By DANI BARRAZA, Staff Reporter |
Amarillo College’s Palace Coffee is best known for its coffee, so many people aren’t aware that the campus coffee shop that opened in February 2018 serves food as well.
The different food options include a chicken salad sandwich, a southwest salad or wrap, a grown-up grilled cheese, cinnamon rolls, muffins, kolaches, cookies and pumpkin bread. The pastries are made by a local bakery called Uptown Sweet Shoppe.
Riley Griffith, a general studies major and Palace barista, said the grilled cheese sandwich is one of the most popular lunch items. “We make the ingredients for the food every morning, so it’s fresh for all of the guests,” he said.
Prices for the lunch options range from $6.95 to $7.95. The pastries range from $1.50 to $3.25. “The pastries sell very well,” Krystal Burns, Palace owner, said. Lunch sales vary, according to Burns. “We find that we sell mores lunches toward the beginning of the week versus the end,” she said.
“I really like their food,” said Lesley Ingham, speech instructor and honors co-coordinator. “I like the simple menu. The chicken salad sandwich is delicious and it’s big enough that I can split it with someone,” she said.
Stetson Smith, a mass media major, said he often gets something for breakfast at Palace. “I’ve had their blueberry muffins and scones and their cinnamon rolls. All their breakfast selections are good. It’s expensive, but it can be cheaper than getting food from a vending machine. I eat there any time that I’ve forgotten to eat breakfast at home,” he said.
Greyson Smith, a nursing major, said that he does not think many students realize that Palace offers lunch options. “We could have more people come in, but I don’t think they know that we serve lunch,” he said. “I mostly drink the coffee, but have tried the muffins. They’re not bad.”
AC’s Palace Coffee is open from 7 a.m. to 7p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. They’re closed on the weekends.