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A guide to MU dining halls

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

PAVILION AT DOBBS

Location: Between Jones, Lathrop and Laws residence halls.

Claim to fame: Also known as “Dirty Dobbs,” Pavilion provides traditional comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a grill and sandwich station to refuel students between major meals.

Dining plan accepted: Meals and E.Z. Charge.

Watch for: Crowded tables during peak meal hours. To avoid the rush, try to stop in after the lines dwindle down or grab a to-go container from the cashier and enjoy your meal on the patio outside or in your dorm room.

BAJA GRILL

Location: Inside Schurz Hall, downstairs on the lower level.

Claim to fame: Mexican food, including chips and salsa, chicken quesadillas and tacos, fruit smoothies and cookies.

Dining plan accepted: Meals or partial meals.

Watch for: A long wait after ordering. Depending on the time of day, Baja can get fairly crowded and orders get backed up easily. Be prepared to be patient if the lines are longer.

TIME OUT

Location: Inside Pavilion at Dobbs near Jones, Lathrop and Laws residence halls.

Claim to fame: If the week leaves students with extra meals and no late-night study snacks in the dorm, Time Out supplies all kinds of packaged munchies including chips, Pop-Tarts, cookie dough and pre-packaged sandwiches.

Dining plan accepted: Points.

Watch for: Depleted supplies. Toward the end of the week, students will pick the shelves clean, so try to stock up on your favorites before the mob arrives.

MARK TWAIN MARKET

Location: Inside Mark Twain Residence Hall next to the Conley Avenue parking garage.

Claim to fame: A variety of filling meal options, including pizza, cereal and a salad bar.

Dining plan accepted: Meals and E.Z. Charge.

Watch for: A long hike. Be prepared to work those leg muscles a little harder for a meal here for students coming from the middle of campus.

PLAZA 900

Location: Adjacent to Hudson Residence Hall opposite the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.

Claim to fame: Daily specials, sandwich bar, grill, ice cream station and salad bar.

Dining plan accepted: Meals and E.Z. Charge.

Watch for: Long lines and limited seating. Peak meal hours for lunch and dinner can get crowded, and waiting is typical. Dodge the crowds by stopping in early or late in the day.

EMPORIUM

Location: Inside Plaza 900 to the right of the cashier.

Claim to fame: On-the-go snacks, cookies, muffins, fruit snacks, soft drinks and wraps.

Dining plan accepted: Meals and partial meals.

Watch for: The end-of-the-week rush. Make sure to get there early in the weekend to avoid the crowds.

ROLLINS

Location: Upper level of Hudson Residence Hall.

Claim to fame: Pizza takes the prize for the most-demanded item, but check out the cereals, large salad bar and extensive grill options.

Dining plan accepted: Meals and E.Z. Charge.

Watch for: Crowds during lunch and dinner. Since Rollins is in the heart of campus, many hungry students often head there after class.

ROLLINS LATE-NIGHT

Location: Upper level of Hudson Residence Hall.

Claim to fame: Long after other dining halls have closed, Rollins keeps the kitchen going. In addition to pizza, the menu includes diner-style food — milkshakes, patty melts and coffee.

Dining plans accepted: Meals and partial meals; pizzas cost meals while diner-style food costs partial meals.

Watch for: Odd hours. Some nights are closed completely, and certain days only offer pizza sans the diner munchies. Be sure to check the hours before heading over.


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