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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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New This Semester: Grilled Chicken Salad, Loyalty Deals & Limited Time Offers

In the final post of our three-part blog series, we breakdown three more of the new additions in dining services for this spring semester. Last week we took a look at the extended hours at Dividends, the new sushi on campus and Me to You baskets for Valentine’s Day. The week before, we introduced new breakfast combos and Red Brick Roast, a new coffee bar on campus.

This week, we introduce a new healthy dining option at Pulley Diner, February’s loyalty deals across campus and more limited time offers than ever before!


Grilled Chicken Salad at Pulley Diner

Pulley Diner is a staple of the Miami University campus, known for it’s diner-style menu offerings like burgers, milkshakes, spicy chicken sandwiches and much more.

Starting this semester, Pulley Diner is adding a new addition to the menu. The grilled chicken salad! This fresh, and tasty, new option is a great choice for any hungry guest, particularly if you’re looking for a healthier choice. Swing by Pulley Diner today and give it a try for yourself!

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Loyalty Deals

Who doesn’t love a free meal? With our new loyalty deals, you will have the opportunity to earn a free meal at many of your favorite locations across campus.

The way it works, is if you purchase a meal at a participating location, you will receive a loyalty deal card and earn a “punch” on the card. When you buy 5 meals (and get your card “punched” each time), you will receive your 6th meal for FREE!

For the month of February, Americas, The Q, Bell Tower Market and King Cafe are our participating locations, so start earning towards a free meal today before the deal expires on February 28!

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Limited Time Offers

Limited time offers aren’t new to this semester with day/week/month-long specials being a part of our services prior to this spring, however, the scale of our limited time offers is new.

This semester, we have more limited time offers scheduled than ever before! Between specialty pizzas at La Mia Cucina to mini corn dogs on campus, we have an expansive list of special, limited time menu additions that you will not want to miss!

If you don’t want to miss out on any of the Oreo flavored items in March, the #Amerifried hot dog or any of our other tasty offers, you’ll want to follow us @MiamiUDining on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to keep up with the most current specials!

The chicken caesar wrap, briefly available at Americas, was a limited time offer over the first week of February.

The chicken caesar wrap, briefly available at Americas, was a limited time offer over the first week of February.

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New This Semester: Dividends, Sushi & Valentine’s Baskets

As we settle into a new semester, we continue to look at the newest happenings in Miami University dining. Last week, we published the first of our three-part blog series, breaking down the breakfast-centric news. Now, we get into some of our other exciting announcements this spring including extended Dividends hours, the return of a student favorite and a Valentine’s Day treat that you don’t want to miss!

Dividends Hours

Everybody loves Dividends and this semester, you’ll have more time to enjoy it! Located in the beautiful Farmer School of Business, Dividends features a wide variety of delicious dining options including soups, paninis, coffee/tea, the Asian Market station and more. Of course, you can’t forget the Dividends salads either, which are a campus favorite.

This semester, you will have an extra hour to get your fill at Dividends with the popular dining spot staying open an hour later! Last semester, Dividends closed at 4pm on weekdays (and at 2:30pm on Friday), but in an effort to better accommodate afternoon classes — and your Dividends cravings — Dividends will be open until 5pm Monday through Thursday this semester. Please note that Dividends will still close at 2:30pm on Friday.

So, if you are looking for a Dividends salad after your afternoon class lets out, swing by and enjoy your favorite Dividends food!

Dividends Hours of Operation (complete hours)

Monday-Thursday 7:45am – 5pm
Friday 7:45am – 2:30pm

 

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Sushi On Campus

Sushi is back!

This semester beckons the return of sushi on campus, so if you’ve been missing your favorite between-class snack, rejoice! Sushi is available across campus at Emporium, Bell Tower Market, Dividends, Market Street at MacCracken, King Cafe and Tea Hive.

Stop by any of those locations, look for Sushi Kabar and get your sushi fix!

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Me to You Valentine’s Day Baskets

Treat that special someone in your life to a Valentine’s Day basket, featuring an array of sweet treats that show how much they mean to you!

Simply order here by February 11, and then pickup your order between February 8 and February 14. Each basket comes with two homemade, hand decorated cookies, three raspberry-filled Scrumption Cookies, a bag of Hershey’s Kisses, a bag of Lindt Milk Chocolate Truffles and a bag of chocolate covered puff corn.

Yum.

Order here: Me to You Valentine’s Day Baskets

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New This Semester: Breakfast Edition

As we usher in a new semester, we want to give you the inside scoop on the newest happenings in Miami University dining for this spring. We begin, naturally, with the announcements that are sure to brighten up your morning, in the first of our three-part blog series.

Breakfast Combos

Breakfast combos are here! Available at select locations across campus, breakfast combos are a new way for you to use your buffet meals without having to make time for the early morning buffet hall run.

Simply head over to one of the participating on-campus locations (Garden Market, Bell Tower Place, King Cafe and Tea Hive) weekdays from 7:30-9am for your choice of breakfast sandwich, your choice of fruit and either a coffee or water. Use a swipe from your buffet meals and then be on your way! Easy.

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 Red Brick Roast

What is college without coffee? Various locations across campus offer your favorite caffeinated beverages, including our Starbucks location, Miami Ice, King Cafe and more. Add one more to the list as we welcome our newest coffee bar, Red Brick Roast!

Located on the lower level of the Miami University Bookstore in the Shriver Center, Red Brick Roast is centrally located and perfect for a morning caffeine boost on a chilly morning!

Red Brick Roast is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-6:30pm and on Fridays from 9am-4:30pm.

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Recapping Local Vendor Day (Fall 2016)

Twice a year, Market Street at MacCracken hosts Local Vendor Day, where local vendors visit Miami University, giving students the opportunity to meet some of the wonderful people behind their favorite on-campus, local products. And, of course, there are free samples!

The fall rendition, on October 6, was no different. Bathed in the sunlight from a beautiful fall day, 11 vendors set up tables and spoke with students about their products while the Pineridge Partners, a local band from Somerville, played music.

Burgers, gelato, chocolate, candy, baked goods and more were available to sample, but those products are readily available for students now. All the vendors sell out of Market Street at MacCracken!

So, learn a little more about the vendors who attended the event, and be sure to stop by Market Street to purchase their incredible local products!

Check out more photos from Local Vendor Day on our Facebook page!


Madisono’s Gelato

Website: http://www.madisonogelato.com

Offering free samples of their Carmello & Sea Salt gelato, Madisono’s Gelato specializes in hand-crafted, unique artisanal flavors of gelato and sorbet. It’s sold on campus out of Market Street at MacCracken and Emporium.

Check out our “Locally Grown” piece about Madisono’s Gelato and learn how a shiitake mushroom farmer learned how to make gelato.


The Organic Farm at Bear Creek

Website: http://www.organicfarmatbearcreek.com

The Organic Farm at Bear Creek provides a wide range of tasty products to Market Street, including salsa, pasta sauce, jams, soups and tea. At Local Vendor Day, owners Jeff and Sandra Ashba handed out samples of the flavorful, fresh salsa.

Check out our “Locally Grown” piece on The Organic Farm and how they ensure consistency in their products by using family heirloom seeds.


Winans Chocolates + Coffees

Website: http://winanscandies.com

Winans Chocolates + Coffees is a fourth generation family owned chocolate and coffee company located in Piqua. They provided free samples of their chocolate-covered espresso beans and chocolate-covered pretzels. Winans sells chocolates at Market Street at MacCracken, Emporium and King Cafe.


Reserve Run Family Farm

Website: http://www.reserverunfarm.com

Reserve Run Family Farm is the farm behind the delicious burgers offered at Maplestreet Station’s Encounter. Samples of burgers were available at Local Vendor Day. You can find Reserve Run’s tasty burgers at Encounter, and you can also pick up other Reserve Run Farm products at Market Street.

Check out “Locally Grown” piece on Reserve Run Farm and what makes their burgers so good.


Windy Acres

Website: http://www.windyacresonline.com

Windy Acres was back at Local Vendor Day with a wide variety of sweet treats for samples. Windy Acres has been a fixture of the area for years and for many, their candy is nostalgic. Purchase your own sweet supply at Market Street and check out our “Locally Grown” piece on Windy Acres.


Miami University Institute for Food

Website: http://miamioh.edu/cca/news/2016/02/food-Institute.html

The Miami University Institute for Food and farm is an interdisciplinary experiential learning project dedicated to cultivating an awareness around issues of food, health, and sustainable agriculture. Look for its fresh produce across campus dining services and purchase your own at Market Street.


Oxford Coffee Company

Website: http://oxfordcoffee.com

The Oxford Coffee Company attended Local Vendor Day with samples of its coffee. Bob Thurston, Miami professor of history emeritus, buys and roasts the finest possible green coffee beans to ensure excellent flavor, subtlety and character with each cup of coffee. The coffee is available at Market Street.


Chubby Bunny Bakery

Website: http://chubbybunnybakery.com

Chubby Bunny Bakery served up samples of its delicious gluten-free and vegan-baked goods, specifically their pumpkin muffins and chocolate chip cookies. Chubby Bunny Bakery products are made with organic ingredients and can be purchased out of Market Street.


Grandola Granola

Website: http://www.grandolagranola.com

Grandola Granola brought samples of its wonderful gourmet granola. The granola is nut-free, vegan and made by hand in small batches with organic and local ingredients. Grandola Granola is sold out of Market Street.

Check out our “Locally Grown” piece about Grandola Granola and learn more about how a daughter’s snack turned into a business.


Raphael’s Pizzelles

Website: http://www.raphaelspizzelles.com

Raphael’s Pizzelles visited us from Middletown and sampled a variety of their tasty pizzelle flavors like Citrus, Maple Walnut and even their seasonal Pumpkin. Pizzelles are a crispy Italian cookie and can be found at Market Street and Bell Tower Place.


Heather’s Goodies

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Heathers-Goodies

Heather’s Goodies joined us at Local Vendor Day and offered samples of their delicious baked bread, specifically banana blueberry bread. Heather’s Goodies is based out of Bellbrook and their products can be purchased at Market Street.

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Staff Spotlight: John Pittman

Armstrong Student Center is one of the busiest buildings on campus, attracting students, staff, faculty, visitors and guests.

Given the number of people who walk through Armstrong daily, it begs the question: who has the challenging task of overseeing the most-trafficked dining location on campus?

Meet John Pittman.

As an executive manager, Pittman handles and oversees operations for, not only the Armstrong Student Center, but Bell Tower Place and King Café. Needless to say many meals are prepared under his watch. The army veteran doesn’t let the pressure get to him though. In fact, he enjoys it.

I like a fast pace,” said Pittman, “It’s imperative … you’ve got a lot of people in your face and they all want their food now and I like that kind of push.”

Pittman also isn’t new to the demand of the job. While his time in food service professionally only tracks back to the conclusion of his service in the army, his experience in general food preparation dates back a bit farther.

“I started cooking food because my mom couldn’t,” he said with a grin. “I needed to learn early.”

Pittman describes himself as a “restaurant bum.” He wasn’t a cook in the Army, but when he completed his service he chose to attend culinary school and follow a career in the food industry.

I worked in restaurants in high school,” said Pittman. “That became really serious when I was a sous-chef at Chart House in California.”

He went on to work as a sous-chef at Don Pepe’s in Kansas City before returning to Cincinnati where he was a sous-chef at Black Forest Restaurant and later an executive chef at Maury’s Tiny Cove. He then ran Pomodori’s Pizza – a Zagat award-winning Italian restaurant – and Servatii’s Pastry Shops before coming to Miami University.

Now, he spends much of his time helping and supporting his staff as they prepare and serve meals on campus. He does so while still making the time to interact with students daily.   

“It’s nice … When you get older like I am, it’s nice to have contact with people who aren’t all starting to feel the aches and pains of life,” said Pittman with a laugh.

Even beyond the workplace, Pittman seeks out opportunities to support and positively influence kids. In his free time, he is a scoutmaster.

I rejoined the Boy Scouts at 38,” he said. “I work with kids and I just try to lead them by example and live the Scout Law as I can.”

He works with a Boy Scout Troop of 11-year-old to 18-year-old boys and a Venture Crew that’s coed. The Venture Crew, with kids between 14 and 21, is more focused on high adventure.

We do an annual trip to Red River Gorge. We went to Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia last year. We do a lot of Northern Ohio hiking. We’re doing a trip to Wisconsin next summer, as well as a boundary waters trip up by Canada for a week-long kayaking trip,” said Pittman.

Whether hiking in Northern Ohio, or keeping an eye on things around Armstrong, Pittman looks to help his scouts and employees develop the tools to succeed. For his staff, he focuses on three key things.

“I ask them to do their best, take pride in their work and tell them to get a thick skin because you get six or seven thousand people a day through here. Three might complain. Those are the things that hurt the most. You don’t know 5,997 people had a really good experience.”

Pittman has a lot on his plate, but he still takes the time to connect with his staff, valuing the ability to communicate with them directly.

A lot of face-to-face. A lot of personal interaction. I don’t like the group email kind of things. I like to sit down with somebody and talk with them,” he said. “It’s just more personal, and I think you get more out of it that way, on both ends.


The Hard Questions

Favorite thing about Miami University Dining?

Getting to work on this campus.

Favorite dish to prepare? To eat?

Prepare – Lamb.

Eat – A good bologna sandwich.

Favorite TV Show? Mountain Monsters.

Cat or dog? Dog.

Cake or pie? Pie.

5 Classic Food Pairings and their Origins

Inspired by National Best Friends Day earlier this week and the countless people who shared pictures and kind words about the peanut butter to their jelly, we wanted to dive into one of the great discussions of our time; classic food pairings.

After all, regardless of how long you’ve been attached at the hip with your bestie, these foods have been putting up with the other for longer (presumably) and to much success.

So, let’s get started with some of the top #friendgoals (as it relates to food) around.

1. Peanut Butter & Jelly

Peanut butter and Jelly is arguably the gold-standard in terms of food pairing, going back to early childhood for many. Some might say it’s the greatest invention since sliced bread, but that would be incorrect. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich’s origin dates back to 1901, when it was first published by Julia Davis Chandler. Even though peanut butter was considered a delicacy at the time, kids latched onto the sweet combination, thus beckoning the evolution of the PB&J into the sandwich titan it is today.

Sliced bread? The process of slicing and wrapping bread wasn’t invented, at least on a commercial level, until the late 1920s by Gustav Papendick, which allowed kids to make their own PB&J without needing a potentially dangerous kitchen knife. There was no stopping this food pairing after that.

Nowadays, students can stop by our dining locations like the markets, Bell Tower Place or King Cafe during our PB&J Specials to enjoy their own creative take on the classic pairing!

Source: SeriousEats

2. Bacon & Eggs

What’s “breakfast” to you? For many, it’s the power couple that is bacon and eggs. This pairing has its roots in the 1920s when the Austrian-born Edward Bernays was brought in by Beech-Nut Packing Company to help create demand for bacon, which they sold.

Bernays, also known as the “Father of Public Relations,” went to his own agency’s doctor, asking if heavier breakfasts were a healthier option compared to the light morning meals of the time. The doctor said yes and wrote to 5,000 other doctors, asking them to confirm his findings. Major newspapers and magazines published the study, urging the public to eat heavier breakfasts, featuring the bacon and eggs combo, for their own health, which is where this food pairing truly got its start.

Bacon and eggs are available throughout the campus. Both can be found at Pulley Diner and First Stop, but our buffet locations also serve bacon and eggs intermittently as well.

Source: The American Table

3. Macaroni & Cheese

The origin of macaroni & cheese dates back a little further to the late thirteenth century in southern Italy, with the first modern form of the recipe appearing in the 1769 book The Experienced English Housekeeper written by Elizabeth Raffled.

Mac & cheese in North America, however, can trace its origins back to the early European settlers and even Thomas Jefferson. As the story goes, Jefferson was rather infatuated with macaroni & cheese, even attempting to make his own macaroni noodles to pair with imported Parmesan cheese, making for some of the earliest forms of modern macaroni & cheese on North American soil. Some sources claim that Jefferson’s daughter, Mary Randolph, is the true inventor of the dish after taking up hostess duties of the house following her mother’s death.

Years later, in 1937, Kraft took this tasty food pairing and ran with it.

Macaroni & cheese is another item found at various spots across campus, especially during special events, but also intermittently at other locations!

Sources: Food52 and CliffordAWright.com

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4. Hamburger & French Fries

Hamburgers and french fries are certainly among the top food “besties” and are deserving of recognition on a list about food pairings. The origin of this combo is traced back to the early 1900s, specifically 1921, with the opening of the first White Castle in Wichita, Kansas.

Serving fast hamburgers, White Castle was in need of quick finger food to pair with their fast food offering. Around this same time, soldiers from WWII were back from Europe, craving the fried potatoes that were sold as street food in Europe. The quick and easy “meat and potatoes” combo was ultimately a match made in heaven, resulting in one of the more celebrated food pairings.

On campus, the hamburger and french fry combo is a popular meal and is one that is widely available at our dining locations. For those looking to enjoy this food pairing, check out Encounter for fresh, local beef patties, or keep your eyes peeled at most of our other locations!

Source: Huffington Post

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5. Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is another tremendously popular food pairing that is a fixture of many households. While spaghetti and meatballs is considered an Italian dish, this combo is really American. Certainly the concept of noodles, marinara sauce and meat has Italian roots, but “spaghetti and meatballs” really got its start in the late 1800s and early 1900s with Italian immigrants coming to America. U.S. meat quickly took hold of the dish, combined with noodles and canned tomato sauce, called “sailor sauce,” because it was one of the few items available at local grocers. Since then, this food pairing has become a fixture of American households.

On campus, Garden Commons serves made-to-order pasta, but other locations rotate through different types of pasta. La Mia Cucina is always a good bet for some tasty spaghetti and meatballs too!

Source: Escoffier

Other Great Food Pairings

– Hummus & Pita

– Milk & Cookies

– Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

– Coffee & Donut

– Chips & Salsa

So, what do you think? What are your favorite food pairings?

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.

What’s New on the Menu? – Bell Tower, La Mia Cucina, Dividend$, King Cafe (2015)

This “What’s New” covers a variety of dining options. We have already checked out Armstrong and Maplestreet Station, but now it is time to see what is coming this fall to Bell Tower, La Mia Cucina, Dividend$ and King Cafe.

Bell Tower

Most of Bell Tower’s menus remain the same from last year with a couple neat additions. First of all, Bell Tower is a location impacted by the campus-wide introduction of turkey sausage. It will be offered for breakfast. However, the station that will be adding the most to the menu this fall is the Campus Grill station. A seafood specialty item has been added with calamari, fried to order, and fried tempura shrimp being available on alternating weeks for those who would like a taste of seafood. Mini corn dogs are back and better than ever at the Campus Grill. They will alternate daily with onion rings. Also, a Philly cheesesteak sandwich will now be served at Bell Tower from this station.

The Pizza Pi station also is getting a few exciting additions to the menu with dessert pizza slices now available. There will be apple dessert pizza and cherry dessert pizza offered at Pizza Pi on alternating weeks to satisfy your sweet tooth!

La Mia Cucina

The big news here is that La Mia will be taking over pizza delivery from Sundial. This doesn’t impact the pizza itself, but will help streamline and improve service. La Mia will begin the fall offering seven different pizzas to focus on timely, and high-quality service.

Additionally, La Mia will now be open until midnight, in part, to cater to its new role as a pizza delivery service.

Dividend$

There is hardly anything changing at Dividend$ for the fall. Motz Monday, Corn Dog Tuesday, Wings Wednesday, Calamari Thursday and Chilly Cheese Fryday will exist in their entirety (Monday-Friday), which is always fun. Also, a steak and egg panini will be offered daily during breakfast while a steak and roasted veggie panini will be available for lunch daily. Both panini’s were offered last year, but this will be the first time they are both served daily (last year they were served on a rotation).

King Cafe

King is unchanged, still offering you sanity in the form of caffeinated beverages while you study for that exam you conveniently ignored until the night before.

For your dining pleasure

Today’s recommendation for your dining pleasure (and convenience) is King Café.

 

Another place with quick lunch options!

 

If you haven’t visited the ground floor of King recently, this café has expanded a lot in the past couple of years. It now has a refrigerated foods section, snacks, more bakery options, salads, and a place to order a tasty sandwich from Uncle Phil’s Deli.

 

Whether you’re looking for a caffeine pick-me-up or some brain food, King Café has this edge of campus covered.

 

Hours: Monday-Thursday 7am-11pm; Friday 7am-5pm; Saturday 11am-3pm; Sunday 10am-11pm

(Pro tip: when the café is closed, the outside doors that lead into the café are locked.)