MU food options make eating as 'E.Z.' as 123

Thursday, July 30, 2009 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 12:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 30, 2009
From left, Jess Rodden, Tessa Spoto and Allison Smith eat an early dinner at Plaza 900 in this 2004 file photo. Of the food, Rodden said there is always a good selection but the lines can get long. "You just have to know when to come," Rodden said.

From E.Z charge to easy recipes, Mizzou offers services to suit just about any budget. With all-you-care-to-eat dining, takeout and cafes, you won’t be stuck with one choice.

Campus Dining Services has six locations in residence halls that offer creative and fresh variety to satisfy different tastes. Most dorms also have cooking facilities to permit students to prepare meals.

Options for take-out or sit-down give you dining flexibility. On-campus markets, with basic supplies like bread, cheese and milk, are open 24 hours during the semester.

Local markets and grocery stores provide produce and other staples for home-cooked dishes.

On-campus dining

‘The Dining Guide 09’ provides a comprehensive look at the venues and dining plans. For sit-down on-campus dining, there’s Eva J's for Asian, Mark Twain Market for ethnic dishes and the Pavilion at Dobbs for vegan and vegetarian meals.

Plaza 900 is one of the most spacious, with a mix of menu selections, and Rollins offers pizza options. Dining is buffet-style, and nutritional information is provided in pamphlets, so you are in control of healthy eating.

Takeout is convenient for evenings when you would rather just head back to your dorm, or if you’ve hit the snooze button a few too many times in the morning and you’re running late.

2GO provides fresh breakfast, as does Time-Out Grab & Go. Rollins offers pizza to go, with up to three toppings and Baja Grill provides a taste of the Southwest.

Emporium and Huckleberry Express can be a stop for late-night munchies. Menu items are based on a point system and 10 points equals one meal.

Students who decide not to have a meal at one of the dining halls can use the skipped meal points to pick up snack food or takeout items for the value of the points.

E.Z as 1.2.3

E.Z charge is a service that is either prepaid onto your student card, or paid monthly. There are two dining plans to choose from — the Mizzou Dining Plan or the Mizzou GOLD Dining Plan.

Step 1: Choose one of the two dining plans. Both require you to choose how many meals you’ll have in a week: 21, 17, 14, 10 or 7.

Step 2: If you choose the regular dining plan, once the semester begins, you can nominate to have meals counted in points (1 meal= 10 points). The Gold plan includes a pre-paid amount depending on the meals per week you choose   

Step 3: For help, speak to Campus Dining Services about any of the plans, E.Z charge options or point systems. Call them on (573) 882- FOOD (3663), or email at or visit their  Web site .

Why is on campus dining worthwhile? Because you can use the meals or points as many times a day as you like, you can take a guest and you don’t have to be an on-campus resident.

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