Argus Wesleyan | Ask the Argus: where and how to get the best food on campus
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The queues at Usdan during lunch are incredibly long and I don’t have enough points to go to other restaurants on campus on a regular basis. How can I make sure I am getting enough food during the day?
The queues in Usdan for lunch actually seem extremely long, and you are certainly not the only one having to choose between standing in line and going hungry! Since we always use take out boxes, saving food for later can be an easy way to space out your meal time. Wesleyan gets enough money from your meal plan that you are more than entitled to enjoy all that Usdan has to offer. So when you manage to get to Usdan, grab some extra food that you can save for later. If you’re worried about food spilling into your bag, carrying a small roll of duct tape to seal the box could help ensure your meal or snack stays intact. It can also be helpful to plan your meal schedule for each day based on your other commitments. dinner to narrow the gap between meals a bit. And don’t forget the lunch line is much shorter before and after the rush between classes, so if you can squeeze closer to 11am or 1pm, take advantage of the reduced wait times!
Many smaller cafes and restaurants on campus also offer meal combos. Usdan cafe will give you a sandwich, drink and fries for a lunch meal, and Pi has a breakfast deal for a drink and pastry / sandwich of your choice. Weshop also offers crisps, sushi, champagne, cookies and fruit for a meal. All it takes is a little creativity. Enjoy your lunch!
Usdan, Summies or “Swings?
The million dollar question! The answer for many people often depends on convenience. If you’re a freshman living in the Butts with no meal point, Summies is probably the go-to (although probably not your first choice). If you live in high or low neighborhoods and the thought of climbing the giant hill chills your spine, you probably indulge in the Swings specials quite often. And if you’re a people watcher and a flashback fan for a few seconds, Usdan is probably your most frequented destination.
Usdan is the best place to meet everyone you know, so if you’re in the mood to be seen then go for it. You can say hello to Pasta Tom and collect a large assortment of snacks to eat now or save for later. Plus, Usdan lunch on a Friday is an absolute must – vegan apple crisp is the perfect way to kickstart your weekend. If you are someone who feels the need to stock up on veg, we recommend Usdan as other restaurants require you to order salads or veg separately. Finally, if you are a student athlete, Usdan is the perfect place to eat with your team and make sure you get enough food after a grueling workout. We have a special place in our hearts for Usdan, however imperfect it is. Plus, their chocolate chip cookies are simply the best.
“Swings is the place to go if you are either a) an upper class man hoping to meet other upper class students or b) a lower class man who gives himself a point-rich experience. When the weather is nice, the outdoor seating area can really feel like one of the happiest places on campus, with people sprawled out on picnic tables or on the grass chatting and eating their penne. al vodka. Swings specials still hit the mark (Hangover Special, we’re looking at you), but the old regular menu has some exciting elements to it as well, though it lacks a bit of vegetarian and vegan options.
And, of course, there’s Summies. Summies has had a bad reputation over the years (see: “Summies tummy”), but it has a unique charm and is an especially attractive option when it’s minus 19 degrees, you live in Butts C and the idea of trekking to Usdan is enough to get you frozen for days. Summies might not be your first choice, but like it or not, her presence is heartwarming and constant. In an otherwise uncertain world, it is predictably mediocre, so we have to give it some credit for it.
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