on here.

For my birthday last week, my friends and I went to eat at Los Cucos, a Mexican restaurant in College Station. On Mondays and Tuesdays, they have $2 margaritas, which are very good. We sat on the patio, drank margaritas, and ate delicious Mexican food.

My favorite item on the menu is the chicken stuffed avocado. It’s great, along with their tortilla soup. Everything else I’ve tried is also really good. And the $2 margaritas…need I say more.

Although this is a great restaurant, I DO NOT suggest telling the manager it’s your birthday. I experienced one of weirdest birthday song/celebration in my life at Los Cucos. The wait staff came out and sang to me, while the manager covered my eyes and covered my mouth and surrounding area with whipped cream from the complimentary sopapilla. It was weird and a little uncalled for. So that is my warning to anyone going their for your birthday.

Los Cucos for birthday=not so fun

Other than that though, I do recommend going to Los Cucos for their great food and good margaritas.

La Bodega

17 Oct

Eating is one of my favorite forms of entertainment…don’t judge, I’m not the only one. Unique restaurants are some of my favorite places to go. In College Station, La Bodega is one of those different restaurants.

 

Located behind Northgate, La Bodega serves as great place for people to enjoy a drink after work or class. The restaurant and bar is known for their fresh fish tacos. It’s not your standard Mexican tacos, they’re very “baja” and are very refreshing.

Shakers, a margarita-type drink served in a, well…shaker, are very popular. If you go before 7pm, shakers are $6.50. They have lots of different flavors and they’re pretty stout. I definitely recommend getting one for yourself or better yet, splitting one with a friend.

La Bodega also has live entertainment on certain nights. They’re outside patio is great for relaxing and people-watching. Parking can be hard to find though, so be prepared. Also, if you’re going with a large party, I would suggest making reservations.

To see a menu and check-out drink specials go to their website at www.bodegatacos.com.