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Top 10 Most Popular Menu Items from Spring Semester

There are 11 different locations on campus, offering a wide array of food. From the epicenter of student activity at Armstrong, to King Cafe and Dividends, there are a variety of flavors available to students across the Miami University campus.

That got us thinking. What are the most popular meals on campus?

Without further ado, let’s take a look back at the spring semester and countdown the top 10 most popular menu items at our a la carte locations.

10. Spicy Chicken Sandwich

The spicy chicken sandwich gets the countdown rolling at No. 10. Available at Pulley Diner, Bell Tower Place and Garden Market, as well as buffet locations on occasion, the spicy chicken sandwich is a tasty choice that students flock to. Keep tabs on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts next year so you don’t miss out on spicy chicken sandwich specials, like the one we had at Encounter this past semester.

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This spicy chicken sandwich was offered as a limited time special at Encounter earlier this spring semester.

9. Burger with Fries

This classic meal is available across campus, but Encounter, Pulley Diner and Bell Tower Place are the primary culprits for this ranking. Be sure to try a smash-style burger from Pulley Diner, or head over to Encounter for a local burger, fresh from Oxford’s Reserve Run Family Farm.

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Encounter is home to the Encounter Burger, made with Reserve Run Farm beef.

8. Chicken Fingers

You knew chicken fingers would find a way on to this list. After all, you can’t go wrong with chicken fingers! They can be found across campus, particularly at the likes of Pulley Diner and Bell Tower Place.

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Chicken fingers are offered across campus, but they are certainly a favorite at Pulley Diner.

7. 16oz Gourmet Coffee

Coffee is the life-blood of the college student and this ranking supports that thought process. Whether just waking up or preparing for a late study session, coffee is a go-to on campus. King Cafe, Miami Ice, Tea Hive, Garden Market and our new Starbucks (located at Maplestreet Station) are the primary coffee destinations, although it is available at other locations across campus.

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A number of campus locations can cure coffee-deprivation.

6. Deli Sandwich

Deli sandwiches were the sixth most popular item from the spring semester. Available at Haines’ Boulangerie, Delish, King Cafe and Bell Tower Place (along with different wraps at other locations), the deli sandwich has a wide reach. While all the locations mentioned allow you to customize your own, which is hard to pass up, be sure to try the deli stations at the buffet locations too!

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Yum. Delish.

5. Banana

Checking in at No. 5 is perhaps the most surprising of the top 10; the banana. Yep, that’s right, the banana was the fifth most popular item across campus during the spring semester. Bananas are smart choices when you’re looking for a snack or need something on your way to class and can be found all over campus. They are nutrient-rich and have been linked to a variety of health studies as a wonderful addition to any diet. Plus, they are a great source of potassium for those of you who are hitting the gym!

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Bananas are a great addition to any diet and can be found across campus at a variety of different dining and market locations.

4. RedHawk Water

We like to share with you the importance of drinking lots of water, so it’s good to see water amongst the top items from the spring. Like bananas, water is available across campus and is a great thing to get more of in your diet. Water could be even higher on this list, as this doesn’t even account for SmartWater or some of the other brands that are sold on campus.

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RedHawk water is another item that can be found across campus, particularly at our market locations like Market Street at MacCracken.

3. Dividends Salad

At No. 3, we have the beloved Dividends salad from — you guessed it — Dividends! Trader’s Greens salads are available at Dividends, Americas and Haines’ Boulangerie, but salads are also available at buffets. We’d be remised if we didn’t at least mention the popular dressing of choice; the delicious sweet herb vinaigrette that certainly helped the Dividends salad in these rankings.

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Trader’s Greens, the salad station at Dividends, is also located at Americas and Haines’ Boulangerie.

2. Pizza

Pizza makes the world go round, so it’s only fitting that it jumps in here as the No. 2 most popular item of the spring semester. Pizza is available at Sundial, Red Brick Pizza and Bell Tower Place, but is also available at La Mia Cucina, through LMC Pizza Delivery and at buffet locations (slices at Garden Commons and personal flatbread at Western Dining Commons).

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Pizza is a tasty staple of college life and it’s available across campus at Sundial, Red Brick, La Mia Cucina, LMC Pizza Delivery and buffets.

1. Stir Fry

And at No. 1 is… stir fry! Stir Fry is available at Mein Street, Bell Tower Place and Pacific Rim and is clearly a campus favorite. Stir fry can offer some great health value and is simply delicious. If you’d like to get a taste of the top item from this spring, it can be found at the above a la carte locations (Mein Street is open this summer) or is available at Garden Commons buffet as well!

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And stir fry reigns supreme! Available at Mein Street, Bell Tower Place and it can be ordered at Garden Commons.

Super Bowl Sunday Dining Specials

Even if you don’t care for football, Super Bowl Sunday is essentially a food holiday with different limited time offers and Super Bowl specials. As you might expect, we have our own fair share of offerings across campus, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday (check the dates on the graphics below for availability).

Big Game Bakery Treats - Available at all campus markets

Big Game Bakery Treats – Available at all campus markets

Party Size Wings available at Wing Bar

Party Size Wings available at Wing Bar

Pick-up Only Pizza Specials from LMC Pizza

Pick-up Only Pizza Specials from LMC Pizza

Steak Dinner Special at La Mia Cucina

Steak Dinner Special at La Mia Cucina

Special Diets: Help Us Help You

Special diets can impact a variety of different people in a multitude of ways. Special diets have a tendency to complicate things, but we understand that college students have to manage a lot of things already, whether it be academic, social or personal stresses. Finding delicious, safe food to eat shouldn’t be one of those stresses and that is something Miami University Dining Services is here to help with.

Help us help you manage your college dining experience.

“We want to help [students] navigate our food service,” says Mary Barrera, Manager of Culinary Services. “We want you to have a safe, satisfying food experience and, yet, still give you a great variety of food to choose from.”

Miami University Dining receives requests for help with special diets every year from incoming students and current/returning students, whose dietary needs have changed. Each of those requests is managed by the Dining Services staff, specifically our Culinary Specialist, with an individual focus, emphasizing communication to help cater to an individual’s dietary needs.

“We want special diet students to reach out to us. Email. Call,” says Barrera. “We like to talk to the people. The easiest way to figure out what they need and want to eat is by talking to them.”

Begin the conversation by calling 513-529-3040, sending an email to dining@miamioh.edu or fill out our questionnaire.

All locations on campus have the ability to serve special diets, but even then, it comes down to effective communication and identifying yourself. For example, locations like Armstrong’s Mein Street, can specially prepare food to accommodate a gluten intolerance or some other allergies, if that is communicated to the manager. Having undergone thorough training in catering to special diets, they will take the necessary steps in order to ensure a safe dining experience. At the very least, communicate your concerns or dietary needs to a food production leader, when ordering.

“If a need is not met by a menu, we usually have a variety of products that are available in the back.” says Barrera. “If you talk to us, we can tell you what to get and how to get it. If you need a special product or brand, it can be ordered. If you need us to supplement menus, it may already be there. We just need to know.”

Miami’s Culinary Specialist Beverly Rambo, who specializes in special diets, works with students, extensively covering their dietary needs and wants, so they have a variety of options to choose from, at the locations they need them. Familiar or preferred brands/products can be specially ordered. Food items can be moved to different dining locations at the student’s convenience. Students can even call ahead and request an item be prepared for their arrival, so the dining staff has time to make the necessary accommodations for a specific food allergy or intolerance. Additionally, Miami University has their own team of top-flight chefs who can help those with special diets explore other recipes and food items. Students with special diets don’t have to feel limited in their selections, but it all ultimately comes back to asking for assistance. Accommodations of varying degrees can be made to help a student with their special diet, but it’s hard to help if students don’t reach out to take advantage of our services.

“We don’t want students to feel awkward or uncomfortable,” says Rambo. “We really want to help.”

Another service offered to students is the MyTray Nutrition feature on the Miami University Dining Services website. It allows people to filter through menus by building (Armstrong, Maplestreet…etc.), with the option to exclude any of the following allergens/intolerances: all eight top allergens, gluten, meat or animal by-product. The system cycles through the menu, removing items that contain the allergens/intolerances that were excluded. The results are food products served free of those products. Furthermore, hovering over the menu item will show which allergens are contained in that product. Clicking on the menu item gives the nutritional facts, allowing people to learn as much as they want about their food before even setting foot in line.

My Tray is a valuable resource for those with special diets and even those without (Click to enlarge).

My Tray is a valuable resource for those with special diets and even those without (Click to enlarge).

While every dining location can cater to most any special dietary need, there are certain locations that are more naturally prepared for those services. The goal, with these locations, is to offer high-quality food and make them easy to access, requiring no extra preparation or wait time for a specialty order.

Beginning this year, the custom stir fry at Maplestreet Station’s Pacific Rim will be gluten-free and allergen-friendly, free of dairy, eggs, wheat, fin fish, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts. The stir fry station still contains soy, but remains a great option for many. Maplestreet’s Americas will also be serving quinoa bowls this year, which are gluten-free and vegan (as long as you don’t add meat as a topping).

The Allergen Station, located in Western Dining Commons, is free of the top eight allergens. That means the station is a delicious, safe option, free of gluten, eggs, dairy, wheat, fin fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts and soy. Many menu items are vegetarian or vegan as well. It is the perfect location for those with special diets, especially those who want a meal they don’t have to think too hard about. It’s allergen-free and a simple solution. The station is popular among students with and without dietary restrictions, offering a variety of roasted vegetables, potatoes, chicken, carved meat and other delicious, safe, and healthy, options. The quality of food offered rejects the notion that allergen-free has to be bland.

“Many allergen-friendly foods are becoming more mainstream as more people deal with special diets,” says Rambo, “We would encourage people to come by and try the Allergen Station food. It surprises people.”

Spices are typically allergen-free and the use of spice rubs – or something as simple as cooking with olive oil instead of butter – not only provide options to students with special diets, but also expose those same students to foods they may not have had before. And that all comes back to opening the doors for communication.

“If you are somewhere and need something, ask for it. If you are allergic and have a special diet, ask us for help,” says Barrera. “There’s a wide variety of options everywhere. Just because you see fried food doesn’t mean it’s the only thing offered. There are options, but communication is the key.”

As special diets become more prevalent in our current social climate, there is an increased expectation of accommodations, but special diets are so varied, they are hard to prepare for without knowing ahead of time. Special diets include allergies to eggs, diary, soy, wheat, fin fish, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts. This also accounts for gluten intolerance, requiring gluten-free accommodations, and those who are vegetarian or vegan. With such a wide variety, that impacts so many foods, the only way we can ensure that accommodations will be made for a specific special diet is if we are made aware of it.

“Get to know us,” says Barrera, “We want students to have a satisfying food experience for the four years they are here.”

Whether a student is gluten intolerant, vegan or has a temporary dietary need, there is a wide variety of options available to them. If made aware of special diets, accommodations can be made to ensure that one’s dining experience is one less college stress.

Begin the conversation by calling 513-529-3040, sending an email to dining@miamioh.edu or fill out our questionnaire.

Armstrong Palooza Selfie Contest!

The Class of 2019 is busy over the next couple days. Miami University’s official Freshmen Move-In Day takes place tomorrow, followed by a flurry of activities like residence hall meetings, the First Night Block Party at the Rec Center Quad tomorrow night and other events to help you explore everything that Miami has to offer.

On that list of events is the exciting Armstrong Palooza on Friday night (starting at 8 PM) where the Armstrong Student Center is hosting fun activities like corn hole, performances, mini-golf and so much more. During the event, Miami University Dining will be offering a “Taste of Armstrong” where the incoming freshmen class will have the opportunity to try some delicious free food from the different eateries in the Student Center. Plus, we have our own sweepstakes opportunity…

Let us introduce you to our first ever Armstrong Palooza Selfie Contest!

First things first, here’s how you play…

  1. Attend Armstrong Palooza on Friday, August 21. It starts at 8 PM.
  2. Take selfies at up to all seven Armstrong dining locations (Serrano, Haines’ Boulangerie, Pulley Diner, Sundial Pizza Company, Mein Street Mongolian & Asian Grill, Miami Ice and M Emporium). If you only take one at Pulley Diner, for example, that is fine. Share it with #MUDiningSelfies on Twitter and you have been entered to win! However, if you wish to increase your chances of winning, you can take and submit a selfie from all seven locations found in Armstrong. Just be sure to keep the sign(s) clearly visible in your selfie(s) to qualify.
  3. Share those photos with us on Twitter using #MUDiningSelfies. Watch the spelling though. You can’t be entered if we can’t find your selfie!
  4. For example, Ellen would get 12 entries for this photo, assuming it met the other criteria.

    For example, Ellen would get 12 entries for this photo, assuming it met the other criteria.

    Take group selfies (technically called “usies”) to increase your odds of winning! For each person who participates in the selfie with you (looking at the camera and well aware they are in the photo), you will receive one additional entry, increasing your odds of being randomly selected to win! For example, if you take a selfie with your new roommate in front of Sundial Pizza Company (Sundial’s sign clearly visible in the photo) and share it with us using #MUDiningSelfies on Twitter, then that photo counts as two submissions for the person who shares the photo. If you take the same photo with three friends, that counts as four submissions for the person who shares the photo and so on. Basically, get out of your shell and meet some people to increase your odds of winning! The more people participating in your photo, the better! Of course, you can also just take an individual selfie, share it with us and hope the odds are in your favor too!

  5. A winner will be chosen, at random, from those who qualify. The winner will win three free meals to be used anywhere on campus, courtesy of Miami Dining, and a free t-shirt! Selfies must be shared on Twitter by 11 PM on Friday, August 21 to be considered.
The randomly selected winner will receive three free meals and a t-shirt!

The randomly selected winner will receive three free meals and a t-shirt!

Rules
  1. When taking a selfie at an eatery, the sign of that dining location must be clearly visible in the selfie.
  2. You only get one entry per dining location and it is the first photo submitted/tagged. No redos!
  3. You can submit up to seven selfies, one for each dining location in Armstrong (Serrano, Haines’ Boulangerie, Pulley Diner, Sundial Pizza Company, Mein Street Mongolian & Asian Grill, Miami Ice and M Emporium).
  4. For each person who participates in the selfie with you, you will receive one additional entry, increasing your odds of being randomly selected to win. However, for those people to count towards your odds, they must be participating in the selfie with you (looking at the camera and well aware they are in the photo).
  5. Photos shared between 8 PM and 11 PM on Friday, August 21, 2015 are the only photos that will be considered and counted as entries.

What’s New on the Menu? – Armstrong (2015)

We find ourselves just under two weeks away from the start of classes and many of you will make the trek back to beautiful Oxford, Ohio even before then (we do have some dining locations available from Monday, August 17 – Sunday, August 23).

As you gather your things for another year of college, or your very first, we want to prepare you for the exciting new food items that you will be seeing as you return to campus. First and foremost, turkey sausage will be making its debut on the Oxford campus. You will be able to find it for breakfast campus-wide starting this fall.

While there are a number of menu additions across campus, let us first begin with the incredibly popular Armstrong Student Center.

Haines’ Boulangerie

Haines’ remains mostly the same from last year, with one major addition. A boulangerie, by definition, is a bakery that specializes in baking and selling bakery items. While Haines’ will continue to offer sandwiches, salads and soups, Haines’ will also provide students and staff with an enhanced bakery with both breakfast and dessert items.

Cookies have been added to the menu (chocolate chip, expresso) with mini turtle bites and shortbread. Cupcakes, reminiscent of the beautiful Patisserie cupcakes at Maplestreet, will make their Armstrong debut at Haines’ as well with toffee crunch, oreo blast and mint chocolate chip flavors.

The bakery will also be expanded with other pastry items like danishes, donuts and scones, just to name a few.

Mein Street/Wing Bar

Mein Street’s menu hasn’t really changed from last year, but the major addition to that area of Armstrong is the new Wing Bar, which will go by the name “Wing Bar”, making it perhaps the easiest dining location name to remember.

The Wing Bar is brand new and will take up residence next to Mein Street, up against the wall that divides Mein Street and Haines’ Boulangerie. The Wing Bar will specialize in, you guessed it, wings! There will be seven different sauces early on, including Hot Buffalo, Medium Buffalo, Mild Buffalo, Honey BBQ, Hot BBQ, Asian and Parmesan Garlic Sauce. We are always open to new ideas though, so feel free to reach out with suggestions for us to explore!

The Wing Bar also means the return of boneless wings and a permanent residence for those glorious mozzarella sticks! Expect Wing Bar to be a student favorite in no-time.

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Burgers at Pulley will now be made in the “smash-style”, which is with fresh patties, pressed into the stove, resulting in a fresher, even more delicious, burger.

Pulley Diner

Pulley is another location that is adding quality options to their menu. Pulley is adding a BLT sandwich and offering shoestring fries instead of crinkle fries, which will be a little more unique.

The big change in the Pulley kitchen will be with the burgers. Don’t worry, they still exist, but now they will be made in a “smash-style” with raw meat literally smashed on the cooking surface to form and cook the patties. The result will be, fresher, even tastier burger patties for your enjoyment. There will be standard hamburger, cheeseburger and double cheeseburger options.

I know where I will be.

Sundial

The first thing to note with Sundial is that wings will no longer be offered there. However, that is merely because the Wing Bar will be your wing destination instead, so no worries… you can still find some wings when you stop by Armstrong.

Sundial will be focusing on pizza, pasta and the new “build your own” calzones that they will now be offering. Sundial offered personal “build-your-own” pizza last year (and still will this year) and will expand that service to calzones. So, if you’re craving a calzone, Sundial will now be able to help you cure that craving.

Serrano/Emporium/Miami Ice

These three locations are not really changing their menus entering this year. Emporium remains a top-notch market in Armstrong and Miami Ice remains a wonderful “go-to” destination for ice cream, gelato, coffee products and some bakery/pastry items. Serrano returns to it’s roots as a Mexican dining option, offering burritos, burrito bowls, loaded nachos, taco salads and quesadillas. Serrano also has a unique dessert option in the delicious cinnamon chips with marshmallow dip, which is definitely worth checking out.

American Cuisine

Today’s places to explore are both inspired by American cuisine (don’t forget to get your Dining Passport stamped at each!):

 

Americas and Delish (in Maplestreet Station, on Maple Street, near the Center for Performing Arts, and across the street from Minnich Hall).

 

Where to go for lunch:Delish2

Delish is a modern American sandwich shop. There’s a build-your-own sandwich line and enchanting grilled cheese sandwiches that will get you hooked. Great for lunchtime combos of soups and salads and sandwiches, if that’s what you prefer.

 

 

tacoWhere to go for dinner:

Americas serves up tasty seafood of the northeast as well as spicy flavors of the southwest. There are weekly specials and even a Trader’s Verde salad concept, similar to Dividends. This restaurant is good for both sit down and for carry out options, which means Americas could be an option for either lunch or dinner. (Though we would encourage a sit down meal here since Americas has one of the prettiest dining rooms.)

 

 

Exciting news on Americas menu!1

Every week options:

Mission Style Burrito, Four Chees Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Chips and Queso, Beef Brisket Sandwich, Chicken and Waffle, BBQ Ribs

 

Rotations (options that will be featured at some point in the semester):

Cincinnati Chili Dogs (Woot! Woot!), Chimichanga, Po Boy Sandwich, Crab Cakes, Bratwurst, Potato Casserole, Fish Taco, Philly Cheesesteak, Saratoga Chips with BBQ, Cheese Curds with Ranch, Enchiladas, and more.

 

Get out there and try something new! And don’t forget your Dining Passport!!

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Hours Americas: Monday-Friday 11am-9pm; closed Saturday; Sunday 5pm-9pm

Hours Delish: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 11am-4pm; closed Sunday

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A Place to Explore: Haines’ Boulangerie

Haines’ Boulangerie is on the west side of Armstrong Student Center (literally the center of campus), behind Bishop Woods, next to Culler Hall, in front of Upham Hall, within site of the famous seal (avoid walking on this!). Campus map.

 

If you can find any of those places, you can find Armstrong. If all else fails, find Spring Street and walk up or down until Armstrong is in sight—be sure to stay on campus!

 

Hours for Monday-Friday 7:30am-9pm; 8am-8pm on the weekend

Pro-tip: Boulangerie: “a bakery that specializes in baking and selling bread” [boo-lanzhuh-ree] according to Dictionary.com. Boo-lingerie might be helpful too. Good luck.

 

The Boulangerie features Panera-like eating options—flatbreads, paninis, soups, salads. This restaurant is not only super tasty, but also has a few vegan/vegetarian, low fat, and low calorie options. And also, lots of half combo options to choose from—half-sandwich, half-soup, half-salad.

 

For breakfast, try one of our smoothies, parfaits, or pastries!

 

Quick Armstrong Tutorial

For students both new and old,

To make trying new things a little more comfortable….

 

In all of the restaurants in Armstrong, walk up to the register first to order your food. From that point, you’ll either get a number, get a table card, or have to listen for your order nearby. Because Armstrong is so delicious and convenient, it’s always a bit busy, but don’t let that intimidate you! During peak hours, multiple registers are open.

 

All your food is hot and made to order. As if that isn’t amazing enough, all of the eating utensils and to-go boxes are biodegradable and Armstrong composts the food waste. Yay, Earth!