Dining Decisions: A Compilation of Campus Culinary Options

The following blog post was written by Erinma Ogbonna, 2017 MS in Marketing Analytics candidate

When I arrived in Rochester last July to begin my master’s, it was the farthest away from home I had ever been. One aspect that made the transition easier was the availability of good food on campus. These are a few of my favorite places to eat as a Simon student:

The Buzzerinma_buzz
Where to find it: Schlegel Hall, level one.
As the only dining area in Simon Business School, this place really does buzz as students pass through to grab a quick coffee or a snack between classes. When you have a bit more time, The Buzz serves some tasty meals too. You can get salads, sandwiches, soups (I hear the corn chowder is great, but I have yet to try it), and microwaveable Indian meals – my personal favorite. Once you’ve got your food, you can relax on the low, comfy couches or, if you want to get some work in during lunch, choose one of the office-style chairs grouped around several tables.

The Piterinma_pit
Where to find it: Wilson Commons, level one
Wilson Commons is the center of campus dining, and The Pit is the heart of Wilson Commons. Burgers, pizza, tacos…they have it all. Panda Express, which serves Chinese food, usually has the longest line, but it’s well worth a bit of await. Their orange chicken is addictive, and I’m willing to bet that being wished a “happy, silly day” by one of the servers will bring a smile to your face. You can round out your meal with a yummy dessert from the refrigerator on the way out or choose from a selection of fresh fruits.

Where to find it: Wilson Commons, level three.
Like other Starbucks cafés, the on-campus Starbucks is a great place to hang out with friends, get some work done, or just sit and read with a cup of coffee. The lines can be intimidatingly long, but with the efficient and welcoming staff, they move fast and you’re always greeted with a smile. I visited Starbucks often for their iced lemonade in the summer, and now that it’s colder (and I’m hungrier) their oatmeal cookies make a tasty snack.

erinma_douglassDouglass Dining Center
Where to find it: Frederick Douglass Building, level one
This is the newest student dining center on campus, which offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for $12.50. It’s a pretty big space, with five food stations serving a wide variety of fare. I highly recommend the baked chicken from the Kosher Comfort station. My first visit to Douglass was on a November evening; the warmth and light, mouth-watering aromas, and bubbly social atmosphere made it the perfect end to a long, cold day.

Pura Vida
Where to find it: Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics, level one.
I noticed this little café during my first few weeks at Simon, as I cut through Goergen Hall to get to class every morning. It soon became the regular lunch spot for me and one of my friends, as we were looking for somewhere relatively quiet to eat. Offerings include salads, sandwiches, and homemade soups. The chicken salad sandwich is my favorite thing to eat here. If you want something a bit more filling, I would recommend their meatball sub.

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