No Jokin'

Posted on August 21st, 2011

In Austin, the words “College Station” and “Aggie” are often the punchline of a joke. But that’s not entirely fair. Not all Texas A&M students look for the “11” on the keypad when calling 911. Haha.

Anyway, the Bryan-College Station area is far from a cultural vacuum; in fact, it’s brimming with impressive museum facilities, historical attractions, and even (gulp) tasty eateries.
Speaking of culture, one of College Station’s biggest claims to fame is the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The easily navigable and impressively interactive facility includes a section of the Berlin Wall, a replica of the White House situation room, and an Oval Office exhibit that allows visitors to sit in the “seat of power” and have their photo taken behind the president’s desk. Fun fact: now that Bush and his wife Barbara have an apartment on the museum grounds, they make occasional “surprise appearances,” shaking hands, signing autographs, and interacting with visitors.

Befitting of the Agriculture referenced in A&M, locals in this region of cattle country take their burgers very seriously. And they don’t get much better than the hearty hunk of meat served at Chicken Oil Co.Despite the name (a reference to a former service station), this restaurant offers top-notch beef in a down-home atmosphere.

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