Story and photos by Keri Gabriele, Photo Editor
Food choices near Elgin Campus are sparse. However those with transportation and time to travel can take advantage of the many options just beyond campus.
For students heading to Elgin from Austin, several taco trucks can be found along the way. Manor, about half way between Austin and Elgin, has its share of local barbecue and Tex- Mex joints.
Las Salsas Grill serves breakfast all day, and the salsa served with tortilla chips has a nice kick without melting your mouth. Rice and refried beans come with the combo plates, but the beans are a little thin. The staff is quick and friendly, and nothing on the menu is over $10.
Once in Elgin, the Sausage Capital of Texas, barbecue is readily available. Southside Market and Meyer’s BBQ are two well-known barbecue restaurants.
The Southside Market has an extensive menu which includes barbecued turkey and mutton. The restaurant also serves Blue Bell ice cream to complement its hearty fare.
Meyer’s BBQ also provides an extensive menu and offers drivethru service as well.
While both restaurants have similar local-style sausage — smoked on low heat for hours, leading to juicy insides with a nice crunch to the outside — the difference comes from the sauce. Southside’s sauce is sweeter, while Meyer’s has a more peppery sauce.
Across from Meyer’s, Super Donut is available for breakfast items and next to that is Tex-Mex grill.
If students want to spread out and study, alone or in a group, the City Cafe in downtown Elgin has large, family tables and serves delicious pies and coffee.
For those who don’t have much time to venture off campus, a microwave is available in the student lounge.
While area development is in its beginning stages, an ACC culinary graduate might do well to set up a coffee shop or cafe in the strip mall being built near campus.