Tag Archives: Pacific Rim

What’s New on the Menu? – Maplestreet Station

A new school year brings a new, fresh look to some of our menus with exciting new additions and different offerings that we are sure you will love. With the start of the 2016-17 school year fast approaching, we want to share some of our most anticipated menu additions with you!

Maplestreet opens this year with Starbucks in tow, after the wildly popular dining destination opened last spring. While nothing quite on that scale is in store this year, Maplestreet does have some exciting new things for you to try when classes start!

The Q

Formerly Red Brick Pizza, The Q is Miami’s very own BBQ house, offering smoked meats like pulled pork, turkey, chicken and hot dogs (okay, the hot dogs aren’t going to be smoked). The Q has its own smoker in-house and will be preparing the delectable meats right there at The Q. Sides will include items like Mac & Cheese, two types of baked beans, homemade pickles, a couple varieties of cole slaw and corn muffins. This is a prime spot for meat lovers and definitely worth a visit when you get back on campus. You can even get a hot dog topped with pulled pork or turkey!

meat tornado

Delish

Delish remains what you love about Delish with customizable sandwiches of different varieties. We are excited to announce that the ordering process has been simplified with choices between Single, Double and Triple sizes for your sandwiches. This is in an effort to streamline our service, but also to give you more control over your order size.

As you might gather, Single is for one meat, Double is for two meats and Triple is for three. When you order Double and Triple sandwiches, you can order different meats or stick to the same one, if you’re looking to “beef” up your sandwich. For example, you can purchase “The Gobbler,” which is a triple turkey sandwich.

Delish will have fried eggs as a possible sandwich item and will be serving up fresh baked cookies. Delish will also be a GET App mobile ordering option, if you’d like to order ahead, skip the line and pick-up your sandwich on your way to, or from, class!

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

Encounter

Say hello to the Spicy Chicken Sandwich! Encounter will now be selling one of the top menu items on campus after we received a great deal of positive feedback when it was offered as a limited time offer at Encounter last year. Encounter will be serving their delicious burgers on brioche buns, which is exciting. Sweet potato fries will now be offered as well, along with cranberry ketchup (a little sweet, a little spicy), which is very much deserving of a taste test.

First Stop

Build-your-own omelettes will be available at First Stop, like Pulley Diner, allowing you to pick your own fillings and customize your breakfast. The same “build-your-own” process will apply to ordering pancakes and french toast. First Stop will now be offering made-to-order breakfast sandwiches and will be featuring three brand new breakfast bowls, which will make for wonderful early-morning treats. To-go breakfast items will be available, for those on-the-go (obviously). Finally, we are replacing the cubed home fry potatoes with shredded hash browns. Like the cubed potatoes, the shredded hash browns are a fresh potato product and go through the same preparation process, they’re just served differently.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim is going 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!

Americas

20160127_145651-minAmericas is still featuring a Trader’s Greens salad bar, along with the very popular quinoa bowls, but now Americas will be serving Taco Bowls as well. If you’re missing your Serrano fix, stop by Americas for street tacos or a taco bowl. Fish (cod) is now an available protein, making fish tacos a reality. Americas is also going to be serving (for dinner only) a steak dinner, so keep that in mind when you’re craving that Ribeye.

Starbucks

Starbucks is going to keep on, keeping on.

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!

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!

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.

20160406_143105-min

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.

20160512_131336-min

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.

20150708_122217-min

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.

20160106_135651-2-min

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!

20151103_151520-min

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!

20160229_111208-min

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.

20150909_125213-min

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.

20150921_152800-min

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).

20160113_143031-min

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!

20150731_115907-min

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

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.

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

Yesterday, we stopped by Armstrong and found out more about the exciting additions appearing on the different menus there, so now we move onto beautiful Maplestreet Station.

Americas

We begin with Americas because it is the dining location that is making perhaps the most dramatic shift on campus, however, the menu additions offer some unique, fresh food options that are sure to impress. Americas was initially designed with South America (and a little bit of southern North America) in mind when Maplestreet was built. Now, Americas returns to that theme with a more fresh and natural flair.

First and foremost, Americas will welcome in the era of the quinoa bowl. Okay… so maybe it doesn’t warrant it’s own designated “era”, but nonetheless, the quinoa bowl will finally be offered at Miami University, starting with Americas. The hot quinoa bowl option is served with gluten-free broth and can be served with veggies or protein (meats). Quinoa also will appear in the Traders Greens Salad Bar as a salad topper.

If quinoa isn’t really your style, Americas will still offer some tasty options. Street tacos will be a major draw, as they will be prepared in fresh corn tortillas and will, of course, be delicious. There will also be a salsa bar with a variety of salsa options. This will be paired with nachos, which will be served from the Americas as well. Also look for the addition of pita chips and hummus for another high-quality, fresh snacking/light meal option.

Overall, the Americas menu may look a bit different this year, but the additions will offer students a tasty, fresh and unique dining option that provides a healthier menu for students to choose from. Not to mention, the menu lays out perfectly for students to grab either a full meal or just a study snack in the beautiful Americas dining location.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim’s menu isn’t changing much, but there are some exciting announcements to be made nonetheless. The Pac Rim custom stir fry menu option remains, but it has now been made allergen-friendly! The custom stir fry does contain soy (so take note if this pertains to you), but is otherwise free of gluten, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, egg and wheat. With this improvement comes new toppings for the custom stir fry, including quinoa, chopped kale and sweet potato chunks, giving students and staff a number of options to work with when building their own stir fry.

The only other noteworthy thing on Pac Rim’s menu this year is that it will now offer more express stir fry’s, including General Tso’s and Vegetable Lo Mein.

Red Brick Pizza

Red Brick’s menu remains mostly the same from last year with a couple exciting additions to the menu. First of all, the Red Brick pizza slices are larger! Whereas a slice used to be 1/8 of an 18″ pizza, this year the slices will be 1/6 of an 18″, meaning that this New York-style pizza place will be true to its name. The slices will likely require a fold to eat… or, if you appreciate a good challenge, you can choose not to. Additionally, you will be able to enjoy a variety of chicken pizzas (chicken, bacon, ranch; BBQ chicken, etc.) whenever Red Brick is open. Vegetarian pizzas will also be available at those times (Margherita, Greek, etc.), contributing to a nice variety of options from Red Brick.

Subs remain the other staple of Red Brick’s dining service, but with a new “La-Mia-style” bun that will be freshly baked. There is also a new meatball sub that everyone will absolutely need to try.

First Stop/Encounter/Delish/Patisserie

First Stop isn’t changing much outside of merely streamlining the kitchen to improve service. Turkey sausage is added to the menu, which is exciting, but for the most part, First Stop remains mostly unchanged. Encounter has made onion rings available all the time now. Delish is mostly the same from last year and Patisserie hasn’t changed at all.

With the wide variety of dining options offered, including more fresh foods, students won’t struggle to find a number of appetizing meal options at the beautiful Maplestreet Station this fall!