By Catherine '12 | October 26, 2008
I haven’t eaten in the dining hall in weeks. But I’m not starving to death or wasting my meal plan. I’m getting three square meals a day with my meal plan without ever setting foot in the dining hall. This is made possible through the bounty of alternate dining locations here on campus.
For breakfast I go to the Street Side Cafe, which is located below Palisano Pavilion. It offers a bit more variety than the dining hall, where I was getting kind of tired of eggs from a tub, lukewarm pancakes, and the same four cereals. At Street Side Cafe they offer combos that count as a meal on your meal plan. You can get this single-serving to-go bowl of cereal, milk, and juice. Or you can get a bagel with coffee (I usually substitute hot chocolate for coffee though), or a myriad of other choices. There’s tables and couches to choose from and also televisions mounted on the walls. It’s a great way to start off my morning.
For lunch I usually head for the Old Main Snack Bar to grab a pasta meal. It’s located in Old Main on the tunnel level. The meal exchange is a bit more complicated than anywhere else, so I haven’t explored it as thoroughly. I typically get the pasta with meatballs and a breadstick. There’s also pizza, sandwiches, soup, salad, cookies, etc. While the atmosphere is not as nice as Street Side, and it can get pretty crowded at times, the food is good enough to keep me coming back.
When it comes to dinner I always head for Upper Deck. You can access Upper Deck through Palisano Pavilion on the tunnel level or one floor up. You can get subs, wraps, chicken fingers, fries, soup, salad, etc. There are daily specials all week. Upper Deck is especially nice when there’s a Sabres game on, because you can sit down for your meal in front of one of the mounted widescreen televisions and watch the Buffalo Sabres kick some major butt (unbeaten in regulation time. yeah baby!).
In conclusion, just keep in mind that the dining hall isn’t the be-all-end-all for on campus food. The dining hall isn’t bad or anything, it’s simply nice to know that you can get a bit more variety in your dining experience if you so wish.