Reviews

Taco Tuesday: A Review

Anyone that has been to a traditional concession stand is most likely familiar with the concept of a walking taco. For those who aren’t familiar, a walking taco is typically served as a bag of chips with the fixings of a taco layered on top. To unlock the full potential of any walking taco, the toppings and chips must be mixed up in the bag and eaten straight from its packaging.

Garden Market and Garden Commons celebrate Taco Tuesday once a month with this throwback favorite. After hearing rumors around campus that these items were a hot commodity, I decided to book it to Garden Market for my own taste of nostalgia. After all, the walking taco was a staple out of the concession stand at the public pool I used to frequent in the summers.

I ordered a walking taco with everything on it and got a pleasant surprise in return. Upon receiving my walking taco, I realized that instead of the standard Fritos I was used to as the chip base for this concoction, this was a new type of chip. I was curious to see how it would stack up.

The Frito Lay’s Top N Go bags used for Miami’s version of the walking taco are the perfect fit for the meal. Not only can they easily be topped with however many toppings your heart desires, but they are slightly concave and thus hold some of the toppings in the actual chip, making your fork’s job a little easier. Typically, toppings slide off whatever utensil you choose to call to action, but with these scoop-shaped Fritos, this problem is solved, offering a more cohesive taste and preventing the large-scale separation of ingredients one typically sees with a different chip shape.

Additionally, the Top N Go bags are made with walking tacos in mind. They are wide bags, much larger than the standard Frito Lay’s walking taco chip bag, and offer significantly more walking taco goodness. It is easier to mix the ingredients and much easier to eat, regardless of your preferred eating style.

Every bite created a fiesta in my mouth as the salsa and taco meat balanced out the crunch of the chips and fresh, crisp lettuce. The cheese melted slightly with the heat of the meat, leading to a delicious flavor highly reminiscent of a more traditional taco. The walking taco was easy to eat with a fork, and I’m sure you could just use the chips as utensils, if you wanted to live dangerously.  

Overall, I thought the walking taco was delicious and easy to enjoy. If you’re a taco person through and through, definitely give a Frito Lay’s Top N Go walking taco a try! They’re sold out of Garden Market and Garden Commons once a month!

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Scoreboard Market: A Review

After walking through the shiny, metal doorway of Scoreboard Market, I decided I would try to order a sandwich. I strolled up to the kiosk, ready for the comfort of a faceless touch screen to obediently take my order and cue some nameless stranger to slide my sandwich through the order window in a few short moments.

To my dismay, the kiosk was out of order and I needed to place my order at the window. My world isn’t built for this! There is an app on my phone that orders a pizza with literally one touch.

Faced with this dilemma, I decided my hunger outweighed the social anxiety I felt as a result of growing up in the time of Seamless and Sheetz Made to Order.

Whatever anxiety I felt about ordering quickly dissipated as the cashier made sure I had filled out my order sheet completely and correctly, ringing me up with a smile and some friendly conversation. She also assured me that the kiosk would be up and running in due time. The hardest part of the ordeal was choosing one of the many options available. After what was probably too long of an internal debate, I decided on the chicken club sandwich with lettuce, provolone and pickles. Once I was finished filling out the order sheet and paying for the meal, I headed over to the order window.

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Behind the counter was not a nameless stranger, but a smiling Miamian ready to provide some of the best customer service I have experienced while attending school here and all with a smile. I placed my order down and he looked it over, making sure nothing was wrong. He disappeared behind the window, and I browsed Scoreboard’s extensive collection of food and beverage. I eyed up the Teddy Grahams with great nostalgia and took a mental note of the laundry detergent available. I was impressed with the variety I saw in such a seemingly small space.

After just three minutes, my sandwich arrived, in the words of the great R. Kelly, “hot and fresh out the kitchen.” I took this warm bundle of deliciousness outside to the patio, knowing I won’t be able to do this for much longer as the breeze picks up, and I feel the chill of winter approaching. As I unwrapped the sandwich from its foil, I was pleasantly surprised to find not just your average deli sandwich, but a toasted delight filled with juicy grilled chicken, bacon, lettuce, pickles and cheese. It was the superior quality of Delish without the wait! In just five minutes total I had ordered, paid and received my sandwich.

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Earlier in the day, I didn’t even know that you could order sandwiches at Scoreboard Market, connected to Martin Dining Hall. Now, I will be offering it as an option whenever my friends want to get food together next, not to mention going there for lunch every so often. I’m excited to go back and try some of their many other options, and I’m looking forward to being able to order from my phone on the GET app in the coming weeks. If you haven’t tried ordering at Scoreboard yet, you definitely should.

The All Inclusive Western Buffet

Down at the Western Dining Commons there’s been a new change in town—students can now enjoy a full buffet-style dinner, which includes access to all food stations inside. Along with the extended Allergen Free station, there’s also a new dessert station full of cake and cookie choices. Just come in, grab any hot-and-ready dishes you feel in the mood for, and eat up!

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“The Delish menu changed, so I decided to check it out.”

Maplestreet Station is relatively new as of last fall, and with new developments come experimentation and adjustments to bring about improvement. I heard that the Delish menu changed over break, so I decided to check it out. The first change I noticed was that while students can still choose from eight unique sandwich options, they also have the option to completely customize their own sandwich—kind of like how Encounter’s burgers work.

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The menu offers a myriad of bread, cheese, meat, sauces, and additional topping choices. In fact, other students in line with me agreed that they found this menu easier to order from. Instead of ordering an already established menu item sandwich and having to switch out the bread or meat choice to get what you desire, you are now able to pick exactly what you want without any hassle.

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In my opinion, the Delish menu is better than ever, and I would recommend checking it out for yourself!

Kelsey Simpson
Miami Sophomore
@simpcity_

 

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Local Pumpkin Milkshakes

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Have you heard anything about Miami Dining’s pumpkin milkshakes?

Yeah, I saw a sign for it. I’m so ecstatic to try one. I’m interested in seeing how they will incorporate pumpkin in milkshakes.

 

 

Describe the pumpkin taste.

There’s a light pumpkin taste. It definitely doesn’t taste like liquid pumpkin pie. The flavor isn’t overwhelming at all. It’s just enough pumpkin!

 And the milkshake has a good texture.

 

How do you feel about the use local pumpkin in the milkshake?

Oh, I think that’s really great. I like that a lot of what Miami dining uses is pretty local.

 It makes the seasonal milkshake idea even cooler. The ingredients aren’t store-bought, they’re from down the road.

 

Did you know that the ice cream is local?

No, but I’m happy to hear that!

Yep, the ice cream is from Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs, OH.

Oh! That’s really cool!

 

What flavors do you detect?

 Pumpkin, obviously, but there’s a bit of a French Vanilla taste too.

 

Are you enjoying your local pumpkin milkshake?

Yes, I’d definitely go back for more this pumpkin season! The salty/sweet combo of the milkshake and Pully’s fries is amazing.

 

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Local Pumpkin Milkshakes are now served at Encounters and Pulley Diner. The ultimate combo is this milkshake and a plate of fries. Take our word for it.

RA Andrea loves Super Brunch

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Peabody RA, Andrea, gets interviewed about her super experience at Super Brunch.

 

Is there one quote you’d want someone to take away from your experience?

“Super Brunch, I’m intrigued.”

 

 

 

Have you heard anything about this event? If so, what?

 Yeah! I heard about it last week. My friend sent me a snapchat “BUFFET!”

So because of that I was excited.

 

What are you most looking forward to this morning?

I’m excited to see how much they have to offer. I think I might be most excited for french toast, that’s my favorite.

I’m looking forward to free refills on drinks too!

 

Walk from Peabody to Western Dining Commons. While you’re walking please count the amount of wingspans it takes you to get from one place to the other? It might help to pivot your feet to do this.

About 50 of wingspans.

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Describe the first thing you smell when you walk into Super Brunch?

The eggs and potatoes. Smelled familiar and inviting.

Were you able to find a variety of breakfast options? or Were you able to easily navigate through your choices at each station?

Yeah. There were so many options, I didn’t get a chance to try them all. Next week I can eat something that I didn’t try today.

 

How is this brunch compared to 1809 (assuming you’ve had the 1809 brunch)?

Lavish, like 1809, and really good quality.

Crepes are a must. I would only eat crepes at 1809, so it was really critical that Super Brunch served crepes too. That might be one of the options I try next week.

 

Are there any comments on Super Brunch that you’re hearing while you’re here?

“The silverware is nicely wrapped here!”

“Good orange juice!”

“Yes, FRENCH TOAST! I had a feeling it would be here!!”

“I didn’t think the flowers were real until I looked closer. The flowers are a nice touch.”

 

What is the food you are most enjoying? Why?

I’m enjoying the breakfast potatoes with the peppers and onions and I like the mushrooms and onions in the eggs too. I like the variety. I like vegetables, I like omelets. Combined, it is awesome. The variety adds some nutrition to my regular diet.

 

Overall, how is your dining experience been at Super Brunch?

Positive. I’m pleased with the options. I wish it was like this every day!

Good variety, good space, and I enjoyed seeing a lot of people there in the morning. I like that it’s a new thing I can try on campus and because I can customize my options, I can eat something different every time I go.

 

How many students are still in pajamas while eating here? What’s the most unique pair of pajama pants you can see?

People are pretty casual here. Maybe not PJs, but pretty much every other student was dressed like they just woke up. Lots of comfortable clothes at Super Brunch today.

Actually, my friend, Albert is rocking the most unique pair of pajama pants I’ve seen here. Iron Man PJs.

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Taylor’s Encounter with Encounter

(At Encounter, the protocol is to order your meal and grab a table. The food will be brought to you!)

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Quote to summarize the whole experience:

There is a lot of hype about this place, especially the burgers, and it definitely lived up to the hype. I love how customizable the burgers are too.

 

I for sure am coming back.

 

 

Have you ever eaten here before, Taylor?

I’ve only had a milkshake here before now. It was chocolate and really yummy.

I stopped by because I was visiting my friend who works here, so I got to enjoy my milkshake while chatting with my friend.

 

What did you order?

The Encounter burger. Antibiotic and hormone free, a third a pound of local beef from Oxford’s Reserve Run Farms, according to the menu!

I’m really excited for the burger! I’ve heard good things about these burgers.

The hype is high.

 

How would you describe this restaurant, in a word?

Retro, but also modern. I see the comic art which is so retro and cool, but then I see the people and the food and that is all modern. It’s retroly modern, if that makes sense. There’s lots of natural light through the big windows too, so it’s a nice place to escape the heat, but enjoy the beautiful campus.

 

Now that you’ve gotten a chance to take a bite, how is your burger?

It’s good. The onions have some spice to them. It’s actually really good.

I like how the server asked if my order looked right when she delivered it to me. That was a nice touch.

 

Would you eat here again?

Yeah, it’s a really good sit down restaurant. Along with the food, I like the vibe of the music—it’s current and not too loud. It’s a good place to hang out with friends.

 

If you were to compare this restaurant to another restaurant off campus, what would that restaurant be?

It reminds me a lot of Johnny Rockets. The decorations are similar and the American-style food is also really similar. One of the differences between the two is that Johnny Rockets has a jukebox that you have to put a quarter into to the pick the music, but the music at Encounters is more current, not to mention free!