COLUMBIA — Students living on campus with meal plans have the choice of three main dining facilities and two smaller eateries.
The MU Student Center food court also has several restaurants that accept cash and E.Z. Charge.
Plaza 900 and Dobbs each has a food mart with different hours than the dining facility, so residents can get food even if the halls aren’t open. Items vary from pints of ice cream to Starbucks Frappuccino packs.
EMPORIUM (PLAZA 900)
Hours: Monday through Friday — 11 a.m. to 11 p.m; Saturday — 2 to 11 p.m.; closed Sunday. Emporium also has a cafe for breakfast foods and beverages Monday through Friday from 7 to 10:30 a.m.
TIME OUT (DOBBS)
Hours: Monday through Saturday — 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday — 2 to 11 p.m.
All of the dining halls have similarities — each facility has a deli, a salad bar, some type of grill and a vegetarian option.
There are also marked differences. Rollins has late-night service, but offers no dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. Dobbs has an actual grill rather than a griddle, and Plaza 900 is known for its made-to-order meals.
Here is a rundown of the five basic dining facilities on campus.
- Location: Surrounded by the Rollins buildings and Virginia Avenue complex, Plaza 900 serves as a main dining facility for several hundred residents and many of the tours visiting campus.
- What's on the menu: Plaza 900 has a deli, grill, salad bar and ice cream station. Another station, On Stage, changes its menu every day to offer fresh, made-to-order dishes. In addition, a stop called Daily Themes changes its selection every meal.
- Best for: On Stage has the best made-to-order meals on campus. Depending on the meal of the day, diners have a selection of meat, vegetables, sauces and other options. Some of the favorites are the Bangkok Bowl and the Rippin’ Risotto.
- Hours: Monday through Friday: 7:15 to 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 10:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Best times to go: Arriving at Plaza 900 on the hour or half hour can be dangerous. The best time to go is just after it opens or just before it closes. Plaza gets extremely busy between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., as classes get out and tours arrive.
- Try this: Cappuccino muffins on Mondays.
Pavilion at Dobbs
- Location: Dobbs is connected through a tunnel system to Jones, Lathrop and Laws residence halls. Dobbs is also near North, Center and South halls, as well as Greek Town.
- What's on the menu: Dobbs has a designated vegetarian area and pasta bar. Two additional areas have a different dish at each meal. The Dobbs salad bar is the smallest on campus.
- Best for: Dobbs has an actual grill rather than a griddle. The burgers are made with Missouri Legacy Beef .
- Hours: Monday through Friday: 7:15 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 to 7:30 p.m. The grill, deli, soup and salad bars are also open daily from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Time to go: Dobbs draws a steady stream of students, but its brunch on Saturdays and Sundays can have lines out the door.
- Try this: The dining hall's freshly baked potato chips — no other dining hall on campus has them
- Location: Rollins is connected to Gillett and Hudson halls and across the street from Johnston and Wolpers halls. It is the closest full dining hall to the center of campus.
- What's on the menu: Besides the grill and pizza, Rollins has a station that offers a new dish at every meal.
- Best for: Pizza. Rollins also has after-hours dining, during which students can order certain items a la carte. Rollins Late Night, open until 2 a.m., offers pizza, breakfast tacos, milkshakes and patty melts.
- Hours: Monday through Friday: 7 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 8 to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m. Rollins does not offer dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. The grill, deli, soup and salad stations are open Monday through Thursday from 2:15 to 4 p.m. Rollins Late Night runs Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m.
- Time to go: Rollins gets very busy at 11 a.m., so showing up for lunch at later hours is recommended.
- Try this: Lipton's Brisk Juicy Peach Green Tea
- Location: Baja Grill is in Bingham Commons, which connects Hatch and Schurz halls. Its location is prime for snacking and studying, since there is also a computer lab in Bingham.
- What's on the menu: Baja is a Mexican grill, offering quesadillas and nachos a la carte. The grill also makes fresh smoothies.
- Best for: Open until 11 p.m., Baja is great for grabbing a bite before bed. Baja also offers some of the best smoothies on campus.
- Hours: Open Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday: noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday: 4 to 11 p.m.
- Time to go: Since Baja is open until 11 p.m., arriving late is recommended. Also, the dead time between meals is slow at Baja and usually has no lines. Peak hours for traffic are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
- Try this: Baja bean dip
- Location: Sabai is on the first floor of Johnston Hall.
- What's on the menu: Sabai offers Southeast Asian foods like fried rice and egg rolls.
- Best for: Asian cravings. None of the other dining halls have Asian food and fried rice quite like Sabai.
- Hours: Open Monday through Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday: 1o:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays: 4 to 11 p.m. Closed on Saturdays.
- Time to go: Sabai rarely has long lines, and the dining area is not usually busy. Getting a bite between classes and studying at Sabai is easy since it is near the center of campus.
- Try this: Japanese sodas.