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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

As the semester winds down, make sure to really take it all in before you leave campus. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve created a list of the top places you must visit on your stroll down memory lane.

Take pictures at each stop, tag us, and use the hashtag #MUEats to be entered to win a Fuji Film Instax camera! (Must be following @MiamiUDining on Twitter to win. Winner will be chosen Tuesday, 5/9 at noon.)

  1. Your Old Favorite Dining Hall
    Take a trip to your old favorite dining hall and get all you care to eat like it’s first semester freshman year again.
  2. Dividends Salad
    Everyone loves the Miami University exclusive sweet herb dressing. Throw it on some of Trader Green’s fresh greens and salad fixings and snap a pic!
  3. Wing Wednesday
    Whether you’re getting your wings fix at Wing Bar, Garden Market, Dividends, Martin or Harris, there’s something special about celebrating Wing Wednesday! Celebrate by getting wings in your favorite sauce with a side of celery or carrots.
  4. Miami Ice Gelato
    Handmade ice cream on meal plan … what could be better? Get your favorite flavor and mix-ins. If you don’t have a favorite, try the Miami exclusive Red Brick Bliss ice cream from Young’s Dairy!
  5. The Q
    It’s only been here for this school year, but The Q has quickly become a fan favorite. Get your favorite barbecue dishes and sides. Don’t forget about the loaded nachos or barbecue flatbread pizza!
  6. La Mia Cucina
    La Mia is Miami’s very exclusive sit down restaurant. Get a chicken parm or a fresh panini and sit with your friends in this classic joint located right in Harris Dining Commons.
  7. Late Night Pulley
    Late night and Pulley Diner. Name a more iconic duo … I’ll wait. Got a hankering for mozz sticks at 2:30 AM? Get them from Pulley; open 24/7 and all on meal plan!
  8. Weekend Brunch
    Throw it back to freshman year Sundays recapping the weekend’s events with your friends in the closest dining hall over a delicious brunch spread. Bring your pals and reminisce on all the classic tales of your time here at Miami.
  9. Garlic Bites
    Make sure you bring some gum because once you start eating the garlic bites offered at various locations around campus (Garden Commons is a good start), you won’t be able to stop. These addictive bites of warm, garlicky goodness are sure to satisfy.
  10. Favorite Late Night Study Snack
    Up late studying? Grab your favorite late night study snack from King Cafe and relive the countless study dates you’ve had over the years!
  11. Favorite Ice Cream from the Market
    Whether it’s Ben and Jerry’s, Madisono’s Gelato, Halo Top or another one of your favorite brands, get your favorite pint from Market Street at MacCracken or Emporium and enjoy with friends to cool down on a hot, end-of-semester day.
  12. Scoreboard Market
    Scoreboard Market was a student favorite even before it underwent renovation with Martin Dining Hall last year. It has quickly become a student favorite again, offering all your favorite to-go food making it a great trip down memory lane, especially for those who are graduating. Mini corn dogs? Spicy chicken sandwich? Whatever you fancy, snap a pic and send it our way while you sit back and enjoy Scoreboard’s great variety of a la carte delicacies.

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Revisiting the M-Pire State of Mind Dinner

Guests posed with the Statue of Liberty, listened to songs influenced by New York City, and got their “taste” of the Big Apple during the M-Pire State of Mind Special Dinner at Harris Dining Hall on September 15.

Under the glow of our own Brooklyn Bridge, students had their fill of food, inspired by the varied New York food culture. There was a station for Little Italy, featuring New York-style pizza. Chinatown served stir-fry, fried rice, and egg rolls. Another station, inspired by the New York Hot Dog Cart, served loaded hot dogs and soft pretzels. Sandwiches like a grilled pastrami with swiss on marble rye were served from the New York Delicatessen station.

Warm “Big Apple” dumplings and strawberry cheesecake headlined the desserts, but guests also had the opportunity to try Miami University’s new specialty ice cream flavor from Young’s Dairy: Red Brick Bliss! Red Brick Bliss is an exclusive ice cream flavor for Miami and will only be available at Miami Ice, in case you missed out last week.

If you had your photo taken with the Statue of Liberty, check out our Facebook album. Be sure to tag you and your friends!

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Getting into the “M-Pire State of Mind”


As we wrap up Ice Cream Extravaganza and welcome the festivities of an “M-Pire State of Mind” Homecoming Week, we invite you to join us for a taste of New York City!

On Thursday, September 15th from 5-8pm, Harris Dining Hall will host an M-Pire State of Mind Special Dinner, complete with a menu inspired by the New York City food scene. Enjoy different “tastes” of the Big Apple, including Little Italy, Chinatown, New York Delicatessen and the ever-tasty New York Hot Dog Cart.

And for dessert?

In addition to unique items like strawberry cheesecake, warm “Big Apple” dumplings and others, we will be unveiling Miami University’s new, exclusive ice cream flavor. The flavor, created by Young’s Jersey Dairy, will be only available at Miami University, starting with the M-Pire State of Mind Special Dinner!

So, if you’re a fan of New York-style favorites like pizza, loaded hot dogs, deli sandwiches, strawberry cheesecake, ice cream and much more, you need not worry about dinner plans on September 15th. We will see you at Harris!

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7 Tips for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie Dinner, hosted at Harris Dining Hall on Tuesday, April 5 from 5-8pm, is rapidly approaching and that means preparations must be made. So, when the zombie hordes descend on campus, how will you keep things together? Seek shelter at Harris and follow our seven tips for zombie survival!

How to Avoid Contracting Zombie Virus

1. Wash your hands


Frankly, this tip should be something everyone is already doing, regardless of impending zombie doom. However, the stakes get raised in a zombie scenario. Keep your hands clean and clear, so you don’t come down with a case of the “must eat brraaainnnsss…”

If you need to find some hand soap or run out, you can always grab some, along with other essential items/snacks, from Market Street at MacCracken.

2. Use the buddy system


Two is better than one during a zombie outbreak. Think about it; two pairs of eyes and ears help respond to threats, you can work together to collect supplies and your combined intelligence helps with problem-solving. Just be sure that you’re faster than your friend because, after all, you don’t have to outrun the zombies, just your buddy in a pinch.

On April 5, be sure to use the buddy system on your way to Harris Dining Hall. Use teamwork to increase your chances of making it to shelter safely.

3. Eat healthy


If you need to run, you had better be feeling as fresh and spry as possible. Eating junk food will slow you down and could make you “junk food” for a zombie. Stop by our dining locations and take advantage of the healthy meals offered to get the energy you need to make a run for it.

4. Avoid infected individuals


Come on, you know this.

Moving on…

5. Don’t fight


We get it. You’re young and feel invincible, but that doesn’t mean you should fight a zombie. They don’t feel pain, are a walking biohazard and don’t understand the concept of a “fair fight”.

6. Run!


When facing the impending doom that is zombies, you will need to run and run fast. Get over to the Rec today and get your workout on to get into apocalypse shape.

7. Seek shelter


You don’t know where or what is safe during a zombie apocalypse, but in this case, safety is only a short walk away (lucky you). Seek shelter at Harris Dining Hall on Tuesday, April 5.  We’re serving dinner to our fellow survivors from 5-8pm.

Disclaimer: There is no zombie virus/outbreak

Seek Shelter: Zombie Dinner Details and Menu

While there may be some students among you who do show the telltale signs of a zombie outbreak (slow moving, clumsy, non-communicative, etc.), you need not worry as they’re likely just caffeine and/or sleep deprived. The world isn’t ending and zombies aren’t actually overrunning the campus. Nonetheless, this notice does warrant strong consideration.

On Tuesday, April 5th, Harris Dining Hall will be hosting a Zombie Dinner from 5-8pm!

Who's excited???

Who’s excited???

Let’s face it, zombies are all the rage. Whether it’s books, video games, movies or television shows, zombies are everywhere and now they’re coming to campus in the form of a delicious dinner…errr… you get the point. After all, something about food and brains just… fits… ya know?

Even if you’re a tad squeamish, you can certainly join us at Harris as there will be a “safe” line of food (“Alexandria”) that has not been “zombie-fied” and we will be sharing a taste of the zombie-inspired menu over social media in the coming weeks, if you’d like to see what’s in store. However, if you are a fan of zombies, or are a fan of interesting, creative and tasty food that you won’t be able to get anywhere else, then this is the dinner for you!

Make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get further updates on the status of the Zombie Outbreak and for glimpses at the food to be served as the zombie hordes descend upon Harris.

Zombie Dinner Menu


Miami Idol 2016: Announcing the Finalists

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of hosting two nights of Miami Idol Auditions, with one at Harris Dining Hall and the other at Garden Commons. We are incredibly appreciative of the students that came out to participate in the auditions for our final Miami Idol competition.

We got to see a number of wonderful performances over those two nights, but only 10 participants could move on to the Miami Idol Finale on March 2nd at Western Commons. So, we announce our Miami Idol 2016 Finalists:

Miami Idol 2016 Finalists

Charlotte Higgins

Song: I Can’t Make You Love Me

Dan Lenington

Song: Thinking Out Loud

Daniel Thompson

Song: Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

Eric Hill

Song: Tenerife Sea

Katie Snee

Song: Hallelujah

Maddie Mitchell

Song: Since Second Grade

Mateus Faria Maia

Song: I’m Not The Only One

Michela Vanjo

Song: Let It Go

Sam Duemler

Song: Dream A Little Dream

Seth Wagner

Song: Circle Of Life

Can’t wait to see everyone at the Miami Idol Special Dinner from 5-8pm on Wednesday, March 2 at Western Dining Commons! The Miami Idol Finale will occur right after!

UPDATE (2/23): Cam Warland has pulled out moving Dan Lenington into the remaining Top 10 Finalists.

Welcome Back! – What’s New this Spring?

Welcome back! After a brief hiatus for winter break and winter term, everyone is back in Oxford ready to begin spring semester. While many worked, relaxed or watched the winter weather make an abrupt 2016 introduction, we were hard at work on a variety of exciting additions for this coming semester! The buffet halls are the biggest source of excitement on campus, including Harris Dining Commons, Western Dining Commons and Garden Commons. Here are our biggest announcements:

1. Extended Hours at Harris

For some, the breaks in buffet hall hours (especially between lunch and dinner) were a source of frustration. Now, in order to account for students whose schedules don’t always play nice with buffet lunch hours, we are extending the hours at Harris Dining Hall. Monday through Thursday, Harris will be open from 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM and then will be open again from 11 AM until 8 PM, remaining open through lunch and dinner. This – compared to closing from 2 PM until 5 PM last semester – will give students a buffet dining option outside of standard lunch and dinner meal times!

It is important to mention that not every station will be available from 2 PM until 5 PM, with the “hot” stations needing time to cook and prepare food for the dinner service, but that brings us to the next exciting announcement…

2. The Deli Bar

Harris is adding a Deli Bar! Students will now be able to stop by Harris and build their own deli sandwich at the new Harris Deli Bar. The new station will offer a variety of sandwich toppings and even a daily “party dip” option (spinach artichoke dip… etc.), providing students with a customizable healthy option for lunch, dinner and, now, the time in between. The Salad, Soup and Fruit Bars will also be open throughout the new extended hours, offering even more healthy options throughout the middle part of the day. However, if you’re more interested in grabbing some ice cream, that area will be also available during the extend time to satisfy your sweet-tooth.

To go along with the addition of a Deli Bar at Harris, Western Dining Commons is adding a Deli Bar as well. Much like the one at Harris, students will be able to pick from a variety of deli options and make their own sandwich their way. The Western Deli Bar will only be open during standard hours of operation, as Harris is the only buffet hall extending their hours.

Students who call Garden Commons their “home” dining location needn’t feel left out though, as their Deli Station from last semester returns with only minor revisions meant to make the station more prominent for students who are looking for the custom, deli sandwich experience. Be sure to give that a try the next time you’re at Garden!

3. Menu Additions

This semester, our focus is providing and exposing students to an increased variety of healthy options. That includes more vegan and vegetarian entrees at buffet halls and other new look items like composed vegan/vegetarian salads available at buffet salad bars.

New vegan breakfast items will be available at the different buffet halls (like vegan muffins). Other accommodations have been made for those looking to keep up their healthy eating New Year’s resolutions like making meatless options more accessible and offering more veggie side dishes at Campus Grill locations. Vegan crumbles and tofu will be available at breakfast upon request, as will other vegan/vegetarian alternatives. Kale will be making an appearance on campus this semester and hot cereal/oatmeal dishes will be available at our buffet locations for breakfast.

Now, don’t fret meat-lovers, your favorites are still available. In fact, the Campus Grill locations are introducing a new daily “specialty item” which will be a hot, unique sandwich like a Philly Cheesesteak or a Meatball Sub, which rotates daily. The Campus Grill will also be rotating through a variety of different chicken dishes and even different types of fries.

4. Location Specific Additions for the Buffets

Harris: Miami Spice will be open at lunch. On Saturdays, Harris will be serving made-to-order omelettes and Harris will serve crepes on Sundays.

Western: Mashed Potato Bowls will be available once again at the International Station (when you first walk in on the right) on rotation with tacos, burritos and more. Be sure to check MyTray to see what is being served when. There will be more pizza flavors and the Grill & Roast station will offer more items this semester.

Garden: Made-to-order pasta will be available over at Caio, offering students the opportunity to customize their pasta dishes. Additionally, more specialty pasta sauces will be available. Whole wheat pasta will also cycle in at that location. Look for a couple new stir fry recipes at Zen Garden.

5. Elsewhere

Haines’ Boulangerie: Kale has been added to the menu and there is a new Chipotle Chicken Salad Wrap that deserves your undivided attention.

Sundial: Tortellini Tuesday is a thing! Tortellini will be offered at Sundial on Tuesdays, which is always a good thing.

Pulley Diner: You can now order a veggie side instead of fries. In the early going, we recommend that you ask for the substitution when you order.

First Stop: First Stop is now opening at 7 AM on weekdays. Between 7 AM and 10 AM, students can grab a quick To-Go breakfast sandwich with a coffee as a part of our new combo!

What Our Students Are Thankful For

We know, Thanksgiving feels like it was years ago, but we’re sure if you give it a little thought you’ll remember those “trees” we set out at the different Thanksgiving dinners. Along with the tree were leaves and markers, to be used by students to write what they are thankful for in their lives. Then we asked them to their leaf up on the branches of the tree.

With Final Exams coming to a close and the end of the year holidays bringing 2015 to a beautiful close, we wanted to share some of the leaves. As you can imagine, the responses we received were varied and creative. Nonetheless, we present some of our favorites.

Thanksgiving Bash 2015; Looking Back at the Week

Okay, so who didn’t attend at least one of the three Thanksgiving dinners last week? All three dinners, hosted on three straight nights and served from each of Miami University’s three buffet locations, drew in students from all across campus, resulting in an overwhelmingly positive response. All three dinners were unique, offering different specialities and exposing students to a variety of different flavors that may have been a little new and different. The different events also extended the celebration for those looking to celebrate a “Friendsgiving” with their Miami family. The Thanksgiving Bash, in it’s entirety, was a blast for students and those that served them. Let’s take a look back at the week that was.

Garden Commons

The festivities kicked off last Tuesday night at Garden Commons with a “Southern-Style” Thanksgiving dinner. As the name implies, the menu featured a variety of Thanksgiving options with roots in the south. Cola Ham, Fried Okra with Creole Aioli, Shrimp and Grits, Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole, Cajun Rice Dressing, Hoppin’ John, Peach Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream and Southern Style Sweet Potato Pie were just some of the dining selections available to students.

The classics were still present, but the dinner as a whole was meant to introduce students to something a little different. The turnout was great and there were numerous smiling faces and clean plates when it was all said and done!

Western Dining Commons

The second night of Thanksgiving took place at Western Dining Commons on Western Campus last Wednesday night. The theme was “Traditional with a Twist”.

The twist?

The menu featured the most vegan/vegetarian options of the three dinners as traditional classics were served with a vegan twist. Students had the opportunity to try Macaroni & “Cheeze” (a vegan version of Mac & Cheese), Mashed Yukon Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing with Apple, Cranberry and Herb, Sweet Potato Casserole and Pumpkin Chili with Black Beans and Garbanzo Beans; all of which vegan.

Certainly there were non-vegan options for the meat lovers and dairy lovers alike, who stopped by to enjoy Sliced Seasoned Roasted Turkey, Chicken Breast, Carved Ginger Snap Crusted Ham, Broccoli Cheese Casserole and desserts like a Pumpkin Pecan Pie. The line formed well before the cash register opened and students continued to funnel in, greeted by another refreshing twist on Thanksgiving!

Harris Dining Center

The third and final Thanksgiving dinner took place at Harris Dining Hall last Thursday night with the most familiar of themes; “Traditional”.

The goal was to make the dinner a traditional, midwestern, Ohio Thanksgiving dinner, complete with two different kinds of cheeseballs, Hot Apple Cider, Carved Roasted Turkey, Cider Baked Ham, Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Corn Muffins, Mini Maple Bacon Cupcakes, Warm Apple Cranberry Crisp with Hand Dipped Young’s Vanilla Ice Cream and a standard Pumpkin Roll.

Following the momentum from the previous two nights, the line was well-formed prior to the opening of the Dining Hall doors. Even once the dinner began, the excitement seemed to carry through the room as students thoroughly enjoyed the delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner!


Thanksgiving Bash 2015: Harris Dining Hall

This year, Miami Dining is doing things a little differently for our Thanksgiving dinner because… well… we’re doing three of them!

Starting next Tuesday (Nov. 17th) at Garden Commons, we will be serving three different Thanksgiving dinners at our three buffet locations with three different themes. We want students to have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with their Miami Family, while also exposing students to some different flavors of the holidays. That said, the third and final dinner, held at Harris Dining Hall on Thursday, Nov. 19 will be familiar to many. Our Harris dinner will be a traditional, midwestern Thanksgiving dinner! Get ready for turkey, ham, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy with rolls and muffins, among other holiday classics!


Thanksgiving Bash Schedule

All three dinners will be a lot of fun and feature some delicious food! Go with your friends and enjoy the delicious food we will have there!

To get your taste buds salivating, check out the menu below for our Nov. 19 traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Harris!


  • Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip with Garlic Crostini Dippers
  • Bacon, Almond & Mango Chutney Cheeseball with Crackers
  • Cranberry Chutney Cheeseball with Crackers
  • Hummus with Tortilla Chips
  • Hot Apple Cider


  • Chicken and Corn Chowder
  • TBA: Venison Chili or Buffalo Chili


  • Carved Roast Turkey
  • Cider Baked Ham
  • Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese
  • Vegan: Lemon Rosemary Tofu & Quinoa Pilaf

Side Dishes

  • Wild Rice Pilaf with Fruit
  • Mashed Potatoes/Poultry Gravy/Vegetarian Gravy
  • Vegetarian Bread Dressing
  • Roasted Squash with Brown Butter & Sage
  • Harvest Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole
  • Whole Kernel Corn

Salad & Fruit Bar

  • Whole Cranberry Sauce

Breads, Rolls, Condiments

  • Potato Dinner Rolls
  • Multi-Grain Rolls
  • Corn Muffins
  • Vegan Pumpkin Nut Bread
  • Local Honey, Whipped Margarine, Whipped Cream Cheese


  • Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Mini Maple Bacon Cupcakes
  • Individual Pecan Pie Tarts with Whipped Topping Garnish
  • Vegan Carrot Pecan Cake
  • Warm Apple Cranberry Crisp/Hand Dipped Young’s Vanilla Ice Cream

Available Upon Request:

Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast/Rice and Pasta/Marinara Sauce