Places to eat on campus

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The U of R has a number of options you can turn to satisfy your hunger Photo courtesy of www.1075zoofm.com

The Carillon looks at the best places to eat on campus

Kyle Leitch
A&C Writer

Well, it’s that time of year, again: the campus comes back to life, bustling with students running late to class, professors mishandling technology, and the promise of not eating that grotesque facsimile of food that was served at the gas station beside your high school. Yes, whatever leftover money you have from books and student loans is burning a hole in your pocket, and you’ve got a case of the munchies. The “freshman fifteen” is an inevitability, so why not let the Carillon help you along on your journey to self-loathing?

With two locations at the university, it’s not difficult to make it to a Henderson’s Cafe. The “main” location is in the Riddell Center situated between the multipurpose room and the Fifth Parallel Gallery. The main draw of Henderson’s—besides some damn tasty soup—is their sandwiches. Henderson’s gives you a choice of bread, meat, and a list of veggies and condiments that may rival the near-by Subway, and asks you to turn your imagination loose. For about ten dollars, you can combine your Frankenstein sandwich with soup and a drink, making Henderson’s one of the most inexpensive and potentially healthy food choices on campus.

Soup and sandwich is great for lunch and beyond, but the university also has some relatively decent breakfast options that aren’t from Tim Horton’s. Fast Break is fit snugly in between the Education Building and the Kinesiology Building. Their big draw is in their name: they tend to be quicker than most made-to-order restaurants.  They feature a wide range of items for your dining needs, but their piece de resistance is their breakfast menu. They serve breakfast sandwiches that best McDonald’s hockey puck breakfasts in every regard. Fast Break also makes a delicious little breakfast platter composed of bacon, eggs, and toast. These offerings make sure that you don’t feel like you’re too far away from home, even early in the mornings! Again, you can build a great breakfast meal here for around ten dollars.


"It’s that time of year, again: the campus comes back to life, bustling with students running late to class, professors mishandling technology, and the promise of not eating that grotesque facsimile of food that was served at the gas station beside your high school."


These food offerings are all fine and well, but no food on campus can compare to that which is served in our very own friendly neighbourhood pub, The Owl. For the pittance of ten dollars (excluding tax), you can procure yourself the Holy Grail of sandwiches. The Owl’s clubhouse sandwich is the most amazing food item that is sold on campus, hands down. The marble rye bread is barely able to contain the mile-high pile of turkey, capicola and pancetta that, to quote from the menu, “gives your mouth a real workout.” I could write an entire article dedicated solely to The Owl’s clubhouse sandwich, but that would probably never make it to print.

And there you have it, folks: the certified and official campus eats choices of yours truly. As you’ve just read, you can fashion yourself some pretty solid meals for around the ten dollar mark. I haven’t, however, touched on every restaurant on campus. The rest are for you to discover on your own. Happy eating!

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