Meet the Intern: Tiffany

This weeks “Meet the Intern” features Tiffany Ross, the servicing/events intern here at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Read below to learn about what past POTUS she would take to the beach with her, her best memory in Bryan College Station, and see the photo she would submit in her application to be the next Bachelorette! 

Tiffany in her favorite place she’s ever traveled, Italy.

-Where were you born and where did you graduate high school?

I was born in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania! I moved to Texas when I was four and have been here since. I graduated high school from Grapevine High School!

-If you were a contestant on “The Bachelor”, what would your dress look like getting out of the limo and what would you say to the Bachelor to get him to remember you?

My dress would be a black long-sleeve short dress that is beaded and has a deep v in the front (yes, I’ve thought about this before). To get the Bachelor to remember me, I would probably tell him some smooth pick-up lines or just put a picture of me in his pocket because then he couldn’t forget!

-What are you studying and why did you choose that field of study?

I am studying Communication with a minor in English. I chose to study Communication because it is such a broad major that can lead into many different fields post college.

Tiffany and her sister.

-If you were about to karaoke, what song would you choose and who would you sing it with?

I would choose to sing “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” by Shania Twain. I would sing it with my sister, Kristie, because she is my best friend and sings just as badly as I do!

-What do you do at the CVB and what is your favorite thing you’ve done so far?

I am the servicing/events intern so I help with site visits for clients as well as help plan and execute conventions around the Bryan College Station area. My favorite thing that I have done so far is take a couple from Austin on a site visit around the BCS area. We got to take them to a bunch of cool places in the area that even I have never been to before so it was awesome getting to go as well.

-If you could stay a weekend at any beach in the world, what beach would you go to and which President of the United States (living or dead) would you take with you?

If I could stay a weekend at any beach in the world, I would choose to stay in Santorini, Greece. I would take John F. Kennedy.

Tiffany at bid day for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega.

-What’s your best memory so far in BCS?

My first game in Kyle Field as a student. I will never forget how amazing it felt inside there and how pumped the crowd was to watch the Aggies win!

-If you had to get turned into an animal, what animal would you choose and why?

I would choose to be turned into a corgi (type of dog) because they are so cute and always happy.

-What’s your favorite meal you’ve had in BCS and where was it?

The Lobster Mac-N-Cheese at Napa Flats. I indulge in it way too often but it is amazing!

The photo Tiffany would send in if applying to be the next Bachelorette because, “carbs are better than selfies.” Yas Tiffany, yas.

-You just won $1,000,000. What’s the first thing you buy?

An all-inclusive vacation to somewhere tropical.

-Why did you choose to attend Texas A&M?

Because of the tradition. When touring A&M, I could tell instantly that this was not a school I was just going to attend for four years, it is a family that will be a part of me forever.

-Would you rather spend a day in Tree Hill with Chad Michael Murray or be the Queen of the United Kingdom for a week?

I would MUCH rather spend a day in Tree Hill with Chad Michael Murray. Spending a day in Tree Hill with any of the characters on that show would be my ultimate day, I am obsessed with it!

Tiffany and her boyfriend, Jackson, at Seaside Beach.

That’s a wrap of our interns for the Fall! Stay tuned for more fun posts as we finish out the semester & more interns in the Spring!

Unique Off-Site Venues

Have you ever attended a conference where you were stuck in the same hotel room all day long and seriously considered climbing out of the bathroom window? Or maybe you attended a workshop where you went to a hidden gem for dinner in a tucked-away corner of downtown, and it was the neatest experience of your weekend. Luckily, Bryan College Station is known for having unique off-site venues that add adventure and excitement to any conference. Check out the list below on awesome places to book your next meeting or conference in Bryan College Station!

1. Astin Mansion

Built in 1924 by Roger Q. and Nina Heard Astin, the Astin Mansion is a paragon of the grand 1920s style. This architectural gem has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in an effort to preserve and share this treasure with our community for years to come.

In 2004, the Astin Mansion was purchased as a Special Events Venue, and has been voted “Best Wedding Venue” by The Knot Magazine, won countless floral awards, and received many recommendations from past brides, companies, and organizations.

Astin Mansion’s main mission is to provide impeccable service, quality products, cutting-edge design, and a relaxed environment. They also strive to give back to the community by assisting local nonprofit organizations. Astin Mansion is located just three blocks from Historic Downtown Bryan, so it is the perfect place for an off-site event! Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery for a meeting or you’d like to plan an elegant dinner, Astin Mansion is the place to go.


2. Grand Station

Opening in 2007, Grand Station was created based on the owner’s dream to expand upon the sport of bowling. By bringing it together with other adventurous activities that are both fun and healthy for people of all ages, it has become a destination where the whole community comes together to enjoy the good company of their friends and family in a safe, clean, exciting environment.

With 40 lanes of bowling, a two-story laser tag arena (the biggest LASERTRON, laser tag arena in all of Texas!), arcade games, mini-golf, great food, a sports bar, and the friendliest staff in town, they’ve really got something for everybody. That’s why they like to call Grand Station “Your One Stop Fun Spot.” So during your next conference or meeting in BCS, take the crew out to Grand Station for a night of fun!


3. Benjamin Knox Art Gallery & Wine Depot

One of the most unique event venues in Bryan College Station is easily the Benjamin Knox facility. Benjamin Knox, an American Artist and Texas Aggie class of 1990, invites guests to enjoy a variety of art set amid a venue inspired by railroad architecture. Included on the premises is a rare historic 1905 caboose and spacious wood decks with vintage style lighting.

The Depot, a newly renovated College Station Depot, is now a large open art gallery space that can accommodate 120 people for a sit-down meal and 200 people for a standing reception. The beautiful Wine Depot Bar, complete with railroad antiques and large flat-screen TVs, is in the glassed-in porch of the depot and can be separated by giant pocket doors. Their excellent wine menu boasts over 50 handpicked wines and beers for you to choose from with special event pricing for cash bar capabilities. The intimate and private Event Room is a separate art gallery space that features a historic antique hotel bar, stone fireplace, club sound system, TVs, and full media capabilities.

The Caterer’s Kitchen and Buffet Room offers an extensive list of preferred professional caterers to accommodate your event from hors d’oeuvres to steak dinners. Benjamin Knox has a full private kitchen that can serve both the Depot and the Event Room. Adjacent to the kitchen is the buffet room, which is a separate gallery space.


4. Coulter Airfield

Coulter Airfield is conveniently located near Texas A&M’s football stadium, Kyle Field, which is located approximately 10 miles southwest of Bryan. Whether you’re in town for a conference or for a one-day meeting, book Coulter Airfield for a unique off-site experience! The event room at Coulter Airfield can accommodate up to twenty people, and is used for conferences, film festivals, annual balls, and much more. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, full and self-service Jet-A and 100LL aviation fuel, a conference room, flight planning with computer access, hangar rental/hangar development, a pilot’s lounge and a courtesy bar.  

In order to rent a hangar for a large event, contact James Brown at Coulter Airfield. The hangar fits approximately 800 people inside, and with the outdoor area being open, can fit over 1000. It is safe to say it’s very difficult to find an event venue as unique as Coulter Airfield. So liven things up and contact Coulter to book your next off-site event spot!

 5. Messina Hof

Messina Hof is a family-owned business based on the three cornerstones of family, tradition and romance, and is dedicated to produce a gold medal winning wine in every varietal and to maximize opportunities developed from the wines in a tourism destination focused on the best in hospitality, food and customer service.

Located in Bryan, TX, Messina Hof sprawls out over 100 acres. It has both indoor and outdoor event venue spaces, a four-diamond-rated Villa Bed and Breakfast, cuisine served in The Vintage House Restaurant, daily wine tours, wine tasting and wine by the glass/bottle at the Wine Bar/Retail Guest Center, vineyard gardens, a lake waterfall and gazebo.

Messina Hof has an efficient and motivated sales team who represent the face of Messina Hof Winery & Resort. The event staff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to their customers through attention to detail, professionalism and sincerity while striving to exceed customers’ expectations. With an emphasis on Messina Hof events, weddings, social and private gatherings, they make special occasions memorable under the Messina Hof name.


 6. Brazos Cotton Exchange

The Brazos Cotton Exchange was built in Downtown Bryan in 1904 as the Howell Wholesale Grocers Building by a prominent local banker and businessman. The first floor housed the grocery business and the second and third floors contained professional offices and the Brazos Cotton Exchange. The upper floors were closed to the public in the 1960s, preserving them in their original and un-modernized state. From the 1960s until the early ’80s, Stacy’s Furniture was located on the first floor.

In 2005, Anderson Schaefer purchased the building and restored the second and third floor office suites to their original grandeur, adding a modern elevator and air conditioning to the building for the first time in its 100-year history. Papa Perez Mexican Cuisine occupies the first floor and the original Brazos Cotton Exchange space became the Ballroom, retaining its historic title and returning life to the prominent downtown landmark.

The Cotton Exchange houses weddings, rehearsal dinners, civic/business events, seminars/conferences, receptions, retreats and social events. Its features include a third floor ballroom that has three-sided picturesque views of downtown and the Bryan skyline, original hardwood floors for dancing, caterers kitchen, adjacent to the Historic LaSalle Hotel and carriage rides. Be sure to keep Cotton Exchange in mind when planning out your next BCS conference or meeting!


 7. 7F Lodge

7F Lodge is a wonderful setting for business meetings, retreats, company outings, private parties, and receptions. Hidden amidst 14 acres of live oaks and yaupon thickets, 7F Lodge offers a welcome change from the everyday meeting room at a typical conference center or hotel.

With indoor and outdoor event vicinities, 7F Lodge is the perfect place for a day excursion. The pavilion located on the property is a great place to bring a group together for a retreat or meeting space. The Old Brazos Biscuit Company, purveyors of fine cuisine and western entertainment, can provide Chuck Wagon Catering with a taste of Texas History for selected events. Additionally, the 7F Chapel is a beautiful place to sit outside for some fresh air during a conference. Even if it’s just for a day, be sure to contact 7F Chapel to find out about all of the beautiful amenities they can offer you and your organization.


Shake things up, and make your next event in Bryan College Station one everyone will remember for a lifetime! With so many new venues and hotel properties popping up everyday BCS will most definitely have that unique touch you’re looking for. As always, check out our website or contact our staff for a list of all of the great event venues in our area and more contact information for the ones listed above. 

Meet the Intern: Madeleine Russell


Madeleine Russell is our second Marketing and Communications Intern here at the BCSCVB. She’s a senior, graduating in December at Texas A&M University and has been a great asset to the team. Keep reading to find out what super power she would have, what she would buy if she won the Powerball and who she would pick if she was The Bachelorette! 

1. Where are you from and what are you studying at Texas A&M University?

I was born and raised in Texarkana, TEXAS! It’s actually half in Texas and half in Arkansas, so I always have to clarify that I am from the Texas side. #903. I am majoring in Communication, minoring in Tourism Management and obtaining a Professional Event Management Certificate at Texas A&M.

2. What is the most interesting thing about yourself?

I would have to say the most interesting thing about myself is that I collect spoons from around the world. My grandpa had his mid-life crisis when I was in elementary school and decided it would be a great idea to ride his Harley all over the United States. Every place he went, he would buy me a spoon and then the older I got I started collecting them too. My favorite one is from Ontario, Canada, because it has a huge painted maple leaf on the top. I have the entire collection displayed in my room back home!

3. If you could live any place in the world where would it be and why?

Definitely Orvieto, Italy. When I traveled to Italy my junior year in high school, we randomly decided to visit this hidden gem. Orvieto is a city on top of an inactive volcano in central Italy that overlooks the Italian countryside. It has the best food I’ve ever had in my life, the most kind and welcoming locals, and is honestly the most beautiful place I have ever seen.

4. What is the one memory you have of Texas A&M that makes you smile the most?

My sophomore year at TAMU I served as co-Pull Out Day Director with my good friend Albert Saenz (#shoutout). Pull Out Day is the official sophomore class event where an Aggie can “pull out” for the first time and “whoop”! This experience helped shape who I am today and taught me so many lessons on hard work and dedication. When I think back on the day the event was held, I can’t help but smile. It was the perfect embodiment of the Aggie Spirit and I’m so lucky to have been able to hold a part in it.

Madeleine after catching Trevor Knight’s sweaty wristband after the Aggies #BTHOAuburn !

5. What do you want to be when you grow up?

My long-term career dream is to be the Public Relations Director for Texas A&M. I grew up with both parents working in education, and I’ve seen first-hand the impact you can have on students’ lives. With communication being my major, I think it would be a perfect fit. However, right outside of college I want to focus on event management and tourism.

6. If you had to pick a song that described you best, what song would it be?

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” by Randy Newman. Shoutout to Claire W.

7. If you could only eat at one place in the Bryan College Station area, what restaurant would it be and what would you order?

Oh this is easy, Antonio’s Pizza on Northgate! I would order the honey mustard chicken and chicken quesadilla pizza slices.

Madeleine and her friends in Fort Worth before the A&M Arkansas Game. 

8. If you were chosen to be the newest Bachelorette and you had to choose between Jim Halpert from The Office or Jon Snow from Game of Thrones, who would you give your last rose to and why?

This is literally the hardest question I have ever had to answer in my life. Jon Snow is the most attractive human being that has ever graced this planet, but realistically he’s not going to be around much because, ya know, King of the North and all. So I’d have to give my last rose to my bae Jim. If he looked at me the way he looked at Pam, my life would be complete.

9. If you could trade lives with one celebrity for a day, who would it be and what would you do?

I would trade lives with Ellen DeGeneres because HELLO SHE IS ELLEN!!!! I’d get to have my own TV show and invite any celebrity I wanted to be on it, plus everyone loves Ellen. The celebrities I would ask to be on the show would be Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Obama, and Ian Somerhalder. Also I’d want it to be on one of her 12 Days of Giveaways show so I could watch everyone freak out with all of their new gifts!

10. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it?

My superpower would be psychometry, which is the ability to learn about the past or future of an object by touching it. That way I could open up a really cool museum with a bunch of random artifacts and actually know the history of them all. Plus museums are cool and I’d make awesome collectors spoons to sell there.

11. You just won the Powerball! What is the first thing you going to buy with your $245 million?

A vacation home in Orvieto for my family!

Madeleine and her fam bam.

12. What quote best describes how your week is going so far?

I’ve never met a problem that cheese couldn’t solve.” – A Wise Guy

Last in our #MeetTheIntern series, we’ll chat with our servicing intern, Tiffany! Stay tuned!

Meet the Intern: Victoria

This week on “Meet the Intern”, we sat down with one of our fall Communications/Marketing Interns, Victoria Fuentes. Read below to learn about her hypothetical experience with “America’s Got Talent”, how she turns down Zac Efron, and her absolute favorite thing about Bryan College Station.


-Where are you from?

I’m from Kingsville, Texas. It’s about an hour south of Corpus Christi and it’s home of The King Ranch. I went to school on The King Ranch all of my life.

-If you were a contestant on “America’s Got Talent”, what would your performance be?

I would probably attempt to sing (heavy emphasis on attempt) and I would just really go for it. I would probably wind up singing something super hard and totally out of my range like Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. 

-What are you studying?

I am currently a communication major with a business minor.

-What is your favorite song at the moment, and what type of pizza would you eat with the artist?

My favorite song right now is constantly changing, but my favorite song of all time is “Juicy” by Notorious BIG and I would have to eat New York-style pizza with him, of course.

-What do you do at the CVB?

I am one of the the Marketing and Communications Interns for the CVB, so that means that I help with posting on our social media, writing blogs, handing out fliers for games, etc. Basically anything in the marketing sphere, I help out with.

One of Victoria’s best memories: Getting her “PERFECT LITTLE”!

-If you could have a picnic with any person living or dead, who would you pick and where would you go?

I would have a picnic with Selena Quintanilla in a heartbeat. We would eat barbacoa tacos from El Chato’s in Kingsville and picnic on the beach in Corpus Christi. I would make her teach me how to do “the washing machine” and at some point we would break out singing “Amor Probido”.

-What’s your favorite thing about BCS?

My favorite thing about BCS is the small town feel with all the big town amenities. I grew up in a really tiny town where we had to travel an hour to get to a mall or eat something other than Whataburger, so I love having everything right at my fingertips.

-If you could snap your fingers and travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Traveling to Paris during Paris Fashion Week has always been a lifelong dream of mine. The inspiration that designers draw from the famous city is incredible to see put into their designs and such beautiful works of art. I would also like to spend the rest of my life in The Louvre, please.

Victoria at her favorite place she’s ever hiked: Hamilton Pool.

-What’s your favorite restaurant in BCS?

Well, that depends on what kind of food we’re talking about. My favorite spot for a great cheeseburger is Blackwater Draw. For an amazing taco: Raspas de Payaso. And let’s not forget the holy grail of brunch spots: Hullaballoo Diner. I LOVE brunch. If you haven’t read my account of the best spots to brunch on Aggie Gameday do it. 

-What’s the best present you’ve ever received and what was the occasion?

For my 13th birthday my dad gave me a silver and gold bracelet with “You Are My Sunshine” engraved on it. It meant a lot because he has always sang that song to me, even now that I am 20 years old.

-Why did you choose Texas A&M?

I chose Texas A&M University because it immediately felt like home. From the moment I stepped on campus for my first tour to this very day, Texas A&M has always felt like home.

Victoria & her friends at her first Fightin’ Texas Aggie football game!


-Would you rather go sky diving with Zac Efron or go on a shopping spree with Michelle Obama? 

Oh gosh, a shopping spree with Michelle Obama because I am TERRIFIED of heights. Sorry, Zac. Not to mention Michelle Obama has flawless style and I would love to have a glance into her closet.

Next up in our “Meet the Intern” series for this fall is Madeleine Russell! Stay tuned!


Brunchin’ on Aggie Gameday

When it comes to Gameday, Aggies take two things very seriously: Texas A&M football and their favorite brunch spot. We’ve picked our top ten favorites in the Bryan College Station area for you to try and grub out at. Now let’s get to brunching!

1. Hullaballoo Diner
When it comes to brunch spots in the BCS area, Hullaballoo is probably not only the most famous brunch spot, but probably the most fun. You’ll have to wait a little while (anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and a half) but I can assure you it is well worth it. Not to mention they have live music, board games and a full bar to keep the hunger at bay. I mean, is it even brunch without a mimosa?

Hullaballoo is not only famous for being on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” but for having some really amazing food. Whether it is the giant pancakes or their Food Channel-famous French toast, you can’t go wrong with Hullaballoo Diner.

Our favorite brunch dish: The French toast

Our favorite brunch booze: Sangria

Price Point: $$

Typical Wait Time: 45 minutes – 1.5 hours on game weekends



2. Blackwater Draw

Conveniently located on Northgate, Blackwater Draw is a brunch-lover’s paradise. Whether you are craving a hearty brunch like The Outlaw, which features their freshly baked buttermilk biscuits smothered in sausage gravy, or their Southern Belle  — with fruit, yogurt, granola and an egg white — that is the perfect lighter fare. Blackwater Draw also offers a full bar with brunch special drinks such as the go-to booze for any brunch-goer: the Mimosa. Or you can change it up and sip on one of their savory Micheladas that is sure to make your mouth water.

Grab your mimosa and get ready to cheer on the best University in the world.

Our favorite brunch dish?
The Sanchito: Pulled pork migas smothered in fire roasted salsa, shredded cheese w/ potatoes and tortilla strips.

Our favorite brunch booze?
The Michelada

Price Point:

Typical Wait Time:
15 – 30 minutes



3. First Watch

Focused on bringing you only the most farm-fresh brunch they can, First Watch is one of the newest brunch spots in the Bryan College Station area. Whether you prefer a booth to yourself or an inclusive community table, First Watch welcomes their customers with a light and happy atmosphere. Their brunch dishes are sure to get you salivating, whether it be a dish off of their seasonal menu or some of their Egg-sclusive dishes. Along with their amazing food, First Watch also offers freshly squeezed juices and herbal teas sure to get your vocal chords ready to scream the Aggie War Hymn.

It does not matter if you are just looking for some comfort food, or you’re a health-conscious Ag, First Watch has got you covered. With dishes like their energy-inducing Power Wrap or their mouthwatering Bacado Omelet, you cannot go wrong with First Watch.

Our favorite brunch dish?
The Parma Hash: Two eggs any style atop a hash of fresh, seasoned potatoes, Italian sausage, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, onions and tomatoes with melted Parmesan, mozzarella and fresh herbs.

Our favorite brunch drink?
Freshly squeezed orange juice  

Price Point: $$

Typical Wait Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour



4. The Village

The Village is one of the local eateries nestled in the center of Downtown Bryan. With their indoor and outdoor eating spaces, you can enjoy all the beauty that Downtown Bryan has to offer while grubbing on some of the amazing, locally sourced dishes The Village has to offer. Putting a unique spin on some of your favorite brunch dishes, The Village shows you their sweet side with dishes like their Orange Oat Waffles. Looking for something a bit more savory for your brunch? The Turkey & Egg Sammy will fill you up with turkey, eggs, provolone cheese and chipotle mayo on a jalapeño cheese bun.

With colorful artwork brightening up every wall in the café, inspiration is the perfect side dish to your brunch at The Village. Their array of coffees, espressos and freshly brewed teas are sure to wake you up for even the earliest of morning games.

Our favorite brunch dish?
Turkey & Egg Sammy: Sliced turkey, eggs, provolone cheese & chipotle mayo on a jalapeno cheese bun, served with roasted rosemary potatoes or fresh fruit.

Our favorite brunch drink?
The Happy Bee: a blend of Honey, banana, cinnamon, peanut butter with 2 shots of espresso.

Price Point: $$

Typical Wait Time: 5 – 15 minutes



5. Kolache Rolf’s

For those Ags who struggle waking up early enough to brunch before the game, Kolache Rolf’s is the perfect on-the-go brunch. From their Meat Kolaches to their Sweet and Sticky, Kolache Rolf’s is always hot and fresh. Their Slovacek Sausage, Cheese & Jalapeño Kolache is sure to kick-start a fire in your mouth and in your gameday-ready soul. Not into the spicy? Kolache Rolf’s Cinnamon Twist with cream cheese, caramel and pecans is sure to make your gameday a lot sweeter.

Kolache Rolf’s drive through is just as quick as walking in and, after noon, everything in the shop is half off! Kolache Rolfs is completely local and ready to help feed your hunger for kolaches and Aggie football.

Our favorite brunch dish?
Slovacek Sausage, Cheese & Jalapeño Kolache

Our favorite brunch drink?
Blended Iced Coffee

Price Point: $

Typical Wait Time: 5 – 15 minutes


6. Raspas El Payasitos

Whether you want to stop by the restaurant or grab something from their food truck, Raspas El Payasitos is the place to experience an authentic Mexican breakfast. From their barbacoa tacos to their giant tortas, be ready to leave Raspas El Payasitos with leftovers after a day of watching your favorite team. Their savory breakfast tacos and real cane sugar sodas are some tastiest ways to start a long day. If it’s going to be a hot day in Kyle Field, grab one of their locally famous raspas (snow cones) before heading out to tailgate. Always fresh and ready to take with you, you can rest assured that you will not be standing on the wood with an empty stomach.

Whether you’re sitting down or taking it to go, this place is the savory, spicy haven for any Ag ready to hiss the other team off the field.

Our favorite brunch dish?
The Chupacabra Torta

Our favorite brunch drink?
Mango Raspa

Price Point: $

Typical Wait Time: 5 – 15 minutes



7. Christopher’s World Grille

Christopher’s is the brunch spot for the Ags who love the finer things in life. With brunch only on the weekends from 11 am to 2 pm, get ready to dress to impress and enjoy a meal that you were born to enjoy. From Café Du Monde inspired beignets sure to make your sweet tooth ache to their savory Christopher’s Eggs Benedict, this authentic BCS spot has the brunch you only dream about. Starting the morning at Christopher’s makes your game day a little bit more luxurious.

Our favorite brunch dish?
Christopher’s Eggs Benedict: Poached eggs on grilled beef tenderloin, creamed spinach and English muffin topped with béarnaise sauce

Our favorite brunch booze?
Rum Punch: Bacardi Coco, orange juice, and pineapple Juice

Price Point: $$

Typical Wait Time: 20 minutes – 1 hour (reservations are taken)



8. West End Elixir

West End Elixir is the newest member of the BCS brunch gang. Opening their doors to the avid brunch-goer just this past July, West End Elixir has a new made-from-scratch brunch that will knock your boots right off. Your sweet tooth will be aching to try their mimosas made with freshly squeezed orange juice while the shrimp and grits will have you wanting more. With only three items on the menu at the moment, what they lack in selection they make up for in flavor.

Their chorizo pizza will have you drooling all over yourself while the handmade beignets could make any New Orleans native feel like they’re right back at Café Du Monde.

West End Elixir only has brunch on Sundays, so you won’t be able to fuel up here before a game, but the morning after feel free to indulge in some of their great new dishes. Besides having a great new menu, West End Elixir is known for their awesome mixology and their brunch drinks do not disappoint. Peach Bellinis and mimosas are sure to help you decompress after a long weekend of cheering on the Aggies.

Our favorite brunch dish? Shrimp & Grits

Our favorite brunch drink? Peach Bellini

Price Point: $$

Typical Wait Time: 30 mins – 1 hour



9. Café Eccell

Last but certainly not least, Café Eccell has everything from breakfast tacos to brunch pizza. Their classic French toast is dipped in crème brulee before being sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar, while their Chorizo Migas Tacos will keep you full so that you can cheer on the Aggies all day. Café Eccell adds some uniqueness to their brunch menu with items like their Scrambler Bowl of the Week and their Hawaiian Brunch Pizza. In addition to their awesome menu, Café Eccell has a Build Your Own Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar ready to quench your thirst.

Brunch for Aggies is the soul food of game day and at Café Eccell, you can get a taste of anything. Whether you need a couple of breakfast tacos to get you started before your long day ahead or a good glass of OJ, brunch at Café Eccell will have you ready to sing the War Hymn as loud as you can.

Our favorite brunch dish? Hawaiian Brunch Pizza

Our favorite brunch drink? The Mimosa

Price Point: $$

Typical Wait Time: 15 – 30 mins


We hope you’re feeling ready for a great gameday brunch with good friends!
Gig ‘Em!

Meet the Intern: Jennifer


Meet one of our newest interns, Jennifer! Jennifer is the newest Sports + Events Intern and we can’t wait for you to get to know her. 

Where are you from?
Houston, Texas.

What are you studying?
Sports Management.

Why did you choose Texas A&M University?
 I liked the idea of the people being so nice, and this seemed like an easy move from home. Also, I visited and had Antonio’s pizza once and immediately fell in love.

Jennifer and her friend cheering on the Aggies.

What do you do at the CVB?
I am the Sports + Events intern, helping plan and execute events.

What is your favorite sport?
My favorite sport to watch is Aggie Football, of course (whoop!). My favorite sport to play is soccer.

Jennifer loves playing soccer and from the looks of it, she’s pretty great at it.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If I could live anywhere in the world, I would want to live in Australia; they have great scenery and beaches, and the people are so real and fun to be around.

What is your favorite memory of living in the BCS area?
My favorite memory of living here in College Station has been Chilifest. I love concerts and exploring Snook the entire day was really fun.

Jennifer loves concerts and being outdoors.

If you had to eat at one restaurant in the BCS are for the rest of your life, which one would it be? What would you order?
I would eat at BJ’s for the rest of my life, because they have everything I want. Anything off of their menu is amazing but if I absolutely had to choose, my top choice is always the deep dish cheese and pineapple pizza.

What song of the summer can you not stop listening to?
I get a lot of hate from my friends for this one, but I constantly listen to “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor. It has been on repeat in my car and my head.

What is your favorite thing to do on your days off?
I love being outside; day trips to the lake with jet skis, boats, floats, friends and family are always a go-to for me on my days off.

Family, fun and sunshine are just a couple of Jennifer’s favorite pastimes. 


If you won the Powerball, what is the first thing you would buy?
I would buy a plane, so I could travel anywhere with anyone anytime.

Jennifer and her family visited Colorado this past year. 

What Disney Character do you most relate to and why?
Belle, because I would do anything for my family. Also, I have dated some beasts before.

Stay tuned for our next introduction to our Fall 2016 interns! 


Aggie Gameday Survival Guide:

We’ve all seen that family of Aggies who try to bring their baby stroller and umbrellas into Kyle Field, or a student frantically searching for their student ID to get into the game. Especially with the new clear bag policy, these 12 tips are essential for surviving a new season of Aggie Gamedays.

  1. Book hotels early


Avoid the sheer panic of realizing every hotel from Bryan to Brenham is booked by going to and finding the perfect place to stay for you and your family. From bed and breakfasts to 4 1/2 star hotels, the Bryan College Station area has the amenities to make you feel right at home.

  1. Parking & Transportation


As far as getting to and from the game, click here to see our list of airports, auto rentals, bus/public transportation, driving directions, limousine services, shuttle services, TAMU services and taxi services.

There are several options for parking for the game. Here is a list of shuttles you can take on gameday, on-campus parking, and even a $20 off coupon for your first Uber ride!

  1. Places to watch the game other than Kyle Field

aggies cheering

Click here to see the full list! 

In addition to these off-campus locations, you can watch the game on campus in the Memorial Student Center, The Association of Former Students, and maybe if you’re lucky a nice tailgate will let you pull up a chair to watch it under their tent. 

  1. Bring a clear bag

Clear Bag Policy

Texas A&M has recently implemented the Clear Bag Policy for entering Kyle Field. Here is a link to the 12th Man website explaining in great detail what you can and cannot bring into the game.

P.S. If you happen to forget your clear bag, no worries! Stop by our Mobile Visitor Center in the Fan Zone to grab one – we’re right by the E. King Gill statue! 

  1. Identify and remember where cool zones are


Bryan College Station is hot — very, very hot. Needless to say, it is important to drink a lot of water and know where the cool zones are on game day. Once you are in Kyle Field, you cannot leave and re-enter. There are cool down zones located inside of Kyle Field, as well as concession stand areas in the shade. Outside of Kyle Field, you can sit down and cool off anywhere in the Memorial Student Center or the Association of Former Students.

Need a fun way to cool off before the game? Head to the John J. Koldus Building to purchase your Maroon Out T-shirt for the Tennessee game on October 8th!

  1. Football Friday in Downtown Bryan


Football Fridays feature a FREE concert each Friday night before a Texas A&M home football game weekend, giving fans a chance to enjoy Historic Downtown Bryan shopping and dining before heading to campus.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. All concerts will end by 10:30 p.m. so there is enough time to attend Midnight Yell!

Fans are encouraged to return to Downtown Bryan for a free gameday shuttle on Saturday. Pickup/dropoff is on Regent Street between the Clara B. Mounce Library and the Roy G. Kelly Parking Garage. Parking in surface spaces is free, and garage parking is $10/day.



Students will not be let into the game with a student ticket if you don’t have your student ID. Most importantly, stay hydrated! There’s nothing worse than a bunch of Ags dropping like flies in the stands because they haven’t been drinking water. Pro tip — fill a milk jug with water and freeze it the night before the game. It’ll melt and be cold during those 4 hours of standing in Kyle (and those 10 minutes of sitting while the opposing team’s band plays at halftime.)

  1. Look the part


Need the perfect A&M T-shirt to wear to the game? Head to The Warehouse on Holleman Drive! They have a HUGE T-shirt selection, as well as several other A&M goodies. Check out their website here!

  1. Don’t forget to eat

Ron eating

With all the chaos of gameday, it is so easy to forget to eat before heading to campus. Rather it’s an 11 AM game and you need to plan breakfast and dinner, or a 2 o’clock game and brunch fits perfectly into your schedule, check out these dozens of restaurants in Bryan College Station that will fuel you for gameday!

  1. Tailgating


Every single thing you could ever need to know about Texas A&M tailgating is here!

  1. Fake it ‘til ya make it (inside Kyle Field)

what is going on

We’ve all seen the blobs of non-maroon shirted people scattered in Kyle Field, being slammed together by Aggies swaying in the War Hymn. Don’t fight the sway, join the sway! Can’t remember the words to a yell? Just mouth “watermelon” and be sure to hump it. Feeling really tired during halftime while the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band plays? DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SITTING DOWN. Last but not least, the Bugle Call will most likely make you cry. Thank God for 12th Man Towels.

  1. Download the Destination Aggieland App

Destination Aggieland

Make your gameday weekend run as smoothly as possible by downloading the Destination Aggieland App. The app includes a stadium map, information about traffic conditions, the best routes through town, parking options, shuttle bus routes, tailgating, and things to do while you’re in town. The MyParking section even lets you find your parking spot and pay before you arrive!

In conclusion…

We hope this survival guide has made you feel much more prepared for an Aggie Gameday. Now pack your bags and load up the car because, “there’s a Spirit can ne’er be told, it’s the Spirit of Aggieland!”

By: Madeleine Russell