I live in College Station, so I can give you a short list of the places we like. Here goes:
Koppe Bridge Bar and Grill (11777 FM 2154 also called Wellborn Rd CS) - good hamburgers and fries
Longhorn Tavern (downtown Bryan) - good chicken fried steak, burgers, and steaks
BlueBaker (2 locations: 201 Dominic and 800 University CS) - good sandwiches and pizza, homemade bread
Fish Daddy's (1611 University CS) - a small chain, but really good shrimp and fish
All the places except Fish Daddy's are local establishments, not chains and have been around for awhile. Hope you have a chance to try one of them. Let us know what you think!
P.S. What was the "surprisingly good chain" you tried when in CS?
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