Sbisa, Texas A&M’s Best Dining Hall



Constructed in 1912, Sbisa is one of the three main canteens in Texas A&M university, providing students, especially in-campus residents, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The canteen usually has several counters open including The Grill, Pasta, Homemade, Gluten-free meals, Bok Choy (not the vegetable, but apparently that’s what they call their Mongolian Grill).

Bok choy (Mongolian Grill)

Sbisa also has self-serve booths offering deserts, salad, pizza, soup and omelets for breakfast. 

I think this was their attempt of making Indian food, it was pretty good.

Food in Sbisa changes after every meal, and their chefs seem to love experimenting with different ingredients to create unique soups, resulting delicacies such as “Vegetable Lumberjack soup”, “Chicken Dumpleing soup”,”Cuconut Bokchoy Cabbage soup”, “Ilalian Beff sowp”, “Chicken Masala soup”, and many more…

Chicken Dumpleing Soup
Ilalian Beff Sowp
Cuconut Bokchoy Cabbage Soup

However, after tasting many soups, we have collectively agreed that the Tomato Bisque is the best soup in Sbisa.

I don’t know why they put bananas in fried rice.

Sbisa chefs also seem to have a concerning obsession with long stalks of green beans. These green beans accompany majority of the main course regardless of its compatibility. If you ever visit Sbisa, just remember to ask for no green beans unless you really, really like green beans.

Besides Western food, Sbisa chefs make an attempt to cook Asian food as well.

Sbisa uses an app called Rockbot that controls the music in the dining halls, and students are welcome to add songs to the queue and upvote or downvote other people’s requested songs. Unfortunately, Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley is banned.

Despite the ample number of songs available to play in the dining hall, a few songs keep playing repeatedly, such as “Sweet Child Of Mine”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Viva La Vida”, and “Even Flow”. Alas, we are still yet to find the perpetrator who keeps requesting these songs in the dining hall.

Sbisa in the evening.

Overall, eating at Sbisa is one of the highlights of my journey in Texas. With all the good food and new friends we met there, it felt like a second home.

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