This review was published in Maroon Weekly, a newspaper in College Station, Texas.
Taqueria El Tio is situated in a commercial warehouse area at 911 North Ave. just North of Downtown Bryan. If you weren’t looking for it, you’d likely drive right by the humble looking Mexican eatery. But luckily for them, and local Mexican food aficionados, lots of people know right where to get their El Tio fix.
We ordered a Chicken Quesadilla and a Beef Torta Sandwich, both $5. Our high school Spanish came in handy when ordering, as the person working there did not speak English, though she was more than helpful and would likely be able to help someone with no Spanish speaking skills place an order with a little extra effort.
The Chicken Quesadilla was made with a very large home-made tortilla and was stuffed thick with chicken, avocado, jalapeños, diced tomatoes, lettuce and avocados. The Torta Sandwich was filled with beef fajita meat, lettuce, jalapeños, tomatoes and a little mayo on a fresh, glistening Bolillo roll. Both were served piping-hot and ranked among some of the best Mexican we’ve ever tasted.
Taqueria El Tio doesn’t have a dining room, but they do have a drive through and a few tables out front where locals are known to gather and dine. They more than make up for what they lack in location and signage with excellent, fresh-made food at very fair prices. If you’re looking for a great Mexican fix off the beaten track, Taqueria El Tio is a hidden gem that’s worth the trip.
Location image by Cheyne Ciegelski