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What’s New on the Menu? – Buffets

After a brief hiatus, Martin Dining Hall is back, joining the ranks of our buffet locations. Add in the newly “buffet-ized” Bell Tower Place and Pacific Rim and our buffet total has reached six! With the new meal plan (more here), buffet locations are great opportunities to enjoy all-you-can-eat dining and use your buffet meals.

With a new year upon us, along with some new locations, let’s take a look at the exciting new updates across our buffet locations!

Garden Commons

20160621_154317-minGarden Commons was the new kid on the block just a year ago, but has quickly become a campus favorite as we enter its second year. The big announcement with Garden Commons is with hours of operation. Garden Commons will be open 7:30am-8pm during the week and will be open 11am-8pm on the weekend. We realize student schedules can be unaccommodating to standard dining hours, so this should give students more flexibility around their daily obligations.

Garden Market’s hours are also shifting. The market — complete with snacks, drinks and more — will be open from 9am-9pm during the week. Garden Market’s to-go window still gives students the chance to pick up sandwiches, wings and other food on their way to, or from, class.

Harris Dining Hall

The menu for this dining mainstay is going to look a little different this year with two new stations. First and foremost, the Traditions station has received a facelift. Now Traditions will feature healthy menu items like grilled chicken, fish, veggies and more, that should make the health conscious swoon.

If that new station doesn’t sound appealing to you though, you’ll love the new Great Tastes station. Great Tastes will feature the hearty, cheat-day favorites like potato bowls, mac & cheese, wings, casserole and more. As is customary with buffet spots, there will be some variety day-to-day across the stations as menu items rotate. The Campus Grill still remains, as does the extensive salad bar. The morning yogurt bar actually will offer up some increased variety.

It’s also worth noting the Harris hours of operation. Harris will not offer lunch service during the week and will not be open on the weekends. This is dictated by student dining habits last year. There simply wasn’t enough traffic during lunch and over the weekends at Harris to keep it open. Instead, we can better serve you by reallocating resources elsewhere on campus at those times. Pacific Rim will be offering weekend buffet brunch and Maplestreet Station, as a whole, is a good alternative during the lunch hours during the week!

Western Dining Commons

Like Garden Commons, Western is remaining largely the same with the hours of operation being the main point of interest. Western will be open, with continuous service, throughout the week (7:30am-8pm) and will be open on the weekends as well. On the menu, pizza is replacing flatbread (rejoice pizza-lovers) and the Western deli station (at the lower level in the back) is back and better than ever!

Tea Hive is still serving up a variety of tasty sandwiches and wraps, as well as tea (cups or teapots). Also keep an eye out for some exciting new tea/juice combos, in the spirit of what is offered at Starbucks.

Martin Dining Hall

The seating area continues into the other room. To the back is the cash register for the Scoreboard entrance and back to the right is Scoreboard Market.

Martin is back! After a year-long renovation, the classic dining hall is sporting some new digs that are sure to satisfy students this year. Martin features three stations with perhaps the most exciting being the Winning Seasonings station. Winning Seasonings is a healthier take on our standard traditions menu offerings. Think carved meats, grilled chicken, rice, and veggies. This is a great area for athletes who are looking to refuel after a hard workout. Pizza, pasta, salad and more are also available. Oh, and there’s a soft serve machine (eek!).

Martin will be operating with a schedule that is similar to Harris, with breakfast and dinner service during the week, but no lunch service. Martin, however, will open for time frames on the weekend (Saturday: 11am-2pm, Sunday: 11am-8pm). Martin’s location compared to the majority of students during the week (on campus, attending classes) pushed this move. Garden Commons is a great weekday buffet alternative during lunch, as is Bell Tower.

Another option is the new and improved Scoreboard Market. Located in/next to Martin Dining Hall, Scoreboard offers a wide variety of convenience store items, snacks and drinks, plus the “to-go ordering” students loved about Scoreboard before the renovation. You can order items like burgers, Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, wings, chicken tenders, hot dogs, mozzarella sticks and much more using the GET App mobile ordering option. Quickly order on your phone or online and then pick up your food when it’s ready. A kiosk is also located in the market itself where you can order your food and then pick it up at the window shortly after.

Download the GET App for Apple and Android, or order online here.

Bell Tower Place

Bell Tower is a buffet! While that may sound a tad daunting to Bell Tower lovers out there, know that Bell Tower is largely the Bell Tower you remember: just now a buffet. There is a little more rotation in the menus, but the stations remain the same with the Campus Grill, Señora Stop, Pizza Pi, Pastato, the salad/fruit bar and, yes, the Wok station! Now though, you can use a buffet meal to get your fill of Bell Tower’s fantastic food service.

Bell Tower is also now home to Bell Tower Market, where you can stop in, pick up an Uncle Phil’s sandwich (including customizable PB&J), Starbucks products/smoothies (as before) or your standard snacks and/or drinks before heading on your way. The market is separate from the buffet, so you don’t need to take advantage of Bell Tower’s all-you-can-eat offerings to grab a meal while making your way past Bell Tower.

Pacific Rim

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 9.33.37 AMMaplestreet Station’s Pacific Rim is now also a buffet! This year, you will be able to use a buffet meal at Pacific Rim and enjoy all-you-can-eat of your Pacific Rim favorites. Made-to-order stir-fry is still available, featuring vegetable blends like Armstrong’s Mein Street, to help speed-up service. Pacific Rim’s made-to-order stir-fry is allergen-friendly with soy being the only top 8 allergen served there. Due to these considerations, the Pacific Rim stir-fry station is a wonderful spot for those with special diets (still be sure to notify staff of your allergy when ordering) and for those looking to avoid gluten.

Pacific Rim will also serve different international entrees, like pacific dishes and Indian cuisine, and will offer up some of the more traditional American menu options as well. There will be prepared salads, a pudding bar, desserts and Pacific Rim will serve brunch on the weekends. Pacific Rim is definitely an exciting location for this upcoming school year!

Keep tabs on the latest happenings in dining by following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram! We are very excited to have you all back on campus and we can’t wait to serve you during the 2016-17 school year!

Dips Galore: Breads & Spreads

Have you ever felt like appetizers were an under appreciated part of any good meal? Do you like your fair share of dips, spreads and well… breads? Then Breads & Spreads at Harris Dining Hall was the event for you!

Harris had tables (literally) of tasty dips, crackers, chips, breads, fruits and veggies that were main course worthy by themselves and they sure were good. Guests had their choice between different flavors, ranging from the hearty gameday dips with chips, to the lighter summer time items like veggies with a greek yogurt dip or a fruit salsa. And, of course, we had to throw in some sweet Nutella cannoli dip and Funfetti dip to go with cinnamon bread for more of a dessert flair.

While students enjoyed both their normal Harris buffet, in addition to a feast of breads, spreads, dips and more, others stopped by a Dip Station on the way out. There were three different dips (Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt Dip, Basil Sun-Dried Tomato Dip and No Bake Spinach Dip) that students could make themselves to take home!

What goes with studying better than a quick, tasty snack anyway?

Thank you everyone who joined us for Breads & Spreads! We hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to keep tabs on the world of Miami University Dining by following us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook! Don’t miss out on any future events or specials!

Local Vendor Day, Breads & Spreads, and Ice Cream Extravaganza

The spring semester is winding down and that means stress is at an all-time high, but we want to let you know that we are here to help! So, break away from the textbooks and dive into to the tasty food that will be available on Wednesday, May 4th and Thursday, May 5th!

After all, study breaks are a good thing.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Local Vendor Day

Market Street at MacCracken – 3-6pm

This is our second Local Vendor Day of the school year with the first taking place on a beautiful day back in October. The event is a great opportunity to meet some of the brilliant people behind some of the wonderful local products that can be purchased at Market Street at MacCracken. Our guests, including Grandola Granola, The Organic Farm at Bear Creek, Windy Acres, Winan’s Chocolates and Coffee, Heather’s Goodies, Madisono’s Gelato, Chickpea Chicks, Ruby’s Chocolates and Reserve Run Farm, are super friendly and more than happy to discuss their products with you!

Oh, and there are free samples of like… everything. Did you catch that? FREE.

Get to know Grandola Granola, The Organic Farm at Bear Creek, Windy Acres, Madisono’s Gelato and Reserve Run Farm with our “Locally Grown” series.


Breads & Spreads

Harris Dining Center – 5-8pm

Breads & Spreads is back! Featuring a variety of appetizers, including local humus and salsa, plus pretzels and pita, this event is about the under-appreciated first course. We will be serving BBQ chicken dip, funfetti dip and other dips, sauces and foods for dipping.

We will also have one of our chefs there helping students create their own dip! Students can “make & take” their creation to-go to save for later!


Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Ice Cream Extravaganza

Garden Commons – 5-8pm

Okay… we will give you one guess on what this event is about…

Of course! Ice cream!

As an end of the year celebration (and break from the textbooks), we are throwing an Ice Cream Extravaganza! Students will be able to enjoy some tasty gelato from our very own Miami Ice, but we will also have guests from Madisono’s Gelato and Young’s Jersey Dairy there serving some of their delicious gelato and ice cream!

Madisono’s Gelato, out of Cincinnati, is hand-crafted and features a variety of delicious, unique, artisanal flavors. Madisono’s, both gelato and sorbet, can be purchased, by the pint, at Market Street at MacCracken.

Get to know Madisono’s Gelato with our “Locally Grown” piece

Young’s Jersey Dairy supplies local ice cream for the milkshakes available at Encounter. Young’s Jersey Dairy, located in Yellow Springs, Ohio, also provides much of the ice cream used during different dining events or specials across campus. Uhh… yeah… this is going to be good.

This is an event you don’t want to miss!


“Reliving” Zombie Dinner

When you think about the undead, zombies and the general concept of an apocalypse brought on by the reanimation of corpses through a contagious virus, what do you think of?

Exactly! Food!

Well, that’s what we thought of anyway and what resulted was our very own, “Walking Dead inspired” Zombie Dinner. The dinner, hosted at Harris Dining Hall, featured a variety of delicious menu items, with a twist.

The food was “Zombie-fied.”

Starting at 5pm, guests were greeted by our Meatloaf Corpse “Chuck” and then hit the buffet lines.


“Uhh, Chuck… you okay? You’re not looking so great…”

Whether it was a serving of “Zombie Intestines & Blood Clots” (Spinach Fettuccine with Chunky Tomatoes), “Chunks of Flesh” (Citrus Ginger Roasted Beets), or the “Former” Chef Salad, students experienced a diverse and unique dining experience. There was Meatloaf (separate from our guy Chuck), Chicken Wings (Parmesan & BBQ), BBQ Ribs, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Tenders, Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus and more available on the different all-you-can-eat buffet lines.

The desserts were headlined by even more “Zombie-centric” items like the Red Chocolate Fountain, “Brain” Cupcakes, “Zombie Bite” Cupcakes, Rice Krispy Treat “Flesh Chunks”, Monkey Bread “Brain Matter”, Raspberry Cheesecake “Scab” Brownies and Almond Baton Cookie “Fingers”, among other tasty treats!

We thoroughly enjoyed putting on this event and we hope everything enjoyed it as much as we did! Thank you for joining us at Harris for our Zombie Dinner and we can’t wait to see you at the next one! – (Pshh… there’s the Annual Seventh Inning Stretch on Tuesday at Garden)

Now, has anyone seen Chuck? He was just right here…

Thank you for joining us at Harris for Zombie Dinner!

Thank you for joining us at Harris for Zombie Dinner!


Introducing La Mia Cucina Faculty & Staff Lunch


Starting February 29th, La Mia Cucina will begin opening during lunch service for Faculty & Staff who would like a little escape from the hustle and bustle of the campus life. The new Faculty & Staff Lunch will offer delicious Italian food options and, perhaps more importantly, a convenient parking location to go along with it.

Made-to-Order Stone Oven Flatbread Pizzas, sandwiches and more will be available in the confines of the Italian themed eatery Monday-Friday from 11:30 AM until 2:00 PM during Faculty & Staff Lunch. During that time, La Mia Cucina will only accept cash and credit (and will not be accepting meal plans), although the 10% off Payroll Deduction will still apply, if applicable.

We can’t wait for you to join us for lunch!

How to Find La Mia Cucina

La Mia Cucina is located in Harris Dining Center on South Quad, conveniently located next to the new Faculty & Staff Parking Lot.

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La Mia Cucina Lunch Menu