By Lauren Yu 09/21/21 10:43 PM
Anyone who has attended a Rice Campus Tour has heard stories of how students use their Tetra Points, which are $ 1 points that can be used at campus restaurants and cafes. Some seniors spend their four years at Rice hoarding Tetra to save for a dog at the Rice Farmer’s Market before graduation – that’s what the tour guides say, at least. But not everyone is lucky enough to keep their Tetra for a full year, or even a whole semester. If your student card is taking a hole in your wallet and you’re looking to spend (cheaply) on meals away from the waiters, look no further than this list of Tetra-accepting food and drink options available. on the campus.
Rice Coffeehouse, or simply “Chaüs”, is one of Rice’s student-run businesses that accepts Tetra. Chaüs is a staple for many Rice students who need a dose of caffeine or a lively place to study. In addition to various food items such as muffins, brownies and bagels, Chaüs offers a wide selection of caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks, as well as the possibility that your order was placed by a classmate. From lattes and mango smoothies to specialty drinks like the nutty, honey-flavored Nutty Bee, you’re sure to find something you’ll want to spend your Tetra on.
Stop in Chaüs, on the first floor of the Rice Memorial Center, 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, and slightly different hours Friday through Sunday.
Rec thresher: Iced Milky Way
Whether you’re awake late to study or forgot to stop by a waitress before 7:30 p.m., The Hoot is your go-to for late-night food cravings. The Hoot is student-run and offers a variety of foods like Papa John Pizza, Chicken Raising Cane, and Oui Banh Mi Sandwiches. The Hoot also offers drinks and snacks, including chips and instant ramen.
The Hoot is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is located on the first floor of RMC across from the Rice Bookstore.
Rec thresher: Banh mi
Small kitchen in the Brochstein pavilion
Little Kitchen at Brochstein Pavilion offers a number of different dining options including sandwiches, salads, tacos, and soups, in addition to a selection of coffees and sodas. Although it has a reputation for being a bit pricey, Little Kitchen is a common spot for college students who want a break from the food they serve while socializing or studying in Brochstein.
La Petite Cuisine du Pavillon Brochstein is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Thresher Staff Recreation: Almost Thanksgiving Sandwich
Chinese Ambassador Coffee
During sunny hours when the Hoot is not open, its nook is occupied by the Ambassador Café. This outlet, a satellite of the Houston Ambassador Chinese restaurant, offers a lunch that deviates from the usual service rate: a selection of inexpensive American Chinese dishes like lo mein, dumplings and various soups.
You can stop by the Ambassador Café at RMC, across from the Rice Bookstore, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday through Friday.
Personal drummer rec: crab sprouts
Little bird at Sammy’s
Little Bird is a local family business that serves chicken fillets, tacos, burgers, and pizza, among other dishes. Little Bird also offers vegetarian options and sources ingredients from local vendors, according to Rice Dining.
Little Bird can be found at Sammy’s at RMC and is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Staff drummer rec: chicken tenders
East-West Tea is Rice’s student-run boba tea store. The East-West Tea menu offers a variety of milk teas, fruit teas, and toppings, though the boba tea shop also offers alternative drinks like strawberry lemonade. Although East-West Tea hasn’t been open for a year – marketing manager Emma Yang says half of their business challenges have been caused by the pandemic – Yang says staff are working hard to plan for its long-awaited reopening.
Located in the RMC, East-West Tea was previously open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., although its staff are working to expand their hours, according to Sales and Kitchen Manager Dylan Chorley. Stay tuned for the upcoming reopening of East-West Tea, scheduled for September 30.
Drummer staff rec: Taro Milk Tea