Well, RFOC is out. Big surprise. I distinctly remember finding the choices so taste-numbing that I once ate nothing but a bowl of croutons for dinner during my freshman year at SMU. Perhaps the cafeterias aren't solely to blame for the epidemic of disorderly eating on the Hilltop (Real Binging/Purging on Campus), but they sure don't help. But the kids these days are lucky. The food truck swarm has pulled on up to a few local campuses, offering inexpensive choices -- a damned sight cheaper than RFOC's $8.75, even if it is all-you-can-eat -- that might actually be made of real food.
Southern Methodist University
Ruthie's Rolling Cafe has been hitting up the Hilltop with gourmet grilled cheese for awhile, but this week, Ruthie added a new addition to the rotation, Ruthie's Cheesesteak Cafe, expanding on the original with the same attention to artisan detail. You can find Ruthie's by the flagpole at the top of Bishop Avenue during select weekdays and Boulevarding at every home game. Track the pink pig here.
Also making stops within a 2-mile radius of campus: Ssahm BBQ, Jack's Chowhound, Enticed, Cajun Tailgaters, Rockstar Bakeshop, Rock and Roll Tacos, Three Lions, Greenhouse Truck.
University of Texas - Dallas
UTD has gone so far as to implement its very own food truck as part of the university's official dining plan. The truck hits three locations around campus at various times and features "burger sliders, an assortment of ethnic sandwiches in pocket bread and Asian wraps ... fries, fresh fruit, chips, cookies and hummus and pita with fresh veggies." The truck will stay open later than traditional options and will be located closer to classes and dorms.
University of North Texas
If the Facebook comments can be believed, the appropriately mean green-painted Angry Friar, which parked itself directly on Avenue A, has gone missing. Somebody put it on a milk carton and put out an APB, because the beloved double-decker bus is known for slinging fish and chips with spicy curry sauce. Environmentally friendly, the Friar even recycles old cooking oil to be used as fuel. Seriously. WTH are you?
Until we find the Friar, keep it real with university food stand, Khush Roti, near the General Academic Building, serving kolaches, sandwiches from international inspiration, twister fries, vegan rice, adzuki bean chips and more.
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Texas Christian University
This week Top Chef winner Tim Love rolled out a new project, The Big Purple Truck at 2850 Stadium Drive. Students can pay cash or use their meal cards for the type of upscale home-cooking that has made a name in Fort Worth (as the Star-Telegram reports) for Love: bacon-wrapped smoked jalapeños stuffed with chopped brisket; pork and cheddar hush puppies; smoked chicken salad with fall greens and fries (thinly julienned potatoes, fried in peanut oil and served with a barbecue-flavored mayonnaise). The truck will be on campus weekdays during lunch hours and for football games.
What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below how you survived last semester's culinary conundrum.